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Where to stay in Tanzania

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Photo credit | Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Choosing where to stay in Tanzania can be quite an overwhelming task. It’s an incredibly vast country with a wealth of stunning places to visit and niche experiential accommodation to enjoy. We’ve cast our discerning travel eye across the country to bring you what we think are its most outstanding offerings of places to stay. These range from different regions across the country to specific lodges or camps dotted within those regions. They’re places you can (and really should) visit while you’re there.

"We’ve cast our discerning travel eye across the country to bring you what we think are its most outstanding offerings of places to stay."

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Photo credit | Sanctuary Kusini

Where to stay in Arusha

Sprawling out from the foot of Mount Meru, Arusha is often glossed over as nothing more than a stopover. Don’t be fooled. This fast-growing city will surprise and delight you with its charm and energy. Arusha has plenty to offer even the most discerning of travellers. Adventure up to the summit of Mount Meru for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape or visit the bustling city markets to scoop up some excellent deals on trinkets, fabrics and jeweller. While it’s not always easy to know where to stay in Tanzania, there’s no doubt about where to stay in Arusha. Lake Duluti Lodge or the Legendary Lodge are the standout choices. Both are located on working coffee farms and offer a place to relax in comfort after a long day out soaking up the culture.

Lake Duluti Lodge Arusha

Lake Duluti Lodge, Arusha

Legendary Lodge Arusha
Aerial view of Legendary Lodge at the foot of Mount Meru, Arusha

Where to stay in Tarangire National Park

The Tarangire National Park, named for the Tarangire River that crosses the park, is the sixth largest park in Tanzania. This river is the primary source of freshwater for wild animals during the annual dry season when thousands of animals congregate along its banks. The park is well-known for elephant migration, birding and its authentic safari atmosphere. It’s remoteness means it supports large numbers of wildlife with relatively little tourist traffic, making it the ideal private game-viewing experience for those wanting a quiet safari getaway. Elephants, thousands of them, are the main attraction here. Wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and buffalo can also be found wandering the park’s wilderness.

Nimali Tarangire is well-known for its walking safaris which allow you to immerse yourself in the wild that surrounds you. Another recommended spot is the Tarangire Treetops. Here you’ll you’ll stay amongst the thousand-year-old marula and baobab trees enjoying the wildlife that mill about below you. A Masai warrior, always on the lookout for hyena, escorts you to and from your room while on your way to communal areas.

"A Masai warrior, always on the lookout for hyena, escorts you to and from your room while on your way to communal areas."

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Tarangire Treetops, Tarangire National Park
Where To Stay In Tanzania Nimali
Elephants roaming freely around the camp at Nimali Tarangire

Where to stay in Karatu

Karatu is situated on the doorstep of the Ngorongoro Crater and offers all the region’s most sought after activities, without the pricetag. The thick forest and coffee plantations that cover the mountainside are interspersed with tiny villages and give Karatu a distinctly rural feel. Stroll through Karatu and discover an authentic African marketplace where you can enjoy local dishes of fried cassava or chapati. If you don't want to venture out on your own, a guided tour can be arranged. Coffee is a very important commodity in Karatu. Be sure to visit one of the plantations where you can learn the production process or simply sip a cup of flavourful brew.

Gibb’s Farm or Acacia Farm Lodge are both found on working coffee farms and will afford you every opportunity to enjoy this culture-rich region.

Gibb's Farm, Karatu

Where To Stay In Karatu
Where To Stay In Tanzania
Acacia Farm House, Karatu

Where to stay in Ngorongoro Crater

The world's largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera, Ngorongoro Crater formed two to three million years ago when a large volcano collapsed on itself. It is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and spans 260 square kilometres (100 square miles) of montane forest, grassland and bushland. The Ngoitokitok Spring brings forth water in such abundance it has created a small lake and acts as the main water source for the crater. Stretch your safari legs because the Ngorongoro Crater has one of the densest populations of animals anywhere in the world. Massive herds of elephant roam the plains, hippo jostle for territory in the waterways and large predators stalk their next meal all within the confines of the crater. You won’t need to be encouraged to stay here, but we do suggest at least two nights to allow you to fully immerse yourself in all the region offers.

Wondering where to stay in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro region is not something you need to worry about. The Highlands, Lemala Ngorongoro or the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge are three of the region’s best accommodations. All three offer the lap of luxury with easy access to the crater for your wildlife fix.

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The Highlands, Ngorongoro
Where To Stay Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

Lemala Ngorongoro
Lemala Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Where to stay in Serengeti National Park

A visit to the Serengeti National Park is an absolute must when journeying to Tanzania. Every year, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest migrate north in search of water and food. It’s one of the few remaining  great migrations and it truly is awe-inspiring. The park is also home to lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, rhino, zebra and buffalo, making it a prime destination for game viewing. And, while game drives occur regularly and are encouraged, the park offers another completely unique safari vehicle, the hot air balloon. Float a few hundred feet above the air and see the park from an entirely different view. This is truly a bucket list experience.

When planning where to stay in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, you are spoiled for choice. Depending on which region of the park you stay in, the following all come highly recommended: Sanctuary Kusini Camp (South), Nyaruswiga (Central), Serengeti Pioneer Camp (Central), Lemala Ewanjan (Central), Kaskaz Mara (North), Nomad Lamai (North). All of these exclusive camps offer a different perspective of the park and combine awe-inspiring game viewing and the ultimate in high-end lodging.

Kaskaz Mara, Serengeti National Park

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Where To Stay In Tanzania Serengeti Pioneer Camp
Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Serengeti (Central)
Sanctuary Kusini

Sanctuary Kusini Camp, Serengeti (South)

Nyaruswiga, Serengeti (Central)
Lemala Ewanjan

Lemala Ewanjan, Serengeti (Central)

Contact our experts at Ker & Downey Africa to help you choose the perfect accommodation when you travel to Tanzania. 

Joey Cameron
Written by
Joseph Cameron

NYC based, South African transplant, Joey Cameron, is a freelance writer, travel-nerd, natural food enthusiast, personal trainer and brand owner. Characterised by an insatiable hunger for passport stamps and a somewhat strange (non)sense of humour, he can found regularly scanning the skies for ways to up, up and getaway.

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