Camps and Lodges in Tanzania
Many of these safari lodges vary in style and size and are mostly built to match with the environment. The accommodation here tends to be of Banda type, with the Lounges, central dinning, the bar with in a single unit Hotels. All the major towns that are found in Tanzania have got good and excellent super luxury accommodation facilities. All the towns in this country will at least have a good guest house.
Most of the national parks have got ordinary camp sites that provide fire places, toilets, and water taps. The special campsites have got a pit toilet. It’s advisable to pre-book the special campsites and also book the ordinary ones. Camping is mainly limited outside the national parks and offers accommodation facilities in different categories of the safari lodges as well as hotels.
About the Accommodation
Always clients are advised to be careful about companies who promote themselves using their own lodges as well as private tents. These might be private and of good quality but depending on what you would like for the safari, they might not be optimal enough. They might be far from the region being visited which might not be beneficial to you as a client. Many companies might want to send you to their private lodges and tents, not for the interest of you to enjoy the activities but to reduce costs.
We at Go Tanzania Safari, use and promote several accommodation facilities, some of which are owned by other tour companies, but we give you the most honest view about all the hotels and lodges and choose whether to stay with them depending on the main focus of the safari.
The main types of Accommodation
There are many budget lodges that are available with in Arusha and Moshi, Many of these are hostels, we might not question the quality of these accommodations, but what we can say is that these provide proper bed with clean bed sheets plus cleaned bath rooms that are sometimes shared. These types of accommodations, are for those travellers who are on a restricted budget and would admire simple and cheap accommodations with very simple service and facilities. The price range is from $ 20 – $60 per person per night.
The examples here include;
Mixture of Budget, Moderate & Super Luxury Lodges
These can be found in both Moshi Kilimanjaro and in Arusha.
Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Hotels in Zanzibar
Hotels in Stone Town Zanzibar
The Deluxe Lodges
These are uniquely different and located scenically, these east African safari lodges are luxury and are located within the national parks, conservancy areas and in reserves. They are also presented in a classic African style and offer charming rooms, atmospheric dinning, outdoor swimming pool, sun downers, this can be within the lodge and in the nearby surrounding areas, the guided walks, and Game drives as well as the cultural Visits. Our selection of these luxury lodges can be well experienced while on a safari/ trip to Kenya, Tanzania, and on a gorilla trekking trip to both Rwanda and Uganda. These luxury lodges can be enjoyed while on a Kenya trip, Tanzania safari or while doing a gorilla trek in Uganda.
Safari Tented camps
These tented camps are presented and located in an African style and they are semi and luxury tented lodges that have little to do with camping and almost everything to do with the atmosphere. These also comprise a central dinning and a bar area that might be presented in form of a central Lodge, or under canvas mess area. They are also surrounded by widely spaced tents that are permanent. These tents will have thatched roofs, stone floors, concrete, in built en suite bath rooms, with cold and hot running water plus the WCs as well as the hotel styled furniture and a generator. This lodge will feature a swimming pool, an external campsite fire area, game viewing platform and the water hole with the bar. These types of tented lodges can be enjoyed while on a safari in any east African country.
The Luxury Lodges
These safari lodges tend to be smaller, more luxurious and personalised than the traditional safari lodges. These are also scenically located and their rooms are spacious and individually presented with private furnished verandas, WIFI, room service, laundry and the Valet service.
The lodge will also present an opulent out of Africa style with a central lounge and bar, a boutique, silver dining room, external sun downer bar area, luxurious swimming pool, and a sun bathing area. The activities that can be carried out here include; bush breakfast and dinners, Maasai Guides, private game drives, Sun downers in a scenic location, nature walks, and the cultural visits. These great East African luxury lodges can be well experienced on Tanzania safaris, Kenya safaris and Ugandan trips.
The luxury tented safari camps in Tanzania
When planning a safari in Tanzania, the luxury safari camps offer good canvas sided safari tents that are thatched roofed and often raised on the timber platform with the private veranda. These luxury safari tents have comfortable double and single beds with a mosquito net, luxury safari bath rooms, electric lighting.
The Tented Camps
These are also scenically located and they are different, they are generally smaller, more luxurious and more personalised than the traditional tented lodges. These are also located within the national parks, private conservancies and in the reserves, these also present themselves in distinctive African style and also offer a central lodge or the tented food area with a bar, silver service dining room and a lounge. There is always an external campfire area with director chairs and bar, spa, bush and a game viewing platform or the water hole.
These types of tents are mounted on large stone bases with a thatched roof and a stone built en suite bath room area to rear. All the interior décor and the furnishings will be of standard as that found in a luxury hotel room and will usually include; a private veranda area, and individualised steward with a service that will be provided to each tent. The main activities here include; sun downers, guided walks, cultural performances, and the game drives.
About Classic Camping
The camp sites that are found with in the national parks are not fenced so the animals are attracted to come closer to these camps. Most of these camps have got pit latrines and some have showers but is not a guarantee.
The campsites that are found outside the park include; Jambo which is outside Manyara , Kudu which is found in Karatu near Ngorongoro, Palm cam site found outside Tarangire national park, Both Jambo and Kudu have got running water , bars and flush toilets.
The Special campsites
These usually cost $40 per person per night more than the public camp sites. These campsites are also less crowded and offer privacy, however, there are no toilet or shower facilities available here. You are therefore advised to opt for the semi luxury camping since a shower tent is provided in that option.
Information about the tented camps
Tented accommodations show a traditional safari experience that is built with mid and high grade canvas on either a wooden or local stone platform. This would include all the facilities of a modern day living like the flush toilets, showers, plumbing, running water, furniture, lightings, linen, pillows, bed cover and the shelving’s.
The quality of all the above facilities would vary based on Go Tanzania safari tiers. The showers and the toilet facilities depend on the accommodation, this means that they would either be enclosed within the canvas or attached outside by walk out zipped door way.
The quality of the tent experience would vary based on many Go Tanzania safari tiers. The showers and the toilet facilities all depend on the accommodation that would be enclosed with in the canvas outside by the walk out door way. Lighting to the tents would be delivered either via solar or generator charged batteries, fuel lamp or Kerosene. The tented rooms can either be proofed via an attached cloth to the canvas or the mosquito net.
In the turn down service, the insect repellent spray can be applied upon by a client on request. Before going to sleep, all clients must apply insect repellent on all exposed body parts. Exposition to additional modern facilities like fans and air conditioners are limited on a safari in the wilderness/ the bush. Just outside the common area, which is either a wooden structure or a tent mess, you would find the dining area, lounge, bar, conference room and related guest facilities. The swimming pool is also available at some accommodations to provide extra cooling off and activity.
The setting up of these tents varies depending on an African destination, target customer market and country. i.e, for the family based tent could have one big tent or two tents attached to each other. The honey mooners would have a more secluded location of the tent with additional facilities depending on individual accommodation.
Hotels and Lodges
The lodges are a complete mortar & brick set up that is built either with the Morden or local materials and can be designed as follows. There is also the building units like the hotel wings with the rooms next to each other, the individual wooden or cottage units. The lodges would include; all the facilities of Morden day living like the showers, plumbing, flush toilet, running water, furniture, lighting, bed cover, linen, pillows, shelving, closets and many more. The quality of the offerings would vary based on many Go Tanzania safari tiers. Here the showers and the toilet facilities would be inside in most cases. Lighting to the lodges will be delivered either via solar or generator charged batteries, direct generator power or the mains power.
The rooms would have widows with or without a gauze. The mosquito net will be available in most cases however during the turn down service, the insect repellent can be applied on request by the client and the windows have to remain shut for the remainder of the evening.
In consideration by the owner of the building, a brick and a mortar accommodation facility would be of average temperature. The fans are available to create movement of air and this will vary depending on the destination. Just outside the common areas, you would find the dining area, reference room, lounge, bar and the related guests facilities.
These lodges have got swimming pool available to provide an additional activity or the cooling off. The lodge room set up varies depending on an African destination, customer market and the country. i.e, a family lodge room could have one; large room with two double beds or it can be two rooms connecting by inter leading door. This could be wing type design or a block unit.
In similar circumstances, the independent traveller cottage units would have single standalone unit that is separated in good distance between the individual units, all this depends on the safari tier experience that is selected. More so, the lodge experience can have variations in design, consumer market and the concept.
The Bush Camps and Cottages
Bond with nature bush facilities put Go Tanzania safari clients into the laps of nature with their accommodation that match with nature and their very rustic, wild and free designs. The amenities here include; the flush toilets, the open sky bush showers as well as limited running water, all this is done for an opportunity to experience and view Africa’s greatest wildlife, nature unobserved and the wilderness.
Bush with Nature bush rooms also create a possible wilderness environment and provide fresh foods, linens, comfortable beds, pillow, as well as mosquito nets. The floor of the rooms can be either sand from the area, cemented stones or wooden platform. The walls and the roofing would be designed from the palm fronds, reed and thatched that is tightly coupled together. There are no divisions made in the design of the room. The open floor allows the flow of air throughout the room. Lighting in the facility is provided by solar power, limited use of generator or solar lamps.
In the common areas, you would find small bush campfire that is set up with their safari styled chairs, lounge bar area and the African sky dining area. You can get chance to explore the area on a walking safari , you can also have an option of lying awake at night and then listen to the rustles of the wildlife coming to life from the comfort and safety of the bed. You can wake up at dawn and check out the foot prints of the wildlife that walked by the camp. The Bond with nature bush accommodation facilities can be considered green, environment impact Accommodation and Limited Carbon footprint.
These mobile & fly tents accommodations also offer unique perspective to the animals and the wilderness experiences. En route to your daily tour expeditions as well as adventures in Africa, you will explore the different parts of the park with a fully authorised host team who will pick and set up small tented accommodation with comfortable bedding, safari style bucket shower, portable toilet and wash basin.
The quality of the tents vary depending on the destination. The meals would be prepared freshly while the clients relax and freshen up. A campfire is usually set up in the evening to enjoy the days experience and to plan for the day ahead. A mobile and fly camp enables Go Tanzania safari clients to experience off the beaten paths with in the remote areas that are not reached or accessed on many different safaris.
These are usually located on the private reserves or on the game conservancies plus on the private home stays. This type of accommodation is presented against a genuine back ground of the beautiful colonial style farms set in the glorious grounds. Here catering is of a high quality and of standard and unique since its home made and the hosts here will welcome you as a member of their family
Our adventure travel choices include private tented camps, which are situated in specific locations within the reserves and the national parks. These are mostly tailor made to our client’s needs and specifications, these include luxury tents, safari kitchens, bathroom facilities that vary from campsite to campsite.
The fly camping adventure is a wonderful way to sleep under the beautiful stars and also enjoy the tranquillity and the excitement of the real bush. The ten square safari tents are made of the heavy duty mosquito mesh which will ensure that you are close to nature and apart from the bugs in the bush.
The fly camping in Tanzania is mostly done in Serengeti National Park and it’s a once in a lifetime experience. The intimacy of the light camp, the freedom of movement, as well as the thrill of coming close to nature is wonderful to many guests on safari. The fly camp is also light enough to move easily and will strike quickly, but will continue with the everyday luxuries which characterise the hot showers, cold drinks, comfortable beddings, and the gourmet foods.
There are a limited number of lodges that are offered and have been designed and built by the local people using ecologically friendly materials, décor, sustainable energy as well as traditional art. Many of these specialise in different diversions like cultural visits, camel treks as well as dance performances, all the proceeds are shared by the local community and mainly devoted towards the preservation of the environment and wildlife.
The authentic Eco- Lodges & Community based experience
The eco lodge accommodation facilities are built using the natural as well as local material, these have got no environmental impact depending on the private accommodation. These types of accommodation provide modern conveniences with the superb innovation and style with the use of local materials and resources. i.e the source of energy may be delivered via the solar lighting , and cooking fuel would come from cow manure and instead of firewood.
More so, the design materials for the bed frames would also come from the old broken tree branches and these would be carved into bed frames, the water might be come from the spring and delivered via the gravity flow. The soaps and the detergent used at the lodge would be biodegraded and will go through a filtration process. These Eco lodges also provide sowers, fresh foods, and flush or long drop toilets, running water, furniture, bed cover, linen, pillows and shelving’s. There are also no divisions made in the design of the room. The open floor plains allow the maximum flow of the air throughout the room.
Eco Lodge’s viability in Africa depend on the appreciation, benefit and involvement of the surrounding communities and the ancestral land owners, which would later require a direct involvement of the respective communities. Most of the eco lodges are known to be community projects that are set up to create sustainability as well as resolving challenges that face Africa’s tribal communities that are giving up their traditional ways for the alternative opportunities within the city and away from the homelands. These challenges create a social, economic and cultural vacuum with in the fabric of the existing tribes, local communities & eco lodges whose relationships have been forged for many years.
The community based projects aim at creating a long term balance between modernity and traditions, as they maintain authenticity. The guests during their stay at the eco lodges ate members of the surrounding tribes or their distant relatives from other locations of the country. The traditional tribal attires use skills of learning on their land, schools, accommodation or from their rites, by this they aim to deliver Africa’s eco-tourism experiences with the carbon foot print or the environment impact. The revenue that is generated from the clients stay is given back to the community and into the conservation of the land, wildlife and its habitants. Go Tanzania safari guests will also be part of this give back. The quality, efforts and authenticity of these Africa’s eco lodges and community can be well experienced based on Go Tanzania’s Tiers.