Where to Stay in Tanzania
Depending on the type of trip you arrange and the areas you visit, there are a variety of places we can recommend and arrange for your visit to Tanzania. We like to use the smaller, more remote lodges and permanent tented camps, and stay away from the large properties that cater to big groups. We also offer fully serviced mobile camping options.
Accommodations generally fall into the following categories:
- Classic Safari Lodges – Usually colonial in style with attached rooms, restaurants, bars and pools. Often they are located around popular National Parks and more visited areas. www.ndutu.com/gallery/ndutu_album
- Luxury Safari Lodges – Intimate and luxurious, these properities are often located on private reserves with attached rooms or secluded cottages designed in classic or exotic style. Most have small pools, dinning and bar area’s, library, fire pits and personalized service.
- Permanent Tented Camps– These properities give you the feel of the outdoors with all the comforts of lodges. Usually very small and isolated, they range from comfortable walk-in tents with en-suite facilities, to large luxurious canvas structures supported with wooden frames built upon stilts or foundations with private plunge pools and indoor/outdoor showers. Most have dinning tents or structures, lounges and fire pits.
- Mobile Camps– Erected prior to your arrival in private campsites or on private reserves, accommodations can range from huge walk-in tents with king-size beds and full en-suite facilities, to more modest dome tents with camp beds. All are fully serviced with accompanying staff and 3 to 5 course meals are prepared by the camp chefs.
Accomodations by Location:
For hotels around Zanzibar beaches, see Zanzibar hotels and resorts.
Standing at the foot of Mount Meru in Arusha town, a few miles from Kilimanjaro International Airport, the Mount Meru Hotel is without doubt the ideal starting point for safaris to the National parks in the north of Tanzania. The hotel offers 168 rooms overlooking the swimming pool and the Gymkhana golf course to the south and majestic Mount Meru standing at 4572 metres to the north, all fitted with private bathroom, television and telephone.
Situated only a kilometre from the Arusha city centre, Impala Hotel is an ideal base for both business and holiday visitors. The hotel offers 160 rooms, all with en suite bathrooms. The hotel has three main restaurants serving continental, Italian, Chinese, Indian and African cuisine. Other facilities include direct dial telephone, room-to-room connection, laundry and dry cleaning, internet café, secretarial bureau, conference halls, Bureau de Change, gift shop, and a swimming pool. www.impalahotel.com
Situated in the centre of Arusha town, the tourist capital of Tanzania, this historical hotel was first built in 1927 by an American coffee farmer. It has been recently refurbished and modernized to provide international travelers with services and facilities equal to a five star hotel.
The Arusha Hotel offers 65 en suite bedrooms with 2 executive suites and a variety of single, double and inter-leading family rooms. All rooms have direct dial telephone, internet connection, television and room safes. The hotel has 4 conference rooms, one of them accommodating up to 150 pople.
Nestling in a well-maintained coffee estate, with great views of Mount Meru (4572m) and Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m), Mountain Village Lodge is the perfect location before setting out to explore Tanzania. It is just 10 minutes drive from Arusha town and 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The Lodge consists of 42 round cottages, most of them facing Lake Duluti, with newly refurbished rooms. Every room has a private bathroom with shower, all redone in new tiles in the recently completed renovation. Major renovations included complete rebuilding of the main public area, the restaurant, bar and the reception.
Hotel equator, situated in the city centre of Arusha with a commanding view of Themi River, is ideal for both a business and holiday visitor. Hotel Equator has 24 spacious guest rooms with bath and shower, restaurant, bar, and conference facilities.
Arusha Coffee Lodge is located about 10 km from Arusha town centre, adjacent to Redds Restaurant, both managed by Halcyon Tanzania. The Lodge is set amidst coffee trees and tall wind-break trees, creating an ambience of a country house, and has 21 rooms, all with en suite bathrooms, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, ceiling fans, fireplaces, telephones and hair dryers.
Situated in the midst of tropical trees and a coffee plantation, only 7 km from Arusha, Moivaro Lodge has a total of 24 rooms, all with en suite bathrooms and its own verandah. You can enjoy the swimming pool, relax between the coffee plants or walk and jog around the 40 acres estate. The Lodge has a restaurant and bar.
Located on the foot of Mount Meru in a 140 acre coffee estate, about 30 kms from Kilimanjaro airport and Arusha town, the lodge has a total of 139 guest rooms set out in three different grounds. These include 60 rooms in 30 individual cottages each with two suites, one on the ground floor and the other on the first floor. The suites have a small living room, bedroom, a fireplace, a shower and a personal jacuzzi. The main building, which also houses restaurants, internet cafe, curio shop, secretarial services and three conference halls, offers 72 en-suite guest rooms. Situated away from the cottages and the main building, is a cluster of 7 presidential suites with private check-in facilities and an exclusive presidential club facility for the suit residents. The Lodge has a big swimming pool, a sauna, and a wide range of sports facilities including a lawn tennis court, table tennis, volleyball, children amusement park, and an 18-hole golf course. www.thengurdotomountainlodge.com
This magnificent new lodge is spread over 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and natural African bushland, bordering on a river lined with precious large old trees. Arumeru River Lodge was built on the site of an old coffee farm and is situated only 700 m. south of the main Arusha – Moshi road, just a 35 minutes drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport and 15 minutes away from the town of Arusha. It is our aim to offer our guests comfortable luxurious accommodation, personalised service, great attention to detail, excellent international and local African cuisine and an inviting, homely atmosphere. www.arumerulodge.com
The Lodge is situated in the shadows of mount Kilimanjaro only a few minutes drive from the Airport. You can find friendly service, Zanzibar style at the reception, Makonde woodcarvings in the rooms and the famous Tinga Tinga paintings in our tropical restaurant. Located on a secluded hill, minutes drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport. It has 40 self-contained rooms, air conditionings, excellent restaurant, a business centre and an open bar with view of Mount Kilimanjaro. A swimming pool sits on top of the hill with an outstanding 360 ” panoramic view of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
Nestled between the peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary lies midway between Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha. The Lodge is located within 33 acres of mature, well manicured gardens bounded on one side by the tranquil waters of the Usa River and on the other by our animal sanctuary. This wildlife provides many of our guests with their first exciting game viewing experience. Access to the lodge and sanctuary is entirely by tarmac road, making the journey to the lodge all the more pleasant for the weary traveller.
The lodge is set on the side of one of Arusha’s characteristic volcanic hills. As you look out over the beautiful valley with views of Meru and Kilimanjaro behind, it is hard to believe that you are so close to town. This nice little lodge is a reasonable lower cost option in Arusha. There are 12 rooms, all with twin beds that can be made up as doubles, en-suite bathrooms and private verandah. We preferred the rooms lower down on the slope because the verandahs are more private. The rooms are quite stylish in an environmental kind of way, but guests should be aware that the structure is quite open to the elements and insects, so earplugs and net-tucking are recommended for the faint-hearted.
We are located near the village of Usa-River, a twenty-minute drive from Arusha along the Moshi Road. Kilimanjaro Airport is a mere twenty minutes away. Rivertrees is nestled between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru within natural gardens along the Usa River. Rivertrees is also a popular ‘stepping stone’ with mountain hikers and climbers. The altitude at Rivertrees (approximately 1,150M above sea level) is perfect to acclimatize for Kilimanjaro. www.rivertrees.com
Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge is an old colonial style lodge in a unique setting, overlooking the lake and beautiful indigenous forest on the slopes of Mount Meru. The Lodge, which is close to Arusha National Park and only 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport, is the ideal base for a safari. The snows of Kilimanjaro form a splendid backdrop to a sundowner on the verandah. Watching the changing colors of the glaciers is an unforgettable experience. www.ngare-sero-lodge.com
Kigongoni lodge is located on a historic 70-acre coffee farm near Arusha, amid a natural forest. Sitting on a hilltop with lush gardens, the lodge offers breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.Tucked between the trees are fourteen cottages, built in traditional African styles and materials. The rooms, cocktail lounge, and restaurant – all with fireplaces – are furnished in an intimate and comfortable manner, maximizing the site’s unique views and natural features. www.kigongoni.net
Hatari Lodge is situated at an altitude above 5.000 ft on the northern edge of Arusha National Park, with its unspoilt views of lakes and craters, its magical rain forests, and the 4,566 metre high dormant volcano, Mount Meru. It is traditional farm buildings, which were used by the legendary actor Hardy Krüger. www.hatarilodge.com
Located 800 metres from the main Arusha/Moshi Road (opposite Novotel Mount Meru about 10 minutes drive from Arusha town centre), the Lodge is located in beautiful gardens and lawns with water fowl enjoying the fountains and mature trees. With only 22 rooms all ‘ensuite’, the intimacy of the friendly service is appreciated as well as the guests privacy. www.loasislodge.com
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is situated on a hill, deep in the heart of Central Serengeti. Designed in a rugged, rustic carved wood and stone style, it follows the age old African theme of thatched circular huts set out as a village. Local materials are used throughout, and all 66 bedrooms have stunning views of the Serengeti wilderness. The lodge has a swimming pool. www.serenahotels.com
Located on the far end of Western Serengeti, atop a hill with sweeping views of the surrounding plains, Kirawira Camp is a unique blend of Victorian and African craftsmanship, combining the adventure and the excitement of the pioneering African with the essential luxuries required by today’s discerning traveller. With only 25 double tents, it is an exclusive experience. The Camp has a swimming pool.
Embraced by an amphitheatre of monolithic rock sculptures known as kopjes, the reincarnated Serengeti Mbuzi Mawe Camp nestles in a secluded acacia glade with sweeping views over the alternately lush and burning plains of Serengeti National Park. Carefully sited on one of the main annual migration corridors, the camp enjoys a ringside seat for one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. Accommodation comprises 16 spacious tents, each with 24-hour generator electricity, constant hot water, en suite bathroom, dressing area, two double four-poster beds and a verandah with double sun bed. The central lounge features a generous tented seating area attractively furnished with dhow-wood furniture and opening on to a broad granite terrace with views over the Serengeti. There is also a cocktail bar and a stylish boutique.
Located in the south west of the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti National Park, the Serengeti Sopa Lodge is an all-suite property. Each of its 75 suites features spacious bathrooms, a private lounge with mini-bar and a sliding “window wall” giving access to a balcony or verandah which enjoys uninterrupted views of the Serengeti. The main public areas provide cool, spacious luxury with high ceilings and double-story windows. The prolific wildlife can be observed from the elevated dining room, the cocktail bar and lounge and many game viewing terraces. The Lodge has a swimming pool, and is located 35 km from the Seronera airstrip. www.sopalodges.com
Migration Camp is situated in Northern Serengeti, built within the rocks of a kopje in the picturesque Ndassiatta Hills overlooking the Grumeti River and migratory route of the Serengeti wildebeest. The Camp has 20 en suite tents, all positioned on raised platforms, with sweeping views of the Grumeti River from their private balconies. The central dining area, bar and library are all positioned atop a series of cantilevered decks, maximising the views of the game plains below. The Camp has a swimming pool.
The Mbalageti Serengeti is located in the Western corridor of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is situated on the Mwamyeni hill and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Serengeti Plains and the Mbalageti River. Entering from the Mwanza-Musoma highway, through the Ndabaka gate (1.5hrs) or from Naabi gate from Arusha side (3hrs) the drive is a true game experience with rich wildlife. The lodge offers a few rooms of standard type. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and a small veranda. Each side of the hill accommodates 12 of our 24 luxury tented chalets. All Chalets have a bathroom with all luxury amenities. The private veranda with its cooling thatch roof is a private oasis and an extension of your bedroom in the wild. Two en suite bedrooms and lounge veranda with all the luxury items that you might wish for, are the perfect accommodation for the more exclusive safari traveler. Restaurant, swimming pool, bar and gift shop, where you can buy local products, art, craft, as well as more luxury items. www.mbalageti.com
Speke Bay Lodge is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria some 125 km north of Mwanza and 15 km from Serengeti National Park. The lodge has eight, lake facing bungalows with private bathrooms, and nine safari tents with hot showers and toilets situated close-by. Boat trips in local canoes and fishing for Nile perch can be organized from the Lodge. www.spekebay.com
Built around an enormous rock in the heart of the Serengeti, Seronera Wildlife Lodge is the ideal place to follow the migration of the wildebeest. With the Seronera River flowing nearby, this is the perfect starting point for safaris setting out to discover lions, cheetahs, leopards and antelopes. Some 145 km from Ngorongoro and 335 km from Arusha, the Seronera Wildlife Lodge offers 75 rooms with private bathroom, a restaurant and a bar overlooking the savanna. The airstrip is 5 minutes drive from the Lodge. This is a moderately priced property and one of the first to be built in the Serengeti National Park.
This is one of the finest buildings of its type. Like the Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Lobo is built entirely of wood and glass amid the rough and ragged contours of an enormous rocky headland to the north of Serengeti, and blends perfectly with its surroundings. The lodge is 80 km from Seronera and offers 75 rooms with private bathroom, and a restaurant. The airstrip is 10 minutes drive from the Lodge. The property is moderately priced, and it was the first Lodge to be built in Northern Serengeti.
Located in a remote valley in the western corridor of the Serengeti, overlooking a tributary of the Grumeti River which drains into Lake Victoria, Grumeti River Camp has 10 spacious, twin-bedded tents, complete with en suite bathrooms (separate shower and w/c). Meals are served in the central dinning area and adjacent bar. The camp has a swimming pool and viewing deck. www.grumeti.com
Hidden amongst the bush-clad Kuka Hills in the north-eastern edge of the Serengeti, with commanding, breathtaking views along the migratory routes of wildebeest and zebra. Klein’s camp, made of local rock and thatch with rich wooden floors and serene, classic interiors reminiscent of the distant days of exploring safaris, is composed of eight twin bedded cottages with en suite bathroom (shower and w/c) and private verandah. The Camp has a swimming pool.
Situated within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, on the southeastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem, Ndutu Safari Lodge is conveniently close to Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge. Teeming herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles pass through the area during the rain season from December to May, together with a variety of resident animals and birds which may be seen throughout the year. The Lodge comprises of 35 en suite cottages built of local material, and 6 tents temporarily installed during the peak season from December to April, all neatly nestled in the giant acacias overlooking Lake Ndutu.
Loliondo Camp is in our wonderful Loliondo Concession, which immediately borders the north-eastern boundary of the Serengeti and is close to the south-eastern side of the Masai Mara. This is a place of outstanding natural beauty with a landscape of differing habitats: from sweeping grassy plains to rolling wooded hills, acacia-lined watercourses and dramatic granite kopjes.The semi-permanent tented camp is luxuriously comfortable and spacious, naturally and tastefully furnished with en-suite bathrooms. The tents are spread throughout the kopje area, with the public tent at the base of the main kopje rock. The permanent camp crew takes great pride in providing first-class service with varied menus, usually served in the dramatically situated dining tent.
Located in three locations in the Serengeti eco-system, following the Migration. All locations are near the park border to allow for the superior combination of top wildlife viewing and walking safaris and interaction with local cultures just outside the park. Sayari camp is a seasonal camp that follows the migration. It is located in Piaya, in the southern plains from January to April, moves to the Mara river area (north-western Serengeti) for June to September and is based in Soit Sambu in the north-eastern part of the Serengeti from October to mid January (the camp is closed during April and May, the season of the long rains).
Situated on the wildebeest migratory route within the Grumeti Game Reserve bordering the Serengeti National Park, the Camp is elegantly furnished with campaign artifacts and Persian rugs. Accommodation includes six free-standing sleeping tents with en-suite bathrooms and elevated walkways linking to the library tents that offer a range of classic books. Exquisite food is prepared by a team of internationally trained chefs and accompanied by the finest wines. Among the camp’s features are a tennis court, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and spa facility where one can indulge in a mineral salt scrub and aloe wrap. Game viewing allows guest to observe the spectacular migration of wildebeests. zebra, gazelle and topi amongst the abundance of predators. While at Sabora you can even choose to gain a unique perspective of this pristine area by exploring it more intimately on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. www.luxurysafaricamps.com
It is situated 75 miles from Seronera Wildlife Lodge on the western corridor of Serengeti Game Park and 98 miles from Mwanza, the second largest city on the shores of Lake Victoria. Besides the natural attractions, Kijereshi Tented Camp offers a total of 12 tents set in an area of green lush plains and surrounded by indigenous trees. In addition, there are 2 V.I.P. rooms, one presidential suite and 2 family unites. The superb facilities also include a restaurant serving an excellent international cuisine, buffet and table d’hote, a barbecue area and a pool-side snack bar. Kijereshi Tented Camp also excels in an extremely well-stocked bar and the staff is hospitable and very friendly. www.kijereshiserengeti.com
Though the Serengeti park boundaries officially define the Serengeti, the ecosystem goes way beyond these limits — we call this the Greater Serengeti. It’s a giant picture of wild Tanzania – masses of animals, contrasting landforms, and tribal peoples. The Serengeti Safari Camp offers the traditional mobile-tented camp located as close as possible to the wildebeest herds. Operating on a shared use basis, the camp will have been positioned before arrival in likely proximity to the predicted migratory path. Each couple or group of guests is guaranteed their own private 4×4 vehicle with an experienced guide throughout their stay, allowing complete flexibility to tailor their safari to their own particular interests. Game drives, picnics and cookout breakfasts are a highlight of many guests’ Serengeti Safari Camp experiences and depending on the camp location, are offered wherever possible. Each luxury bed tent sits a stroll away from a candlelit canvas mess tent for lively champaign evenings.
A small and exclusive safari camp with 4 double safari tents each with en-suite bathrooms, short drop safari toilets and bucket showers and washstands. Hot and cold water available on demand. Meals are served under the stars, or in separate dining tent.
Small and exclusive, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge comprises of 10 unique tree houses set in a mahogany forest in the lake Manyara National Park. This was once the hunting ground of Hemingway and other earlier adventurers.
Built 1,400 meters above sea level on the western escarpment of the huge Rift Valley, the Hotel overlooks the glassy lake of the Manyara National Park, home to countless colonies of pink flamingos, pelicans, and thousands of other birds. Set 130 km from Arusha, the Hotel has 100 convertible rooms, swimming pool, a superb terrace and a shop selling objects of art. There is an airstrip nearby. This is a moderately priced property and one of the first to be built in the Manyara area.
Dramatically set on the edge of the Mto wa Mbu escarpment, Lake Manyara Serena offers breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley and beautiful Manyara Soda Lake. Built in the traditional African circular theme, it is free flowing and graceful, with hardly a single straight line in its design. The lodge has a total of 67 en-suite guest rooms and a swimming pool.
Eunoto Retreat is located in a secluded and natural spot at the base of the Great Rift outside Lake Manyara National Park. Easily accessible by road and air, it is approximately 120 kilometers southwest of Arusha. This safari lodge features 25 private bungalows, four of which are handicap friendly, each with its own verandah. The spacious rooms, 28 ft. diameter, are attractively appointed with locally-carved furnishings, the external surface of the rooms have a Maasai boma appearance with a unique, exquisite, internal decorative Maasai theme. The conference center is well equipped and can handle groups of up to 50. There are bicycles for those who like cycling or one can go bird watching around the area.
Kirurumu Tented Lodge is built upon the Gregorian Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley overlooking a spectacular panorama across Lake Manyara, the Rift floor and miles of seemingly untouched Africa. The Lodge has 20 double and twin tented rooms, with bathrooms en suite and wooden verandah. The tent bases are made from local natural materials and roofs are thatched, inspired by the nearby traditional Mbulu (Iraqw) tribal dwellings. www.kirurumu.net
Tarangire Treetops is situated in Tarangire Conservation Area, a wildlife management area of 57,000 acres just outside Tarangire National Park. This location allows the lodge to offer activities such as foot safaris, night game drives and mountain biking that cannot, by law, be conducted inside the National Parks. Tarangire Treetops has 20 en suite tree house units, each with a private verandah, restaurant and a bar, and a swimming pool overlooking the elephant watering hole far below. www.elewana.com
The Tarangire Safari Lodge is located on a ridge with one of Tanzania’s most spectacular panoramic views. The Lodge has 35 tents and bungalows with beds, electricity and en-suite w/c with solar heated shower. After game viewing, visitors enjoy the refreshing swimming pool with slide and children’s splash pool. www.tarangiresafarilodge.com
Nestling amongst the baobab trees in Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Sopa Lodge comprises of 75 suites, each with spacious bathrooms, private lounges with mini-bar and balconies overlooking one of Tanzania’s finest National Parks. Features of the main areas include marble floors, fountains and waterfalls, with magnificent views through double-story windows. Al fresco dining is served on the raised barbecue terrace. The Lodge has a swimming pool.
Kikoti Safari Camp can be found a hundred miles from Arusha in a remote stretch of bush on the principal migratory corridor adjacent to Tarangire National Park. Situated in a private sanctuary, Kikoti is a delightful camp built amongst a landscape of ancient boulders, baobab, mopane and fig trees. Elephant, buffalo and other animals congregate here in the drier months, making game viewing fairly convenient.
Oliver’s Camp, located 160 kms from Arusha, is an exclusive camp close to the Tarangire National Park with its magnificent baobab trees and great diversity of wildlife. This small, permanent camp is situated just outside the park and has easy access to the park as well as having a large concession area of its own. Oliver’s Camp offers true rustic luxury with the emphasis very much on personal service.
Tamarind Camp is a safari camp located 52 miles (1 hour) from Arusha, just 15 minutes from the entrance to Tarangire National Park. Recently completely refurbished, the camp is set in 200 acres of Acacia woodland and bush, which is constantly evolving into an ever more stunning setting, right on the boundary of the Park. Tarangire is the fourth biggest National Park in Tanzania and its very diverse habitats, supporting an equally rich variety of mammals, birds and flora, make it a delight to explore. Magnificent 1000 year-old giant Baobab trees punctuate the Park and large herds of elephant and other game seasonally swell the large numbers of resident game.
Located on an impressive landscape of old monumental baobab trees and acacias that gives the visitor an amazing natural welcome to an area extraordinarily rich in wildlife, the camp is 3.5kms from the Tarangire National park Main gate. There are 18 luxury safari tents within 25,000 hectares. Each of the 18 spacious tents are feature in generous wooden decks and they have a private veranda.
Nestled in a remote pocket of Tarangire National Park, Swala is sited in a copse of majestic acacia trees at the edge of the Gurusi wetlands and the unfurling savannah beyond. The stands of ancient baobab trees, large family herds of elephants, prolific bird life and dry season concentrations of wildlife make Tarangire the classic Africa of lore – feted by explorers, immortalized in documentaries and sought after by the discerning traveller. This picturesque safari hideaway is exclusive in the southwestern corner of Tarangire National Park, affording guests private gameviewing, wilderness luxury, and a privileged glimpse of an Africa, untrammelled by tourism. www.africatravelsource.com