Best hotels and hostels in Tanzania

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kipili

    Lake Shore Lodge & Campsite

    The universally praised Lake Shore Lodge & Campsite has beach chalets with a lovely open ‘African Zen’ design incorporating shells, sand, ropes, flowers and sun-bleached wood – it's an oasis of barefoot luxury. If this is outside your budget it also has garden bandas, which are a low-key version of the chalets, and camping with spotless bathrooms – something, indeed, for everyone.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Selous Game Reserve

    Sand Rivers Selous

    Set splendidly on its own on the Rufiji south of Lake Tagalala, this is one of the Selous’ most exclusive options, with some of Tanzania’s most renowned wildlife guides. The eight luxurious stone cottages have full river views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in West Kilimanjaro

    Shu'mata Camp

    This tented camp is a wonderful escape from the safari circuit. Set on a steep hillside, the seven tents have splendid views of Kilimanjaro and down into the Amboseli ecosystem of southern Kenya. The camp's decor is inspired by Hemingway's love for a classic safari camp, and the sense of luxury and blissful isolation make this a fabulous experience.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Zanzibar Town

    Mangrove Lodge

    The delightful Mangrove Lodge is owned by a Zanzibari-Italian couple; their gentle style imbues the whole place, from the palm-thatched lounge overlooking the bay to the spacious bungalow rooms in the lush garden. The lodge is at Chuini, about 15km from Stone Town, so it's an ideal place to come to relax after a few days of arduous historical sightseeing.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mafia

    Chole Mjini

    Chole Mjini is an upmarket bush adventure in synchrony with the local community and environment. Sleep in spacious, rustic and fantastic treehouses, eat fresh seafood, experience the real darkness of an African night without electricity, and take advantage of diving excursions, all while supporting Chole Mjini's work with the local community.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kigoma

    Jakobsen's Guesthouse

    This comfortable place has a guesthouse with a lovely clifftop perch above Jakobsen’s Beach, two cottages and some standing tents, plus two shady campsites with bathrooms, lanterns and grills closer down near the lake. It’s good value and a wonderful spot for a respite, but there is no food available so you'll need to self-cater.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in West Kilimanjaro

    Ndarakwai Ranch

    Ndarakwai Ranch, a lovely 15-tent camp run by the Kili Conservancy, makes a comfortable base for safaris and walks. The sophisticated and spacious permanent tents occupy a lovely woodland area close to the banks of the Ngare Nairobi River amid stands of yellow-barked acacias. Accommodation rates include US$35 per person per night in conservancy fees.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Southern Highlands

    Kisolanza – The Old Farm House

    This gracious 1930s farm homestead 50km southwest of Iringa is fringed by stands of pine and rolling hill country and recommended for its accommodation and outstanding cuisine. There are two camping grounds (overlanders and private vehicles), twin-bedded rooms, cosy wooden chalets, family cottages with fireplace, two luxury garden cottages and a spa. All are spotless, impeccably furnished and excellent value.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Arusha National Park

    Hatari Lodge

    The most atmospheric and upmarket of the park lodges has tasteful ‘modern-retro’ rooms filled with personality, a prime location on large lawns frequented by giraffes, and views of Meru and Kilimanjaro on clear days. Rooms are spacious, boasting large windows, and there’s a fireplace and top-notch cuisine. It’s on the edge of the park, about 2km north of Momella gate.

  • Lodging in Kendwa

    Kendwa Rocks

    This long-standing Kendwa classic has something for everyone, from basic bandas (thatched-roof huts) with shared bathrooms to luxurious bungalows with private plunge pool right on the beach, via several accommodation options in-between, all set in gardens covering a gently sloping cliff. Rooms set back from the sea may not have views, but they're quieter and more private.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Serengeti National Park

    Lamai Serengeti

    Built on a kopje near the Mara River in the far-northern Serengeti, Lamai blends into its surroundings so well it’s nearly invisible. There are two lodges, one with eight rooms and another with four, each with its own dining areas and swimming pools. All rooms have African-themed decor and soothing earth tones and are open-fronted, with great views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mikindani

    Old Boma at Mikindani

    This beautifully restored building is on a breezy hilltop overlooking the town and Mikindani Bay. It offers spacious, atmospheric, high-ceilinged doubles and the closest to top-end standards that you’ll find in these parts. There’s a sunset terrace with magnificent views, a pool surrounded by bougainvillea bushes and lush gardens, a spa, attentive staff and an excellent restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Michamvi Peninsula

    Upendo

    Upendo offers luxurious villas and an excellent bar-restaurant (meals US$8 to US$25) that's also open to nonguests. Villas have between one and four bedrooms, with nice touches like coffee machines and fans inside large mosquito nets. Some villas are aimed at honeymooners, and there's an extra-large one for families. Also available are some simple bandas (thatched-roof huts).

  • Lodging in Nungwi

    Mnarani Beach Cottages

    On Nungwi's quieter eastern side, near the lighthouse, Mnarani is on a low cliff with a lovely waterside terrace with the beach just below. It's relaxed and efficient, with friendly staff and small rooms in ochre-painted cottages on spacious grounds overlooking the sea. Also available are large superior rooms, a honeymoon suite and apartments for families or groups of friends.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jambiani

    Red Monkey Lodge

    At the far southern end of Jambiani village, Red Monkey is a small hotel with around 10 spacious rooms – some in bungalows, others in a two-storey building – overlooking the beautiful beach. If you're feeling lazy, there are hammocks dotted about and a shady outdoor bar-restaurant. If you're feeling energetic, bike hire, kitesurfing and other activities can be arranged.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Matema

    Blue Canoe Safari Camp

    This lovely beachfront place has camping with spotless ablution blocks, and luxury bungalows with verandahs overlooking the lake, polished wood floors and comfortable beds with spacious mosquito netting. There are also less-expensive standard bungalows. The bar is well stocked and the cuisine tasty. The operators arrange snorkelling, kayaking and birding excursions. It’s 3.5km from Matema; pick-ups are possible with advance notice.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kiweni

    Pemba Lodge

    In a quiet spot on a small island off the coast of Pemba this lodge epitomises the word 'remote'. Overlooking the empty beach and ocean beyond are just five rooms in bungalows raised on wooden decks. There's also a restaurant-lounge where friendly staff serve meals, including seafood brought by local fishermen. Activities include kayaking, snorkelling and walks to the village.

  • Lodging in Manyara Ranch Conservancy

    Manyara Ranch Tented Camp

    Between Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, this tented camp is the only one on the Manyara Ranch Conservancy, ensuring a quiet stay far from the parks' crowded trails. Tents are classic safari style but delightfully uncluttered and supremely comfortable. Activities include nature walks with an armed guide, day or night wildlife drives, birdwatching and Maasai village and/or school visits.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mafia

    Butiama Beach

    This lovely 15-room place is spread out in palm-tree-studded grounds on a fine stretch of beach near Kilindoni, about 2km south of the small harbour. Accommodation is in spacious, breezy, appealingly decorated cottages. It has delicious Italian-style dining, sea kayaks for exploring the birdlife in nearby creeks, sunset views and a warm, classy ambience. Very good value for money.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Zanzibar Town

    Emerson Spice

    With its stained-glass windows, wooden latticework balustrades, tinkling fountains and soft-hued colour scheme, Emerson Spice is one of the most stylish and atmospheric hotels in Stone Town. Created from a 19th-century mansion with wide steps leading down to a small square in the narrow street outside, it has 11 rooms filled with antiques, quirky decorations, rich textiles and deep bathtubs.