The choices of accommodations in Tanzania are almost as many and varied
as one could find anywhere. For many these overnight accommodations
become a destination in themselves. From tented camps to cottages
and rondavels to traditional hotels, and finally, five star luxury
lodges with butler service. In short the most difficult part may be
deciding at the end of your safari, which hotel was your favorite.
We have written a short description of some of the most popular to
help you decide what's best for you. If, after reading these descriptions,
you'd still like to know more, just let us know and we will be happy
to forward more detailed information.
Arusha, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Zanzibar.
Kenya: Nairobi, Samburu, Amboseli
Whether on the Spice Isle of Zanzibar exploring Old Stone town, arriving
in Nairobi after a long international flight, or after a dusty safari
in the Serengeti, the Serena Hotels offer eight East African hotels.
At a Serena hotel you can always count on a hot shower and a cold
drink and an equally refreshing dip in the pool. The Nairobi Serena
offers some of the cities finest dining, where you feast on fresh
lobster or lean gazelle. The Serena hotels cater to the pampered traveler
and offer an international standard series of Hotels. (Caveat- water
is sometimes in short supply in more remote areas, hence; don't expect
a bathtub in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro or Zanzibar hotels. Do expect
hot showers) Though Zanzibar Serena has satellite television in each
room, those in the Serengeti or Ngorongoro don 't - but, after all,
you've come to these places for the gnus, not the news on CNN. For
the financially twitchy, a satellite phone is available for international
calls. Otherwise, you can expect the basic for luxury at any of the
Serena hotels in East Africa.
Useful any time of year for any reason, whether business or pleasure.
For the upscale pampered safari-goer try anyone of the ConsCorp properties.
Each location is unique in design and décor yet they all share one
thing in common - luxury. Exquisite food, large rooms and excellent
service are guaranteed. Yes, there is a price. These are the most
costly of the Lodges in Tanzania. Our two favorites are described
here and may just fit into your travel plans after you get a sense
of what they offer.
The Crater Lodge (located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater) is
probably the best known. Its fanciful flamboyant architecture and
total luxury (including red velvet drapes, chandeliers, and claw foot
tubs "with a view" of the crater) make this their flagship property
in Tanzania. (The lodge has been featured in Architectural Digest)
There are 30 rooms in all but the property has been divided into three
separate Lodges within the grounds to avoid the feeling of a large
hotel. One note. If you travel between June and August -bring your
sweater as they do not have heat and it can be a bit chilly.
The setting and décor of Klein's Camp, located in the Lobo area just
outside the Serengeti National Park, sparks visions of a by gone era.
Each guest room is a separate rondeville perched on the side of a
high hill overlooking spectacular views. Visitors to this lodge can
also enjoy guided walks in the bush and night game drives due to the
location outside of the park grounds. This property also has a swimming
Maji Moto - Lake Manyara National Park
The Crater Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater
Grumeti River Camp - Serengeti (Western Corridor)
Kliens Camp - Serengeti (Lobo Area)
lodges are all currently owned by the Tanzania Government and while
not the most luxurious, they certainly boast the best locations in
each of the parks. Each has a spectacular view and is located either
in or conveniently close to a National Park. They have the lowest
prices of all of the lodge / hotel chains described here but you can
be assured of a clean (if somewhat tattered) room, adequate food and
Lake Manyara TAHI
Wildlife Lodge - Ngorongoro
Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Camp is located within the Ndarakwai Ranch. The ranch is a private
10,000-acre game reserve with Mt Kilimanjaro in full view to the
east and Mt Meru to the west. We work hard to maintain the principals
of eco-tourism at our camp and when dealing with the local communities.
The terrain provides wonderful variety for walks along the riverbed,
up and down hills and across plains. Other activities available from
camp include night game drives, visits to local Maasai villages,
and an introduction to some of our orphan animals and our own brand
of community conservation. The camp is nestled among towering fig
trees along the Ngare Nairobi River (this river is seasonal). The
facilities are the same as those used for luxury camping and include
ensuite bathrooms with hot camp showers, roomy guest tents and a
separate dining tent for each group. For more information click
Gibbs Farm Karatu (between
Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro)
old Colonial coffee farm is straight out of Africa, offering a genteel
and shaded respite between the long bumpy and dusty drive from Arusha
to the Serengeti. Unwind in the shade of a fig tree for four o'clock
tea and fresh baked cakes and cookies. The buffet lunch alone is worth
the stop. If time permits, it's well worth staying the night to take
the time to read, relax or watch iridescent sunbirds flutter in their
established tropical English garden. Walk the gentle path to the waterfalls,
or visit the farm's vast vegetable garden which supplies most of the
lodges in the Serengeti, including, in the past, the Leakey's research
camp at Olduvai Gorge. Like Ndutu, don't expect everything to arrive
on time. Once an impatient American always an impatient one, but while
on safari you learn to let go of expectations and let Africa take
you for a ride.
comfortable no frills tented lodge offers the basic needs (solar heated
water for evening showers) and an old safari style feel where Africa
safari hands meet. The view over looking the elephant, giraffe, and
zebra packed Tarangire River cannot be rivaled anywhere. At night,
you can barely hear "the grey ghosts", the gentle motions of elephant
browsing acacia seeds outside your tent; your AM alarm call may be
the lions roar. The new vaulted dining area is airy and spacious,
offering abundant breakfast and lunch buffets. Don't miss the succulent
barbecue every Wednesday night.
Best from June through September
lodge offers the charm and personal touch of an old hunting or research
camp, but with modern amenities. Tucked in the forested areas near
the open Serengeti plains its numerous thatched bungalows, dining
and bar area were built around vast 100 year old table top acacia
trees all of which over look Ndutu Lake. It is the perfect sanctuary
from which to base safaris that focus on the wildebeest migration
January and February. Look forward to sitting by the bonfire and expect
to exchange wildlife stories with other guests. All the bungalows
have been recently updated and renovated. Since Ndutu lodge is a local
operation I can't compare it to the standards of the Serena hotel
chain. Smaller lodges like this often heat water with firewood; while
you will always get hot shower, if you arrive unexpectedly you may
need to wait twenty minutes at the most.
Best from December to June when the wildebeest and zebra migration
is in that area of the Serengeti.
This is small elegant lodge is tucked
at the lush leafy feet of Mt Meru, just twenty minutes from Arusha
and not far from Kilimanjaro Int'l airport. It's the perfect place
to stay before or after an international flight. It offers an intimate
experience of Old Colonial Tanzania built from and around the ruins
of a German farm. Beautiful manicured gardens are home to a variety
of bird life. Colobus monkeys cry from the canopied jungle forest.