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Best Tanzania Safari Lodges Our Curated Selection Of The Best Safari Lodges in Tanzania

From pristine beach to remote savannah, dazzling crater rim or dreamy lakeside forest, the best Tanzania safari lodges all have spectacular settings … but that’s not all it took to make the cut among the best African safari lodges. They offer insightful service, attention to detail and the ultimate luxury of unforgettable experiences, too.

Any Tanzanian safari is likely to include the sort of places you’ve long been dreaming of, and the reality of the best Tanzania safari lodges certainly won’t disappoint. Much like Kenya, Tanzania is in many ways a world in one country: a relatively short flight can transport you from savannah to beach, or vice versa.

Our handpicked recommendations have been selected for being situated in some of Tanzania’s most breathtaking locations, and for the service they provide; indeed, whether you’re on an island in a lake, an island in the ocean, or adrift in a sea of grass, no detail is ever overlooked.

The best luxury Tanzania safari lodges – and their convenient airstrips – are situated within easy reach of places that would otherwise be very hard to get to, like the Selous or Ruaha in southern Tanzania. As well as enabling you to explore pristine forests, beaches and grasslands, this means that your experiences will be delightfully exclusive.

Tanzania’s diversity of landscapes is reflected in the settings of its lodges, which range from rocky outcrops to sandy beaches. Classic safari style in the shape of luxury tented camps is well represented, while farmhouses on coffee plantations offer a more orderly kind of beauty.

Tanzania wears its history lightly, but the coastline retains a distinct Swahili flavour, with distinctive architecture to match.

The tented suites at Kigelia Ruaha are light and airy. © Nomad Tanzania

Kigelia Ruaha | Ruaha National Park

There’s a delightful contrast between the vast spaces of Ruaha and the intimate comforts of Kigelia Ruaha, one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges where true African luxury is defined asContinue Exploring…...

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Gibb’s Farm offers pure countryside bliss.

Gibb's Farm | Ngorongoro Region

Midway between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater lies Gibb's Farm, a coffee plantation and one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges. With its essence of farmhouse chic with an African flair,Continue Exploring…...

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Ngorongoro is a wonderfully moody destination. © Nomad Tanzania

Entamanu Ngorongoro | Ngorongoro Crater

Entamanu Ngorongoro clings to the edge of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater in the same way its guests only use the edge of their game-drive seats. Between descending into the caldera andContinue Exploring…...

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Serengeti Safari Camp moves around the Serengeti. © Nomad Tanzania

Serengeti Safari Camp | Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is a place in perpetual motion, with breezes blowing through the sea of grass and the endless journeying of the herds. So it’s entirely fitting that one ofContinue Exploring…...

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Have sundowners on the shores of Lake Nzerakera when staying at Siwandu.

Siwandu | Selous Game Reserve

Discover Siwandu, one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges on the shores of Lake Nzerakera. With game drives, water safaris and guided walks in the Selous Game Reserve, you’ll get toContinue Exploring…...

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Bird watch from your deck at Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp. © Sanctuary Retreats

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp | Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Set on the rim of Tanzania's famed Ngorongoro Crater, right by the entrance gate leading to the crater floor, Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp allows its guests unrivalled access. Be theContinue Exploring…...

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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge has 10 stilted treehouse suites for guests.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge | Lake Manyara National Park

Cradled in the branches of a mahogany forest, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge – among Tanzania’s best safari lodges – has 10 stilted suites nestled in Tanzania's Lake Manyara National Park. FromContinue Exploring…...

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Mara River Tented Camp is an intimate camp with only six tented rooms.

Mara River Tented Camp | Serengeti National Park

On a U-bend of the Mara River, Mara River Tented Camp gives you front-row seats to multiple river crossings of the Great Wildebeest Migration. Boasting incredible Serengeti views, abundant wildlifeContinue Exploring…...

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When staying at Chem Chem Lodge you can go for sundowners next to Lake Manyara.

Chem Chem Lodge | Burunge Wildlife Management Area

Surrounded by an oasis of palms, Chem Chem Lodge is located in the migration corridor between Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks in Tanzania. With eight elegant tented suites, aContinue Exploring…...

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The whole family will enjoy walking safaris from Klein’s Camp.

Klein’s Camp | Serengeti National Park

Discover panoramic views of the Serengeti and Masai Mara from Klein's Camp, one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges set on an exclusive wilderness concession bordering both national parks. Tucked onContinue Exploring…...

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There are eight bandas at Beho Beho.

Beho Beho | Selous Game Reserve

With a backdrop of plains, hills and woodlands, panoramic views of the Rufiji River floodplain, and Lake Tagalala on its doorstep, Beho Beho is ideally situated in the highlands ofContinue Exploring…...

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Take a boat ride on the Rufiji River from Sand Rivers Selous.

Sand Rivers Selous | Selous Game Reserve

Tuck your toes into the sand, watch the sun set over the water, listen to hippo splash or go on exciting game drives before the sky lights up with starsContinue Exploring…...

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Greystoke Mahale is set on the edge of the forest overlooking Lake Tanganyika.

Greystoke Mahale | Mahale Mountains National Park

Discover the chimps of the remote Mahale Mountain National Park at Greystoke Mahale, one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges, with six exclusive bandas overlooking Lake Tanganyika. From here, you canContinue Exploring…...

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The tented suites at Mwiba Lodge are tucked among boulders overlooking a river gorge.

Mwiba Lodge | Maswa Game Reserve, Serengeti

Truly get away from it all at Mwiba Lodge, where just 10 tented suites are tucked among boulders overlooking a river gorge in the southern Serengeti. In this exclusive concessionContinue Exploring…...

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Have something to celebrate? What better way than with drinks overlooking the caldera at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge?

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge | Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Perched on the rim of its famed namesake crater, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is divided into three private camps, each with unbeatable views. From here, one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges,Continue Exploring…...

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Serengeti Pioneer Camp has lovely views of the southern Serengeti National Park.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp | Serengeti National Park

Discover what it was like to stay in the safari camps of the 1930s at Serengeti Pioneer Camp, one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges that has all the style ofContinue Exploring…...

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Before dinner, warm yourself by the campfire at Serengeti Under Canvas.

Serengeti Under Canvas | Serengeti National Park

Moving to different Serengeti campsites along the Great Wildebeest Migration path, Serengeti Under Canvas makes sure to offer the best possible sightings of this spectacular event. Here – at oneContinue Exploring…...

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Mkombe’s House has a commanding position on a koppie overlooking the Serengeti.

Mkombe's House | Family Safari | Serengeti National Park

Mkombe's House, a private Tanzania safari house in Serengeti National Park – and one of Tanzania’s best safari accommodation options – is the perfect place for families to reconnect withContinue Exploring…...

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A stay at Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp will ensure you see the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp | Serengeti National Park

Traversing the northern, southern and western Serengeti, Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp – one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges – literally follows the Great Wildebeest Migration. Depending on the season, you’llContinue Exploring…...

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Enjoy breakfast under the trees at Jongomero.

Jongomero | Ruaha National Park

Jongomero – one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges – is situated in the most isolated southern sector of Ruaha National Park, along the banks of a seasonal river. Here, exploreContinue Exploring…...

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Faru Faru Lodge is constructed from natural materials, like rock and wood. © Singita

Faru Faru Lodge | Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti

With its mini Serengeti beaches, infinity pools and spa, it’s difficult to leave Faru Faru Lodge – one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges. The good news is you don’t needContinue Exploring…...

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Lamai Serengeti | Serengeti National Park

Hidden among the Kogakuria Kopje rocks, the open-fronted suites at Lamai Serengeti offer commanding views over the Serengeti plains. While you’ll see the Great Wildebeest Migration cross the nearby MaraContinue Exploring…...

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Walking safaris from Tarangire Treetops give you the chance to explore the area on foot.

Tarangire Treetops | Tarangire National Park

Indulge in a luxurious treehouse vacation at Tarangire Treetops, one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges, with views overlooking the baobab-studded Tarangire National Park. Whether you want to get active with swimming,Continue Exploring…...

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You’ll see spectacular Serengeti sunsets when sitting around the evening campfires at Sabora Tented Camp.

Sabora Tented Camp | Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti

Explore the Serengeti in style at Sabora Tented Camp, an elegant 1920s-themed lodge with swimming pool, tennis court, spa and Jacuzzi. Enjoy the views from the comfort of your daybedContinue Exploring…...

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There are nine beachside cottages at Ras Kutani.

Ras Kutani | Tanzania Beach

Enjoy sandy beaches and tropical waters on the edge of a lagoon at Ras Kutani, where 14 luxury suites are dotted amid an indigenous forest overlooking the shores of theContinue Exploring…...

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Mnemba Island is just 1,5km in circumference.

Mnemba Island | Zanzibar

Discover white sands and turquoise waters, playful dolphin and some of Africa’s best dive sites at Mnemba Island, a romantic beach paradise with 11 guest bandas on a palm-fronded beachContinue Exploring…...

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Elewana Kilindi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Kilindi Zanzibar | Zanzibar

Set in 20ha of tropical gardens overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the 15 stylish white-domed villas at Kilindi Zanzibar offer boutique accommodation on Zanzibar's northwest coast. HereContinue Exploring…...

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Unwind on the beach loungers at Zawadi Hotel.

Zawadi Hotel | Zanzibar

Surrounded by swaying coconut palms and colourful bougainvillea, Zawadi Hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. With six elegant villas, an open-sided beach restaurant and bar andContinue Exploring…...

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You’ll be able to see migrating elephant when staying at Kuro Tarangire.

Kuro Tarangire | Tarangire National Park

Imagine six stylish tents in the heart of the African wild. Picture them at an unfenced, authentic camp overlooking an elephant walking trail and the dry, sandy Tarangire River, navigatedContinue Exploring…...

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This hippo, spotted near Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, sure looks happy.

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp | Serengeti National Park

Set in a forest overlooking the Grumeti River, which snakes through the western Serengeti National Park, you’ll find Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp – one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges. EnjoyContinue Exploring…...

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Stop for refreshments while on game drives from Sasakwa Lodge.

Sasakwa Lodge | Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti

Get the ultimate VIP experience at the elegant Sasakwa Lodge, one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges. With spa, gym and tennis court – as well as private infinity pools atContinue Exploring…...

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Serengeti Mobile Camp has just 11 guest tents, set well apart for privacy.

Legendary Serengeti Mobile Camp | Serengeti National Park

Moving between the north, south and west Serengeti throughout the year, a stay at Legendary Serengeti Mobile Camp – one of Tanzania’s best safari accommodation options with just 11 tentsContinue Exploring…...

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The Manor at Ngorongoro has Cape Dutch architecture and stately gardens. © Elewana Collection

The Manor at Ngorongoro | Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, The Manor at Ngorongoro – one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges – allows you to retreat from the crowds and discover Tanzania's Ngorongoro CraterContinue Exploring…...

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What a sight – zebra, giraffe, elephant and wildebeest all at one waterhole near Little Chem Chem!

Little Chem Chem | Burunge Wildlife Management Area

Discover the Rift Valley Lakes from Little Chem Chem, one of Tanzania’s best safari lodges, which overlooks Lake Burungi on a conservancy that is the last wildlife corridor between LakeContinue Exploring…...

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Legendary Lodge is set on a coffee plantation, just outside Arusha.

Legendary Lodge | Arusha

Relax before or after your safari at Legendary Lodge, a boutique hotel in lush tropical gardens on a coffee farm outside of Arusha, close to Tanzania’s best safari lodges. With breathtakingContinue Exploring…...

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