Best hotels and hostels in Northern Tanzania

  • 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. Cottages are gloriously large and combine four-walled designer touches not possible in tents (earth tones and adobe walls) with open-to-the-elements frontage. From public areas high on the kopje, views stretch all the way to Kenya. Watch for dwarf mongooses and rock hyraxes, and nearby there's terrific wildlife watching year-round.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tarangire National Park

    Oliver’s Camp

    Oliver's is notable for its fine location near Silale Swamp deep in the park's heart. The 10 comfortable, spacious tents have an agreeably rustic style and the whole camp has an intimate ambience. Excellent guides lead walking safaris, night drives (sometimes using night-vision equipment) and fly camping, making this place ideal for adventurous travellers. Tents have leather armchairs and mahogany headboards. Just 1km away, sibling property Little Oliver's has five similarly luxurious tents and the same prices.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Serengeti National Park

    Olakira Camp

    Olakira's northern location is one of the Serengeti's finest, with long-distance views down towards Mara River crossing 8, 500m away – one of the busiest during the herd migration – and close to the lively junction between the Mara and Bologonya Rivers. The nine tents are large and beautifully set up and the whole place runs on solar power. A match for many of the more permanent camps dotted around the Serengeti, Olakira moves between the far south (roughly December to March) and far north of the park.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tarangire National Park

    Tarangire Safari Lodge

    A fabulous location high above the Tarangire River, good food and service, and well-priced accommodation make this lodge the pick of the in-park options. The sweeping vistas mean that there's no need to go elsewhere for a sundowner. Accommodation includes stone bungalows and standard en suite safari tents; the latter have good views from their doorsteps. It’s 10km inside the park gate. Ask about the night drives, and there's a lovely shop. The only complaint? The tents could be a little further apart.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lake Manyara National Park

    Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

    This lovely, luxurious place is one of the most exclusive lodges in all of Tanzania. The gorgeous stilted tree-house suites with private decks and views from the bathtubs and outdoor showers are set in a mahogany forest at the remote southern end of the park. The food is excellent and the rooms have butler service. It's a magnificent place and an indulgent experience. As is customary for &Beyond's lodges, the staff are warm, welcoming and never averse to going the extra mile.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Arusha

    Karama Lodge

    Truly something different, off Onsea–Moivaro Rd on a forested hillside in the Suye Hill area just southeast of town, Karama offers 22 rustic and rather lovely stilt bungalows, each with a verandah and views to both Kilimanjaro and Meru on clear days. It’s signposted north of Old Moshi Rd. There are short walking trails nearby and a creative restaurant that caters to vegetarians. Massage and yoga are also possibilities. Rates drop significantly outside high season.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Arusha

    African Tulip

    The deservedly popular African Tulip inhabits a quiet green side street and successfully combines a safari theme with a genteel ambience. The large rooms are supremely comfortable havens from Arusha's noise. There’s a whimsical baobab tree in the restaurant, carved wood in the common areas and a small garden around the swimming pool at the back. There are two bars and a gift shop, and a percentage of hotel proceeds goes towards charitable projects.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Serengeti National Park

    Serengeti Migration Camp

    One of the most highly regarded places in the Serengeti, this camp has 20 large, stunning tents with decks, set around a kopje by the Grumeti River where it passes through the north (not the Western Corridor). A tent's immersion in its surroundings is perfectly blended with the luxury of permanence here. You'll have front-row seats when the herd migration passes through. Walks are also possible.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Serengeti National Park

    Wayo Green Camp

    These ‘private mobile camps’ combine the best aspects of tented camps and budget camping safaris and are the best way to get a deep bush experience in the Serengeti. They use 3m-by-3m dome tents and actual mattresses (off the ground), and move from site to site every couple of days, usually sticking to the Serengeti's north. Wayo also runs excellent walking safaris.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Arusha

    Arusha Coffee Lodge

    Set smack in the middle of a shade-grown coffee plantation and elegant through and through, this is one of the most talked-about properties in Arusha. The gorgeous standard rooms have split-level floors, making them feel like suites, and the restaurant has few peers. The only downside is that traffic noise is loud. It’s along the highway just west of town.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Arusha

    Blues & Chutney

    An intimate and sophisticated boutique B&B on a quiet street southeast of the centre, this place has the feel of a tranquil enclave for people in the know. The decor is white wood and classy, the atmosphere refined, and four of the six light and airy rooms have large private balconies. The restaurant serves home-style cooking and there's a small bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Serengeti National Park

    Serengeti Bushtops Camp

    In a remote corner of the northern Serengeti, close to the boundary with the Ikorongo Game Reserve, this remarkable camp has large permanent tents with expansive wooden floors, decks with a spa bath, perfectly placed sofas and fabulous views. Many Serengeti lodges are luxurious, but this place is simply magnificent. The food is similarly excellent.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Arusha

    Mt Meru Game Lodge

    East of Arusha in Usa River and bordering a private wildlife sanctuary that has zebras, ostriches and colobus monkeys, Mt Meru Game Lodge is a wonderful place to stay. Stunning rooms decked out in soothing wood and white linen are some of the most pleasing in Arusha, while public areas have ample African art without being overdone.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Arusha

    Onsea House

    This tranquil, classy B&B is run by a Belgian chef whose eye for detail is what makes this such a great place. Rooms each have their own themes, plus there's the Machweo Wellness Retreat and Fine Dining, a fabulous spa and yoga centre with a top-notch restaurant. It’s about 1km off the Moshi road on the edge of town.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Serengeti National Park

    Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

    This is one of the best and most luxurious camps in the Serengeti. It mixes its wild location with chic pan-Africa decor and the 10 tents are superluxe. Only three tents have unobstructed views of the Kanyanja River, a prime spot during the herd migration; at other times watch hippos while you lounge in the swimming pool.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lake Manyara National Park

    Escarpment Luxury Lodge

    The wood-floored chalets at this attractive place are the height of luxury – plenty of space, wonderfully deep bathtubs, leather sofas, tasteful recycled furnishings, wide verandahs, the finest linens and big windows. Views of the lake are as expansive as you'd expect from up here on the escarpment.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tarangire National Park

    Tarangire Treetops Lodge

    Not your ordinary tented camp, this pampered place has 20 huge suites set on stilts or built tree-house style around the baobabs. It’s almost an hour's drive from here to the Boundary Hill gate, but it's ideal if you're looking for more of a luxury-in-the-wilderness experience.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Moshi

    Hibiscus

    This cosy B&B has spotless, nicely decorated rooms, all with fan and most with private bathroom, plus a pleasant garden and meals on request. It’s in a quiet residential area just northwest of the town centre off Arusha Rd.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Moshi

    AMEG Lodge

    This friendly place wins plaudits from travellers for its lovely setting in 2 hectares of manicured gardens with palm trees and frangipanis, 4km northwest of the centre, off Lema Rd. Attractive rooms with broad verandahs and plenty of space lie dotted around the compound, service is friendly, and the feel is that of a rural oasis on the city fringe. You'll need your own wheels, but there's an on-site restaurant and bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Moshi

    Haria Hotel

    This laid-back, switched-on place has simple, spacious rooms and a friendly overall feel. The rooftop restaurant-bar serves a good menu of local meals at fair prices with Kili views. It's run by Team Vista (www.teamvista.com.au), and profits go to support its work in the community.