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Scaling smooth sloped Mount Kilimanjaro or walking out into the vast open plains of the Serengeti can be a life changing experience. Taking a stroll in Tanzania is like a walk into the belly of life, as you join one of the world's largest, wildest animal populations on plains where such spectacles as the annual migration of wildebeests take place. And after all that drama relax in the exotic island paradise of Zanzibar. Our Guru's selections of the best places to stay in Tanzania are well placed to experience all of these and more.
Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania and has a hustle that contrasts with the sparseness of the plains. Most safari goers start their journey here, and those in the know wash off the dust in the lush refreshment of the Zanzibar islands, with their white, palm-fringed beaches and coral gardens.
Though of course Zanzibar is a destination in its own right. The scent of cloves mingles in Zanzibar’s air with the salt sea breeze - it's the clove trade which has given Zanzibar the moniker of the ‘Spice Island’. Raffia and tourism are the other main trades.
The tourists come for the raffia, but also for the diving, watersports, miles of beautiful beaches and fascinating history which can be followed back thousands of years. Zanzibar's historic heart is ‘Stone Town’, a place dotted with ancient terraces and mosques in an interesting blend of African and European styles...
It's the safari in the middle where the choices of the best places to stay in Tanzania are hardest! The vast, extinct volcano of the Ngorongoro Crater is packed with game, and the setting is truly spectacular. The Serengeti also has a wondrous appeal. It's Tanzania's largest and most famous national park, and home to the incredible spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration - one of the biggest wildlife events on earth. Kilimanjaro is another reason to visit Tanzania. Hike up, bike up (or down), take a helicopter to the top, there are many ways to conquer this mountain.
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Charming, tranquil budget hotel in a former tea house. Beautiful bedrooms decorated in a fusion of Arabic and African style with four poster beds and rich colours. A relaxing lounge, great restaurant. and a host of other facilities such as spa, scuba course and banqueting.
Stone Town, Zanzibar
A taste of the real Zanzibar at this rambling Stone Town palace. Rooms full of typical Zanzibari furniture and antiques, and have verandahs that overlook the rooftops and the Indian Ocean beyond. Fabulous roof top bar and restaurant. A Zanzibari romance.
Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Gorgeous timber suites near Lake Manyara. Robinson Crusoe-esque tree house lodges crafted from local materials. One of the least crowded safaris in the Northern Parks, but no less luxurious.
Lake Magandi, Ngorongoro, Tanzania
One of the most exclusive and luxurious hotels in the world, and one of the most unique. Fantastic views to the extinct volcano packed with game. Sumptuous opulence, colonial elegance, and a spoiling butler service.
North East Serengeti, Tanzania
Breathtaking views from this camp in hills just outside the Serengeti Reserve. Beautiful plush colonial style rooms with muslin drapes and large windows. A wide range of safaris on offer, including night drives and walking safaris. Luxury in the wilderness.
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Set withing the heart of Tarangire, the tents open out onto breathtaking views of the Serengeti. Earthy toned soft furnishings and wooden furniture bring the nature 'indoors'. Excellent naturists are provided for safaris. The European style food is exquisite. True understated luxury.
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
A rustic camp exuding character and a homely charm. Bandas with private balconies are made from local materials - grass thatch, timber, drift wood, stones and reeds. Friendly staff give a laid back feel. Dine in the evening under the stars. Ideal for escaping to the wild.
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Informal, attractive and good value, the best tented safari camp in the Selous. Separate traditional-chic tented bandas on the banks of a lagoon. A relaxed and laid bank camp atmosphere.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Luxury tented camp in a stunning location on the banks of the River Mara in the more remote northern Serengeti. Stunning tents in neutral tones and teak furniture. A truly majestic landscape - the best of Serengeti, and in seclusion.
Mainland Coast, Tanzania
Alluring Polynesian style beach hideaway on the edge a tropical forest, on the banks of a fresh water lagoon and a deserted beach. Private suites and villas on the beach front and further in to the forest. A beach paradise for total relaxation.
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Comfortable accommodation and first-rate food at this small privately owned camp. Airy and romantically decorated stone bandas with large bathrooms and open air showers. A luxury safari spot.