Luxury Hotels in Tanzania

Often we find the best part of travelling to Tanzania, bar the epic safaris, white sand beaches etc etc - is the high standard and variety of luxury hotels, camps and resorts, whether it is a mobile camp in the Serengeti, private lodge in a National Park or luxury resort on the shores of Zanzibar. The Original Travel team has selflessly travelled the length and breadth of the country in search of the very best and, we're pleased to report, have managed to narrow it down to a pretty impressive bunch. Here are our suggestions of the best luxury hotels in Tanzania:

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Zawadi Hotel

Tanzania > Africa > Zanzibar

Zawadi Hotel sits atop a cliff in South East Zanzibar in a truly coveted location. Its tropical gardens are filled with coconut palms and lush vegetation, both of which create a relaxing environment to unwind in. Read more

The Highlands

Tanzania > Africa > Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Hidden within greenery on the slopes of the Olmoti Volcano in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the eight guest Domes at The Highlands are within reach of the inimitable Ngorongoro Crater but the camp aims to offer an altogether different Ngorongoro experience. Read more

Jabali Ridge

Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

The wild and wonderful Ruaha National Park is the largest of Tanzania’s national parks, but one of the least visited. Up until this point the camps available in the Ruaha have been relatively modest - but the upcoming Jabali Ridge is set to change that. Read more

The Palms

Tanzania > Africa > Zanzibar

Situated along a pristine white beach on the enchanting Island of Zanzibar, The Palms is the ultimate private get-away retreat providing a stunning recluse for the discerning traveller. Read more

Fumba Beach Lodge

Tanzania > Africa > Zanzibar

Located off the beaten track in Zanzibar’s most southern west corner, Fumba Beach Lodge is set in 40 acres of lush wilderness and is the understated luxury that we love. Read more

Matemwe Lodge and Retreat

Tanzania > Africa > Zanzibar

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. Read more

Mnemba Island Lodge

Tanzania > Africa > Zanzibar

Mnemba is an idyllic, untouched tropical atoll, located just off the north-east coast of Zanzibar. Read more

The Residence Zanzibar

Tanzania > Africa > 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. Read more

The Swahili House

Tanzania > Africa > Zanzibar

The Swahili House started life as a 19th Century Indian merchant House, and then became a Sultan’s palace before being renovated to make it the hotel that it is today. The history speaks for itself. Read more

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas

Tanzania > Africa > Zanzibar

Located on the east coast of Zanzibar, White Sands Luxury Villas & Spa is a luxury beach resort on the Paje beachfront and currently the only resort in Tanzania to be hailed as a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux family. Read more

Baraza Resort and Spa

Tanzania > Africa > Zanzibar

Baraza is a relatively small family-owned resort with only a handful of villas, and yet is grand in impressive architecture, intricate brass lamps and golden mirrors - making the resort feel like that of a modern Sultan’s Palace with the added magnificence of a setting on an exclusive stretch of... Read more

Fundu Lagoon

Tanzania > Africa > Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

Located on Pemba Island, just to the north of Zanzibar, Fundu is the epitome of a ‘bare-foot paradise’ – a secluded and peaceful retreat with over 2 miles of private beach and ocean views. Read more

Chole Mjini

Tanzania > Africa > Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

Chole Mjini is one of the tiny islands that makes up the Mafia archipelago, south of its larger cousin Zanzibar, and home to a luxury island lodge where guests sleep in tree houses. Read more

Pole Pole

Tanzania > Africa > Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

Pole Pole means ‘slowly, slowly’ in Swahili, and this laidback bolthole on Mafia Island is set in a shady, breezy spot facing the sea and overlooking the islands of Chole, Juani and Jibondo. Read more

Ras Kutani

Tanzania > Africa > Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

Doing or just done the bush? Well here's an idyllic beach accompaniment, just 15 minutes south of Dar es Salaam. Read more

Tides Lodge

Tanzania > Africa > Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

Tides Lodge is a small and intimate beach lodge 40 minutes flight north of Dar es Salaam and situated on the endless white sands of Pangani beach, voted one of the best beaches in the world by the Sunday Times. Read more

Bailey's Banda

Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

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. Read more

Beho Beho Camp

Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Beho Beho is a luxurious safari camp located in the northern part of the vast Selous Game Reserve. Read more

Impala Camp

Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Impala Camp is located on the banks of the Rufiji River in the Selous National Park, Africa’s largest game reserve. Read more


Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Superbly positioned right in the heart of the Ruaha National Park, Jongomero Camp lies on the banks of the seasonal sand river which bears the same name. Read more

Lake Manze Tented Camp

Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Lake Manze Camp is located in the Selous Game Reserve on the shores of Lake Manze. Throughout both the dry and wet seasons the game is abundant. Read more


Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Siwandu is a luxury tented camp located on the banks of Lake Nzerakera in Tanzania’s vast Selous Game Reserve, the largest protected wilderness reserve on the continent. Read more

Sand Rivers Selous

Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Sand Rivers is a luxurious safari lodge on the Rufiji River. Read more

Mdonya Old River Camp

Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Situated in the western corner of Ruaha National Park, Mdonya River Camp is made up of eleven traditional style safari tents, dotted under the shade of large sycamore figs on the banks of a dry sandriver. Read more

Azura Selous

Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

One of Tanzania’s most luxurious lodges is tucked away, miles from any other camps in the mighty Selous Game Reserve, along the banks of the Ruaha River. Being isolated within the Selous has huge advantages; often guests will not see another safari vehicle whilst on game drives, giving the... Read more

Kigelia Ruaha

Tanzania > Africa > The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Kigelia Ruaha is located within a Kigelia tree grove - from which it takes its name – on the banks of the Ifuguru Sand River, which as well as being a peaceful and secluded spot to camp, is also in one of the richest game areas in the whole of the Ruaha National Park. Read more

Chada Katavi

Tanzania > Africa > Western Tanzania

Chada Katavi is hidden on a spot covered by acacias and tamarinds and overlooking the great Chada plain. The canopy of tall trees provide shade and food for a variety of animals and birds so guests need not even leave their verandas to see great game. Read more

Greystoke Mahale

Tanzania > Africa > Western Tanzania

Situated on a remote beach on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, Greystoke Mahale is an exclusive sanctuary at the edge of a huge area of tropical forest. Read more

Chem Chem

Tanzania > Africa > Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Located within a 10,000 acre private wildlife concession between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara, Chem Chem is utterly relaxing and away from the busier parts of East Africa. Read more

Gibb’s Farm

Tanzania > Africa > Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

A working farm on the forested slopes of the 3,200 square mile Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the farmhouse and 20 en-suite cottages are set among formal English gardens. Read more

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