Eazy’s Place is a private accommodation for backpackers – Hostel – on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam on the way to Bagamoyo. It’s a private initiative of Xenia Marita and Bernd Riebe (Germany) in order to support young people in Tanzania to build their own business and is another approach to help people to help themselves. Eazy, over the years, has become a dear friend to us who has proven many times that he is capable of leading a successful business as well as creating and marketing his beautiful batik art. More information about Eazy’s art you will find on his website Unique Batik
Backpackers, Travellers, Tourists –
If you are looking for a place to stay in Dar es Salaam away from the hustle and bustle of the city center,
if you are tired of the usual standard of low budget hostels and hotels and not willing to spend a fortune at the big hotels,
if you wish to experience the private and exotic atmosphere of Tanzanian everyday life –
then you are welcome at Eazy’s Place.
Guided Tour to Bagamoyo
As Eazy studied at the Bagamoyo Art College he knows the area very well and is acquainted to many local artists. He also knows a lot about the history of the town Bagamoyo which in Swahili means “Lay down your heart” alluding to the age of slave trading. There are many historical buildings and sights to discover. Eazy will lead you to the famous Bagamoyo College of Art, the German cemetery, around the well preserved houses and the old church dating back to the colonial area. Eazy could also introduce you to some local artists such as painters and wood carvers. You can either walk or hire a bicycle. After this historical and cultural experience there will be enough time to enjoy the beautiful Bagamoyo Beach.
Eazy Mjema is a renowned batik artist with great professional experience. In his courses he teaches how to paint special patterns on cotton fabrics using a wax sponge or a brush. Students also learn how to dye the textiles including the classical tie-and-dye process which was especially popular with the Hippies of the 70s.
The best way to communicate with Eazy is calling him on his mobile phone.You can also send WhatsApps. He will be available for phone calls any time during the day.
Note: If you use no local phone card you’ll have to dial +255 754 339 851 or 000255 754 339 851
Please keep in mind: Standard Time Zone: East African Time – UTC/GMT +3hours.
Phone: +255 754 339851 or +255 655 339851 Eazy provides local SIM card for 2000TZS, internet (smartphone) is 5000TZS/week
Postal address: Emil Kawina Mjema, P.O.Box 34127, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we are Xenia Marita and Bernd Riebe, based in Germany. Feel free to ask questions – English or German – we will answer them all.
Text und Fotos: Bernd Riebe
Here are some reviews of travellers as seen on TripAdvisor
Eazy has got an excellent rating (5.0)
Perfect intro to Tanzania
We absolutely loved Eazy’s! If you’re looking for a cheap, authentic place to stay in Dar then look no further, definitely stay here. It is a bit out of the city, but that means the area has a nice village feel to it, and there’s not so much in Dar anyway. Eazy went out of his way to make sure we had a great stay. We are on our first trip to Africa and we’re nervous landing in Dar late at night, but Eazy organised a taxi for us and it was very easy and felt completely safe. It is an adventure to get there on the roads, but that is part of fun! The accommodation is very basic with mud and thatch huts, bucket shower and squat toilet, but all with tiled floors and very clean. Beds were comfortable with good mosquito nets. The food was very tasty, chapati/samosas and coffee/tea for breakfast and then tasty curry, vegetables and rice for dinner. There is noise around from roosters and dogs so bring earplugs. There is a friendly cheap bar just 50m away. We did the Bagamoyo tour with Eazy which was a cool way to see the town. Also watching him paint the batik was super cool and we bought some of the beautiful (very affordable!) material and Eazy took us to a local seamstress to have a dress made. Sorry, I have written an essay, but we really loved it, so if you’re happy with basic accommodation definitely stay here!! The one thing to note is that there are quite a few pet pigeons and chickens around the yard, which we loved, but wouldn’t suit everyone. Thanks Eazy!! PS. Stay at least three nights to really settle into it.
Stayed July 2017, travelled as a couple
a veritable learning experience
Reviewed 2 May 2017
Eazy is a consummate artist specializing in batik. His designs are unusual and his methods subtle and painstaking. I signed up for the three-day course he offers in the open air of his shady compound in the low hills back of the beach in Goba, a northern suburb of Dar es Salaam. I had no regrets, learning how to paint with hot wax on lengths of cotton cloth, dyeing and painting to build up a pattern, with cows lumbering by a few feet away beyond a hedge and chickens and doves clucking and scratching at my feet and above my head. (It helps to be poultry friendly) and his fellow artists dropping in to chat and philosophize. With Eazy’s help I created several tablecloths which grace our table in New York.
Eazy’s Place is by far the best way to start Tanzania!
Reviewed 18 March 2016
I am a backpacker, not full time, not a flash packer, but a little bird trapped in my cage for 10 months a year, then I escape and travel, far and wide. This year I chose Africa for 10 weeks. My first stop was Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam for Safaris. I contacted a few places (not hotels, but guesthouses) so that I could get a feel for locale living. Eazy’s Place replied right away, and I was able to ask so many questions and get so many great answers to everything I needed to know. This set the stage for my staying here for most of two weeks.
The issue for most people would be the distance from the city, about 1 hour in decent traffic; it took me two at night but the driver Eazy arranged was nice and patient as he had to wait an extra hour for me to get my visa (there was an adventure by itself). I arrived late and Eazy was there to greet me with a HUGE smile and also very shortly after, a great meal. He was so nice and helpful the entire time, we came to be like brothers over the time I stayed there. He helped me with all my planning, gave me new ideas, arranged rides for me (also his brother joined us often to drive and hang out) and I got to see the proper side of locale life.
Eazy is an amazing cook, artist, person with a huge heart, who is always happy and ready to do anything for you.
I will never forget my time there, it was perfect. When I travel, I always get a migraines the first few days due to stress, and stomach issues due to change in nutrition. This time I had nothing, I felt so at ease, the food was fresh and perfectly done, I could not have made a better choice.
My advice though, bring earplugs if you want to sleep as the locale dogs howl at night, and the rooster is up early (as in the mosque). Also bring a fan, a converter and plug as there is power in the rooms and it does get hot at night if there is no breeze.
Stayed February 2016, travelled solo
Yvan H. Canada