81 Best Hotels in Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge

$$$$ | Serengeti Rd., Arusha, Tanzania

Just 5 km (3 miles) from town, and five minutes from Arusha Airport, the lodge is a great option for pre- or post-safari layovers. Situated in the middle of Tanzania's largest coffee plantation, the rooms are split-level and sprinkled among the coffee bushes, furnished in the Victorian style, with big balconies and your own coffee percolator to try out the local produce. There's a fine-dining restaurant as well as an outside garden buffet for lunches. Stop by the Traders Walk, a mini experience of five different retail and food outlets that showcase Tanzanian specialities.

Pros

  • Beautiful setting
  • Easy access to the airport
  • Large comfortable rooms

Cons

  • Near the highway so you can hear traffic
  • Many non–hotel guests at the restaurants
  • Some room views are directly into neighbors patios
Serengeti Rd., Arusha, Tanzania
255-754-250--630
hotel Details
30 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Aya Beach Bungalows

$ | Zanzibar, Tanzania

While there are many small lodges that dot this part of the coastline, Aya Bungalows is a small boutique hotel that's intimate in space and style. Quaint bungalows between the swaying palms on the soft white sand are neat and modern with large bathrooms and showers, a/c, mini bar, and lounge area. The double rooms are by far the best of the bunch, with the family villa being front and center on the rocks facing the ocean. If you're not going for dolphin trips or taking a low tide evening stroll you will likely be relaxing in the inviting main lounge area or poolside.

Pros

  • Family villa is the same price as the others, but with a private lounge area with views
  • Intimate and perfect for families
  • Beautiful dining area with attentive staff

Cons

  • Back rooms have limited views and are very small
  • Not really a swimming beach
  • Kizimkazi side is remote
Zanzibar, Tanzania
255-622-764--104
hotel Details
12 bungalows
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Beho Beho

$$$$ | Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

Many safari aficionados consider Beho Beho to be one of the best accommodations in East Africa. The ultraluxurious lodge has superb views over the floodplains, fine dining, and impeccable service. The hand-built cobblestone-and-thatch chalets have private en suite bathrooms with unique views, an elegant dressing room decorated with African artifacts, and an indoor sunken verandah with a day couch and a balcony that overlooks the wide floodplains and a plunge pool. Although not on the river, a pool in front of the camp lets you gaze out over the wilderness to spot buffalo, hippo, and other game. At the hot sulfur springs of Maji Moto, you can swim in deep natural pools. If you stay more than four nights, seize the opportunity to stay in the wonderful tree house perched in the branches of an ancient leadwood tree, with a star bed and bathroom.

Pros

  • Private waterhole where wildlife abounds
  • Elegant accommodations and fantastic service
  • Breathtaking elevated and expansive views

Cons

  • Privacy and exclusivity comes at a cost
  • Vehicles have to be back in the camp at dusk
  • No riverbank or lake views
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
44-01-1932--260--618-in the U.K.
hotel Details
8 chalets, 1 tree house
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Mar.--June, All-Inclusive, no children under 12; minimum stay 3 nights

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Beyt al Salaam

$ | Kele Square, Zanzibar, Tanzania

This former teahouse is now an intimate hotel with a whole lot of character and great service. The steep ornate wooden staircase takes you to the guest rooms which have high ceilings, thick walls, and small windows that keep out the heat. The carved wooden four-poster beds are draped in mosquito netting, adding a sense of relaxation, and each room has an en suite bathroom with carved motifs and some with sunken tubs. There's a beautiful restaurant downstairs; its comfortable seating is a good place to escape the pace of the town. The pool is actually located at the DoubleTree Hilton, about 200 meters (656 feet) from the hotel.

Pros

  • A traditional Zanzibar house
  • Excellent location just outside of the main town
  • Beautiful resturant dining area that oozes old-world Zanzibar charm

Cons

  • Rooms are dated and bathrooms could use a refurbishment
  • Plenty of stairs for those with mobility issues
  • Some rooms are small, so if you need space get the deluxe rooms
Kele Square, Zanzibar, Tanzania
255-773-000--086
hotel Details
11 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Big Blue Divers

$ | Mafia Island, Tanzania

If you are in Mafia to dive but also are watching the wallet then Big Blue is a great option, with a selection of affordable tents and bungalows. Coupled with a dive package, this is your best option for saving money but still enjoying the diving. Tents are cozy and simple, under a thatch shading with single or twin beds, a fan, and power socket. The more structured reed wall bungalows come with wooden beds, mosquito nets, en suite bathroom, and an air-conditioner. There is a pleasant social area with a restaurant and bar area that faces a small garden. The beach has a few sunshades and locally made loungers.

Pros

  • Budget friendly
  • Great for diving and snorkeling
  • Lovely location near the water

Cons

  • Rather Spartan accommodation, but worth it if coupled with diving packages
  • Tents can be hot during peak summer
  • Mafia island prices in general are quite expensive
Mafia Island, Tanzania
255-787-474--108
hotel Details
7 bungalows, 7 tents
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

$ | Ngorongoro Conservation, Tanzania

As a budget-friendly option either at the start or end of your safari, the Bougainvillea, halfway between Ngrorongoro Crater and Lake Manyana, is a great option. Run by a former local chef and his partner, there are not many frills and some of the decor is a touch on the odd side, but Bougainvillea has created a wonderful comfortable space with deep community connections. Each quaint cottage comes with mosquito nets, twin or king beds, and charming stone fireplaces or verandas looking inward to the lodge and gardens. The leafy grounds are kept tidy, and the delightful staff makes the lodge a welcoming place.

Pros

  • Fantastic budget option
  • Big swimming pool
  • Food is decent and plentiful

Cons

  • Main bar and restaurant can be a bit dark
  • Wi-Fi is spotty
  • Service can be slow, glacial even
Ngorongoro Conservation, Tanzania
255-27-253--4083
hotel Details
32 cottages
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Butiama Beach

$ | Mafia Island, Tanzania

Butiama Group runs three types of properties across Mafia Island including Bustani, an intimate 10-room lodge on a hillside with a large pool and gardens outside of the marine park. There's also Beach Lodge with 13 well-appointed, colorful bungalows that have wide outdoor verandahs equipped with loungers and inviting hammocks outside of the park, and Marine Camp, which has a few basic bungalows and tents under makuti thatch shading for the budget traveler. It may not have the overly romantic aesthetic of other resorts, but at low tide it has one of the best, most extensive beaches on the island, perfect for sunny strolls.

Pros

  • Best place for fishing or water sports and whale shark sightings
  • Large, open dining and relaxation spaces with a swimming pool
  • A clean and tidy budget option

Cons

  • Outside the Marine Park so you travel some distance to get to dive sites
  • Next to the main port area so beach is not always private
  • Some bungalows have limited sea views
Mafia Island, Tanzania
255-787-474--484
hotel Details
15 bungalows
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Chole Mjini

$$ | Mafia Island, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

Climbing up the winding steps rotating around the trunk of a baobab tree, the tree houses of Chole Mjini will satisfy anyone with an island castaway fantasy. The lodge is as unique as the people who visit it, with open-air tree houses set among the overgrown ruins of an ancient trading station and open-air showers built around local vegetation with a unique kerosene-heating method to get the shower going. Coffee arrives every morning on a pulley system in your own baobab tree house. Dinner service is rotated between the lodge and inside the ruins, which are decorated by the roots of strangler fig trees. Head to the Red Herring Bar to watch the sunset (and get Wi-Fi). For rooms with the best views, choose Sita, Tano, and Nne.

Pros

  • Sleeping in one of East Africa's unique settings
  • Dinner by candlelight in an ancient ruin
  • The best place to see whale sharks in an ethical manner

Cons

  • No toilets in the tree house, so you have to walk down stairs to get to the bathroom at night
  • No swimming beach
  • Open tree house means there will be a few night critters
Mafia Island, Tanzania
255-787-712--427
hotel Details
7 treehouses
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Closed mid Mar.-mid June

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Chumbe Island

$$$ | Zanzibar, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

The island's ecotourism concept was the brainstorm of a German conservationist who, since the early 1990s, has succeeded in developing it as one of the world's foremost marine sanctuaries. Seven thatch bungalows with specially built roofs catch rainwater which is then funneled into bathrooms through a tank in the floor. Electricity is solar-powered, and toilets are doused in sweet-smelling compost and later cleaned. This isn't a service-oriented luxury resort (although staff look after the guests very well) but a fascinating, genuine eco-project on a pristine island where you can learn about sustainability at Chumbe, with your accommodations costs subsidising the project. Scuba diving, snorkeling, island hikes guided by expert rangers, and outrigger boat rides give you plenty to do.

Pros

  • Excellent food and involved staff
  • Some of the best snorkeling in Zanzibar
  • Quaint stretch of beach that is pure magic

Cons

  • The boat trip from Stone Town takes 45 minutes, and there's only one departure a day (later departures cost extra)
  • It's expensive for the level of rusticity but some will like this
  • Low tide means exposed coral on the beach
Zanzibar, Tanzania
255-777-413--232
hotel Details
7 bungalows
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Closed April and May

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Coral Beach Hotel

$ | Coral La., Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

When it comes to seafront views at a price that won't break the bank, the Coral Beach Hotel is the place to head. With sweeping views out over the bay and simple, yet tastefully decorated rooms, the hotel has all the modern amenities you would need for a great stay in the city. A popular waterfront patio restaurant serves up tasty and hearty lunches and dinners; expect some lively entertainment on the weekends at the bar area.

Pros

  • Splurge for a junior suite with balcony and views
  • Executive and king rooms have balconies
  • Friendly and efficient service

Cons

  • Cheaper first floor rooms are small and not worth the price
  • Pool area has limited seating space
  • Very busy on weekends or when events are hosted
Coral La., Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
255-222-601--934
hotel Details
40 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel

$$ | Ohio St., Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

A towering feature of the cityscape for many years, the Serena stands in the center of Dar es Salaam with all the amenities one would expect from a luxury hotel, including a business center, a variety of restaurants, a large pool with outside gazebo bar, and a rather spectacular Arabic-style fitness center with sauna and steam rooms. If you're looking for some expensive, but tasty, seafood like chili crab and grilled prawns, then the high-end, on-site Jahazi Restaurant is the place to go. And even though it's a favorite spot for business travelers, there is still an air of old-world grandeur in the spacious grounds. 

Pros

  • Surrounded by large, pleasant gardens
  • An expansive pool with outdoor gazebo
  • Central location in the city

Cons

  • Very large and caters to big groups and conferences
  • Slightly dated decor
  • Bathrooms in need of an overhaul
Ohio St., Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
255-22-221--2500
hotel Details
230 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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DoubleTree by Hilton Zanzibar - Stone Town

$$ | St. /90A Shangani St., Zanzibar, Tanzania

Not the most grandiose or the most character-filled of the hotels in Stone Town, but when it comes to wanting a decent room with all the amenities that come with a modern hotel, Double Tree hits the mark. Many of the furnishings are carved by local artisans and though the hallways are rather dimly lit, the rooms are neat and clean, albeit with no views. Opt for the suites if you are looking for ample space and take advantage of the friendly service and staff who are able to help you with tours around the city. 

Pros

  • Taraab restaurant and bar has a lovely view
  • The atmospheric indoor swimming pool
  • Close proximity to town

Cons

  • Outdoor lounge spaces are limited and tight
  • Many groups stay here
  • Lacking in local personality compared to other options around
St. /90A Shangani St., Zanzibar, Tanzania
255-779-000--141
hotel Details
58 rooms

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Dunia Camp

$$$ | Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

A rare camp run entirely by women, Dunia Camp makes the most of its prime position alongside the Moru Kopjes which overlooks the lower grasslands in prime lion territory. Set into the Acacia Woodland, the permanent tented structures have an observation and lounge deck, king-sized beds, and soft neutral furnishings. Bathrooms are more traditional with actual showers and a separate toilet---no bucket showers here. The main lodge area stretches out to make the most of the views of the plains while also providing numerous private lounging spaces so guests don't feel too cramped.

Pros

  • Cheerful space and very attentive service
  • Perfect for a solo traveler who might be concerned with the high double occupancy fees of other camps
  • The sense of openness around the tents

Cons

  • Not the traditional safari tent that some might expect
  • Discreet camp that isn't as plush as others (but that's also its appeal)
  • Tsetse flies are relentless in season
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
27-21-418--0468
hotel Details
8 tents
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Emerald Bay Resort

$ | Pemba Island, Tanzania

In the valley of Chokocho Village, steps away from a natural marina, surrounded by villagers going about their daily routines, Emerald Bay Resort hugs the arch of the bay. The very simple rooms, with a stunning terrace overlooking the gardens and the water, make you to feel a part of the island life in your own quiet way. Although it is not as grand as some of the other island lodges, the price and the service make it a lovely option if you want to spend a few days immersed in Pemba village life. Trips out to Misali and Shamiani Islands to picnic and bathe on the sandbanks are the highlight of a stay here. If you want to swim in the marine park, you will have to buy a ticket, which is available from the hotel or the boat captain.

Pros

  • Small and intimate
  • One of the cheaper options on the island
  • Nice swimming pool

Cons

  • No direct beachfront
  • Very rustic
  • Drinks aren't included in the price
Pemba Island, Tanzania
255-759-979--667
hotel Details
7 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Emerson on Hurumzi

$ | 236 Hurumzi St., Zanzibar, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

Tucked away in Stone Town, this small hotel, once the home of one of the richest men in Zanzibar, was the brainchild of two New Yorkers. You'll find it hard to believe you're in the 21st century when you step through the carved wooden doors of this authentic Omani Arab building with bright rooms, original stucco decor, gorgeous antique furnishings, deep-green stone baths, and overhead fans. You'll sleep in a high four-poster bed complete with billowing mosquito net, and dine on the high rooftop restaurant—now one of the "it" places in Zanzibar, which is also perfect for sundowners. Treat yourself to one of the spacious top-floor suites, which come with spectacular views and a private teahouse.

Pros

  • Unique room designs in keeping with the Emerson Spice brand
  • Historic ambience
  • Wonderfully authentic rooftop teahouse is a must (booking essential)

Cons

  • Lots and lots of wooden stairs
  • Some rooms have no sea views or a/c
  • Some rooms have showers and toilets not separate from the room
236 Hurumzi St., Zanzibar, Tanzania
255-779-854--225
hotel Details
10 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Emerson Spice Hotel

$ | Tharia St., Zanzibar, Tanzania

Located right in the center of the maze of alleyways that make up Stone Town, this historic building has been converted into a hotel with wonderfully whimsical rooms, each with a different theme. Each room is massive, and most have balconies with views out onto the town. Traditional Swahili furniture, stained glass window detailing, ornate drapes, and high mosquito-draped four-poster beds (that you need a step to climb into) complete the romantic Zanzibari feel. There's a downstairs café and an excellent rooftop restaurant. Note that taxis can't drive right up to the hotel, so get your driver to walk the final stage with you.

Pros

  • Delightful teahouse on the roof
  • Lunch at the Secret Garden Restaurant
  • Authentic, quirky ambience—bring your camera!

Cons

  • Lots and lots of stairs
  • Rooms and general decor is slightly worn
  • Rooms facing into other buildings might be a bit dark
Tharia St., Zanzibar, Tanzania
255-779-854--225
hotel Details
10 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Entamanu Ngorongoro Lodge

$$$$ | Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

Nestled high on the northwest rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Entamanu Lodge is found under a shady canopy of Acacia trees; it's the only lodge found on this more remote corner of the crater rim. With locally sourced materials, soft neutral colors, and artwork and interior decor made by Tanzanian artisans, this lodge has a warm and inviting home-under-safari canvas atmosphere. Giraffes frequent this area of the highlands more than anywhere else and they can often be found wandering through the camp. Don't miss the opportunity to do a bush walk with one of the lodge's guides, especially if the walk is along the crater rim. 

Pros

  • Unbelievably comfortable beds and linens
  • Massive tents with expansive, private views of the highlands
  • Food and service is of a high standard

Cons

  • A bit windy in season (you get use to it)
  • A long drive to the lodge from the entrance (consider it a bonus safari)
  • Tsetse flies can be a bother in summer season
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
255-787-595--908
hotel Details
6 tents
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Faru Faru River Lodge

$$$$ | Grumeti Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Sprawling but intimate, Faru Faru is built in a contemporary style with lots of stone, wood, and sand emphasizing the natural surroundings. It's located under sycamore trees on a hill that overlooks a gorgeous pool, river, waterhole, and the bush beyond. Suites, all with outdoor showers, are made out of stone and thatch, and are glass-fronted, allowing for expansive views of the waterhole or river below. The Great Migration moves through the reserve between June and August, although there's plenty of game all year round. Bird life is prolific with more than 400 species including lots of raptors. Viewing decks and public areas jut out over the rock pool and overlook the Grumeti River, making imaginative use of local stone and wooden poles; although the effect is rustic, there is nothing rustic about the elegantly furnished tents and superb service.

Pros

  • The service and personal attention are outstanding
  • Modern and earthy bush decor
  • Relaxing in one of the two horizon swimming pools

Cons

  • Flights to Grumeti are on the more expensive side
  • No mobile phone service
  • There can be a bit of a smell at the height of migration when, unfortunately, some animals perish in the river
Grumeti Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
27-21-683--3424
hotel Details
9 tented suites
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Four Points by Sheraton: The Arusha Hotel

$ | Main Rd., Arusha, Tanzania

Bang in the middle of town, opposite the clock tower, this historic hotel was built in 1894. It retains a colonial feel, with spacious and elegantly decorated rooms and lovely gardens running down to the Themi River. A popular meeting point for all the well-to-do's and business elite of Arusha, the expansive poolside area and lobby are often buzzing with people. Guests can store luggage if they arrive overloaded before their safari. 

Pros

  • Close to banks and shops
  • Spacious rooms
  • Lovely historic feel to the Hatari bar area

Cons

  • Food can be hit or miss
  • Location means traffic can take a while to get to airport
  • Large conference hotel which can get very crowded with business meetings and socializing
Main Rd., Arusha, Tanzania
255-27-297--7777
hotel Details
86 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

$$$$ | Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Courtesy of Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Far from the traditional safari experience, at Four Seasons you'll find five-star amenities uncommon in the bush, such as white-glove service, multiple gourmet dining options, a fitness center, flat-screen TVs, rain showers, Internet, and air-conditioning. However, a sense of place is retained. The decor stays true to a modern safari style with accents of local artwork and textiles, and the cuisine highlights African ingredients and cooking techniques. Of course, there are also the sweeping views of Serengeti National Park and the on-site infinity pool overlooking a nearby waterhole, a gathering spot for local wildlife. In addition to standard game drives, the resort offers experiences like hot-air ballooning, photography classes, and bush picnics. There's also an indigenous-themed spa, a conservation- and research-focused Discovery Center highlighting local culture and history, and—surely a first for the bush—a business center.

Pros

  • Breathtaking setting
  • Good option for families and large groups
  • Watch herds of elephants right from the pool

Cons

  • Not for those wanting intimate, traditional safari luxury
  • Views vary depending on room
  • This is a Four Seasons safari experience, which works for those who expect just that
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
255-768-981--981
hotel Details
77 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Fundu Lagoon

$$$$ | Pemba Island, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

Fundu is the type of place that begs you to just kick off your shoes and indulge in some restful jungle lounging—but from the balcony of your private luxury tent. The well-appointed makuti-thatched tented rooms of various sizes are set into the hillside, amid the jungle or peeping out onto the lagoon. The spectacular infinity pool is well worth the amount of steps you have to climb to get to it. Here you'll while away the days sipping cocktails, taking in sunsets from the jetty, or, for a premium, basking in the privacy of your own Swiss Family Robinson–style seafront villa, which feel more like private homes than part of a resort.

Pros

  • Jungle setting is exquisite and unique
  • The jetty bar is the perfect sundowner spot for romantics
  • Superior rooms are on another level and have their own private plunge pools

Cons

  • Mosquitoes are in abundance
  • A 15-minute boat ride to the nearest bathing beach
  • Not all drinks are included
Pemba Island, Tanzania
27-87-073--5184
hotel Details
18 bungalows
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, 2-night minimum

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Gibbs Farm

$$$$ | Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

With the feel of an English country house, this working organic coffee farm sits midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. The 1929 farmhouse has managed to retain its old-fashioned genteel nature with a wide veranda, intimate lounges, inviting reading nooks, and a bar and dining room that look much as they must have done almost 100 years ago. Intimate, luxurious guest cottages with en suite bathrooms are scattered throughout the gardens and provide a perfect base to explore the crater and Lake Manyara National Park, as well as a perfect respite from exhilarating game drives. Expect excellent coffee and home-cooked food served with organic veggies and fruit from the farm's own gardens by friendly management dedicated to sustaining the land and supporting the nearby communities.

Pros

  • The farm tour and campfire story evenings are a must
  • Rooms are spacious and uniquely decorated
  • The horizon swimming pool is exceptional

Cons

  • A rather bumpy hour-long ride out to the Crater
  • Food can be a bit lackluster considering the location
  • It's a working farm, so bear in mind there are farm smells around some of the rooms
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
255-272-970--436
hotel Details
20 cottages
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Greystoke Mahale

$$$$ | Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

It's difficult to imagine almost anywhere on earth that's as wildly beautiful and remote as this exotic camp on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Six wood and thatch bandas nestle on the forest rim, framed by thickly wooded mountains that rise almost 2,500 meters (8,200 feet). The luxury bandas have furniture of bleached dhow wood, a rustic toilet and shower, and a lower and upper wooden deck with views over the lake. The main building is loosely based in the style of a Tongwe chief's hut, although many of your meals will be taken on the beach, at night by glowing lanterns. About 60 of Mahale's 1,000 or so wild chimpanzees live in the forest near Greystoke, so you have an excellent chance of spotting them.

Pros

  • Immersed in the very secluded Mahale mountains
  • The camp gives you the opportunity to watch wild chimpanzees up close and personal
  • Relaxing on the shores by the beach bar as the sun sets

Cons

  • Trekking after the chimps is physically demanding
  • Long journey to get there
  • This kind of experience does not come cheap
Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania
255-787-595--908
hotel Details
6 bandas
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Closed April--May

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Hotel Slipway

$ | Chole Rd., Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Located in the Slipway, a shopping-and-leisure complex in a converted boatyard, this hotel of the same name is a great place for an overnight or home base in Dar. The large, modern block rises three stories above the shopping complex providing views of Msasani Bay. The simple, but comfortable rooms—a welcome respite from the craziness of the city in calming shades of blue and white—have balconies, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and air-conditioning. The complex has some great restaurants, a small mini market and curio shops for souvenir shopping.

Pros

  • Convenient for restaurants and shopping
  • Bright and modern sea-facing rooms
  • Suites have ample space and an extra lounge area

Cons

  • Occasional loud pool parties can change the atmosphere
  • Restaurant and pool seperated from main rooms
  • Older rooms facing the street are dated
Chole Rd., Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
255-22-260–0893
hotel Details
61 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Isoitok Camp Manyara

$ | Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

In the morning when the Maasai head out of their bomas along the Losimingorti mountain range, you'll hear the gentle clanking of their cattle's bells from your accommodations at this very authentic camp. After a day's safari, your nights are spent around a fire with the sounds of the Esilalei community around you. Then you retire to your breezy, well-appointed tent in supreme comfort. A good base to explore Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and the Ngorongoro Crater, Isoitok has a special partnership with the local community and when you're here you feel like you're a part of the community making this more than just your conventional safari camp stay. 

Hike up one of the hills at the back of the camp, especially at sunset to watch the Maasai herd their cattle home over the steppe.

Pros

  • Staff are wonderful and food is plentiful and excellent
  • Well-positioned camp with beautiful views towards the Rift Valley
  • Great community and ecologically sensitive camp policy

Cons

  • Rustic tents positioned at the back of the camp have partial views
  • Keep the tent zipped to avoid evening mosquitoes
  • An ever-so-slightly-bumpy ride from the main road
Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
255-739-503--700
hotel Details
8 tents
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Jongomero Tented Camp

$$$$ | Ruaha National Park, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

The only camp in the southwest corner of Ruaha National Park, Jongomero exudes a laid-back bush atmosphere with stellar service amid luxurious trimmings. If you've come to see animals, but no other trucks or people, then this is your place. The tents, furnished in natural accents and rich wooden pieces, are perched along the banks of the (sometimes dry) Jongomero River. Take your morning or afternoon tea out on your verandah—you might catch a glimpse of a few passing animals. The food is excellent, and there is always something packed away for you when you're out on the drives. The pool is a great place to relax and ponder all that you have seen during your day, and the view of the setting sun is incredible.

Pros

  • Enthusiastic staff and excellent food
  • Fly camping is a must
  • The special little surprises and deft, thoughtful touches make this a unique experience

Cons

  • Tsetse flies are in the area and around the camp
  • Rhinos, sadly due to poaching, are a very rare sight
  • Thicker bush during wet seasons make it harder to spot certain animals
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
255-22-0782--069--421
hotel Details
11 tents
Rate Includes: Closed Apr.–May, All-Inclusive

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Kigelia Camp

$$$$ | Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Set in a forest of baobabs and sausage trees along the Ifaguru sand river, Kigelia has a prime location in Ruaha. This camp has a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere. The tents, are spacious, cool, and inviting. Every tent is furnished with unique, locally crafted furniture and has en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and outdoor safari-style bucket showers under the stars. This is a perfect place to sit in the tranquility and shade of a sausage tree and relax, quietly watching the passing wildlife. A very friendly staff and good service are the mark of this welcoming camp. The game in this area during the dry months is exceptional.

Pros

  • Classic tented safari camp feel with a few modern twists
  • Watching the fire under the stars at night
  • Wildlife frequently move through the camp itself

Cons

  • The camp is an hour's drive from the airstrip
  • The heat in summer during the day means there might not be much respite (no pool or a/c)
  • Time the weather to avoid the rainier seasons
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
255-784-787--595--908
hotel Details
6 tents
Rate Includes: Closed Apr.–May, Free Breakfast

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Kilindi

$$$$ | Zanzibar, Tanzania

Kilindi whisks you away to a private, luxury resort on the northernmost part of the island with a combination of barefoot luxury and excellent service. This sophisticated retreat is set on a green hillside; its white-domed pavilions with modern fittings, delicate white fabrics, and scattered Arabic colors invite you to lounge back and watch the dhows sail by the spectacular beachfront. Each room has a private plunge pool, replete with outdoor rainshower and wooden-style Arabic king-size beds. A spacious main area houses an open-air bar set against a backdrop of falling water and modern swirling sculptures. Outside among the trees is an expansive infinity pool dotted with traditional Zanzibar daybeds covered in flowing white cotton.

Pros

  • Wonderfully romantic on-site spa
  • Your own butler to cater to your needs
  • Remote location with a beautiful beach

Cons

  • Location might be too remote for some
  • The rooms are open, which means insects are possible
  • Bathrooms are separate from rooms
Zanzibar, Tanzania
254-730-127--000
hotel Details
15 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Couples only; 2-night minimum

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Kinasi Lodge

$$ | Mafia Island, Tanzania

Nestled on a hillside between an old cashew nut and coconut plantation, Kinasi has beautiful views over the mangroves towards the bay on Mafia Island. It may be one of the larger resorts, but because it is spread out over a distance privacy is not an issue. Each naturally ventilated cottage has a Swahili-style matuki thatch roof and a verandah with hammocks and chairs, crisp linen on king-size beds, and African decorative touches. The bathroom is big enough to do cartwheels in. The entire property is designed to promote relaxation, with little couches and daybeds hidden in corners. There is a dive center on lodge property, as well as plenty of water sports.

Pros

  • Gorgeous views over the bay
  • Plenty of water sports or lounging in the sun
  • Rooms are spread out enough to offer privacy

Cons

  • Beach disappears at high tide
  • Not all rooms have views of the sea
  • Very hilly to get to lower rooms
Mafia Island, Tanzania
27-072-293--0475
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Closed Apr.–May

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Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp

$$$$ | Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Turn back the clock and stay at a camp that any well-heeled Victorian traveler would have felt completely at home in. This pleasant tented camp overlooks the western corridor just west of Seronara. Kirawira's Victorian decor is pervasive—polished wooden floors, gleaming antique furniture, handmade patchwork bedspreads, copper urns, and shining brass lamps. Your spacious double en suite tent on a raised platform overlooks the plains where you can go for game drives and guided walks. Venture farther afield to go fishing or sailing on Lake Victoria. A crocodile safari—brave souls go out at night to track and watch crocs—by the Grumeti River is a highlight.

Pros

  • Friendly staff
  • Spacious outside swimming pool area
  • You can potentially see the migration from your room

Cons

  • Tsetse flies can be a nuisance in this area
  • Not as intimate or with a safari feel as other camps
  • Food can be hit or miss
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
28-262–1518
hotel Details
25 tents
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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