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Accommodations in Tanzania

Highview Hotel


Set in scenic surroundings on a peaceful hilltop is the lovely Highview Hotel. The hotel is just a few kilometres from the exotic market in the village of Karatu, and central to your visit to the national parks.

It has 41 rooms and a veranda overlooking a lush valley with coffee plantations, which the elephants love to ravage. The hotel also has its own coffee plantation, and the coffee can be enjoyed at the hotel and purchased to take home with you. An organic fruit and vegetable garden are also part of the hotel.

A swimming pool, day spa with massage facilities, a cosy outdoor bar and bonfire pit, which you can sit around in the evening and discuss the day’s safari, are also to be found at the hotel. In addition to the restaurant, there is a large lounge with fireplace and bar. Two Masai building are attached to the hotel, where local Masai women demonstrate the use of herbal remedies and produce Masai art as well as traditional costumes and jewellery.

A handful of smiling, helpful Masais dressed in tribal costume act as porters and guards.

You can opt to upgrade to Highview Coffee Lodge.

Highview Coffee Lodge


Highview Coffee Lodge is part of Highview Hotel, and therefore offers the same facilities as Highview Hotel.

The rooms at the Coffee Lodge are slightly secluded, around 100 metres from the hotel itself. The lodge consists of 4 double houses with two rooms in each house. They lie staggered up a hill, so there is air and space around them. They all have a large bathroom, a private veranda and plenty of space to relax with a book. The rooms have their own dining tent, where you can choose to eat breakfast and/or dinner while enjoying the view of the valley and the coffee plantations.

Naturally, you are also welcome to make use of all of the hotel’s facilities: pool, restaurant, day spa, etc.

The rooms are double rooms intended for 2 people, however two adults and two children are permitted to share a room.

Price for upgrading:
Per night Per person from:  £123
Per night - 2 adults & 2 children under 15 Per person from:  £93

Ikoma Wild Camp

Serengeti National Park

Ikoma Wild Camp is our favourite wild camp, where you enjoy the best of everything.

The camp is located right on the outskirts of the north-western section of the Serengeti National Park – in a pocket between the Grumeti and Ikorongo wildlife reserves. This so-called “western corridor” is the central route for the animals’ migration from Serengeti to Masai Mara. The animals wander freely in and out of the reserves, so you are in with a very good chance of seeing elephants, hippos, zebras, antelopes, giraffes, buffaloes and other herbivores directly from the viewing deck of the camp’s restaurant. There are, of course, also lions, cheetahs and leopards, striving to secure themselves a good meal from the large-scale, self-service buffet of animals passing by. During the migration (June–July), you have the opportunity to experience the world-famous migration of 1.2 million gnus – right outside your tent! They wander across the savannah in large herds in search of pastures new.

Located as it is outside the national park, the camp offers experiences you cannot enjoy if you stay in the national park itself.

At Ikoma Wild Camp, you have the option to purchase extras such as a “Walking safari”, a “Sundowner” and, not least, a “Night Game Drive”. These are unique experiences that are only available when you stay outside the Serengeti National Park, where the restrictions are not as tight as in the national park itself.

If you’re up for it, a morning or evening run around the camp can even be arranged. It goes without saying that you will be accompanied by security guards, and the surroundings are absolutely amazing!

When staying at Ikoma Wildcamp, the safaris still take place in the Serengeti National Park. This means that you have a short drive back and forth between the camp and the national park (around 30–45 minutes each way). However, the added possibilities offered by the location away from the strict rules of the national park coupled with the high standard of the camp make the drive absolutely worthwhile.

Option to change
Naturally, if you wish to stay inside the Serengeti National Park, this is also possible. You can (against a supplement) choose to stay at Serengeti Wild Camp or Serengeti Wildebeest Camp.

Read more about what a “wild camp” actually is here.

Serengeti Wild Camp

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Wild Camp is located in the Seronera area, the central part of Serengeti National Park.

The camp is a classic African safari camp with rustic, comfortable canvas tents. The nature and wildlife are right on your doorstep. It is not uncommon for wild animals to pass through the camp at night, and you can expect to see gazelles, antelopes, zebras, and occasionally elephants and hyenas, around the camp.

The camp has 24 tents, each sleeping 2 or 3. The tents are large and all have a shower and toilet, desk and large beds with mosquito nets. Each tent also has a small “terrace” outside with garden chairs where you can relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings. There is, in addition, a large communal tent that is used as a dining tent.

Serengeti Wild Camp is for those who dream of a true “Out of Africa” safari atmosphere. You stay inside the National Park itself and the focus at Serengeti Wild Camp is on classic safaris. If you wish to stay at a wild camp that offers extra activities such as a walking safari or game drive in the evening, where you get to nocturnal animals, you should stay at Ikoma Wild Camp.

Per night Per person from:  £64
Child under 12 years per night Per person from:  £44

Serengeti Wildebeest Camp

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Wildebeest Camp is located in the Seronera area, the central part of Serengeti National Park. The camp consists of 12 comfortable tents with space for two people in each. There is, in addition, a large communal tent that is used as a restaurant.

The tents have a shower and toilet, beds with mosquito nets as well as a seating area inside and outside where you can relax with a good book and enjoy the amazing surroundings.

The camp is a classic African safari camp, where nature takes the centre stage. The wild animals often visit the camp at night, and you can expect to see gazelles, antelopes, zebras, and occasionally elephants and hyenas, around the camp.

The focus at Serengeti Wildebeest Camp is on classic safaris. If you wish to stay at a wild camp that offers extra activities such as a walking safari or game drive in the evening, where you get to see nocturnal animals, you should stay at Ikoma Wild Camp.

Read more about what a “wild camp” actually is here.

Price for upgrade:
Per night Per person from:  £64
under 12 years per night Per person from:  £44

Serengeti Safari Lodge

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Safari Lodge is a unique 4-star lodge, located in the heart of Serengeti National Park.

The lodge consists of 20 individual luxury tents built in an elegant combination of canvas and stone. The sides are made of canvas, giving you the true safari feel with the sounds and smells of nature outside. The roof is thatched and parts of the walls are stone, making the tents more reminiscent of rooms than tents. The luxury tents seem almost to float above the ground on stone pillars, ensuring a good flow-through of air and outstanding views.

The tents are large and have plenty of space and air around the two king-size beds. From the living room, you head straight onto a large, wide-open veranda, from which you have the most amazing views of the Serengeti Plains. All tents have their own bathroom with a toilet and shower. There is also a bath tub where you can lie and soak, directly overlooking the national park. Likewise, there is a private outdoor shower, which also offers stunning views of the Serengeti Plains.

From the swimming pool, you also have uninterrupted views of the Serengeti, and you can can float in the pool and enjoy the scenery and the beautiful view. Relax or enjoy a refreshing dip after a long day of activity.

The restaurant affords panoramic views, and you it doesn’t get better than this in Serengeti.

There is also a lounge with bar, fireplace, entertainment and Wi-Fi.

You will not find a better 4-star lodge in Serengeti.

Price for 2 nights Per person from:  £308

Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Serengeti National Park

The 4-star Serengeti Sopa Lodge is set in delightful surroundings on a ridge of hills overlooking the plains in the south-western corner of Serengeti National Park, which is the habitat of thousands of wild animals. The location of the lodge also makes it the ideal place to observe the huge migration of gnus and antelopes.

Serengeti Sopa Lodge is designed in African style and comprises 69 spacious rooms furnished with a double bed and equipped with a minibar. Each room also has a separate bathroom with a hair dryer. You can be sure of a breathtaking view from your veranda, and you will quickly realise why Serengeti has been nicknamed ‘the endless plain’, because it stretches away as far as the eye can see.

Facilities at the lodge include a lounge, swimming pool, restaurant, bar and outdoor areas, where you can take your meals and enjoy cocktails and sundowners.

There is a WiFi connection in the shared areas.

Upgrade pricing:
Per night Per person from:  £455
Child under 12 years per night Per person from:  £366

Ngorongoro Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Safari Lodge is located in the south of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the outer side of the crater edge.

The lodge consists of 10 luxury tents, built around a steel shell with canvas walls, high ceilings and bricked bathrooms in extension of the room itself. All 10 luxury tents are built on an individual platform with a large wooden deck, from which you have the most beautiful views of Lake Eyasi.

At the same time, you are also almost up at the same height as the giraffes, which often plod around between the tents.

All of the tents are nicely furnished with four-poster beds with mosquito nets, desks, sofas, chandeliers and, all in all, offer really good space.

The restaurant affords a scenic view of the area, which is on the migration route. The area is also home to large herds of different antelope species, buffaloes and elephants as well as flocks of flamingos and other birds.

The lodge’s day spa offers massage, which is warmly recommended after a long day on safari.

Price of upgrade:
Per night Per person from:  £116

Ngorongoro Wild Camp

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Wild Camp is scenically located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and offers outstanding views of the nearby saltwater lake, Lake Eyasi, on the outer side of the crater, and a convenient distance from the crater.

Ngorongoro Wild Camp consists of 20 large, full-height tents with a solid floor. The tents are built on poles, giving them most amazing views of the area from the terrace in front of the tent itself. All tents have their own large, tiled bathroom with running water, a toilet and a shower.

It is quite common for giraffes and zebras to wander through the camp at night and remain there for the morning. If you’re lucky, you can say good morning to one of them when you get up.

The restaurant affords a scenic view of the area, which is on the migration route. The area is also home to large herds of different antelope species, buffaloes and elephants as well as flocks of flamingos and other birds.

The camp’s day spa offers massage, which is warmly recommended after a long day on safari.

Read more about what a “wild camp” actually is here.

Upgrade pricing:
Per night Per person from:  £106
For 2 nights Per person from:  £148

Rivertrees Country Inn

Usa River/Arusha

Situated between Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha Airport is the cosy Rivertrees Country Inn.

The property was originally a coffee farm, and its 38 rooms of varying sizes are spread between the different buildings on the expansive natural plot. In the large, green garden, the birds chirp merrily in the trees and the USA River trickles past at the back. Charm, cosiness and a peaceful atmosphere prevail here. The garden is also where you will find the pool and small nooks where you can enjoy a good book and a nice cup of coffee.

The rooms are all spacious and tastefully appointed with wooden furniture and old pictures on the walls, and freshly cut flowers often adorn the table. All bedrooms have their own veranda and chairs and tables.

The restaurant is partially open, overlooking the garden, and its pizza oven is a hit with everyone. The restaurant is open to guests not staying at the hotel, creating a lively, cosy atmosphere.

Bicycle rental is available if you feel the need to get moving. Lake Duluti is located about 10 km from Rivertrees and is a nice little excursion.

Villa Maua


It feels like coming home.

You step in through the door of good friends, sit on their sofa and relax

That’s Villa Maua.

A few hundred metres from the centre of Arusha is where you will find this gem of “hotel”. We say “hotel” because it is, in fact, as the name suggests, a villa. The stunningly beautiful Cape Dutch-inspired building was originally a family home, which has now been converted into a boutique hotel.

The 9 spacious rooms are all decorated in light, natural colours and all have a private balcony. The rooms offer air conditioning, a safe, a flat screen TV and fabulous toiletries.

The cosy living room is made for an afternoon with a good book, and the covered terrace is the perfect place to sit with a cup of coffee and enjoy the excellent Wi-Fi. The small garden offers a pool with sun loungers, and in one “wing” of the house, you’ll find the well-stocked bar.

When hunger strikes, you simply make your way into the dining room, which, in the best restaurant style, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Villa Maua is the perfect place to start or end a Tanzania tour!

Upgrade pricing:
Per night Per person from:  £99

Tloma Lodge


Perched on the top of a hill is Tloma Lodge, with its fantastic view of the nature around the Ngorongoro crater.

This is a small, exclusive lodge with just 24  cabins in charming colonial style and 12 rooms in the main building with a terrace or balcony, all facing out onto the garden. All rooms have a bathroom with a shower and also offer a fan, a tea/coffee tray and a mosquito net as well as the possibility of room service.

Not only do you get to enjoy a spectacular view at this lodge, but you also get ample opportunity to relax in scenic surroundings. Spend the day by the heated pool, go exploring in the coffee plantation or have a guided tour of the kitchen garden, where the organic vegetables become a permanent fixture of those served in the restaurant.

If you need a spot of pampering after a long day of experiences, you can book an appointment in the massage cabin. If you’re more in the mood for a manicure or pedicure, that’s possible too.

Price for upgrade from Highview Hotel:
Per night with full board Per person from:  £137

Endoro Lodge


Situated in the hilly landscape near Karatu is the charming Endoro Lodge.

The 30 or so rooms and cabins are all cosily appointed in natural hues with an African touch.

The standard rooms are spacious and pleasant, with everything you need for an overnight stay or two, while all chalets have their own fireplace, own veranda, outdoor shower and bathtub – that little bit extra if you fancy spoiling yourself.

However, the major draw of the lodge is, if you ask us, the elegant lounge with its floor-to-ceiling windows, through which you can enjoy the view of the surrounding hills.

The pool is guaranteed to tempt you to enjoy a dip and a good book in the shade of a parasol, and dotted around the garden and along the paths, there are benches, providing a place for a little rest on the sometimes steep paths.

Endoro is a charming little place surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Price for upgrade from Highview Hotel:
Per night with full board Per person from:  £136

The Plantation Lodge


Welcome home! That’s the vibe at Plantation Lodge. It’s luxury you get here – but in a cosy, chilled way.

The Plantation Lodge sits like a green oasis on a hilltop overlooking the mountains. This idyllic place is surrounded by a blooming garden, which provides space for peace and contemplation. All the rooms are dotted around the garden and furnished in their own unique style. (Some of them even have their own terrace!)

The owners, who manage the place, have been used to working with agriculture, which is clear to see here. The garden is full of exotic plants, orchards and flowers of all colours. Everywhere attention is paid to every last detail at this charming lodge, which has also contributed to the place being praised and named one of the most beautiful safari hotels in East Africa several times.

Wake up to birdsong, enjoy a Tanzanian coffee and freshly baked delicacies in the morning. The place gives you plenty of opportunity to relax in idyllic surroundings and is perfect to recharge your batteries for new adventures or to digest all that you’ve seen and done after a safari, whether you choose to laze on one of the luxurious sun loungers by the pool with a good book or enjoy a cold drink at the bar. You can also treat yourself to a massage or go for a walk in the brightly coloured garden, where many of the plants are also transformed into meals in the kitchen.

Before you sit down in the restaurant to enjoy a culinary 4-course dinner, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset. Make yourself comfortable on the wooden veranda or take your drink with you to the pool and watch the sun transform the sky into a sea of red before disappearing behind the mountains on the horizon.

Price for upgrade from Highview Hotel:
Per night with full board Per person from:  £342

Acacia Farm Lodge


Situated on a peaceful hilltop, close to the bustling centre of Karatu is the charming, Acacia Farm Lodge. As the name suggests, it is a working coffee farm with 32 rooms spread between 16 “cabins”. All rooms have their own large veranda or terrace, and all have air conditioning, a minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, a TV, a safe and Wi-Fi. The rooms are large in size, modernly appointed with a touch of romance and have large windows which allow the light to flood in.

In the pleasant, lush garden, you’ll find the lodge’s pool, where you can relax under a parasol or enjoy the warm rays of the sun on your skin. Book an appointment for a massage and look forward to dinner in the evening. The farm has its own kitchen garden, where most of the ingredients used in the kitchen are picked. Naturally, you’re welcome to go for a walk in the kitchen garden if you’d like to!

In the evening, a bonfire is often lit in the garden, where you can share your travel experiences with the other guests over a drink before dinner.

Dinner is usually served in the restaurant, but if you’d rather eat in the garden or on your own balcony, it’s no problem at all – just let your personal butler know.

Acacia Lodge is our “classic” 5-star upgrade option in Karatu.

Price for upgrade from Highview Hotel:
Per night with full board, 1/6 - 31/10 + 20/12 – 10/01 Per person from:  £272
Per night with full board, 11/01 – 28/02 Per person from:  £253
Per night with full board, 01/03 – 31/05 + 01/11 – 19/12 Per person from:  £165

Kiboko Lodge


At the foot of Mount Meru and just a stone’s throw from Arusha National Park is the cosy Kiboko Lodge.

The lodge is owned by a Dutch organisation that works with street children throughout Tanzania. The children are given an education and the promise of work if they complete a 4-year education programme. The lodge is therefore also run by former street children who have learned how to manage such a business and provide guests with the best possible service.

There are 19 rooms of varying sizes and with different decoration. All the rooms have an en suite bathroom and toilet, a fireplace and a private veranda overlooking the surrounding nature and providing a glimpse of Mt Meru.

The conditions of the street children are not the only thing that the foundation is trying to improve. The environment is also very much in focus throughout. The lodge is primarily powered by solar energy and is built of local materials. Some of the furniture comes from the foundation’s own workshop. The lodge is, of course, also partly self-sufficient when it comes to the food served there: Fruit and vegetables are grown in the lush volcanic soil around the lodge.

The lush surroundings attract a wealth of exotic birds, and the waterhole by the lodge is home to a hippo – “kiboko” in Swahili.

Osiligilai Maasai Lodge


Get right up close to the Masai culture at this charming, authentic lodge, which is nestled in the most stunning scenery of Masai country – and midway between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. The lodge is owned and run by the Masai, and a stay here is a unique opportunity to really get close to this semi-nomadic people.

There are 11 huts, all built in traditional Masai style – though with the exception that they have every conceivable convenience such as electricity, a toilet, running water and a hot shower.

All of the huts are charmingly appointed in Masai style with lovely, colourful, handmade beads hanging from the ceiling, beautiful baskets on the walls and bedspreads in the most beautiful Masai colours. The huts are available in various sizes, offering room for the couple who want their own cabin or for the family that wishes to sleep together in the same hut.  All the huts are positioned so that you can enjoy the sunrise over Kilimanjaro early in the morning.

The communal areas include a cosy restaurant overlooking Kilimanjaro and a lovely pool with sun loungers, where you can lie in the sun or shade while enjoying the views of Africa’s highest mountain. The food served in the restaurant is organic and almost all the ingredients are grown locally.

A wide range of activities is offered at the lodge, but you can also choose simply to loosen your muscles after a safari or trekking in the lodge’s sauna.

Wi-Fi is available on most days in the communal areas.

Tarangire Simba Lodge

Tarangire National Park

The cloak of heat which has enveloped Tarangire like a heavy duvet all day slowly lifts. The shadows are getting longer and even the wind is calming. The pool has just cooled you down after the day’s safari, and the waiter is on his way, bringing you a cold beer to enjoy as you lie on the sun lounger. You’re watching the bushbucks approaching the waterhole a few hundred metres from the pool. It has become vacant now that the elephants have had their shower.

The views from the raised deck at Tarangire Simba Lodge are phenomenal. You almost don’t need to go on an actual safari. The permanent water hole attracts animals throughout the day – right in front of you, sitting there in your first-row seat.

The smell of food wafts across, and you feel hunger creeping up on you. The fire is crackling, and the sun has turned the sky almost blood red. Dinner is ready.

After dinner, the security guard accompanies you to your tent – the lodge is not fenced in, and even in the dark, all elephants are grey.

From your bed in the tent, you can hear the sounds of the African night outside. The wind is whistling gently through the canvas. You fall asleep to the sound of two bickering impalas.

The 24 tents at Simba Lodge are all spacious and pleasantly appointed. The bathrooms are large and there is hot water in both the indoor and outdoor shower. There is electricity in the tents, but as it is solar powered, we recommend that you only charge your mobile and your camera in the tent. Larger items should be  taken to the reception to be charged.

All tents have their own terrace overlooking the beautiful nature around you.

From the restaurant, the bar and the pool, there is a view of the water hole – and dinner is often eaten on the pool deck under a million stars.

Springlands Hotel


Springlands Hotel is located on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro close to the town of Moshi. It’s an ideal base for mountain rambles and safaris on Kilimanjaro.

The hotel provides high standards of service with a modern swimming pool, beautiful gardens bars indoors and outdoors and spacious rooms with showers and mosquito nets.

Springlands Hotel is named after the local freshwater springs. The springs are fed by rain and melted snow from Kilimanjaro.

Tent camp on Kilimanjaro


During the hiking trip to the summit of Kilimanjaro you sleep in a tent in different camps.

There is a primitive shared public toilet at the camp. It is possible to rent a toilet tent.

Price for rental of a toilet tent: USD 100

Huts on the Marangu route


The huts can house 6-8 people and are equipped with bunk beds and plain mattresses. You must bring your own warm sleeping bag. (You can rent a sleeping bag at the Springlands Hotel, if you don’t want to bring one yourself.) You will share a dining area and toilets with the other mountaineers.

Note that conditions at these huts are very primitive.  The Mandara huts and Horombo huts have running water, but the Kido huts do not.

Each camp can house up to approx. 120 guests at a time.

No private huts are available.

Catriona Hodge

Catriona is passionate about helping other people fulfill their travel dreams, as she knows how much travel has only improved her life for the better!

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