Tanzania Hotels and Safari Lodges

Tanzania safari accommodation.

The Dik Dik Restaurant Hotel, Arusha

The Dik Dik Restaurant Hotel is situated at the foot of Mount Meru, half way between Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is an ideal starting point for visitors eager to explore the splendours of the Tanzanian landscape with its rich flora and fauna. The hotel takes its name from the smallest gazelle in Africa, which lives on the nearby mountain slopes.

The 18 double suites, each with en-suite bathrooms are equipped with a mini bar, fireplace and personal veranda with hammock. Dik Dik offer a small conference room with standard equipment including slide and overhead projectors, seating up to approximately 35 guests.

The restaurant overlooks the beautiful grounds where guests can relax around the swimming pool. For bird enthusiasts there is a viewing deck overlooking a small lake. Dik Dik has its own power supply, satellite telephone and fax facilities and a modern water treatment plant.

Mountain Village Lodge, Arusha

Mountain Village Lodge is situated only 15kms from Arusha and is therefore an ideal venue for both the travelling businessman or as a start or finishing point for any safari. The 46 'rondavel' style thatched huts are clustered together to give the impression of small individual Masai villages.

Set in lush botanical gardens overlooking Lake Duluti, wonderful water features complement the indigenous flowers and birdlife abounds. All huts are en-suite with shower, mosquito nets and a private verandah. The main public area is in an old colonial house, which has been tastefully adapted and the central Fountain Restaurant serves organically grown fresh products.

A roof terrace allows guests to enjoy panoramic views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Lake Duluti and Mt Meru. Recreational activities include guided bird watching walks around Lake Duluti, horse riding or traditional dancing on the lawns in the afternoon. A small curio shop is located near reception for guests convenience.

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge, Arusha

Ngare Sero is situated on the slopes of Mount Meru, only a half hour's drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport. Meaning sweet water, Ngare Sero is named for the spring born in the forest beside the lodge. Originally a turn of the century German farmhouse, thick walls, heavy timber beams and period décor impart comfort and charm.

The Lodge offers two private suites in the farmhouse, with a further eight double room outside in the gardens. Each of the 10 rooms has en suite facilities and provides personal service to all guests. Meals are enjoyed in the central dining room in the main house, whereafter guests can retire to one of the two lounges.

The gardens contain a profusion of trees and flowers, with over 200 species of bird recorded. The keen angler can try his hand at still-water fly-fishing for specimen trout. Guests can relax around the swimming pool or simply sit on the verandah where, on a clear day, you can see the snow capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Sea Cliff Hotel, Dar es Salaam

The Sea Cliff Hotel is ideally situated on the North Eastern point of the Msasani Peninsula, close to the Dar es Salaam city center. Beautifully finished and exquisitely furnished, the hotel boasts 86 rooms including standard and executive rooms.

All rooms are en suite and have satellite television, international direct dial telephones, tea & coffee making facilities, mini bar and hairdryers. Casual meals can be enjoyed at the Karambezi Café, situated on the edge of the coral cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Alternatively guests can visit the Little India Restaurant, offering a wide array of specialized regional delicacies. A fully serviced business center is available for all executive support and there are small meeting rooms and larger fully equipped conference rooms for all meeting requirements. A newly built entertainment centre provides entertainment for the whole family with the extremely popular Cosmic Bowling Alley. For additional entertainment the hotel has a casino.

Sheraton Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam

Sheraton Dar es Salaam is situated only 18 kms from Dar es Salaam International Airport and in the heart of the business district. The hotel has  251 rooms, including a presidential suite and executive floor with it's own lounge. Each room has an en suite bathroom with bath and shower, w/c and hair dryer and shaver socket.

The hotel has two restaurants, one offering international cuisine with a different theme each night and the second being a more informal steakhouse. Additional facilities include a snack bar by the swimming pool, a sports bar and a fully equipped health club. The Sheraton has seven meeting rooms accommodating up to 550 delegates and a marquee tent in the gardens accommodating up to 450 delegates.

Maji Moto Camp, Lake Manyara

In the eastern region of Tanzania the Great Rift Valley is at its most impressive.  The rock escarpment drops some 500 metres down to the glassy surface of Lake Manyara.  The Manyara National Park, famed for its tree climbing lion,  is made up of acacia woodlands, grassy floodplains and verdant groundwater forests and is home to an incredible diversity of birds, especially waterfowl, as well as antelope, primates and predators.  

Taking its name from the nearby hot springs, Maji Moto is located on the remote south western shore of Lake Manyara.  Ten classic safari tents are nestled within a small evergreen forest of Mahogany, Wild Mango and Fig trees.  Each tent has an en-suite shower, hand basin and w.c. and is equipped with electrical outlets and mosquito netting.   The tented dining area is open sided as is the separate lounge/bar area, which allows one tranquil views over the lake.  At night, under a canopy of stars, dinner is served in the sheltered boma (reeded enclosure).  Morning and afternoon game drives are conducted in open-topped vehicles, with experienced guides, through the National Park.   Picnic lunches on the shore of the lake can be arranged and sundowners can be enjoyed at scenic sites.

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge is located at the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment and overlooks the Great Rift Valley and wide expanse of the Manyara soda lake. The areas abundant birdlife inspired the design of Lake Manyara Serena Lodge - swooping curves are complimented by soft, geometric patterns and striking murals depict bird migration patterns. The circular shape of the buildings is a tribute to the indigenous architectural traditions. Each of the 67 spacious rooms have an en suite bathroom with shower only facilities and a private verandah with spectacular view of Lake Manyara. The lodge's main area includes a dining room with indoor and outdoor seating, a bar, lounge, curio shop and a small meeting room. An outdoor swimming pool is available for guests to relax after a day on safari. The lodge has four Landcruisers that descend into the Lake Manyara reserve at three scheduled times daily.  The lodge also offers guided bird walks daily; these are complimentary and lead by the resident naturalist. Ach evening after dinner, guests may choose to have their coffee or drinks around the 'campfire' where frequently there are musings to entertain them.

Rubondo Island Camp, Lake Victoria

Rubondo Island Camp is situated on Rubondo Island, in the southwest of Lake Victoria. This 240km² island provides an unforgettable experience for visitors to Tanzania, combining the breathtaking natural beauty of a forest refuge with the relaxing tranquility of sandy lakeshore beaches.

Each of the camps 10 luxury tents with spacious en suite bath and dressing room, have windows on all sides and instead of zips, has their own entrance door. An outcrop of rocks amidst scattered trees provides the perfect setting for the restaurant and bar, offering a splendid view of the lake and bay. A swimming pool is located conveniently close to the bar, among the palm trees.

Activities available on the island (and may be subject to an extra charge) include forest walks, boat excursions, bird watching and fishing. Fishing is extremely popular and fees are payable locally to park authorities. For those guests who wish to remain in the camp, a small library provides several games for your enjoyment.

Kusini Camp, Serengeti National Park

Situated on a rock outcrop (Kopje) in the Serengeti National Park, Kusini is a permanent tented camp, created specifically to have only minimal impact on the delicate environment. Each of Kusini's nine tents feature private showers and terraces overlooking the plains. Guests gather for meals in the dining tent, which includes an intimate library, lounge and verandah.

Activities include intimate walking excursions and exclusive game drives. Kusini is located in the path of the annual wildebeest migration, and together with your local guide you can be guaranteed a true African safari experience. Additional activities, at an extra cost,  include sundowner cocktails among the kopje boulders or even a picturesque bush breakfast.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

At the eastern edge of the Serengeti, and nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera of the once-volcanic Ngorongoro shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven left on earth. Perched on the edge of the ancient crater rim, the architectural masterpiece of the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a magnificent return to the noble elegance of the travelling colonials. Inspired in design by the Masai manyatta, three separate camps remember a bygone era.

The lodge is composed of separate camps, each consisting of just six to twelve suites. Each sumptuous suite is discreetly tended by a personal butler, who will bring you tea in bed, stoke your fireplace and even draw your bath, scattering the water with rose petals, ready for your return from your safari and lavish picnic on the crater floor.

Under the soaring banana thatch roof, suede, velvet, silk and taffeta establish the decadence of the bedroom while Zanzibari carving and chandeliers (hand-made by the Maasai) float above a central stone-clad bath. All of this however, remains subordinate to the magnificence of the verdant crater that pours through the window of every room.

The three intimate camps at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge are totally private ensuring ultimate guest exclusivity. The public areas at each of the camps have awe-inspiring views of the crater below and beyond and include a central dining area, lounge and curio shop. An outdoor dining and/or viewing deck has been suspended seemingly above the crater rim and captures the renowned breathtaking African sunsets over the crater. Each of the lounges has a wonderful selection of books and wildlife magazines.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is built into the rim of a dormant and collapsed volcano (known as a caldera). Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera, with over 20 000 animals making this their permanent home. The lodge, with its plant and ivy covered native stone walls, blends quietly into the surroundings.

There are 75 guest rooms all with en-suite showers and most have a private terrace. Due to the prevailing cool climate in the region, the lounge and dining room are set indoors, with large picture glass windows providing excellent views of the crater. All the main areas are complimented by log fires which enhance the atmosphere. The hotels unique design continues into the restaurant and bar, with magnificent examples of prehistoric cave paintings etched into the walls.  The full service lounge has an outdoor balcony with a fixed telescope for guests' enjoyment. Activities available from the lodge include full day trips into the caldera, visits to a local Masai village or perhaps a visit to the famous Olduvai Gorge, the 'birthplace of man', all at an additional cost.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Located on Lemala Hill on the eastern rim of Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is the only tourist development on the previously undisturbed eastern access road to the crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera and is the permanent home to over 20 000 animals.

Each of the 92 suites have splendid views of the crater and are fully carpeted and heated by oil fired central heating. The fully tiled bathrooms are equipped with bath, shower, w/c, hairdryer and shaver socket. Each suite has a 'solarium' with comfortable rocking chairs and a small private lounge with writing desk. Both the bar and dining area have large picture windows with sweeping views of the crater. A small coffee shop in the main lobby provides tea and coffee to guests from morning until evening. Two guest shops are also situated in the lobby and offer a wide selection of curios and gifts. A 2500sq ft conference facility is available for meetings or private functions. Although activities are not included in the nightly rates, the hotel is able to assist with arranging excursions at an additional cost.        

Gibbs Farm, Karatu

Situated on a coffee farm, five kms from the town of Karatu and midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, Gibbs Farm is an old and homely colonial homestead that was once the heart of the surrounding coffee plantations. Now her diminished acreage provides a vast fresh fruit and vegetable garden for the great satisfaction of guests, who wake up to fresh coffee, a multitude of flowers and breathtaking views. The 15 twin rooms with en suite bathrooms are set among the gardens while the main facilities consisting of a sitting room, dining room and shop are situated in the old farmhouse. Gibbs Farm is an idyllic farmhouse with good home cooked meals, which provides an unusual stop on any safari. Day visits can be arranged at an extra cost and include a gentle walk followed by lunch.

Sand Rivers Selous, Selous Game Reserve

Situated on the banks of the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, Sand Rivers offers a unique combination of adventure, comfort and exclusivity. Situated in the north of the Reserve, Sand Rivers' concession area provides exclusive entry to one of the most interesting and varied eco zones of the Selous. The area contains one of the few remaining populations of black rhino and provides the exhilarating opportunity of tracking black rhino on foot. This small luxury lodge comprises of six individually designed cottages with en suite bathrooms. Each cottage has a view of the wide sand-banked river with its hippo, crocodile and bird life. Near the dining area a large Baobab tree shades the swimming pool. A wide range of activities are on offer including game drives in open vehicles, walking, fly-camping and boating on the Rufiji River and Lake Tagalala.

Selous Safari Camp, Selous Game Reserve

The Selous Safari Camp is located in the northeastern sector of the Selous Game Reserve. The area is the most densely populated game area in the Selous and game viewing from one's tent is often spectacular. Facing towards Lake Nzerekera, the 12 spacious tents are mounted on wooden platforms and have been strategically placed to ensure maximum privacy. 

Each tent has en suite shower and w/c facilities and lighting is solar powered. The camp has a bar and dining area, which caters for all guest requirements. Activities include game drives in open four-wheel drive vehicles, boat trips in aluminium boats and walking excursions. For those guests who do not wish to leave the camp, relaxing by the swimming pool is an ideal way to spend the afternoon.

Kleins Camp, Serengeti National Park

Tanzania is synonymous with the Serengeti National Park and its famed wildebeest and zebra migration. On the north-eastern border of this National Park is a 10,000 hectare private concession, land that, historically, was given to a park warden by the Maasai as thanks for his dedication. Within this concession, perched on the edge of the Kuka Hills, affording breathtaking views, is Klein's Camp.  

Ten intimate cottages of local rock and thatch each have en-suite shower, twin hand basins and w.c. and a private terrace overlooking the valley below.  The rooms have rich wooden floors and the light coloured fabrics make the interiors cool and serene.  The dining room boasts a large open fireplace and a short walk from there is the large bar/lounge area, which has a central fireplace and is beautifully furnished.   Both these areas have a sweeping view of the valley and its surrounding hills.   A swimming pool with leisure deck is tucked into the hillside.  A curio shop stocked with locally made Maasai craft can be found near the Reception area.   Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 vehicles with Maasai trackers and night game drives on the private concession give the opportunity of meeting up with nocturnal predators.  Afternoon guided walks along the quartzite hills allow one to marvel at the scenery whilst sipping sundowners at the crest of the hill before returning to the comforts of the camp.

Migration Camp, Lobo

This luxury-tented camp is situated in the Northern Serengeti, overlooking the Grumeti River and migratory route of the Serengeti wildebeest. All of the 20 tents with en suite shower and w/c are positioned on raised platforms, with sweeping views of the Grumeti River from their private balconies. The intimate honeymoon tent has an open-air spa bath and is nestled privately behind a wild fig tree.

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 fresh water swimming pool is the perfect place for a refreshing swim after a day's safari, and the surrounding sun deck is wonderful for afternoon Serengeti sundowners. The legendary bush cuisine combines an amazing variety of local tastes, with al fresco picnic lunches or special campfire barbeques.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is set high on a hill with breathtaking vistas of sweeping grasslands and the unspoiled wilderness landscape of the Serengeti plains. The Serengeti is a natural paradise and home to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.

The lodge's design was inspired by a traditional African village, separate rondavel 'huts' house the luxury guest rooms that have their own view of the vast Serengeti plains. A delightful water feature runs through the main public areas and towards the restaurant, dining and bar area guests walk through open corridors with rich Africa carving and high roofs.

The lodge also has a boutique where curios, clothes and a variety of other items can be bought. There are 66 guest rooms all with en suite showers and a private balcony. The uniquely crafted bedroom units maximize the use of local materials in order to blend in with the surroundings. The lodge offers morning and afternoon game drives, a swimming pool with a panoramic view of the plains below and for an extra change guests can enjoy a balloon safari.

Kirawira, Serengeti National Park

Kirawira is situated on a hilltop that overlooks the vast plains of the Western Serengeti.  The building style and furniture have been brought from the Victorian era and the open-sided architecture of public areas keep the guests constantly in touch with nature.

The dining room, lounge and bar area are situated in a large tent with raised wood flooring. Accommodation comprises of 25 tents that all have a sweeping view of the Serengeti plains, an en suite bathroom with shower only facilities and a private balcony.

The tents are also equipped with a dressing table and writing table, a wardrobe, shaver outlet and mirror, his and hers bathroom vanities, a small table and chairs on the viewing deck and hammocks on request. Daily game drives are done on the vast grasslands of the Serengeti where a variety of animals roam, including the big five. Guests visiting Kirawira may even be treated to one of the biggest wildlife spectacles on earth, the annual great migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. The lodge has built it's own game viewing blinds on the banks of the Grumeti River, from which guests can view the great Grumeti crocodiles and other game that may visit the river for a drink. The lodge also offers walking safaris, bush dining and sundowners. Fishing trips to Lake Victoria and Balloon safaris can be arranged at an extra charge.

Grumeti River Camp, Serengeti National Park

Nature's phenomenon of the annual migratory pattern of wildebeest and zebra from Tanzania to Kenya allows for some spectacular game viewing in the Serengeti National Park during the months of June and July. Nestled in a remote, untouched area of the western corridor of the Serengeti, on the bywaters of the Grumeti River, is Grumeti River Camp. The riverine trees surrounding the camp are home to the black and white colobus monkey and a large variety of birds. From the oxbow pan in front of the camp, hippo floating amongst the water lilies welcome guests with loud grunts. Ten spacious tents under thatch each have a viewing deck and en-suite hand basin, private w.c. and a shower open to the starlit sky. Furnished with vibrant décor the accommodation brings alive the excitement and romance of Africa. An open-fronted dining area, a lounge area and domed bar all in colourful décor with unusual beaded, antique artefacts make up the main guest area. There is also a plunge pool on the banks of the river and a spacious deck from which to enjoy sundowners whilst watching pods of hippo at play. A special feature is the sheltered boma where star-studded romantic dinners are served.   Twice daily game drives in open safari vehicles in the Serengeti National Park will bring guests close to game that abounds all year round, whilst keen birders almost always exceed their sighting targets.   Day trips to lake Victoria for fishing can be arranged at an additional cost.

Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Sopa Lodge is located in the Nyarboro Hills in the south west of Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania. Previously a protected area, Nyarboro Hills' acacia woodlands, create an ideal environment for a variety of wildlife to be seen in the immediate vicinity of the lodge.

Each of the 79 suites is carpeted and fully tiled bathrooms are equipped with bath, shower, w/c, bidet, hair dryer and shaver socket. Floor to ceiling glass doors lead onto a private verandah and a small private lounge provides extra privacy to the suites. Both the lounge and dining area with their picture windows provide sweeping views over the Serengeti plains.

Off the main lobby you will find two guest shops offering a wide selection of curios and gifts as well as a coffee shop, which is open until late. A double size pool with sun loungers allows guests to relax in the heat of the day. Hot air balloon safaris can be arranged by the lodge at an additional cost, and offers a unique way to experience the magic of the Serengeti.

Swala Camp, Tarangire National Park

Swala Camp is nestled in a beautiful, acacia forest enclave at the edge of the gently rolling savannah in the southwest corner of the Tarangire National Park. Each of the nine private, permanent tents feature en suite bathrooms with showers and terraces overlooking the bush and the Tarangire Bush basin. Tarangire is believed to have some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa, as well as more than 300 species of breeding birds. Swala is the only camp in this section of the National park, affording guests private game viewing opportunities in open four-wheel drive vehicles with expert guides. For an intimate and interactive introduction to the local culture, additional excursions to a nearby local village are available at an extra cost.

Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tarangire National Park

Tarangire Sopa Lodge is located on the eastern side of the Tarangire River in Tarangire National Park. Only an hour's easy drive from Arusha, Tarangire is one of Tanzania's most accessible game parks. Home to 3500 resident elephant and several species of wildlife, Tarangire is becoming recognised as an area of remarkable beauty with rewarding game viewing.

The lodge has 75 suites, each with en-suite shower, w/c, bidet, hair dryer and shaver socket. Floor to ceiling sliding doors open on to a private balcony and a comfortably furnished lounge affords guests extra privacy. From the bar and dining room, situated on opposite sides of the lobby, guests are treated to wonderful views of the National Park. An outside terrace, off the dining room, allows guests to enjoy sundowner cocktails in the evening and is the ideal venue for a private dinner. The swimming pool is imaginatively designed and features an island bar and barbecue area. Guests will be unable to resist a cooling dip in the afternoon before their game drives. A 300 sq ft fully equipped conference facility is available for meetings and private functions. The hotel does not have a fleet of vehicles and therefore do not offer game activities in their nightly rates.

Tarangire Tree Tops, Tarangire National Park

Located in the Tarangire Conservation Area, only eight kms from Arusha, Tarangire Treetops is an innovative and original property. The 20 giant thatched tree houses are built upon platforms amongst a cluster of Baobab, Mopani and Wild Fig Trees. Each tree house has an en suite shower and w/c together with a lounge area and private verandah. The rooms 'walls' are in fact flaps, which can be rolled up to create the feel of a true open tree house. Together with the mosquito nets over each bed and the plush duvets, you may never wish to leave the confines of your room. The 'Baobab Bar' is built around a gracious old Baobab and guests can enjoy cocktails whilst watching the incredible Tarangire sunsets. Leading off the bar, the dining area with its thatched roof and open sides is the perfect setting for the excellent cuisine served. Due to being located outside the Tarangire National Park Treetops is able to offer activities such as foot safaris, night drives and mountain bike trails at an additional cost.
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