Accommodation in Tanzania, at a glance

It's 6am. You're handed a freshly brewed coffee. Orange streaks cover the sky towards the horizon as the sun climbs higher. You've got a full day of safari ahead of you. 

Tanzania is one of Africa's most popular safari destinations, and there is no shortage of exceptional accommodation here. 

Picture a private veranda overlooking a verdant clearing. A private pool just a few hundred metres from a group of elephants. A whisky or wine around the campfire in middle of Africa's wildest wilderness areas. 

Hotels and Lodges in Tanzania

A relaxing hot tub with a view of Ngorongoro

Three types of accommodation

  1. Luxury Lodges: Tanzania has an impressive number of five-star hotels, luxury beach resorts, city escapes, boutique guesthouses, and luxury safari camps and lodges.
  2. Private Islands: For a real treat after a safari adventure, head east to Pemba island or Mnemba island for a desert-island-lost-in-a-tropical-paradise experience, and a true barefoot luxury holiday.
  3. Tented Camps: In many of the national parks and conservation areas, you can find luxury and mid-range tented camps. These put you closer to nature, whilst retaining all the amenities and creature comforts you want on a safari. 
Olakira Camp, Serengeti

Inside, whisky and blankets. Outside, the African wilderness.

Understand what's on offer

The Northern Circuit

The Northern Safari Circuit in Tanzania is the most popular route. The Northern Circuit includes Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, and the Serengeti National Park

In each park, there are a number of small, luxury tented camps and lodges. There are also moving camps and fly camps that follow the route of the Great Migration, depending on the season. 

There are some less expensive options in the parks, but Tanzania isn't a cheap safari destination. The remote location of these lodges, combined with the harsh conditions and resources needed to keep the camps running, means prices are high across the board, and accommodation will almost always be the biggest component of your trip cost.

Olakira Migration Camp, Serengeti

Morning views at Olakira Migration Camp, Serengeti

The Southern Circuit

The Southern Safari Circuit in Tanzania comprises Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve. In both parks, there is a mix of luxury, mid-range, and budget options available. 

The luxury lodges are not quite up to the same standard as those found in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro on the Northern Circuit, but they do more than enough to make for wonderful stays on your safari. 

Many of the lodges and camps on offer here take the shape of eco-lodges, with many allowing animals to wander into the camp grounds!

Hotels and Lodges in Tanzania
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As if the wildlife, scenery, and brilliance of the locals wasn't enough, Tanzania provides a truly exceptional range of accommodation. The truth is, even if these camps weren't set amongst some of the best safari destinations in the world, they would still be well worth a visit. 

Zanzibar

Zanzibar's main island, Unguja, has plenty of accommodation options.

In the state’s capital, Stone Town, there are a number of characteristic boutique hotels and old spice ranches. If you are on a budget, there are hostels and cheaper options in the centre and further afield, too.

In the North of the island, near Nungwi, the hotel options range from simple boutique lodges to large, all-inclusive resorts. Meanwhile, in Jambiani on the East coast, most hotels are modest and rustic.

Hotels and Lodges in Tanzania

Kilimanjaro and Arusha

In Arusha, there are plenty of budget and mid-range options, perfect for that quick stopover before/after your Kilimanjaro hike. 

For luxury accommodation, it is best to head outside of Arusha, where there are beautiful guesthouses and boutique hotels set amidst coffee farms.

On Kilimanjaro itself, your accommodation will be in huts or camps, depending on which route you choose. 

Night sky above glowing tents on Kilimanjaro hike in Tanzania

Stunning night sky at base camp, Kilimanjaro

Dar es Salaam

Though it is not the capital city, Dar is easily Tanzania’s busiest and trendiest city.

There is also no shortage of accommodation options here. Whether you are travelling on budget, looking for luxury, or want a beach holiday without an extra flight to Zanzibar, this port town has plenty to offer.

Hotels and Lodges in Tanzania

Luxury Accommodation in Tanzania

Sayari Camp

Sayari Camp

Overlooking the golden plains just north of  Serengeti National Park, is the award-winning Sayari camp.  A prime location to witness thousands of wildebeest crash across …

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Matemwe Retreat

Matemwe Retreat

Set amongst the palm trees with uninterrupted views of the crystal Indian Ocean is Matmewe Retreat. The spirit of Zanzibar combined with high standards of comfort make this the …

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Acacia Farm Lodge

Acacia Farm Lodge

Situated in the beautiful Great Rift's escarpment, Acacia Farm Lodge is a great base for exploring the Ngorongoro Conservation Area or the nearby Lake Manyara National Park and …

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Gibb's Farm

Gibb's Farm

Gibb’s Farm is a little paradise, located in seclusion on their private coffee farm in convenient distance to the Ngorongoro Crater. Stylish cottages, decorated with care, offer …

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Oliver's Camp

Oliver's Camp

Located in the heart of Tarangire National Park, Oliver's Camp is a cosy and relaxed lodge that balances comfort and the safari experience perfectly. The camp prides itself on …

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The Highlands Lodge

The Highlands Lodge

This award-winning lodge is an incredible experience in the famous Ngorongoro Crater. The Highlands Lodge is an award-winning lodge that balances comfort and contemporary style in …

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Dunia Camp

Dunia Camp

Situated in Tanzania's central Serengeti is Dunia Camp, a luxury place to stay in a hotspot of wildlife watching. Relax with a drink on your private terrace and watch the Great …

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Namiri Plains Camp

Namiri Plains Camp

Situated in Tanzania's eastern Serengeti, Namiri Plains Camp is a game viewing haven; the secluded camp is a conservation initiative, protecting the area vital to big cats. …

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Jabali Ridge Camp

Jabali Ridge Camp

Situated in Ruaha National Park, Jabali Ridge is a luxury camp nestled in a rocky outcrop overlooking the stunning Mwagusi River and Ikuka escarpment. A landscape of …

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Jabali Private House

Jabali Private House

Surrounded by ancient and immense baobab trees in the heart of Ruaha National Park sits Jabali Private House - an exclusive lodge that offers superb luxury in a prime safari …

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Roho ya Selous

Roho ya Selous

Situated on a little peninsula overlooking Lake Nzerakera is Roho ya Selous Lodge. In the heart of Nyerere National Park, relax at this luxury wildlife hotspot in the …

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Olakira Migration Camp

Olakira Migration Camp

Following the wildebeest migration around the Serengeti, from the immense river crossings in the north, down to the southern plains where they give birth to thousands of calves …

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Matemwe Beach House

Matemwe Beach House

On a private slice of Zanzibars elegant coastline, Matemwe Beach House is a traditional three-bedroom escape, perfect for families or small groups. Surrounded by the crystal-clear …

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Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge

On the northeastern coast on the island of Zanzibar sits Matemwe Lodge. Situated on a sandy outcrop overlooking a lagoon decorated with coral, immerse yourself in the atmosphere …

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Rubondo Island Camp

Rubondo Island Camp

Overlooking the rippling waters of Lake Victoria in Tanzania's Rubundo Island National Park sits Rubundo Island Camp. Boasting the title of the only camp in the mostly uninhabited …

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Adventure Camps in Tanzania

Entamanu Ngorongoro

Entamanu Ngorongoro

In Maasai territory off the beaten track is Entamanu Ngorongoro Camp. Travel up one of the most stunning private driveways in the world, and ascend up the edge of the famous …

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Olakira Migration Camp

Olakira Migration Camp

Following the wildebeest migration around the Serengeti, from the immense river crossings in the north, down to the southern plains where they give birth to thousands of calves …

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Ubuntu Migration Camp

Ubuntu Migration Camp

A traditional tented camp designed to leave no trace, Ubuntu Migration Camp keeps you close to the action, ensuring that you have front row seats to the incredible Great Migrations…

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Kwihala Camp

Kwihala Camp

Deep in the heart of Ruaha National Park is Kwihala Camp. Remote, peaceful, and bountiful of wildlife, it's a classic luxury lodge to stay at in between expeditions. Situated deep …

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Kimondo Migration Camp

Kimondo Migration Camp

Experience an immersive safari expedition with complete luxury and comfort at the mobile Kimondo Camp. Join them in the summer to watch the thunderous Great Migration, or in the …

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Rubondo Island Camp

Rubondo Island Camp

Overlooking the rippling waters of Lake Victoria in Tanzania's Rubundo Island National Park sits Rubundo Island Camp. Boasting the title of the only camp in the mostly uninhabited …

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