Accommodations in Tanzania
Lodges and Hotels in Tanzania
Matoke Tours is exceptional in its accommodation concept: We visit all accommodation ourselves to be able to select the best accommodation for you and to give you advice from personal experience! Our selection criteria are focused on view, service, location, style and price. We also take the feedback from previous client into careful consideration.
See below for Matoke Tours' selection of lodges & hotels in each area of Tanzania. We have provided options for different standards and budgets.
How we rate accommodation
“Budget” - Accommodation such as simple guesthouses or dormitory rooms are available in Zanzibar. Service and amenity standards won't be high and you are likely to share facilities with other guests, but choosing this standard can make a big difference in the price of the tour.
“Mid-range” - Matoke Tours originally focused mainly on the mid-range market and therefore has a special ability to choose the best accommodation of this standard. This is your best option for comfortable, self-contained ('en suite') accommodation set in stunning locations that don't cost a fortune.
“Semi-luxe” - Accommodation falling in this category is more comfortable than the mid-range. The locations are similar, but the details are further refined. These lodges often have a swimming pool, as well.
“Luxury” - The luxurious accommodation is fully equipped, comfortable and usually more spacious than the mid-range options. They often have facilities like swimming pools, masseurs and sometimes even private butlers.
Masai Lodge (semi-luxury)
A special place where you immediately will come to rest and reflect on the essentials. In the middle of the wilderness of the Maasai steppe are seven bungalows with hand crafted furniture with great view on the Kilimanjaro, Africa‘s highest mountain. Behind it and until the border of Kenya there is the savanna, home to the Maasai people. This is the right place to get to know them and their traditions and rituals, together with a slowing-down of your own lives’ pace. It‘s all about being together, traditions, stories and learning from each other.
Lake Duluti Lodge (luxury)
The lodge is made up of 18 spacious contemporary African styled romantic chalets ideally positioned for maximum privacy and view inside a thirty acre active coffee farm located in a safe and exclusive area on the outskirts of Arusha. All chalets are positioned to face the coffee farm and each has a private deck with an amazing view of the ancient indigenous trees found in big number within the farm. . The lodge has been designed in a way that you will feel like you are staying at home rather than at a top end hotel. Lake Duluti lodge prides itself on its finest cuisine, first class exclusivity, five star personalized excellent service, top class amenities and the eco friendly architecture and operations.
Onsea House (Luxury)
A very pleasant and comfortable accommodation just outside Arusha town, Onsea House is well known for its cuisine. The Michelin-experienced Belgian chef will prepare a fusion of exquisite European and African delights based on seasonal specialties. Relax in the garden with swimming pool or enjoy the views of Mount Meru.
Arumeru River Lodge (semi-luxury)
As soon as you arrive in this lodge you feel the enthusiasm and personal attention of the German owners. The lodge – built on an old coffee plantation - has a large entrance with different places to relax and to have dinner. All cottages are very well kept and built with a mix of African and European materials.
You will definitely enjoy the elegance of this fine lodge!
Karama Lodge & Spa (mid-range)
The eco-friendly Karama Lodge & Spa sits just outside Arusha town. From the cabins raised on stilts you can see Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro from your veranda on clear days. The cabins offer comfortable en-suite accommodation with a natural design; an excellent combination of unique comfort and style. Constructed with local materials, the cabins allow close proximity to the surrounding forest flora and fauna. The lodge has a salt-water pool and offers various massages and yoga classes.
Ilboru Safari lodge (mid-range)
Harmoniously woven into the surrounding African landscape, the pleasant Ilboru Safari Lodge rests at the base of the majestic Mt. Meru.
Stay comfortably in your private bungalow reminiscent of a traditional Swahili ‘boma’. They are a uniquely African design and this version of the boma features a round layout with thatched rooftops while still providing the western conveniences you would expect. Beautiful garden and on-site swimming pool available.
Lake Manyara National Park
Escarpment Luxury Lodge (luxury)
This beautiful lodge is situated on the rift Escarpment on the edge of Lake Manyara N.P. The spacious cottages have an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and outdoor shower! This lodge has a swimmingpool as well.
A spreading deck surrounding the main lodge affords you breathtaking views of the lake and the gorge upon which the lodge perches watch pelican sweep the skies as you take sundowners, see the sun slip like a segment of orange into the hills and listen to the sounds of Africa nestle up to you as night slides in.
Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp (mid-range)
This very nice camp is situated in the rolling grasslands overlooking Lake Manyara National Park and offers guests comfort and privacy. All rooms include large beds, en-suite bathroom and a private balcony. The camp has a very nice swimming pool.
Take a refreshing dip in the inviting outdoor pool and enjoy the fantastic sunset with a cold drink on the veranda!
Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp
This tented camp combines comfort with the sense of wilderness, the sense of freedom, the sense of being 'right there', as you relax after the excitement of the day.
Set in the heart of nature, the camp is designed to look after you while you tune in to the very heartbeat of Africa : the sounds, the scents; could not be closer. Dine, sleep, relax and know that the best of Africa's natural wonders is knocking gently on your door.
Tarangire National park
Eco Science Luxury Lodge (luxury)
The Ecoscience property is situated on the North-Eastern border of Tarangire National Park, 20 km South of the village of Makuyuni (itself on the main tourist road to the Serengeti national park). The local village is called Mswakini Juu. The 80 ha property borders an important migration route of elephants, zebra´s and other animals. The area is locally called “the small Serengeti plain”. Most of the land is kept natural. At the Northern edge we built our luxurious boutique lodge and our science center. Ecoscience is set in a very fragile savannah environment,
Tarangire Safari Lodge (mid-range)
The lodge is built on top of a high ridge with a breath-taking panorama over the park. It is one of the best places in Tanzania for viewing plentiful wildlife, the Tarangire River, baobab trees and acacias. The lodge is located inside the park which makes it a perfect location to start your activities from.
The safari tents all have views over the Tarangire River and are a comfortable base for the safaris in the park. They are built with a thatched roof and verandah, screened windows with large curtains and en-suite bathrooms with solar heated showers.
Sangaiwe Tented Lodge (mid-range)
Located near the new Sangaiwe gate to Tarangire National Park with stunning views over Lake Buringi, Sangaiwe Tented Lodge offers travellers to Tanzania luxury tented accommodation, great service and fresh food. Enhance your safari experience by joining us on your visit to Tarangire on the northern circuit in Tanzania. Our lodge is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the peaceful Tanzanian landscape. Our eco-friendly wood and canvas tents with solar hot water provide comfortable accommodation with all the amenities and no unnecessary frills.
Lake Natron Halisi Camp (mid-range)
Lake Natron Halisi Camp is located on a concession of 9 acres south of Lake Natron and the village of Engaresero. The camp’s location provides incredible views of Oldoinyo Lengai and the Rift Valley Escarpment. Enjoy sweeping views across the Lake and Oldoinyo Lengaiwith a sundowner as well as a bush experience far from the village and other camps. The land belongs to the village of Engaresero, so that every guest staying at the camp is contributing to the development and wellbeing of the village and her people.
Lake Natron Tented Camp (budget)
Unique in its setting, this camp is set back in a grove of trees slightly removed from the dusty terrain of the lake. Nine clean safari tents offer showers, comfortable beds and a private veranda. A fully stocked bar and candle lit restaurant ensure you have a cold drink and delicious food at the end of an arduous climb or long days walking.
Serengeti National Park
Lake Masek Tented Camp (luxury)
This is an exclusive luxury tented camp overlooking Lake Masek in Ndutu, between the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park and the northwest side of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The camp is eco-friendly as all the electric power is supplied by solar panels and water is collected during the rainy season. All the products used are biodegradable in order to ensure that the environment is kept pristine.
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp (luxury)
Located in a scenic glade known as ‘the place of the klipspringer' (mbuzi mawe), this luxury tented camp is uniquely and cleverly placed at the very epicenter of the Serengeti.
The sixteen large custom-made canvas tents are widely spaced throughout the rocky glades of the camp. Reached by winding stone paths, each tent stands on a stone platform and has its own thatched roof. Opening off the spacious bedroom, is a tented bathroom, which features twin basins, shower and flushed WC. The main bedroom area features two queen-sized four-poster beds, each with all encompassing mosquito nets.
Mbalageti Safari Camp - Tented chalet (luxury)
Located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, this Lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view of the Serengeti Plain and the Mbalageti River - one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra.
The luxurious chalet tents, each with en-suite bathroom and with spectacular view include a private veranda with cooling thatched roof which also serves as an extension of your bedroom in the wild.
Serengeti Migration Camp (luxury)
Hidden among the rocky outcrops next to the famous Grumeti River which is home to resident hippos that bark and wallow their days away, Serengeti Migration Camp has become synonymous with low-impact high-action game viewing in a untouched landscape.
Each of the tents is surrounded by its own 360-degree verandah deck, which creates your very own private sanctuary to enjoy the constant game sightings and the ever-present sounds of the bush.
Migration Camp tented rooms include luxuriant soft furnishings, a writing desk and stationery set and a room fan. The tents have a wooden floor, fixed bathroom walls, fixed wooden doors but all combine with the all-enveloping canvas. Each tent has an en suite shower room with flushing toilet, shower and twin vanity basin, the latter of which receives hot (solar generated) and cold running water 24-hours a day.
Kati Kati Migration Camp
Kati Kati is a mobile camp strategically situated in central Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation together with the unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari experience on a camp. In its comfortable tents one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area. An original form of accommodation which resembles the old camps of the first explorers in Africa, with all the commodities of today. The camp has been designed to cause a minimum impact on the environment. All of the infrastructure is mobile and the philosophy of the company is not to leave anything behind.
Simba Serengeti Camp
Serengeti Simba Lodge, named after the lion (simba in Swahili)—king of the jungle, a symbol of strength, pride and royalty—sits high on a hill with endless vistas of the great Serengeti plains. They will welcome you to explore, experience and enjoy the African wilderness and the amazing Serengeti as their guest. Enjoy an amazing view of the endless,ever-changing Serengeti panorama from the deck. During certain times of year the migration can be seen from the comfort of the lodge and the birds are always good for providing entertainment. Don’t miss the sunset!
Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp (semi-luxury)
The camp is situated along the border of Southern Serengeti in what is perhaps the finest location in the whole of Ndutu. Tucked away under huge umbrella thorn acacias, Lemala Ndutu offers fantastic views of the marsh which attracts a large number of plains game and predators alike. The camp enjoys regular visits from the resident wildlife ranging from lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena to elephant and giraffe. Lion hunting close to the camp is not uncommon.
Appointed with large single or king-size beds with warm duvets, wooden flooring with rugs, 24-hr solar lighting, en-suite bathrooms with a dressing area, flush toilet and a great safari shower, all the tents are spacious and very comfortable.
Mara under Canvas (semi-luxury)
Deep within the northern Serengeti's prime wildlife area, Mara Under Canvas offers perfect luxury from which to witness the Great Migration and to explore the more remote corners of Tanzania’s oldest and most famous National Park. Peaking between June and November, guests can observe an annual wildlife spectacle quite unlike any other, as over a million wildebeest, zebra and other ungulates move into the northern Serengeti in search of fresh grazing and water.
This lavish camp has 10 spacious safari tents each with a double bed and en suite bathroom. A team of friendly and attentive staff ensures that guests enjoy absolute comfort while experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush.
Mbalageti Safari Camp, lodge room (semi-luxury)
Located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, this eco-friendly lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view of the Serengeti Plain and the Mbalageti River - one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra.
All standard rooms are beautifully decorated in a modern design for a feeling of comfort and featuring en suite bathrooms and a small veranda.
Bologonya Under Canvas Safari Camp (semi-luxury)
This semi-luxurious tented camp enables guests to be within reach of the Great Migration and to explore remote, beautiful corners of the Serengeti with excellent resident game. This seasonal camp is intimate and exclusive, offering the most spacious safari tents, each with double bed, en suite bathroom, separate portable WC and a bucket shower.
Tortilis Camp (mid-range)
Named after the distinctive Tortilis tree of the Serengeti, our tented camp combines comfort with the sense of wilderness, the sense of freedom, the sense of being 'right there', as you relax after the excitement of the day. We make your safari-camp experience truly unforgettable.
Set in the heart of nature, our camp is designed to look after you while you tune in to the very heartbeat of Africa : the sounds, the scents, the sights of Serengeti's 'endless plains' could not be closer. Dine, sleep, relax and know that the best of Africa's natural wonders is knocking gently on your door.
Nasikia Central Camp (mid-range)
This camp has 12 semi-permanent spacious tents with high quality canvas between your comfortable bed and the sounds of the African night. The camp provides the ideal accommodation for lovers of the great outdoors, while retaining the coziness of a warm bed, a hot shower, gratifying cuisine and a welcoming team.
Serena Serengeti Lodge (mid-range)
Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape. A series of traditional domed ‘rondavels' are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named.
Ndutu Safari Lodge (mid-range)
Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the southeastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Shaded by majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty four cottages, which are built of local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu. The Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs which encourage a host of birds and mammals to come right to your front door. Tucked well away from the busy tourist circuit, Ndutu offers peace and tranquillity far from the crowd.
Grumeti Migration Camp
Grumeti Migration Camp offers luxury tented accommodation in the Grumeti Wildlife Reserve situated north of Serengeti National Park. We offer 20 units individually appointed. Each unit offers either a king or twin accommodation. A central hospitality area offers dining and lounge facilities. Fine dining is standard. Available are a variety of activities including night and day game drives in an open vehicle and walking safaris. Experience Africa up close and personal
Ndutu Halisi camp (mid-range)
Serengeti Halisi Camp is a seasonal camp located in Serengeti National Park. From December to March we are located in Tandawala area in the NCAA, close to the calving grounds where Wildebeest Migration will be during these months. From June-November, we are at Seronera in Central Serengeti, which gives easy access to all parts of the national park as well as having abundant resident game due to the proximity of the Seronera River.
The concept is to locate the camp where it is most conducive for wildlife during both seasons. On request we can offer private camping for groups in smaller tents away from the main camp. This must be booked with good notice so that a special camp can be reserved with Serengeti National Park. On request we can extend our opening seasons.
Ikoma Bush Camp (budget)
Comfort is the key to a relaxing and enjoyable safari - even in a bush camp! Each safari-tent at Ikoma Bush Camp has an en-suite bathroom, modern furnishings and a private verandah. During the evening you can share your Serengeti experiences around the campfire!
Lobo Wildlife Camp (mid-range)
This lodge is located in the remote north of Serengeti National Park only 28 km from the Kenyan border and strategically built into an enormous volcanic rocky outcrop. It is the largest lodge on the migration route and with its elevated position offers guests the opportunity to view the migration from the comfort of a sun lounger or even from the pool. A waterhole below the lodge attracts a variety of wildlife during the day and is lit each evening, revealing an interesting array of nocturnal animals.
Lobo Wildlife Lodge offers accommodation in spacious guest rooms offering stunning views over the vast plains of Serengeti National Park. Elegantly decorated in authentic traditional African style, the rooms are fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms and mosquito nets over the air vents.
Acacia Farm Lodge (Luxury)
Acacia Farm lodge is a romantic Country Lodge nestled in an active mixed farm located high on the spectacular Great Rift’s escarpment area with a commanding panoramic views of the amazing Karatu farmlands and the nearby Ngorongoro forest area. Unrivalled area’s natural beauty is finely complemented by the elegant lodge. A timeless tranquility emanates from the exuberance of birdsong, mature trees and the lovely coffee plants.
Acacia Farm Lodge is strategically located between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks on one side and Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park on the other, this is a perfect base from which to explore these world-famous reserves as well as enjoy many other adventurous activities and impressive cultural experiences found in the local area.
Ngorogoro Farm House (Semi-luxury)
A small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate, was built to offer our clients an original experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days. Offering 52 room cottages, 49 standard rooms and 3 suite rooms, all with ample space inside, built on the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials and full of details of good taste, with the purpose of offering our clients an imaginary journey to the life of the days gone.
Country Lodge Karatu (mid-range)
The rooms at Country Lodge are tastefully furnished with soft lighting, inviting and comfortable beds and mosquito netting. On chilly nights, request that your fireplace be lit and return from dinner to glowing warmth.
Ngorogoro Sopa Lodge (Luxury)
Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.
Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (luxury)
This lodge is unique in the way that it clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. It is regularly voted as one of the best hotels in the world!
Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the crater rim. Each room has its own balcony enjoying uninterrupted views over the crater's unmatched splendour.
Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp
Named after the distinctive Tortilis tree of the Ngorongoro, this tented camp combines comfort with the sense of wilderness, the sense of freedom, the sense of being 'right there', as you relax after the excitement of the day.
Set in the heart of nature, the camp is designed to look after you while you tune in to the very heartbeat of Africa : the sounds, the scents; could not be closer. Dine, sleep, relax and know that the best of Africa's natural wonders is knocking gently on your door.
Dar es Salaam
Slipway Hotel (mid-range)
This cute mid-range accommodation is situated on the Indian Ocean, on the popular Msasani Peninsula. The area is known as the tourist area of Dar es Salaam, full of quaint shops & comfortable restaurants. Next to the hotel is a Forex bureau. Get up early and enjoy the sunrise on the Indian Ocean.
Selous Game Reserve
Rufiji River Camp (Luxury)
The accommodation was fully redesigned in 2009 to complement its stunning location on the banks of the Rufiji river. Built by local crafts man in a traditional style. The shaded swimming pool is a great way to cool off between exciting game drives.
The classic luxury tents at Rufiji river camp all overlook the Rufiji river and have an en-suite bathroom with solar heater. It gives you the ultimate privacy to enjoy the stunning views down the river.
Africa Safari Camp - Semi-luxury
The Camp is privately owned and huge in size. In the middle of the camp there is a special lake that attracts plenty of Elephants, Monkeys, Leopards and other game for a drink and a rest. This lake is close to the restaurant. At the camp you will stay in one of the spacious and comfortable bungalows, each with its own bathroom with toilet, hot water and shower. They also have large comfortable beds and ceiling fans. This lodge has a swimming pool as well!
Selous Maji Moto Camp (mid-range)
The Selous Maji Moto Camp is always set up on the banks of one of the five lakes so you can expect to see hippo, hyena and elephant all passing by the safari camp. Get amazing views over the lake right from your tent and enjoy the private camp as no other guests will be around – just you. The camp is shaded by palms and the hot springs are an easy drive away so don’t forget your swimming gear. The camp setting is such that you can combine boat safaris and walking safaris with game drives easily.
Selous River Camp (mid-range)
This is our absolute favorite place to stay in Selous Game Reserve. This fine little lodge is situated on the Rufiji River and guarantees spectacular sunsets. The mudhuts are spacious and decorated in colorful African colors. Adventurous days full of safaris are rewarded by evening by the campfire. This accommodation gets booked up quickly since it has only 5 huts.
Sable Mountain Lodge (semi-luxury)
Sitting just outside the park boundaries, the environment here is all about tranquility, the lazy river and beautiful green hills. All rooms come with a private veranda with verdant vistas. For larger groups and families, the spacious family villa which sleeps up to 6 is a nice option. Settle down for an evening drink at the bar made from an old Landcruiser.
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi Safari Lodge (mid-range)
Mikumi Safari lodge offers 8 cottages intergrated to the environment with total privacy, each fitted with warm and cold shower in a specious bathroom.
Each cottage is with a raised balcony offering a stunning views. It is powered by solar with a standby generator for limited times.
Our restaurant offers both Tanzanian and international meals made fresh from local products.
Mikumi Wildlife Camp (semi-luxury)
The first accommodation built in Mikumi and is also the latest to be completely renovated in 2013! It is located inside the park and has an expansive view over the savannah. The bandas have 2 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 5 people. The presence of a swimming pool and nice bar / restaurant make Mikumi Wildlife Camp a popular option for those wanting to relax after a long day of safaris.
Mufindi Highlands Lodge
Nesteled in the cool hills of the Southern Highlands, surrounded by pristine ancient forests and rolling tea plantations. Mufindi Highlands Lodge is the perfect break from the dust and heat from Safari. The spacious cottages overlooking the highlands are perfect for relaxing on your veranda.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha River Lodge
Set on one of the most stunning stretches of the Great Ruaha River, you can see game throughout the day from the comfort of your veranda; there can surely be few other camps as perfectly situated. Built out of local stone and thatch, the lodge capitalises on it's exceptional position on a bend in the river. Enjoy a beautiful sundowner from the restaurant, or relax with stunning views from a large veranda out the front of your chalet.
Kilimatonge Camp (Mid-range)
The Ruaha Kilimatonge Camp is at the foot of the Kilimatonge Hill. Overlooking a sandy river bed, leopard are often spotted on the rock opposite camp, and elephant are frequent visitors to dig for water. Located in an area of Ruaha central to the major wildlife congregations, you lose no time in the morning to get to a fresh kill or to see predators hunting.
Combine game drives with walking safaris from your private mobile safari camp, returning each evening for sundowners and a hearty bush dinner.
Tandala Tented Camp (semi-luxury)
A favourite of Matoke Tours, the Tandala Tented Camp is the quintessential bush camp, with all the facilities required for a successful and comfortable pause on the safari circuit. The tents are spread throughout the camp and offer good quality accommodation with nearby outhouses. However, the true spectacle of Tandala are the waterholes on the edge of the camp which attract large groups elephants, kudus, primates and other wildlife. That, together with the dinner served under the stars near a roaring campfire, will make your stay here very memorable.
Ruaha Hill Top Lodge (budget - mid-range)
The lodge enjoys the best sunsets because of its location on the hill overlooking Ruaha National Park. The bandas themselves are simply furnished, but with a good bed and private facilities.
Udzungwa National Park
Udzungwa Falls Lodge (semi-luxury)
For those who want a bit more luxury, Udzungwa Falls Lodge is ideal. With stunning views over the sugarcane plantations, excellent service, and well-appointed rooms it is hard to believe you are in the middle of the bush. This property is very nice for families because of the green garden and refreshing pool.
Saadani National Park
Saadani camp (semi-luxury)
Wake up to a tropical paradise! Located in the newest national park in Tanzania surrounded by white sandy beaches, palm trees, and an unspoiled green hinterland, this lodge is a great alternative to Zanzibar. The spacious tents / cottages are spread over the beach and all offer plenty of privacy with veranda and terrace. This is arguably the best end to a safari through southern Tanzania.