Tanzania’s landscapes range from sun-beaten savannahs and leafy forests to white-sand beaches and tropical islands. Its accommodation reflects this diversity and the result is a wide choice of tented safari camps, sleek eco-lodges and honeymoon retreats. Several are family-friendly, some great for solo travellers, and others have been designed for larger groups and private safaris. All sorts of special requests can be catered for - dietary requirements, babysitters or specialist guides for example - and you can expect high standards of service and professionalism at all our recommended accommodations.
A short drive from the Ngorongoro Crater, this restored farmhouse features individual cottages that are beautifully furnished and complete with fireplaces and private verandas. The lush garden setting gives Gibb’s Farm a charming, unhurried atmosphere and also contributes many of the ingredients to what is consistently rated as exceptional food. Gibb’s Farm is made for romance – the garden is home to a tree planted by the original owners after their own marriage at the farm – and the wellness spa includes a couples’ massage.
Rated as one of the most luxurious lodges in Tanzania, the suites at Jabali Ridge will delight honeymooners and the setting that will take your breath away. Commanding stupendous views in every direction (including from its famous infinity pool) Jabali lies in wild and wonderful Ruaha National Park, the ideal destination for an off-the-beaten-track safari. You’ll go on game drives and nature walks in search of elephants, buffalo and lion and return to private dining under the stars. It’s a great blend of a traditional safari camp and modern technology, right down to the Wi-Fi in your suite.
The Manor at Ngorongoro
Well-located as a base to explore the famous Ngorongoro Crater, this graceful Cape Dutch manor house sits on a coffee estate and offers a wide range of activities for families, from Big 5 game drives and mountain-bike adventures to pony rides and picnic lunches. There’s a great spa, snooker room and fine food for the parents to enjoy plus a family cottage with three en suite bedrooms, a lounge and dining area for private meals and even a TV room – it’s your Ngorongoro home-from-home.
Matemwe Beach House
Lying a few steps away from a wave-lapped Zanzibar beach, 3-bedroom Matemwe is an exclusive-use, fully serviced villa that comes with air conditioning, a swimming pool and Wi-Fi. You choose the day’s activities and set your own pace, and a personal chef takes care of mealtimes. It’s fabulous for families – children of all ages are welcome – and beach games and snorkelling gear are supplied for free. Next door you’ll find a spa and scuba-diving school, and staff will arrange activities for children so parents have a little time to themselves.
Lodges for Small Groups
Mkombe’s House Lamai
Sleeping four adults and up to six children, Mkombe’s House is a great choice for both families and couples travelling together. Positioning itself among the best private accommodation in the northern Serengeti, Mkombe’s comes with a chef, house-keeping staff and a private guide to ensure activities and mealtimes are built around your interests and tastes. There’s excellent game viewing all year round but July and October sees the Great Wildebeest Migration thunder into the area to make the perilous river crossings – this is wildlife viewing at its most exciting. Book early for ringside seats.
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
A central setting in the Serengeti means great game viewing all year round from this large hotel-style lodge. It’s wonderful for groups simply because there is so much to do together there. As well as morning and afternoon game drives, you’ll have the opportunity to go hot-air ballooning, watch traditional dancing, hit a jogging trail or explore the savannah on foot with a guide. Go early in the year to see the Wildebeest Migration.
Solo Traveller Lodges
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
One of the few places set right on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, this hotel-style lodge has panoramic views from every bedroom. It’s a larger safari accommodation than most so you can make friends with fellow safari lovers. Besides Big 5 game viewing in the Crater and guided walks on the rim, there’s plenty to keep you entertained: there’s a swimming pool and a wellness spa plus traditional dancing, acrobatic shows and educational talks at night. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi access in their rooms, and room service is available at no extra cost.
Serian Serengeti Mobile Lamai
Open only between mid-June and mid-November, this is a camp that focuses on the Serengeti’s main feature: the Great Wildebeest Migration. With only six tents available, this is an intimate and cosy accommodation where everyone feels part of the family, enjoying a relaxed atmosphere, sitting down to communal meals and sharing stories around the evening fire. The wildlife in the area is famously abundant, and as well as game drives you can also explore on foot with your guide, making this camp a great choice for photographers and bird watchers.
Lying in the eastern Serengeti, this camp is well named: Namiri means ‘big cat’ in Swahili and the density of predators here is among the highest in Africa. It’s especially good for lion and cheetah, and at no time more than when the Great Wildebeest Migration rolls in from November until around May. There are only eight tents available, each luxuriously furnished, with solar power ensuring there’s light when you need it.
The Highlands Ngorongoro
A stunning elevated location and innovative, high-tech suites have made this small and intimate camp a firm favourite for safari travellers to Tanzania. It’s a great base from which to explore the nearby Ngorongoro Crater and you also have the chance to stretch your legs and go hiking or visit the local village for an insight into traditional Maasai life. With only eight tents in camp, you can expect attentive, personalised service and a kitchen that caters to your needs.