Tanzania Hotels – From Luxury to Best Value

Tanzania hotels are some of the best in the world ranging from 5-star luxury to more laidback B&Bs. This is a guide to Tanzania’s best-rated accommodation offers for epic safaris, Zanzibar holidays and Dar es Salaam city breaks.

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Tanzania Destinations

The tropical weather in Tanzania is great all year round, but it’s worth checking which months to avoid.

Safari National Parks 

An array of quality accommodation is on offer in and nearby Tanzania national parks and reserves. Guests can relax between game drives and enjoy spectacular views of savannah plains and wildlife in their natural habitat. To give you a good overview of what’s available in various safari regions, I’ve added hotels and lodges in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Ruaha and Selous national parks.

Dar es Salaam

The bustling business capital of Tanzania and the transport hub of the country. Visitors from all over the world fly into the Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) and spend a night in the city before heading out by car, train or boat to the rest of Tanzania.

Zanzibar

The spice islands of Zanzibar and Pemba are famous for great weather and luxury resorts on white sandy beaches and watersports in the warm Indian ocean. Stone Town, the heart of the island, dates back to the 1930s and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The mixed African, Arabian, European and Indian influences give the town a vibrant character. 

Luxury Hotels in Tanzania

Luxury Hotels and Lodges in National Parks

1. Serengeti Luxury – Singita Faru Faru Boutique Lodge (9/10)

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Location: Grumeti Private  Reserve, a 350, 000acre concession area in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park.

Features: Easygoing luxury and exclusivity. Located on the wildebeest migration route.

Price: $1,700-$2,500 per person per night

Overall Rating: 9/10

Location10/10
Rooms9/10
Facilities  9/10
Staff Friendliness10/10
Services 9/10

2. Four Seasons Safari Lodge – 9/10  

Four Seasons Serengeti Safari Lodge

Location: Four Seasons is right in the middle of the Serengeti National Park.

Features:  Ideal game viewing location, infinity pool

Price: Rooms from $1,770 

Overall Rating: 9/10

Location10/10
Rooms9/10
Facilities 10/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 10/10

3. Ngorongoro Luxury – andBeyond’s Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (9/10)

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Location: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is on edge of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.

Features: One f the world’s top 10 and most unique  hotels, close to major attractions

Price: From $1,115 per person

Overall Rating: 9/10

Location10/10
Rooms9/10
Facilities  9/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services9/10

4. Lake Manyara Luxury – andBeyond’s Lake Manyara Tree Lodge (9/10) 

andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Location: In the south of Lake Manyara National Park.

Features: 8 boutique treetop suites in a remote part of the park,  canopy walkway and night drives

Price: From $840 per person

Overall Rating: 9/10

Location10/10
Rooms9/10
Facilities  9/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 10/10
Cleanliness9/10

6. Ruaha Luxury – Jabali Ridge Lodge (9/10)

Asilia Jabali Ridge

Location: A rocky outcrop of the uncrowded Ruaha National Park.

Features: Views over Ruaha, unique and sophisticated lodge between granite boulders.

Price: $875-$1,226 per person

Overall Rating: 9/10

Location10/10
Rooms9/10
Facilities 9/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 10/10

7. Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro Crater (8/10)

Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro Crater Pool Views

Location: The size of the rooms at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, which are more like suites. The guest rooms lead onto the swimming pool via paved pathways lined with brightly coloured flora. 

Features: Perched at a height of over 500 m above the crater floor, the lodge boasts some of the best views in Tanzania.

Price: From $665 per room

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location9/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities 8/10
Staff Friendliness8/10
Services 9/10

Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Zanzibar

1. Best Exclusive Resort – andBeyond Mnemba Island Resort (9/10)

AndBeyond MnembA Island Lodge

Location: Mnemba Island, 3km of the northeast coast of Zanzibar.

Features: 12 luxury suites on a private island.

Price: From $1,270 per person

Overall Rating: 9/10

Location10/10
Rooms9/10
Facilities  8/10
Staff Friendliness10/10
Services 9/10

2. Best Eco-Friendly Option – Zuri Zanzibar (9/10)

Zuri-Zanzibar-Hotel

Location: Zanzibar island’s west coast.

Features: Remote location. Villas between forest patches and an exclusive stretch of beach.

Price: thatched bungalows from $624

Overall Rating: 9/10

Location9/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities 9/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 8/10

3.  Stown Town Luxury – Park Hyatt Zanzibar (9/10)

park hyatt zanzibar

Location: On the beachfront of Stone Town central

Features: Central location, wheelchair accessibility

Price: Rooms from $370

Overall Rating: 9/10

Location9/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities  9/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 9/10

4. Zanzibar Serena Hotel – 8/10

Zanzibar-Serena-Hotel

Location: Seafront of Stone Town, 8 km from the airport.

Features: Central location, infinity pool

Price: Rooms from $440

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location9/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities 9/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 8/10
Cleanliness9/10

5. The Residence Hotel – 8/10

Tanzania-Hotels-The-Residence

Location: Southside of the island, one hour’s drive from Stone Town.

Features: Mile-long private beach

Price: Rooms from $530

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location7/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities 8/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 8/10

Luxury Hotels in Dar es Salaam

1. Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro – 8/10

Hyatt-Regency-Dar-es-Salaam-The-Kilimanjaro

Location: Central Dar es Salaam, close to the waterfront.

Features: Modern 5-star luxury

Price: Rooms $168-$450

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location9/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities  (pool, spa, gardens)8/10
Staff Friendliness8/10
Services (food, pick up)9/10
Cleanliness9/10

2. Sea Cliff Hotel, Dar es Salaam – 8/10

Sea Cliff Hotel Dar es Salaam

Location: 3 miles from the city centre on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

Features: Central location, Indian ocean views.

Price: Rooms $190-$440

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location9/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities  9/10
Staff Friendliness8/10
Services 8/10
Cleanliness9/10

Mid-Range Hotels in Tanzania

Mid-Range Hotels in National Parks

1. Best Mid-Range Lodge – Melia Serengeti (9/10)

Melia Serengeti Lodge

Location: In the heart of Serengeti National Park.

Features: Great price and location for wildlife viewing.

Price: Rooms from $800

Overall Rating: 9/10

Location10/10
Rooms9/10
Facilities9/10
Staff Friendliness10/10
Services 9/10

2. Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge – 8/10

Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Location: 25 km from Naabi Hill Gate, Serengeti National Park

Features: Special family suites

Price: rooms from $703

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location8/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities 8/10
Staff Friendliness8/10
Services 9/10

3. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge – 8/10  

Serengeti-Serena-Safari-Lodge-Rooms

Location: Serena Lodge is located in the Kyabatero Hills, northwest of Seronera and adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River.

Price: Rooms from $225

Features:  A drive to game viewing, but great for cultural experiences, infinity pool

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location8/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities 7.5/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 8/10

4. andBeyond Ngorongoro Gibbs Farm – 8/10

andBeyond Ngorongoro Gibbs Farm

Location: Karatu, Ngorongoro

Features: Accessibility to major attractions and outdoor activities.

Price: Rooms from $880

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location8/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities 8/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 8/10

5. Ngorongoro Marera Mountain View Lodge – 7.6/10

Ngorongoro Marera Mountain View Lodge

Location: Outside Karatu, between Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara national parks.

Features: Accessibility to major attractions

Price: rooms from $360

Overall Rating: 7.6/10

Location8/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities  7/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 7/10

6. Ngorongoro Crater Serena Lodge – 7.6/10

Ngorongoro Crater Serena Lodge

Location: Located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the lodge is a regular recipient of international awards. It overlooks what is known as the Land That Time Forgot.

Features: Accessibility to major attractions

Price: Rooms from $334 per night

Overall Rating: 7.6/10

Location8/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities  7/10
Staff Friendliness8/10
Services 7/10

7. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge Review 4* (8/10) 

Lake-Manyara-Serena-Safari-Lodge-Review

Location: On the cliffs of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment.

Features: The traditional rondavel style accommodation and authentic Masaai culture-inspired décor provide a unique safari experience. For an extra touch of class, the lodge also offers the luxurious Losimingori Suite.

Price: From $250 per room

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location8/10
Rooms7.5/10
Facilities  8/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 8/10
Cleanliness8/10

Mid-Range Hotels in Zanzibar

1. Fumba Beach Lodge – 8/10

Fumba Beach Lodge

Location: On the Fumba Beach peninsula in the Menai Beach Conservation Area

Features: Beautiful free-standing cottages with large terraces and garden views. 

Price: Minimum 2-night stay, cottages from $330 

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location8/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities 8/10
Staff Friendliness8/10
Services 7/10

2.  Zanzi Resort – 9/10

Zanzi Resort

Location: 30 minutes from the airport on the island’s western shores.

Features: Highly rated restaurant, vegetable garden and a private beach with jetty.

Price: Rooms from $311

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location8/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities  8/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 8/10

3.  Melia Zanzibar Resort – 8/10

Melia Zanzibar Resort

Location: Kiwenga, eastern beachfront of Zanzibar.

Features: Private beach, infinity pool and tennis court.

Price: Rooms from $288 

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location8/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities 7/10
Staff Friendliness8/10
Services8/10

Mid-Range Hotels in Dar es Salaam

1. Best Value in Dar es Salaam – The Oyster Bay Boutique Hotel (8/10)

The Oyster Bay Boutique Hotel

Location: 15 minutes from the city centre of Dar es Salaam.

Features: Exclusivity of only 8 large suites with ocean views.

Price: Rooms from $196 

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location7/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities  8/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 8/10

2. Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel – 7/10

Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel

Location: 8 miles north of the airport in Dar es Salaam

Features: 5-star service, central location

Price: Rooms from $217

Overall Rating: 7/10

Location8/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities7/10
Staff Friendliness8/10
Services 8/10

3. Hotel White Sands – 7/10

Hotel White Sands Dar es Saalam

Location: 25km North of the city centre.

Features: Private beach and rooms with balconies.

Price: Rooms from $146-$246 

Overall Rating: 7/10

Location7/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities  7/10
Staff Friendliness7/10
Services 6/10

Budget Hotels in Tanzania

Budget Hotels in National Parks

1. Selous – Sable Mountain Lodge (7/10)

Sable Mountain Lodge

Location: Outside the Northwest Boundary of Selous Game Reserve.

Features: Choice of cottages, honeymoon suites and tents. Great views and accessibility to Selous/ Nyere National Park.

Price: Rooms from $390 

Overall Rating:  7/10

Location9/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities 7/10
Staff Friendliness7/10
Services 7/10

2. Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge – 6/10

Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge

Location: Lake Natron, Ngorongoro

Features: Access to Lake activities and close to Serengeti National Park. 

Price: Rooms from $190 

Overall Rating: 6/10

Location7/10
Rooms6/10
Facilities  6/10
Staff Friendliness7/10
Services 6/10

Budget Hotels in Zanzibar

1. Best Value – Sevi Boutique Hotel (8/10)

Sevi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar

Location: Kigomani, Northeast Coast of Zanzibar.

Features: Rustic bungalows, fantastic diving and snorkelling site.

Price: Rooms from $147 

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location9/10
Rooms8/10
Facilities 7/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 8/10

2.   Maru Maru Hotel – 7/10

Maru-Maru-Hotel

Location: The centre of Stone Town.

Features: Small rooftop pool and restaurant.

Price: rooms from $149

Overall Rating: 7/10

Location9/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities 7/10
Staff Friendliness6/10
Services 6/10

3.  Beyt al Salaam Hotel – 7/10

Beyt-al-Salaam-Hotel

Location: Centre of Stone Town on Kelele Square 8 km from the airport.

Features: Affordable rooms with loads of character.

Price: Rooms from $80

Overall Rating: 7/10

Location7/10
Rooms6/10
Facilities 6/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 4/10
Cleanliness8/10

3.   Indigo Beach – 7/10 

Indigo-Beach-Hotel-Zanzibar

Location:  Bwejuu, Zanzibar

Features: Private beach, highly rated breakfast selection.

Price: Rooms from $180 

Overall Rating: 7/10

Location8/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities  8/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 7/10
Cleanliness8/10

4. Zanzibar Coffee House – 8/10

Zanzibar Coffee House

Location: Stone Town, 8 rooms above a popular cafe

Features: great value and comfort for the money. Book well in advance.

Price: Rooms from $117

Overall Rating: 8/10

Location8/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities  8/10
Staff Friendliness9/10
Services 6/10

5. Boutique Stone Town – Kisiwa House (7/10)

Kisiwa House

Location: A boutique hotel in the centre of Stone Town.

Features: Renovated historic building, simple and elegant rooms.

Price: Rooms from $140

Overall Rating: 7/10

Location7/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities  6 /10
Staff Friendliness8/10
Services 6/10

Budget Hotels in Dar es Salaam

1. The Golden Tulip – 7/10

The Golden Tulip

Location: 18km from the airport 4km from Dar es Salaam city centre.

Features: Rooms with good views, accessibility to city attractions. Good value for solo travellers.

Price: Rooms from $83-$90

Overall Rating: 7/10

Location8/10
Rooms6/10
Facilities 6/10
Staff Friendliness7/10
Services 6/10

Best Western CBD Hotel – 7/10

CBD Hotel

Location: In the city centre, 7 miles from Julius Nyerere Airport.

Features: Modern style rooms, walking distance to the museum.

Price: Rooms from $90

Overall Rating: 7/10

Location8/10
Rooms7/10
Facilities  7/10
Staff Friendliness7/10
Services 7/10

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