Tanzania safari tours make for exceptionally memorable and intimate honeymoons, as well as the most treasured family holidays. A true treat for animal lovers, bird-watchers, nature lovers and anyone who appreciates a little luxurious pampering.
For many people, the very idea of safari includes nights under canvas. This can be incorporated in a myriad of different ways, from permanent tented camps (where voluminous canvas tents stand on concrete platforms and include built-in bathrooms with flush toilets and running hot and cold water) to mobile tented camps which move regularly to follow the migration, there is a huge range of camping options available, from simple and rustic (bucket showers) to chic and luxurious. Even the best permanent (non-canvas) lodges can organize a night or two fly-camping under the star-studded African sky.
Safari Tanzania: A Guide to Safari Accommodation
All the parks have a range of types and styes of safari accommodation to suit every traveler. Some of the best camps and lodges are fabulous destinations in their own right, almost as interesting as the wildlife around them! Here is a quick rundown of the types of accommodation available:
Mobile fly camp
A private, mobile camp, packed up and pitched on a fresh patch of wild park each day. Tents are usually small and fairly basic.
Semi-permanent tented lodge
A camp constructed with large, luxurious, semi-permanent tents; you will not witness their ‘mobility’! The camp is prepared before the arrival of guests, and will not move during your stay. The benefit of the semi-permanent camps is that they pitch according to the seasonal position of the migrating herds, setting you right at the heart of the action. Not necessarily private to your group.
Tented Camp / Lodge
A tented camp or lodge is a permanent structure, in which accommodation is under canvas. Most ‘tents’ have solid wooden floors set on a concrete base, and proper bathrooms with a flush toilet and running water. The central bar and restaurant area is usually a fully solid structure.
The term ‘lodge’ is generally used for a smaller, often owner-run accommodation, as distinct from a larger hotel. The lodges that we recommend tend to be beautifully appointed and run, usually have swimming pools and almost all have their own resident vehicles, trackers and guides.
The safari hotels tend to be much larger, less personal and intimate versions of lodges. They tend not to operate their own safari vehicles (with some exceptions), so it is necessary to book a vehicle and driver/guide separately.