The North of Tanzania is expensive, and these lodges cover all the good areas, while not breaking the bank!
An affordable Lodge in the Ngorongoro Highlands which is loacated between Ngorongoro and Manyara. We often use this lodge in the highlands as a base to visit nearby villages as well as a game drive in Manyara and the Crater
Opened in 2010, Ewanjan Tented Camp perfectly located in the central Serengeti area of the Seronera Valley, famous for its abundant resident game and large prides of predators. Ewanjan has a great setting away from the crowds, ideal to fully experience the wildlife of this area without constantly meeting another vehicle.
Charming and exceptional value, Sunshine Hotel offers simple accommodation on one of the islands best beaches. Located up in Matemwe the hotel also gives guests easy access to Mnemba Island for the islands best diving and snorkelling. Overall a lovely little property that helps make an overall itinerary more affordable.
Lovely levels of accomodation and guiding in the North, with a gorgeous and secluded beach break to finish.
Machweo Retreat is the newest addition to Onsea House, its sister property. Onsea House is one of Arusha’s best little properties and Machweo retreat is right next door, replicating the same level of quality in service and rooms. The food here is exquisite and some of the best in east Africa.
Plantation Lodge is probably our favourite coffee plantation in the Ngorongoro Highlands. It’s tranquil, scenic and in a great spot for easy access to the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. The rooms are simple but luxurious and the food is particularly good as they make use of their fine organic vegetable garden. There are other great places such as Gibbs Farm in the area but we feel that Plantation is setting the highest standards at the moment.
Kimondo is a top luxury mobile tented camp. It takes up the two major locations for the great migration over the year - North and South Serengeti. In the north it sits on the Lamai Wedge with only two other camps. This means you get river crossings without the other vehicles. Great food, beautiful tents, engaging guiding.
The best beach lodge in east Africa! As a company we have explored the entire coast and there nowhere that gets near to Ras Kutani. It is ‘bare foot beach luxury’ at its best and comes at fantastic value. It is secluded, private and spectacularly beautiful. Team this with fantastic rooms, lovely food and great service and we have ourselves a champion of beach lodges.
Farm life at Gibbs, great guiding in the Serengeti and an absolute favourite on Zanzibar.
Gibbs farm is a magical place. The surrounding rolling hills offer fantastic views, and the areas rich soil has turned the gardens into a tropical paradise. It really is unique in the respect that it is so rich in flora and fauna, and holds the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater a mere 30 minutes away.
Nomad Tented Camps have evolved from a true passion for guiding safaris here. The quality of guiding and positioning of the camps depending on the seasonal movement of the herds makes for an awesome safari experience. Even the 'light' camps are comfortable and designed with style.
A truly fantastic hotel; without doubt one of the very best on the entire African coast. The beach here is very good and due to its location on the north tip of the island is very quiet as there are not hotels to the east of the location. Ras Nungwi offers good value for money on Zanzibar, excellent water sports great facilities and has consistently delivered over the years.
Stunning levels of accommodation throughout. Crater views from your room, private reserve in the Serengeti; this represents best of the best in the North.
There are few luxury properties in and around Arusha, of all these the Arusha Coffee Lodge is the best. Owned and run by Elewana, this property maintains great levels of quality and service. Being located on a working coffee plantation allows a different sort of feel and air to your stay. A stay in Arusha would normally be a one night stop, at most, two. If you are looking for something a bit cheaper then Onsea House or Machweo Retreat would be our first choice and if they are full then Rivertrees is the next best option.
Without doubt one of the top ten hotels in the world. Perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and with views to die for; people come to Tanzania just to stay here. This is &Beyond’s flag ship property; quirky and something different from other properties on a northern itinerary. &Beyond call it ‘ Masaai meets Versaille’, we find it verging on over the top - but if you can afford it - you must stay here!
Serian Serengeti North is exactly what a safari camp should be. Alex knows the bush like the back of his hand and it’s this kind of knowledge that he demands from his guides and they rise to the challenge with aplomb. It is an adventurous experience with a luxurious edge that no one ever forgets. Our favourite mobile tented camp in Kogatende
Singita Faru Faru is one of our very favourite lodges. Run by Singita, the lodge is the lovechild of Paul Tudor Jones (a billionaire who runs them as his playthings!) and Faru Faru can be counted as probably the best safari lodge Tanzania. One of three of their supreme properties (Sasakwa and Sabora being the others) it forms part of the private Grumeti Reserves, situated in the west of the Serengeti. Yet because it’s a private park you can night drive, horse-ride and walk. A modern interpretation of a classic safari lodge, it has intimacy, luxury and excellent guiding in spades.
The finest of &Beyond....crater, luxury mobile tents in the Serengeti and the best beach lodge in Tanzania.
Serengeti under Canvas is one of the most luxurious mobile tented camps in the Serengeti, owned and run by &Beyond who are one of the top safari companies in Tanzania in terms of guide quality and luxury. The camp is very mobile, tracking the migration at all times of the year in a small intimate camp.
Travel writers have often named Mnemba as one of the top beaches in the world, certainly in Africa. Mnemba is the ultimate definition of barefoot luxury, one of the few places where you can snorkel straight off the beach and onto pristine reef. Owned and run by &Beyond, the food and service is top class- however, all this does come an eye watering cost…
Great authentic safari camps with a super luxurious pampering and beautiful views to finish.
Oliver’s Camp is our favourite camp in the Tarangire National Park. It is a lovely, friendly, rustic camp in probably the best game viewing area in the park. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in a real, authentic safari experience. Providing that you go between July and November, this camp offers one of the best experiences on the northern circuit.
This is one of the more luxurious permanent lodges in the Serengeti offering a wide range of safari experiences, including night drives and walking safaris, with superb guides. Since it is just outside the park itself there is the chance to be away from other tourists. We really love the position of the lodge; sitting raised on a hill with fantastic views into the Serengeti eco system. The service and guiding at Kleins is some of the best in Tanzania, hardly surprising as it is owned and run by &Beyond.
A bit of everything here! Grand luxury to start, river crossings, and ending in one of the most remote locations in Tanzania.
The south of the Serengeti was crying out for a top permanent lodge and now it has one. With an amazing location above a rocky gorge and eight classically styled tented rooms, Mwiba is a top luxury lodge.
Lamai Serengeti is an absolutely fantastic lodge. It is of the highest quality and probably boasts the best service in the region. It sits upon the Kogakuria Kopje, with breathtaking views down onto the Lamai wedge. It is like a breath of fresh air when compared to a lot of luxurious safari camps with its quirky style and incredible location.
Greystoke is one of the best lodges in Africa, there is really nowhere else like it and the game experience is very different – trekking in the Mahale Mountains for Chimpanzees! Lake Tanganyika is an ancient lake and the second largest by volume in the world. The main thatched building sits on the white beach and the 6 bandas are hidden into the edge of the undergrowth with incredible views out onto the water. It’s not cheap but if you have travelled all this way then you simply must stay at this lodge.
Chada is one of the most remote lodges we use in Tanzania, located in the Katavi National Park, one of the wildest game experiences in Tanzania. There are a handful of lodges in the park and this is by far the best property, run by Nomad Tanzania who are famous for their adventurous camps with some very good guiding and management. A stay at Chada is often complimented with a stay in neighbouring Mahale National Park at the other famous Nomad property- Greystoke.
A safari to 2 seperate areas of the Serengeti to see the migration using cheaper lodges
Designed to suit friends and families alike, Singita Serengeti House features comfortable, carefree interiors and a relaxed, unpretentious ambience. Simple classic furniture combining bleached raw woods and a palette of white, ebony and ivory delivers a modern yet quintessentially African feel.
Kiota Camp is set in the central Serengeti allowing for fantastic year round game viewing, especiallty if your interested in searching for the big cats at any time of the year. The Camp itself is relativly simple but offers an authentic safari experience, sleeping under canvas in the middle of the Serengeti, surrounded by wildlife, is what life at Kioto Camp is all about.
A safari to 2 seperate areas of the Serengeti to see the migration using classic camps
Namiri Plains is a must to any cheetah enthusiast. The cheetah numbers here are vast and there’s plenty of everything else too. Being owned by Asilia, Namiri Plains will most certainly deliver a world class safari experience.
Olakira is one of the finest mobile camps in the Serengeti. It follows the same route as Serian in that it moves twice a year. From July to November they’re in the north of the Serengeti in the Karatu region. Then from December to March they move back down to fantastic spot in the Ndutu plains. At Olakira you are guaranteed great guiding, lovely food and a luxurious but authentic safari camp. Its position in the north is unbeatable as you can actually see the river crossing from the comfort of the camp.
A safari to 2 seperate areas of the Serengeti to see the migration using Premier camps
A safari to 2 seperate areas of the Serengeti to see the migration using Expert camps
Good value Northern itinerary, with camps in all the right places; but the emphasis is on safari, not luxury.
The new Maramboi Tented Lodge is set in a picturesque location between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara ecosystems, allowing for a very unique opportunity to view the wildlife in this little visited area. Set within the private managed corridor that also has the up-market Chem Chem and Manyara Ranch. Maramboi is a cost effective lodge for those keen on visiting Tarangire who prefer to avoid the bustle of the northern areas of the park and want to keep costs down.
The Serengeti offering from the Kirurumu brand, Kirurumu Serengeti Camp is a great value mobile tented camp. The camp moves between Seronera and Ndutu while a second camp runs from June through to October in Kogatende. It's a very good camp in its own right but if you're looking to see Mara River crossings without blowing the budget this camp stands out head and shoulders above the rest.
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