Best hotels and hostels in Southern Highlands

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lake Nyasa

    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. The owners have made many efforts to integrate their lodge with the local community, training local staff and using traditional building styles and materials from the area. The results are impressive.

  • Lodging in Mikumi National Park

    Vuma Hills

    This pleasant camp is set on a rise about 7km south of the main road, with views over the distant plains. The 16 elegant tented en suite cottages each have a double and a single bed. The mood is relaxed, the cuisine good and the pool makes a nice post-safari treat. The turn-off is diagonally opposite the park entry gate.

  • Lodging in Lake Nyasa

    Matema Lake Shore Resort

    This recommended Swiss-built place has several spacious, breezy, comfortable two-storey beachfront family chalets; some smaller, equally nice double and triple cottages; and a four-bed option. All rooms front directly onto the lake – with lovely views – except the cheaper back ones. The restaurant serves decent, reasonably priced meals, and all self-contained rooms have minifridge and fan.

  • Lodging in Mikumi National Park

    Mikumi Wildlife Camp

    This camp, about 500m northeast of the park gate, has attractive stone cottages with shaded verandahs and views over a grassy field frequented by grazing zebras and impalas. Given its proximity to the highway, it’s not a wilderness experience, but the animals don’t seem to mind and you’ll probably see plenty from your porch. Vehicle rental possible with advance notice.

  • Lodging in Mikumi National Park

    Mikumi Park Cottages & Resthouse

    About 3km from the gate, the park cottages and resthouse offer rooms in attached brick bungalows, all with bathroom, fan and air-con, and meals on order (Tsh10,000 per plate) at the nearby dining hall. The resthouse, which consists of two double rooms sharing an entrance, also has a kitchen (bring your own gas). Animals frequently wander just in front.

  • Lodging in Lake Nyasa

    Matema Beach View Lutheran Centre

    Rooms at this place – in brick bandas on or just back from the beach – are no frills, although the local ambience is agreeable. It serves a simple breakfast of tea or coffee and bread. This is the closest accommodation action to town, just 700m west of Matema hospital and the village centre.

  • Lodging in Lake Nyasa

    Kyela Beach Resort

    If you have your own transport, this is a good bet, with 18 simple but pleasant, well-ventilated rooms (windows on both walls) set around a garden compound and a restaurant. It’s about 1.5km north of town, signposted just off the Tukuyu road. Hot water can be a little unpredictable.

  • Lodging in Lake Nyasa

    Joseph's

    Simple and utterly idyllic, Joseph's place consists of a scattering of simple thatched huts on the lakeshore. He will cook up a plain meal of fish, rice and beans on demand.

  • Lodging in Mikumi National Park

    Mikumi Park Special Campsite

    This park campsite is located near Choga Wale in the north of the park; be especially careful eating and storing food here as there are likely to be yellow baboons around.

  • Lodging in Mikumi National Park

    Mikumi Park Campsite

    Of the park's four ordinary campsites, the one closest to the park headquarters is reasonably well equipped with toilet facilities and a shower.

  • Lodging in Lake Nyasa

    Sativa's Midland Hotel

    An acceptable and clean town-centre option, Sativa's has reasonable facilities, and a decent restaurant and bar are around the corner.

  • Lodging in Lake Nyasa

    Landmark at Lake Nyasa

    The new brick bandas constructed by this Tanzanian chain are comfortable enough, but little has been done to make them blend with the stunning natural surroundings, and the interiors are chain-hotel bland. A dramatic wide thatched bar is the most interesting feature, but food is below par for the price.