Lodges & Camps
Most safari lodges vary in size and style, and are built to blend-in with the environment. Accommodation tends to be of rondavel or banda type, with a lounge, central dining and a bar in single unit hotels. All major towns in Tanzania have excellent luxury hotels. All towns will at least have one good guest house.
National parks offer “ordinary” camp sites, which are usually equipped with toilets, fireplaces and water taps. “Special” camp sites usually only have a pit toilet. It is necessary to pre-book special camp sites, and advisable to book ordinary ones. Camping is limited outside the national parks. We offer accommodation in different categories of safari lodges and hotels. Please click on the link to see these safari lodges.
Be careful of companies who promote that they will be using their “own private lodges” or their “own private tents.” They are private and yes they might be of good quality, but depending on what you would like to get out of safari, they might not provide optimal conditions for you. They might be placed in a region that is not beneficial to you, (away from the migration perhaps), and companies might want to send you to “their private lodge” not for the interest of an optimal game-drive, but to reduce costs.
We use and promote several accommodations, some of which are actually owned by other tour companies, but we will give you our honest view about all of them and if you should stay with them or not depending on the focus of your safari.
Types of Accommodation
There are several budget lodges available in Moshi and Arusha. Many of them are hostels. However, we cannot attest to the quality of these accommodations. What we can say is that they do provide a proper bed with clean sheets, and regularly cleaned bathrooms which are sometimes shared. These accommodations are for those who are on a very restricted budget, and would like simple accommodations with necessary amenities (as opposed to the relative lack of such things with camping). These range anywhere from 20-60USD per person per night. Examples include:
- Serengeti Stop Over: Doesn’t allow you to explore the internal reaches of the Serengeti; restricted to only Seronera
- Moshi Backpackers Hotel: Shared bathrooms
- Uhuru Hostel – Moshi: A/C; T.V.; no alcohol allowed on the premises
- Arusha Backpackers
- Heaven’s Nature Tented Camps: Budget tented camps good for visiting lakes Manyara & Tarangire
- Twiga Camp site & Lodge: Ideal for those visiting lakes Manyara & Tarangire
- Jambo Camp Site & Lodge: Ideal for those visiting lakes Manyara & Tarangire
- Rhino Lodge: Ngorongoro budget hotel
- Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge: Associated with orphanage, located very close to Ngorongoro, and somewhat close to lakes Manyara & Tarangire
- Kudu Lodge – Karatu area: Good for Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara, and Lake Eyasi
Mixing of Budget, Mid Range Luxury & Super Luxury Lodges
- Capricorn – Marangu Village
- Nakara – MaranguVillage
- Babylon Lodge – MaranguVillage
- YMCA International
- Buffalo Hotel
- Zebra Hotel
- Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel
- Kindoroko Hotel
- Park View Hotel
- Keys Hotel
- Bristol Cottages Kilimanjaro
- Weru Weru River Lodge
- Sal Salinero Lodge
- Protea Hotel Aish Machame
- Ameg Lodge
- Leopard Hotel
- Arusha Tourist Inn
- New Safari Hotel
- Crown Hotel
- Meru View Lodge
- Momella Wildlife Lodge
- Arumeru River Lodge
- Mvuli Hotel
- Kibo Palace Hotel
- The Rich Hotel
- Onsea House
- Machweo Retreat
- Lake Duluti Serena Lodge
- Lake Duluti Lodge
- River Tree Lodge
- The Arusha Hotel
Dar es Salaam
- Riki Hill Hotel
- Jangwani Sea Breeze Resort (coastal)
- Jambo Inn Hotel
- Hotel Karibu (city outskirts)
- Econo Lodge Hotel (city centre)
- Dar-es-Salaam Serena Hotel
- Chweka Bay Resort (East)
- The Nungwi Inn Hotel (North)
- Mnarani Beach Cottage (North)
- The Z Hotel (North)
- Fundu Lagoon
- The Residence Hotel
- Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
- Sunshine Hotel
- Baraza Hotel
- Zawadi Hotel
Stone Town Zanzibar
Uniquely different and scenically located, East African luxury safari lodges are situated within the national parks, reserves and conservancy areas. Presented in classic African style, this accommodation type offers charming rooms, outdoor swimming pool areas, atmospheric dining, ‘sun downers’ (within the lodge or in the surrounding scenery), game-drives, guided walks and cultural visits.
Our great selection of East African luxury safari lodges can be experienced while on a Kenya safari, Tanzania safari or while gorilla trekking on travel to Uganda.
Ideally located and presented in the time-honored ‘Out of Africa’ style, these semi-luxury and luxury tented lodges have little to do with ‘camping’ and everything to do with atmosphere.
Usually comprising of a central dining and bar area which may be presented in the form of a central lodge or an under canvas ‘mess’ area, they are typically surrounded by widely spaced permanent ‘tents’. These tents will typically have thatched roofs, concrete or stone floors, in-built en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushed WCs, hotel-styled furniture and generator-electricity. The lodge will also typically feature a swimming pool and an external campfire area and/or game-viewing platform or water-hole with a bar.
Great East African tented safari lodges and camps can be experienced on a Kenya safari, Tanzania safari or while gorilla trekking on Uganda travel.
Our exclusive safari lodges tend to be much smaller, more personalized and more luxurious than the traditional safari lodges. Scenically located, the rooms are spacious and individually presented, usually with private furnished verandas, and often have WiFi, in-room phone, laundry, room service and valet service.
The lodge itself will typically be presented in opulent ‘Out of Africa’ style with a central lounge and bar, silver-service dining room, boutique, external ‘sun-downer’ bar area, and a luxurious pool and sunbathing area (often with either a health club facility or a bush spa facility offering massage and well being treatments). Activities will normally include bush breakfasts and dinners, ‘sun-downers’ in scenic locations (with campfires, canapés and hurricane lanterns), Maasai guides and private game drives, nature walks and cultural visits.
Great East African safari lodges can be experienced on Kenya safari, Tanzania safari or while gorilla trekking on Uganda travel.
Luxury tented safari camps in Tanzania
When on safari in Tanzania, the traditional luxury safari camp offers a selection of canvas-sided safari tents, usually with thatched roofs, raised on a timber platform with a private veranda. Usually, the luxury safari tents feature comfortable double or single beds with mosquito netting, electric lighting (generator or solar powered) and luxury en-suite safari bathrooms (flushed WC, hot and cold running water, shower and vanity unit).
Uniquely different and scenically located, our exclusive tented safari lodges are generally smaller, more personalized and more luxurious than the traditional tented safari lodges. Located either within the national park and reserves or within the private game conservancies, they are typically presented in a distinct African style and offer a central lodge or tented ‘mess area’ with bar, lounge and a silver-service dining room. There will also often be an external campfire area with director’s chairs and bar, a bush ‘spa’ facility (typically offering massage and well-being treatments) and a game-viewing platform or water-hole.
The tents are usually mounted on stone bases with a thatched roof and stone-built en-suite bathroom area (with hot and cold running water and flushed WC) to the rear and generator electricity throughout. All furnishings and interior décor will be of the standard usually found in a luxury hotel room and will often include a private furnished veranda; individualized ‘steward’ service will also normally be provided to each tent. Activities will include ‘sun downers’ (within the lodge or in the surrounding scenery), guided game-drives, guided walks and cultural performances and/or visits. Great East African tented safari lodges and camps can be experienced on Kenya safari, Tanzania safari or while gorilla trekking on Uganda travel.
Note: Our quotes include use of public camp sites, unless you request for ‘special’ camp sites.
Public Camp Sites
Camp sites in the Park:
Seronera, Simba, Tarangire, Manyara and Arusha
The camp sites are NOT fenced, so animals do tend to come close. Most of these camp sites have pit-latrines. Some also have water for showers, but this is not guaranteed.
Camp sites outside the Park:
Jambo (outside Manyara), Kudu (at Karatu, near Ngorongoro), Palm (Outside Tarangire)
Jambo and Kudu have running water, flush toilets and bars.
These cost US$40 per person per night more than public ones.
These camp sites are less crowded & offer privacy. However, no toilet or shower facilities are available here. We therefore suggest you to opt for semi-luxury camping if selecting special camp sites, as a shower-tent is provided with that option.
Tented accommodations emulate a modified yesteryear traditional safari experience, built or pitched with mid-to-high grade canvas/vinyl tarpaulin on either a wooden or local stone (flat or raised) platform. It would include all the amenities of modern day living, i.e. showers, flush toilet, plumbing, running water, lighting, furniture, linen, bed cover, pillows and shelving.
The quality of all the above offerings would vary based on various Open Africa Safaris Tiers. Depending on the accommodation, the shower and toilet facilities would either be enclosed within the canvas or attached outside by walkout zipped opening or doorway. Lighting would be delivered either via solar/generator charged batteries, kerosene or alternative fuel lamp. The tented rooms would either be proofed via an attached cloth gauzing to the canvas or have a mosquito net.
During turn down service, insect repellent spray can be applied upon request by the client. Before sleeping, all guests must apply insect repellent on all exposed body parts. Access to additional modern facilities like air conditioners and fans are in limited availability when on safari in the wilderness/bush. Outside in the common areas, which are either a tent mess or wooden structure, you will find the dining area, reading/reference room, bar, lounge & related guests facilities. Swimming pool is available at some accommodations to provide an additional activity and for cooling off.
The setup of tents varies, depending on African destination/country/target customer market. For example, family-based tents could be one large tent or two tents sewn together. Honeymoon-based tents would be present in a more secluded location with a possibility of having additional amenities, depending on the individual accommodation. A tented accommodation is not synonymous with “basic camp” or “roughing”, and we trust the above description would give a factual outline of a sample base-model setup of a tented accommodation.
Lodges & Hotels
Lodges are a complete brick & mortar setup, built either with modern or traditional/local materials & come designed as follows: building units like hotel wings with rooms next to each, individual/personalized wooden or cottage units (square or round). Lodges would include all the amenities of modern day living – i.e. showers, flush toilet, plumbing, running water, lighting, furniture, linen, bed cover, pillows, closets and shelving. The quality of all the above offerings would vary based on various Open Africa Safaris Tiers. The shower and toilet facilities would be en-suite in most cases. Lighting would be delivered either via solar/generator charged batteries, direct generator power or main power. The rooms would typically have windows with or without gauze. A mosquito net may be available in most cases; however, during turn-down service, insect repellents can be applied upon request by the client and the windows would need to remain shut for the remainder of the evening.
Consideration by the property owner when building a brick and mortar accommodation would be the average temperature. Fans would mostly be available to create movement of air; however, this would vary depending on the destination. Outside in the common areas, you would find the dining area, reading/reference room, bar, lounge and related guests facilities.
Swimming pool is available at some accommodations to provide an additional activity or for cooling off. The setup of lodge room varies depending on African destination/country/customer market. For example, family-based lodge rooms could have one large room with two double beds or have two rooms connected by an inter-leading hallway or a door. This could either be block units or wing-type design.
In comparison, independent traveler cottage units would have a single standalone unit, separated by a sufficient distance between the next set of individual units, all dependent on the safari-tier experience selected. The lodge experience can have variations in design, concept and consumer markets: private wilderness home-stays, individual cottage units, safari lodges, bed & breakfast, and city hotels.
Bush Camps & Cottages
Bond-With-Nature Bush Camps & Cottage Experience:
Bond-with-nature bush accommodations immerse Open Africa Safaris guests into the laps of nature, with accommodations that blend seamlessly with the nature with their very rustic, wild and free spirit design, & original back-in-the days rooming. They also allow limited conveniences like flush toilets, open sky bush showers & limited running water, all just for the opportunity to experience & view Africa’s finest wildlife, wilderness & nature unobstructed.
Bond-with-nature bush rooms create the impossible in a scenic wilderness environment and provide fresh food, a comfortable bed, linens, pillows as well as mosquito netting. The flooring of the rooms would either be sand from the area, a wooden platform or cemented local stone. The walls and/or roofing would be designed from palm fronds, thatch & reed, all tightly coupled together. No unnecessary divisions are made in the design of the room. Open floor plans allows the maximum flow of air throughout. Lighting would typically be delivered via solar, limited generator use, or solar lamps.
Outside in the common areas, you would find small intimate bush campfire setups with relaxed safari style chairs, outdoor African sky dining area and unpretentious lounge-bar area. During the day, you could explor the area on a walking safari & by night on a vehicle. Lay awake at night and listen to the rustles of the nocturnal wildlife coming to life all from the safety & comfort of your bed. Wake up at dawn and check out the footprints of the wildlife which walked by. Bond-with-nature bush accommodations can be considered a green, limited carbon footprint or environmental impact accommodation.
Mobile or Fly Tented Camp Experience:
Mobile & fly tents accommodations offer a very unique perspective to the wildlife and wilderness experiences. On route to your daily safari expeditions and adventures in Africa exploring different parts or parks, a fully fledged host team would arbitrarily pick & setup small tented rooming with comfortable bedding, wash basin, safari-style bucket shower & portable toilet [outhouse].
The quality of tents, either meshed or fully taped, would vary depending on the destination. Meals would be freshly prepared while clients relax and freshen up. A campfire would typically be setup in the evening to recount the day’s experience and to plan for the day ahead. A mobile or fly camp experience enables Open Africa Safaris guests to experience the off-beaten paths in remote locations, rarely reachable or accessible on common safaris. Mobile & fly tent accommodations can also be considered a green, limited carbon footprint or environmental impact accommodation.
Private Home Stays
Usually located on private reserves or game conservancies, private home-stay accommodation is typically presented against a background of beautiful colonial-style farms or mansions set in glorious grounds. Catering is usually of the highest standards and uniquely ‘home-made’. Your ‘hosts’ will happily welcome you more like a member of the family.
Private ‘Fly’ Camps
Some of our adventure travel choices feature private tented camps, which are pitched in specific locations within the national parks and reserves. Tailor-made to our client’s specifications, they feature luxury tents, ‘safari’ kitchens, beautifully-presented central ‘mess tents’, and central campfire and ‘sun downer’ areas. Bathroom facilities vary from camp to camp (see the specific information offered on your itinerary).
Fly camping is a wonderful way to sleep under the stars and enjoy the pure tranquility and raw excitement of the bush. Ten ft sq. tents made of heavy duty mosquito mesh ensure you remian close to nature but apart from the annoying bugs.
Fly camping in the Serengeti eco-system is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The freedom of movement, the intimacy of the light camp and the thrill of being so close to nature is the pinnacle of many guests’ safaris. Your fly camp is light enough to move easily and strike quickly, but still retains everyday luxuries. For example, it hosts hot showers, comfortable bedding and cold drinks served with gourmet food.
A limited number of lodges are offered (many of them located on private community ranches), which have been designed and built by the local community using ecologically friendly materials, traditional art and décor, and sustainable energy. Many specialize in unique diversions such as camel treks, visits to cultural villages, or authentic dance performances; and all proceeds are shared with the local community and/or devoted towards the preservation of the wildlife and environment.
Authentic Eco-Lodge & Community Based Experience:
Eco-lodge accommodations are built using natural & local materials with the least, limited or no environmental impact, depending on the individual accommodation. The accommodations deliver modern conveniences with superb innovation and style with the use of local resources and materials. For example, energy would typically be delivered via solar lighting and cooking fuel would come from cow manure instead of firewood.
The design materials of the bed frame would be old, broken down tree branches, chiseled and carved into bed frames. The water delivery would come from a spring and delivered via gravity flow. All soaps & detergent used would be biodegradable & go through a filtration process. Eco-lodges provide fresh food, showers, flush or long-drop toilets, running water, lighting, furniture, linen, bed cover, pillows and shelving. No unnecessary divisions are made in the design of the room. Open floor plans allows the maximum flow of air throughout.
Africa’s Eco-lodges’ viability depends on the appreciation, involvement and benefit of/to surrounding communities and their ancestral landowners, which would thus require a direct involvement of these respective communities. Most Eco-lodges are community projects setup to create sustainability and resolve challenges faced by many of Africa’s tribal communities, who are giving up their traditional ways for alternative opportunities in the cities and away from their traditional homelands. The challenges create a social, cultural and economic vacuum in the fabric of the existing tribes, communities & Eco lodges, whose relationships have been forged for thousands of years.
Community-based projects aim to create a long-term balance between traditions and modernity, while maintaining authenticity. Your hosts, during your stay at these Eco-lodges, are members of the surrounding tribes or their distant cousins/relatives from other sections of the country. In traditional tribal attire using skills learned in their land, schools, accommodation or from their rites/ritual, they aim to deliver Africa’s finest Eco-tourism experiences with the least carbon footprint or environmental impact. Revenue generated from your stay is plowed back in the community [schools, medical clinics, sanitation] and for the conservation of the land, wildlife and its habitats- all the while preserving a very special way of life. Open Africa Safaris guests are a part of this giving back.
The quality, authenticity & efforts of Africa’s Eco-lodges & community-based experience vary, based on various Open Africa Safaris Tiers.
Have your pick in accommodations for your safari trip!
Open Africa Safaris offer Tanzania hotels and accommodations for everyone looking for excellent luxury settings. Our National Parks also offer ordinary camp sites for those who want to experience the thrill of living in the wilderness.
Contact us to learn more about the best accommodation solutions that will suit your needs.
Have your pick in accommodations for your safari trip!
Open Africa Safaris offer Tanzania hotels and accommodations for all looking for excellent luxury settings. Our National Parks also offer ordinary camp sites for those who want to experience the thrill of living in the wilderness.
Contact us to learn more about the best accommodation solution that will suit your needs.
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