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Accommodation Options in Tanzania - From Budget to Luxury

November 15, 2020

Accommodation is usually one of the first things to decide on when planning any trip, especially one where you’ll be exploring the wildlife-rich plains of Tanzania’s safari parks or basking in the fine white sands of its choice beaches. This amazing country is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations, boasting rich cultures and some of the most welcoming people you’ll ever meet. That’s why choosing your ideal accommodation in Tanzania is actually one of the simplest aspects of planning your trip.

Here’s a breakdown of Tanzania’s accommodation options so you can simply select the one that best suits your travel preferences.

Budget Accommodation

Budget accommodation in Tanzania are as varied as they come -- from bare minimum solo tents and makeshift camps to furnished tented camps with facilities that straddle standard luxury in the wild. There are public campsites in many of the national parks across Tanzania, some with standard facilities, including taps, toilets and firewood, while others tend to be more basic with just open land with space to park your vehicle and set up your tent.

If you’d like to up the tempo, you could always opt for private campsites. These are essentially catered accommodations in the wild which means they typically have more modern facilities, including beds, shared WIFI, and even electricity. 

Outside of the safari parks and conservation areas, Tanzania offers other budget accommodation options like hostels, Bed and breakfast motels, and boutique hotels. If you’re looking for something more hands-on, there are workaway accommodation options where you can put in some volunteer work in exchange for a place to crash.

Mid-Range Accommodation

This category comprises accommodation options that aim to provide a balance between amenities and value for money. These include tented safari camps, lodges, 3-star hotels, and home rentals (Airbnb). Many of the mid-range safari camps in Tanzania range between semi and fully permanent tents with raised wooden floors, shared bathrooms, and above-average furnishings. Many of them are strategically situated near watering holes so you don't have to go too far to get a glimpse at the action.

On the other hand, lodges are permanent structures with decent - luxurious facilities. Some have numerous large rooms aimed at families and tour groups. They tend to cost more than the standard camping experience but do make up for it with better amenities and security.

If you’re going to spend some time in the city, then you could go for a deluxe hotel. Tanzania boasts a fine assortment of hotel options, ranging from standard to lavish opulence. Many of them offer excellent facilities, including fine dining, spa services, concierge and other services. However, if you’re traveling as a family, it might make more sense to simply rent an apartment. This way, you get to have the place to yourselves and not feel too restricted.

Luxury Accommodation

This is the way to go if you have the means to splurge and are looking to enjoy the best of everything during your stay in Tanzania. We’re talking personalized services, plush beddings, private safari activities, concierge services - the whole nine yards! Under this category, we have the luxury safari camps, superbly finished hotels with all the trimmings, resorts, and private villas.

Luxury safari camps offer guests the ability to live luxuriously in the wild. Many of them are owned by private safaris so they are often located at choice locations. Services are tailored to your requests, including gourmet dining, private game drives, romantic candle-lit dinners and other complementary services designed to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

There are also several luxury hotels across Tanzania, though you may only find them in the cities and popular tourist areas.

One important thing to remember for safari accommodations is that the prestige of the national park or conservancy will play a role in the pricing. Less popular parks will not charge as much as the quintessential destinations like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Also, accommodation prices tend to fluctuate with the peak and off-peak seasons, so you could always time your trip to the most opportune moment.

What about the beaches?

Heading to the beach after a few nights in the African bush is the ultimate safari experience. The island of Zanzibar has probably the most elegant lineup of accommodation choices, from budget hotels and beach bungalows to luxury resorts and private villas.

There are dozens of beach resorts in Zanzibar aimed at holidaymakers looking for the typical mix of sun, sand and sea experience. Private villas are a great choice too, especially if you are traveling with kids or simply need the utmost exclusivity during your trip. Many are equipped with their own swimming pools and personal chefs.

No matter your chosen accommodation option, Tanzania offers some of the best experiences for anyone looking to holiday in Africa. Definitely worth its spot on your travel list.

Size Guide

Centimeters (CM)

Inches (IN)

50CM x 40CM

19 11/16 in X 15 3/4 in

50CM x 50CM

19 11/16 in X 19 11/16 in

60CM x 60CM

23 5/8 in X 23 5/8 in

70CM x 50CM

27 9/16 in X 19 11/16 in

80CM x 60CM

31 1/2 in X 23 5/8 in

100CM x 80CM

39 3/8 in X 31 1/2 in

140CM x 110CM

55 1/8 in X 43 5/16 in