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12 Elegant Lodges in Tanzania’s Wild For Proper Enjoyment

Elewana Migration Camp, Serengeti
Written by See Africa Today

The 12 luxury places to stay in Tanzania within private game reserves & Zanzibar, offer an authentic and intimate African safari experience.

The luxurious lodges, tented camps and boutique hotels are set in the heart of the game reserves and offer an unparalleled safari experience, complete with private guides, vehicles, and chefs.

Whether you’re looking for an intimate tented camp or a lavish lodge, these top 12 luxury places to stay in Tanzania will give you an authentic and intimate African safari experience.

&Beyond, Mnemba Island, Zanzibar

Beyond Mnemba Island

&Beyond Mnemba Island. Phot by Red Savannah

Mnemba Island is a private island paradise set in Zanzibar’s pristine waters. With crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and lush vegetation, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind away from it all.

Relax and unwind on your own stretch of beachfront, where simple yet luxurious bandas peek out onto unblemished sands from the dappled shade of the tall coconut palms.

The Residence, Zanzibar

The Residence, Zanzibar

The Residence, Zanzibar. Photo by Go2Africa

The Residence Zanzibar immerses you in the splendour of a secluded hideaway. The resort’s 66 luxuriously appointed villas fuse contemporary style, each with its own private pools.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll be cocooned among 32 hectares of tropical gardens, fringed by a pristine mile-long, powder-soft beach. Each villa has been thoughtfully designed to reflect the essence of Swahili living with an emphasis on space.

Asilia, Roho ya Selous, Selous National Park

Asilia, Roho ya Selous

Asilia, Roho ya Selous. Photo by Asilia Africa

On a small peninsula overlooking Lake Nzerakera, Roho ya Selous is in the heart of Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve). Besides being among the luxury places to stay in Tanzania, it is the largest reserve in Africa and home to one of the biggest populations of wild dogs on the continent.

Roho ya Selous is the perfect base for exploring the reserve by day and relaxing in style by night. The camp has 8 stretch tents, all en-suite with sweeping views of the landscape.

Asilia, Jabali Ridge, Ruaha

Asilia Jabali Ridge

Asilia Jabali Ridge. Photo by Yellow Zebra Safaris

Jabali Ridge is a stylish camp in the wildlife-rich Ruaha National Park, set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mwagusi River and Ikuka escarpment.

A landscape of sun-bleached plains, mighty baobabs and hardy shrubs. Ruaha is home to large numbers of lions, elephants, buffalo and even endangered African wild dogs. With an en suite bathroom and private deck with panoramic views, is perfect for a relaxing safari experience.  Add it to your bucket list as one of the top luxury places to stay in Tanzania.

Asilia, Namiri Plains, Serengeti

Asilia Namiri Plains Serengeti

Asilia, Namiri Plains, Serengeti. Photo by Asilia Africa

Set on the sprawling plains in the eastern Serengeti, Namiri Plains enjoys a remote location. With 10 stylish tented suites and one family tent, your stay here is a luxurious one of indoor/outdoor living.

The camp has been designed with a focus on eco-tourism, offering guests the opportunity to interact with the wildlife that lives here. Activities offered include game drives, walks and photographic safaris.

Elewana Migration Camp, Serengeti

Elewana Migration Camp, Serengeti

Elewana Migration Camp, Serengeti. Photo by Elewana COllection

On the banks of the mighty Grumeti river sits the elegant Elewana Migration luxury camp. Hidden among the rocky outcrops the camp is located at the starting point of the wildebeest migration. A swimming pool and a viewing lounge provide the backdrop for endless views across the Serengeti plains.

&Beyond Grumeti River Lodge, Serengeti

&Beyond Grumeti River Lodge Serengeti

&Beyond Grumeti River Lodge Serengeti. Photo by Vencha Travel

Situated on the banks of the Grumeti river the andBeyond River Lodge has unparalleled, breathtaking views of the river and the surrounding area. The ultimate safari experience awaits you here. The lodge is elegantly designed to reflect a traditional Maasai Manyatta. Luxury exemplified, the lodge has undergone a full refurbishment and reopened recently.

Asilia, Rubondo Island Camp, Lake Victoria

Rubondo Island Camp

Rubondo Island Camp. Photo by Kidogo Travel Design Africa

An incredibly unique adventure experience awaits you on Rubondo, an island in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria where elephants and chimpanzees roam free. In the background is the vast expanse of Lake Victoria, which is the backdrop to Rubondo Island Camp.

It is truly a unique and deservedly among luxury places to stay in Tanzania.  Experience life at the only camp in Rubondo Island National Park, a wild and nearly uninhabited place.

&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Photo by Asilia Africa

There is a reason why Ngorongoro crater lodge has been referred to as the top-of-the-world game lodge. As you gaze at the immense crater and its natural riches, it´s easy to imagine that you have entered a dream world. Intimate and exclusive accommodations are divided into three camps each its own lounge, dining and butler services. A honeymooners paradise!

Elewana Manor House, Ngorongoro

Elewana Manor House, Ngorongoro

Elewana Manor House, Ngorongoro. Photo by Wetu

A safari lodge of its kind in northern Tanzania, The Manor at Ngorongoro is one of the first of its kind to combine East African hospitality with old-world African architecture and decor. It has nine luxurious cottages, 18 suites, a family cottage, and a magnificent main Manor House. The Manor is an elegant up-country farmhouse of the Cape Dutch style located beside the Ngorongoro conservation area and within a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate.

&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Photo by Beyond Kenya Safaris

Featuring nine stilted treehouse suites built from makuti palm fronds and local timber, the treehouses blend privacy and exclusivity in a cool, leafy setting with visits by elephants. Guestrooms feature fabrics and displays of local artwork, while an outdoor dining area features traditional dugout canoes. It is possible to watch or assist with the preparation of the tasty menus served on the open dining decks or in the theatrical boma through an interactive kitchen.

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge. Photo by Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

There is no doubt that the Lodge imparts a sense of homeliness due to its heritage and its original appearance. Those who visit or stay are continuously impressed by the friendly and personable staff. It is the smell of the morning brew emanating from the Plantation House as breakfast is being prepared, and the excitement of the adventures awaiting you at the Arusha Coffee Lodge that refreshes the mind and soul.

This article is courtesy of 12 Adventure Expeditions.

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Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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