safari accommodation

Safari Accommodation in Tanzania

Accommodation around Tanzania, what you get depends largely on what you pay for, though in general, they're always with good value. You can certainly expect clean bed sheets and private showers in many of them, but you don't always get a air condition or mosquito net and, if you're paying bottom prices, the showers will be cold and sometimes shared.

There are very cheap hotels and so do many other more expensive hotels. Theft from hotels rooms generally isn't a problem, though only a fool would tempt fate by leaving money and other valuables laying around unattended for hours. If a place looks safe, it generally is. Check the door locks. Many hotels and lodges in Tanzania also have a full-time guard service or even a nice  and modern lock and they won't let anyone in who is not staying there.


Camping in the backpacker sense is now very much developed in Tanzania because most of the national parks now include Serengeti and Tarangire national park they have public campsite. Camping safari (campsite) is only allowed in the sites provided by the authority (TANAPA) for this purpose. There are number of ways you can camp, depending on where you want to go and what budget you have (prices may vary).

First question:

Do you wish for Mobile or Immobile Campsite?

During your camping safari, would you like to be able to travel by moving your tent or not? If not, you will have to turn to fixed accommodation structures called tented camps or canvas camps or lodges.

Second questions:

Do you want to Camp Outside the National Park?

Campsites outside parks, on the edge of towns like the famous Mto wa Mbu which is a town close to famous national parks in the northern circuit of Tanzania. Like those of European campsites, the owners are private individuals who have equipped their piece of land (with planned pitches, swimming pools, equipped toilets, and nice garden). These places are open to everyone (without special conditions). There are many of them in the small town of Mto Wa Mbu (near the entrance to Lake Manyara Park), where wildlife lovers, ecotourism enthusiasts like to visit. At Shizi Safari we specialising in camping safari, lodge safaris and Kilimanjaro treks.

Do you want to Camp inside the national park?

It is now official and more widespread around national parks in Tanzania concerns places for camping inside national parks and reserves. In this category, there is a distinction to be made between public campsites and special campsites. First, it is imperative to book in advance through our Safari agency. Reservations are always made with the park management. Public campsites are located on a special place around national parks.

They are simple pitches, surrounded by bush and savannah, but without equipment, only a mess building and a place for eating. There is also a running water. Don't forget to bring your own head lump, also to wash yourself while our chef will feed you during all the safari tour. Before going there, plan to have enough toiletries. At these sites, campers should expect to bring their own toiletries. Given their location, in the middle of the bush, you are more likely to hear wild animals sounds there at dawn, dusk or at night.

Tented camps :

They are also called tented lodges. These are luxurious campsites, often located in extraordinary sites (cliff edge, circus border, river or lake banks). A canvas camp usually consists of several tents always fixed, aligned or scattered in nature according to the configuration of the land. The roof of these tents is canvas, while the foundations are usually wood and cement. Inside the tent, you have the minimum comfort (it looks a bit like a bungalow): two improved camp beds side by side, a hot shower, a sink area, and a toilet. Lighting is provided by solar panels.

There is always a mosquito net also mosquito spray can sometimes be placed on a shelf next to the bed. At the entrance, under an awning, chairs and a table, to take in the air at dusk. These canvas camps are designed to live independently and often have a restaurant (and sometimes even a bar) which provides meals. You do not have to pay the night taxes, included in the price. You might as well say that this form of camping costs as much as lodges, sometimes more. A night for two people costs on average between $ 180 and $ 700

Wildlife Safari Lodges

Welcome to the hassle free accommodation.  The lodge in Africa is what the mountain chalet is to the Alps. What exactly is not a lodge. It is a bush hotel, a rustic and isolated house, with no village or town nearby. Built with local materials (tropical wood, stones), located in the heart of nature, the traveler stops there, sleeps, eats there, and leaves very early in the morning aboard their 4x4 to go observe the wild animals.

The first lodges were built in colonial times by German and British settlers who wanted basic, but simple and secure accommodation to rest after a long and exhausting day of game drive in the bush. With the opening of the country to tourism and the development of safaris, lodges have multiplied (include around the Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti Plains) being established in superb landscapes, with increasingly comfortable rooms, equipped with showers and toilets, That is to said, be careful, in most lodges, since electricity can supplied by generators, there is only hot water at certain times of the day (before 10 a.m. in the morning, and after 5 p.m.) Remember to ask for exact times at the reception of your lodge.

In addition, beyond 1,500 m, in the parks of northern Tanzania, rooms do not have fans or mosquito nets. you will be told that the temperature is moderate at this altitude and that mosquitoes never wean so high. It's true, but you can still be bothered at times by the lack of ventilation in the rooms, and hear mosquitoes (or other insects) whistling near your ears, which is not dangerous in itself but can be a bit annoying. Room prices vary according to comfort.

Count between 240 $ and 1250 $ for two people (that's why safaris are expensive). There are different local hotel chain, associated with the Tanzanian company which manages several lodges in the parks. They are the least expensive. The Sopa Lodge chain charges higher prices. The ultimate in luxury returns to the Four Season, Gran Melia, and Serena Lodge chain.All the lodges have their restaurant, more or less beautiful, more or less in the style of the country. The lodges also provide cold packed lunches for the picnic during the safari. You have to ask for them the day before.

A little Advice:

The prices of lodges are more attractive in low season. (between April and June), in take advantage of it in every adventure you book take with you a mosquito repellent if you want to sleep in peace. Close your bedroom window at night because of animals. Animals can enter it easily, especially baboons, which are sometimes aggressive. At Lobo Wildlife Lodge (Serengeti Park), they are used to trotting on the balcony railings at the end of the day.

Charming inns (Luxury Lodges)

Different from lodges (located in parks), charming (and characterful) inns look like lodges but much more intimate, more personalized. There are few and they are concentrated in the north of the country. These are old residences from the colonial era. The number of rooms is reduced, the welcome is personalized, the atmosphere less noisy. Gibb's Farm (see the our hotel list “Where to sleep?  In “The protected region of Ngorongoro”) is the best example on the mountainside, small wooden bungalows, surrounded by the vegetation of a tropical garden , dominate fields of coffee trees. In this peaceful hotel, withdrawn from the world, the spirit of the film Out of Africa still blows. But we must also mention the Manor Lodge, the Altezza Lodge (at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro) and the More than a Drop (which is one of the responsible Hotel in Kilimanjaro ).

Hotels and Guesthouses:

There are two tariffs, the “resident” tariff and the “non-resident” tariff. The rule is almost the same everywhere, namely that a passing visitor pays more than a person living in Tanzania (African or expatriate). Prices are usually displayed at reception. If you want to pay off as a resident, in order to pay less, the hotelier will ask for your residence permit to verify the veracity of your words.  

Mid-price Hotels

This category does not exist in the parks. It's very simple  the reason is between the lodge category at $ 150 per night and the room at $ 20 in a cheap guesthouse, there is a big gap. The Tanzanian government now is encourage the hotel industry to develop this category of establishments a reasonable prices  Hotels ($ 30-40 per double). But Zanzibar is an exception when it comes to this because, on this island (in Stonetown and on the coast), all categories of hotels are represented.

The price range is quite wide, from the cheapest to the most expensive. There, the traveler can choose hotels according to their budget. Inexpensive Hotels This category of hotels is quite common in inland towns and on the coast, as well as in Zanzibar. There are decent rooms with fan (on pedestal or ceiling), shower (hot water) and sometimes a mosquito net folded up over the bed. The toilet is usually outside the bedroom.

There are campsites and hotels of a sort all over East Africa but the facilities offered vary tremendously. Some are nothing more than a patch without so much. Others are purpose-built.  Don't simply camp out in the bush or on a patch of wasteland in a town or city without consult your Safari company. And if you leave your tent unattended, there'll be nothing left in it when you get back. In small villages off the beaten track, ask permission first from the village elder or chief before setting up your tent.

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