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.
Three types of accommodation
- Luxury Lodges: Tanzania has an impressive number of five-star hotels, luxury beach resorts, city escapes, boutique guesthouses, and luxury safari camps and lodges.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
The Southern Circuit
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!
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'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.
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.
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.
Popular Trips to Tanzania
The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
Combine the northern safari circuit with a trip south to Ruaha National Park, finishing at Dar es Salaam. Along the way, discover the beautiful landscapes and incredible wildlife that make Tanzania so special.…
- 9 Days
Honeymoon in Tanzania
Stay in romantic lodges in the heart of the Serengeti before heading east to the Zanzibar archipelago for a few days at Matemwe Retreat. East Africa safari meets tropical island paradise.…
- 7 Days
Kenya and Tanzania Combined
The ultimate East African adventure. Starting in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, work your way south through the Serengeti towards Ruaha National Park in Tanzania. Close out your trip with a couple of days on the island paradise of Zanzibar.…
- 13 Days
Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar
Combine Tanzania's southern safari circuit with a few days on the tropical beaches of Zanzibar. Beautiful camps and lodges will keep you comfortable along the way.…
- 10 Days
Tanzania’s Chimp Circuit
This 9-day adventure takes you across the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Serengeti, and out on to Lake Victoria. In these waters lies Rubondo Island, home to over 60 chimpanzees.…
- 9 Days
Tanzania’s Northern Circuit
The northern safari circuit in Tanzania. From the verdant slopes of the Ngorongoro crater to the vast savannahs of the Serengeti, this is the safari of your imagination.…
- 12 Days
Snorkelling, kayaking, diving, stand-up paddleboarding and kitesurfing - the oceans around Zanzibar are your playground. Book the trip direct, or include as part of a wider…
- 4 Days
Classic Northern Tour
Traverse the Serengeti, hike through the Ngorongoro, and enjoy the sunsets at Tarangire. A classic northern route through some of the most exciting national parks in Tanzania.…
- 8 Days
The Great Wildebeest Migration
The annual wildebeest migration in northern Tanzania and Kenya is one of the most incredible wildlife events in the world. Head to the Serengeti and stay in mobile tented camps to follow the action.…
- 7 Days
Walk Among the Great Migration
A unique way to experience the great migration on the plains of the Serengeti. Stand amongst giants, and experience the migration of 2 million wildebeest as you hike from central Serengeti to southern plains. …
- 7 Days