The Ultimate Start or Finish to Your Tanzanian Safari, A Part of Arusha History

The Researchers Rest is part of Arusha Lore, built by Jo and Judith, two British women who could not resist adventure.  Childhood friends and classmates, their journeys took them in wildly different directions, but convirged back in Arusha where they became nothing less than local celebrities.


One of these adventures ended in the purchase of part of a Coffee Planation where the Researchers Rest stands today.  Designed to house members of the research community during their time in Arusha, the 5 bedroom property provides privacy while giving you the feeling of being at home.

The architecture of the house is a unique blend of british colonial style adapted for the materials available at the time.  The focal point is the huge bay window looking out into the garden from the sitting room, which was to satisfy Jo's love for bottany.


The house is furnished with an eclectic mix of British antiques, african furniture and some odds and ends from different expeditions around the world.  The libarary shelves are filled with volumes many written by regular guests and the walls are decorated with photos from the various resident photographers.



Delicious three course meals made from fresh ingredients, many grown in our organic vegetable garden.



Set in our relaxing oasis, you get away from the hustle and bustle of Arusha, but remain in good proximity of town.


We are committed to ecological and sustainable practices to minimize our impact on the environment. 

Our Guest Rooms


The Five Guest Rooms provide a balance of comfort while still giving a lovely homely feel

The Elephant Room


The largest of our rooms, named after Jo's favorite animal, the room has a Super King Bed and a single bed along with its own ensuite bathroom

The Aviary


This room has an excellent view of the garden and is outfitted with a comfortable queen size bed along with its own ensuite bathroom

The Purple Room


This room is known for its touch of Purple, the favorite color of Judith.  It has a comfortable queen size bed and its own ensuite bathroom.

The Cheetah Room


This room is tastefully decorated with a Cheetah theme of photos by Piereluigi Rizzato, who prefers this room during his visits.  The room can be setup with a King Bed or with Two Single Beds and has a private but not ensuite bathroom. 

The Zebra Room

This room is the favorite of the research students as it is the most affordable room on the property.  It has Three Single Beds and a private bathroom that has access through the hallway. 

Our Customers Say it All


“Eddie and Joseph are masterful cooks. the grounds are dense with thick foliage and beautifully manicured. Quiet and solace, which is perfect for preparing or recovering from big adventures.”

Julia Hubbel



“Truly a hidden Gem.  We were welcomed with a warm hospitality as if visiting old friends.  The bonus was an unexpected dinner with Dr. Anthony Sinclair and his wife, which was a highlight of our trip.”

Jack Woods


Meet Our Team

Eddie Laswai




Eddie started working for Jo and Judith at Club Safi when he was just 18 years old.  After nearly 30 years Eddie now runs the Researchers Rest and is known for his amazing cooking skills.

Joseph Mpliy




Joseph started working with us just out of school as a night security guard.  His enthusiasm and excitment to take on new tasks showed his natural leadership within the team.

Hellen Mallay




Helen is the foundation of what makes the team work.  She is the rarely heard voice of reason, focused on every detail. This job is the world which allows her as a single mother to raise her 4 daughters.  

Ali OleNainduka 


Ali started working for Jo and Judith nearly 20 years ago, eventually becoming the grounds keeper.  He manages the gardens, the organic vegetable garden, and the two dogs (George and Lotty).

Meet the Researchers




Professor Emeritus of Zoology   

University of British Columbia


I am a Professor at the University of British Columbia and I have studied the ecology of the Serengeti National Park for the past 50 years.

My wife and I use Researcher’s Rest as our base in Arusha to supply our food and other needs, and have done so for 20 years. It is an excellent base allowing us to come and go as we please, and just as importantly leaving essential clothes and other stores while we are away in Canada. It has a welcoming home from home atmosphere with excellent staff.



Professor of Anthropology   

University of Colorado


I am an ecological anthropologist and have been working in East Africa for 40 years. I work on issues related to land-use, livelihood diversification and the impacts of conservation on local communities. I have conducted research in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, around Loliondo to the east of Serengeti National Park and now outside of Tarangire National Park.


I started staying at what is now Researchers Rest in the early to mid 1990s. Of course, it was then known as Jo and Judith’s (JJs). It was a wonderful place to come to from the field and exchange stories about fieldwork and research with the other researchers who also called Jo and Judith’s their home away from home.



Founder and Director   

Serengeti Cheetah Project







Associate Professor

Virginia Tech

I’m a human ecologist and geographer at Virginia Tech in the US. For the past 15 years, I’ve worked with Maasai communities in Simanjiro and Longido. 


My first visit to the house, which is now Researcher’s Rest, was as a graduate student in 2005. The memory is so vivid for me. And in 2010, I lived in the house with my wife and our 1-year old daughter while I collected data for my dissertation. Over many years, it has been wonderful to enjoy the warmth of the excellent staff at the house and thrilling to share space and time, food and drink with researchers and travelers from around the world.


In 2019, I was able to return to the house with my wife and our three young children. Sharing this place with them is something I will always treasure. Occasionally, when I jog their memories about our exciting trip to Africa, one of them will say “I miss Eddie.” I couldn’t agree more.



Wildlife Photographer   


I am a wildlife photographer from Italy.  Over the years I have become very fond of Tanzania and especially of the Ngorongoro and Serengeti area. I have been filming in Tanzania since 1986.

The Researchers Rest is am ideal place to be based from when in Arusha. Perfectly far from the town, so you get secluded from the big city. A warm atmosphere and extremely kind and helpful staff make for a nice stay every time.



Associate Professor  

Virginia Tech



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Arusha, Tanzania


Kiryani Road, Sakina

+ 255 (0) 753 858 504

+ 255 (0) 769 784 621


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