Bush & Beach – one of the most alluring holiday combinations imaginable, with the varying pleasures of safari and seaside in one neat package. Even then there’s a way to improve on perfection – doing the whole thing in perfect privacy.


At the risk of sounding a little, well, snooty, some safari lodges' insistence on round table collective dining - while admirable in principle - can become a little jading after a while. The solution? Go somewhere where you have the whole place to yourselves, hire a private lodge.

While that might seem a little extravagant if you're travelling a deux, if you're travelling as a family or group of friends then this could well be an option worth considering. We know private safari lodges and beachfront villas across Tanzania where you can do what you want, when you want, and enjoy the best this very special country has to offer from the comfort of your fully catered and staffed residence. Sounds pretty perfect? We think so.


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Private lodges in Tanzania come in all shapes, sizes, styles and budgets so we're sure to know one that fits your bill to perfection.

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Where to go

Lion cub in Tanzania


Three times the size of France, Tanzania is blessed with a remarkable concentration and diversity of wildlife and ecosystems and on the vast stage of the Serengeti's short grass plains, the greatest animal migration on earth plays out each year.

Where to stay

Matemwe Lodge and Retreat, luxury hotel in Africa

Matemwe Lodge and Retreat

Comprised of Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and the Matemwe Beach House, this property on Zanzibar’s northeast coast suits everyone from families to couples and honeymooners.

Baileys Banda hotel, luxury hotel in Tanzania

Bailey's Banda

Part of the Beho Beho Camp, this private house sits tucked into the hillside just out of sight from its older sister, and is resolutely private.

The beach at The Residence Zanzibar, luxury hotel in Tanzania

The Residence Zanzibar

The sister property to one of our favourite hotels in Mauritius, The Residence in Zanzibar opened in April 2011 and brings a new lease of life to the Tanzanian coastline and its main man Zanzibar.

Outside bath at Singita Faru Faru Lodge, luxury lodge in Tanzania

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Faru Faru is an intimate safari camp of just six luxurious suites, overlooking the Grumeti River. The lodge is located in the Singita Grumeti Reserves – a 350,000-acre concession that borders the Serengeti National Park.

Lamai Serengeti Private Camp

Lamai Serengeti Private Camp

The younger sibling of Lamai Serengeti, the private camp is next to the main camp and shares the same spectacular views over the vast plains and Masai Mara beyond.

Mkombe House exterior

Mkombe's House

This luxurious lodge sits in prime mammal spotting territory in the northern Serengeti, and was designed by Joanna Cooke, who was also behind the award winning Lamai Serengeti.

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