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Tanzania has a vast spread of accommodation options, ranging from luxurious game lodges in game-filled national parks, heritage buildings in the winding alleys of Stone Town, sprawling resorts and rustic beach huts lining Zanzibar’s beaches, and extending down-budget all the way to a plethora of middling mid-range hotels and the cheap, rough-around-the-edges guest houses.

Hotels in Tanzania vary from superbly finished, expensive luxury hotels with all the trimmings found in the cities and popular tourist areas, to mid-range generic hotels favoured by local business people, and cheap board and lodgings in the regional towns, which, although sometimes adequate, have little atmosphere and can have security issues.

Hotels in Arusha

There is a variety of hotels available in Tanzania ranging from the luxurious hotels to the mid-range lodges plus beach resorts that offer double rooms having air conditioning plus private bathrooms for about US$250 to 150, basic plus small town facilities mainly used by local businessmen go for about US$50 to100 for each room, and standard board plus hotels commonly used by local travelers goes for less than US$10 per day. These hotels and Lodges Ranging from Luxurious, Mid range to Budget includes





Safari Lodges

There are safari lodges in all national parks and game reserves. Some of these have hundreds of rooms and are aimed at families and tour groups, so while they have decent standards can feel a little impersonal. Others are top-end luxury lodges or tented camps with just a few decadent rooms, boasting impeccable service in stunning locations.

Expect to pay exorbitant prices for even the most ‘budget’ lodge, with bookings essential for popular lodges in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks. Reservations can be made through specialist tour operators as part of a safari trip, or by contacting the lodges directly.


  • Oliver’s Tented Camp, Tarangire Treetops, Chem Chem Safari Lodge


  • Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Sangaiwe Tented Lodge, Tarangire Safari Lodge


  • Maramboi Tented Camp, Kizumba Campsite, Migombani Tented Camp

Resorts in Zanzibar

There are dozens of beach resorts on Zanzibar and at a few places on the mainland coast that are aimed at holiday-makers looking for the typical sun, sea and sand experience. Most have been built sensitively, with rooms in low blocks of buildings covered in makuti thatch. These offer B&B, half-board, full-board or ‘all-inclusive’ rates (extras like watersports and children’s activities may be included).

Bookings can be made directly through the resort or through the local tour operators. Room rates at beach resorts tend to be seasonal – the high season runs from the beginning of June to mid-October and again from Christmas to mid-February; at these times reservations should be made well in advance.


  • Riu Palace Hotel, Zuri Zanzibar, Z Hotel


  • Nungwi House, Aluna Beach Lodge, Warere Beach


  • Tembo House, Kiwengwa Beach Resort, Milele Beach Resort

Safari Tented Camps

Tented Camps can be Budget Camping involves travelling with all your camp equipment, your guide and possibly a cook in your vehicle with you. Fly Camping involves setting up small, temporary camps for a night under the stars, more often than not in a remote part of the bush. Luxury Camping Imagine feather pillows, soft towels, gin and tonic on the rocks and four course gourmet meals in a candlelit dining tent as far from civilisation as you can get. Lightweight Luxury Camping tents will have metal or wood-frame beds, standing headroom, a veranda and small en-suite toilets and hot showers. Most tented camping settings offering you a colonial style safari experience with luxurious tented lodgings – taking you back in time to an era long forgotten. Stay in elegantly appointed luxury en-suite safari tents.

Safari Public Campsites

These are campsites which are shared by more than one group of tourists at a time. The park shall ensure the availability of kitchen, dining, shelter, camping pads, parking lot, dust bins, fire break, toilets & water and power supply (light & charging) in the campsite.

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