Campsites & Lodges

Best campsites & lodges in Tanzania

Based on our own experience that of many other roadtrippers, we've out together an overview of our favourite campsites & lodges in Tanzania, catering to all budgets. The prices mentioned in our accommodation overview were last updated in 2018. 

Accommodation prices in the Northern Safari Circuit are quite steep if you're not pitching your own tent, but standards are high. Expect to pay the following:

  • up to US $ 150 for a budget double room
  • up to US $ 350 for a mid-range room 
  • beyond US $ 400 for deluxe accommodation

Add around $100 per price range if you're staying at a Mobile Camp inside a National Park.

Travelling Tanzania on a budget 

Not want to break the bank? You will find plenty of decent budget and mid-range accommodation at a much lower price range in the Usambaras, Udzungwa Mountains and along the coast between Pangani and Dar es Salaam. 

Public campsites in the national parks do not require any advance arrangements - most of them can't even be booked in advance. Read more about preparing for your camping safari in Tanzania, at the camping section. 

You'll probably begin or end your road trip in Arusha. For first time visitors to Africa, Arusha is an agreeable introduction to urban Africa. It is an organised, green town, with a skyline dominated by the imposing Mount Meru. There are plenty of coffee bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and it's nice to walk around. Many Tour Operators treat Arusha as an overnight staging point en route to the safari parks in the West, but the area is well worth exploring on its own right, with Arusha National Park, Moshi town, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru at its doorstep. Check out the best places to stay in Arusha below. 

7 accommodations in Arusha & surroundings

Spices & Herbs - $

Spices & Herbs - $

Spices & Herbs is the best Ethiopian restaurant in Arusha. They also offer basic yet comfortable rooms at a great location if you want to stay in downtown Arusha.
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Outpost Lodge - $$

Outpost Lodge - $$

Outpost Lodge is a lively travellers' hub conveniently located in a quiet residential area, just 500m from the city centre. The rooms are basic, yet clean, comfortable and affordable. There is a restaurant, bar, small swimming pool and small garden.
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L'Oasis Lodge - $$

L'Oasis Lodge - $$

L’Oasis Lodge is a good lodge in the budget to mid-range price category. It is set in large green gardens about 500m north of Arusha. There is a range of accommodation options on offer, including stilted bungalows, cottages and a dormitory backpacker rooms. There is a small pool.
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Karama Lodge & Spa - $$

Karama Lodge & Spa - $$

Karama Lodge & Spa is an eco-friendly lodge located just southeast of Arusha town, with great views on Mount Meru. Accommodation is wooded cabins on poles with en suite bathrooms, scattered across a nice garden on a mountain slope, surrounded by peaceful forest. Onsite there is a small swimming pool, spa and yoga, and a cosy restaurant.
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Mount Meru View Lodge - $$

Mount Meru View Lodge - $$

Only a stone’s throw away from Arusha National Park at an altitude of 1400m, the no frills, yet comfortable bungalows at Meru View Lodge serve as an ideal start or end point for your visit to Tanzania. Mid-way JRO airport (45 min drive) and Arusha town ( 45 min drive).
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African View Lodge - $$

African View Lodge - $$

African View Lodge, nestled at an altitude of 1400m serves as an ideal start or end point for your visit to Tanzania, as it is strategically located mid-way from JRO airport (45 min drive), Arusha town ( 45 min drive), and next to Arusha National Park. Inviting pool, large grounds and confortable bungalows. Recommended mid-range option.
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Rivertrees Country Inn - $$$

Rivertrees Country Inn - $$$

Rivertrees Country Inn is nestled in the foothills of Mount Meru, between Arusha, JRO Airport and Moshi. This luxurious country estate combines colonial countryside décor with African warmth, gourmet farm cuisine and personal service. If you want to spoil yourself, do it here. It's a 40 min drive from JRO airport.
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5 accommodations in Tarangire & surroundings

Campsites -$

Campsites -$

There are two basic campsites close to Tarangire where you can pitch your own tent. Wild Palm Campsite (068 6255655) and Zion Campsite (0754318414), next to the gate.
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Whistling Thorn - $$

Whistling Thorn - $$

Whistling Thorn is a small-scale tented camp in the mid-range price category. It's a 30 minute ride to Tarangire Park. Accommodation is in spacious safari tents with en suite bathroom. In the evening they make a nice campfire.
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Wayo Green Camp Tarangire - $$$

Wayo Green Camp Tarangire - $$$

Wayo Africa operates a mobile tented eco-camp inside Tarangire park from June to November. Set up at the river bank, you are sure to see plenty of elephants in search of water from your tent during the dry season.
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Tarangire Safari Lodge

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Tarangire Safari Lodge is a luxury owner-managed lodge boasting a prime location inside the park on a cliff overlooking the Tarangire river. You can spot the hundreds of elephants in the park from your private veranda. Overnight in a cosy bungalow or permanent tent.
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Maramboi - $$$

Maramboi - $$$

Maramboi is a luxury lodge operated by the highly regarded Tanganyika Wilderness Camp. It is ideally situated to explore both Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park.
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3 accommodations in Lake Manyara National Park

Campsites - $

Campsites - $

Lake Manyara is one of the most accessible national parks in Tanzania, and as such there are many accommodation options to suit all budgets. Our favourite pick of the bunch in the budget range is Panorama Safari Camp and Twiga Campsite & Lodge.
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Migunga Tented Camp - $$

Migunga Tented Camp - $$

Migunga Tented Camp is a mid-range camp consisting of 21 safari tented rooms set underneath the canopy of a forest of acacia trees near the lake shore.
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Manyara Green Camp - $$$

Manyara Green Camp - $$$

The pick of the bunch for those who can afford it is undoubtedly Manyara Green Camp, set on a secluded riverbank within Manyara National Park. Superlatives are needed to describe the setup, service and ambiance of this intimate little eco-camp.
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4 accommodations in Ngorongoro & surroundings

Eileen's Trees Inn - $$

Eileen's Trees Inn - $$

Eileen’s Trees Inn in Karatu, the gateway to the Ngorongoro Crater & Highlands, is set in quiet leafy suburban grounds that feature an inviting swimming pool with sun deck, homely stilted restaurant & bar and spacious, stylish bungalows with private verandas. Good value for money.
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Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge - $$

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge - $$

Run as a social enterprise, Rhotia Valley is an intimate eco-lodge set on a hilltop on the Mto Wa Mbu side of Karatu. Accomodation is in comfortable tented rooms. There is a small swimming pool with a view.
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Bougainvillea Safari Lodge - $$

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge - $$

The restaurants and bungalows are set in a large flowering garden 1 km outside of Karatu, close to the main road towards Ngongongoro Conservation Area. It's nothing extraordinary, but a good price-quality ratio.
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Ngorongoro Farm House - $$$

Ngorongoro Farm House - $$$

Ngorongoro Farm House is an upmarket lodge, situated on a large coffee farm about halfway between Karatu and the Ngorongoro Crater. This stylish lodge evokes the ambience of an old English farmhouse and offers accommodation in luxurious cottages.
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4 accommodations in Serengeti National Park

Public campsites - $

Public campsites - $

The best budget option is camping at the public campsites. You pay for these campsites at the entrance gate, with credit card only. There are a cluster of seven campsites close to Seronera Wildlife Lodge, and two at the Northern section, close to Lobo Wildlife Lodge.
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Serengeti View Mobile Camp - $$

Serengeti View Mobile Camp - $$

Serengeti View Camp is a small scale mobile eco-camp inside the Serengeti, and one of the more simple and affordable tented camps in the Central Serengeti near Seronera.
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Kati Kati Camp - $$

Kati Kati Camp - $$

Kati Kati Camp is a one of the more simple and affordable tented camps located in the Central Serengeti, near Seronera. Accommodation comprises of 10 tents with en suite facilities and a cosy mess tent located in the centre of the camp, where the meals are served.
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Wayo Green Camp - $$$

Wayo Green Camp - $$$

The pick of the bunch for those who can afford it is undoubtedly Wayo Green Camp. Superlatives are needed to describe the seup, personalised service and ambiance of this intimate little eco-camp in the bush. If you booked deluxe car rental and accommodation, you'll be staying in Wayo Green Camp.
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2 accommodations in Lake Eyasi

Tindiga Tented Camp - $$

Tindiga Tented Camp - $$

Tindiga Tented Camp is a no frills yet charming and welcoming tented camp, set up amidst a bushy shrubland of the Eyasi Ecosystem, some 1.5 kilometers from Lake Eyasi.
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Kisima Ngeda - $$$

Kisima Ngeda - $$$

Kisima Ngeda is a high-end lodge at a location that will wow you. It is set up at the shores of Lake Eyasi, a dry and hostile environment, but there is a natural hot spring at the heart of the property, creating a lush oasis of doum palms. Accommodation is in luxury and tastefully decorated tented safari rooms, with en suite bathroom and lounge area.
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3 accommodations in Usambara Mountains

Irente Farm - $

Irente Farm - $

If you are a camper, stay at Irente Farm. It doubles as an orphanage, organic farm, biodiversity reserve and retreat. They are known, far beyond Lushoto, for their scrumptious farm breakfast.
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Swiss Cottage Farm - $$

Swiss Cottage Farm - $$

This is another peaceful retreat, on a working farm in Magamba Forest area. The family house is especially lovely, with wooden furniture, kitchen, and very Swiss interior with an amazing view over the green rocky hills and bright gardens. Between $100 - $200 for a cottage sleeping up to four people.
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Mambo Viewpoint Ecolodge - $$

Mambo Viewpoint Ecolodge - $$

If you go to the Northern Usambaras, stay in either Mambo Viewpoint Eco Lodge or the adjacent cheapy sister Mambo Cliff Inn, both situated on a cliff at an altitude of 1,900m on the outskirts of Mambo village.
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3 accommodations in Morogoro / Mikumi / Udzungwa Mountains

Udzungwa Forest Camp -$

Udzungwa Forest Camp -$

Known as Honda Honda camp, this friendly camp is located on a large private area bordering the tropical forested slopes of the Udzungwa Mountains. There is a choice of staying in comfortable tented rooms, basic traditional thatched bandas, or pitching your own tent. Highly recommended!
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Tan-Swiss Lodge - $

Tan-Swiss Lodge - $

Tan-Swiss Lodge is 17 km from Mikumi National Park main gate, along the Tanzam highway. The bungalows are clean and comfortable and all have A/C. There's an option to pitch your own tent, an attractive pool and large restaurant.
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Simbamwenni Lodge & Campsite - $

Simbamwenni Lodge & Campsite - $

Simbamwenni is a lovely owner-managed lodge, set in 2.5 ha of tropical gardens along the Ngerengere River 3 km northwest of Morogoro town. You can stay in en suite chalets, furnished standing tents or pitch your own tent.
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5 accommodations in Pangani / Ushongo beach

Peponi Holiday Resort - $

Peponi Holiday Resort - $

Camping next to the Indian Ocean! Peponi is a friendly, owner managed place, right on the beach and great value for money. Pitch your own tent, or sleep in a banda. There's a pool and good seafood restaurant. 8-9 hours drive from Arusha, 6 hours from Dar.
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Beach Crab - $

Beach Crab - $

The Beach Crab is a laid back place, offering a range of budget accommodation options – camping, simple beach huts or coconut bungalows with en suite bathroom, located at a beautiful long, deserted stretch of beach in Ushongo Bay. Don’t miss out on their breakfast, one of the best we had in Tanzania! 8-9 hours drive from Arusha, 6 hours from Dar.
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Capricorn Beach Cottages - $$

Capricorn Beach Cottages - $$

This welcoming, owner-managed place offers a small number of stylish, self-catering beach bungalows, neighbouring Peponi Holiday Resort. Set in palm and baobab studded gardens sloping down to an attractive white sandy beach. They are known far beyond Pangani for their fantastic pizzas. We would dare to say, it's the best pizza in Tanzania!
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Emanyani Beach Lodge - $$

Emanyani Beach Lodge - $$

Spaced out along a beautiful, deserted, white sandy beach, south of Pangani, after the river crossing, you find Emanyani Beach Lodge. Accommodation is in spacious and airy beach bungalows, made from local materials and tastefully decorated. 8-9 hours drive from Arusha, 6 hours from Dar.
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Mawimbi Villa & The Tides Lodge

Mawimbi Villa & The Tides Lodge

Looking for ''barefoot-chic'' relaxation? You will find it at the Tides Lodge and Mawimbi villa, owned and managed by the same couple. They offer airy and stylish ocean front bungalows with inviting pool and restaurant, set on the idyllic, palm fringed and secluded Ushongo Beach. Also many interesting activities are on offer.
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1 accommodations in Bagamoyo

Traveller’s Lodge - $$

Traveller’s Lodge - $$

Bagamoyo is a bit short of good accommodation options. The best choice is Traveller’s Lodge, a longstanding, German-owned lodge, offering mid-range cottages, set on large attractive grounds that sprawl to the beach. US$ 90 double room / Bed & Breakfast. Camping is allowed on the lawn, but there are no cooking facilities.
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3 accommodations in Dar es Salaam

Trinity airport hotel / Airport Guesthouse - $

Trinity airport hotel / Airport Guesthouse - $

Friendly priced, clean, quiet yet very close to the airport. These two guesthouses are the best place to stay if you arrive late and / or have to catch your flight from Dar es Salaam International airport.
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Kipepeo - $

Kipepeo - $

Very Roadtrip-proof, Kipepeo ( meaning butterfly) caters to all budgets. You can pitch your own tent, although the campsite is rather cheerless, sleep in a basic quirky beach hut or stay in a more comfortable two-storey banda. At most times of the year, the waves are quite substantial, providing great fun for body surfing. There is a good restaurant & bar. Note it is far away from the international airport.
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Slipway Hotel - $$

Slipway Hotel - $$

Hotel Slipway is located on the Msasani peninsula, the most upmarket neighbourhood of Dar es Salaam, right on the Indian Ocean overlooking Msasani Bay.The hotel is integrated into the Slipway complex, an outdoor shopping mall with various shops, supermarkets and nice restaurants. There is secure parking and guests can use the gym and swimming pool of the complex. Great value at US$ 150 for a double on the basis of Bed & Breakfast.
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1 accommodations in Iringa

Neema Crafts Guesthouse - $

Neema Crafts Guesthouse - $

This popular guesthouse is run as a social enterprise by people with disabilities. Profits go towards the running of a physiotherapy centre for disabled children. Accommodation is in dormitories and no frills double rooms.
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4 accommodations in Ruaha

Camping or park bandas - $

Camping or park bandas - $

The park bandas are the only affordable option (except for camping) when you want to stay inside Ruaha NP. There are old and new banda's. Accommodation is basic, but the scenery is luxurious. Prices for the bandas vary from US$ 20 to US$ 50 per person. For the ultimate wilderness feel, pitch your tent at one of the public campsites. The best of the bush, and you will probably only have to share the campsite with wandering wildlife...
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Tungamalenga Lodge and campsite - $

Tungamalenga Lodge and campsite - $

Tungamalenga Lodge and campsite is located 35 km away from the Ruaha National Park gate, in Tungamalenga village. There are simple cottages, or you can pitch your own tent. Pricing is US$ 10 per person for camping and US$ 60 for a double cottage. The place is popular with groups and has a bit of a backpackers' feel.
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Ruaha Hilltop Lodge - $$

Ruaha Hilltop Lodge - $$

About 30 km from the Ruaha National Park gate, you’ll find the friendly Ruaha Hilltop Lodge. It's set on a hill overlooking the outskirts of the park. It is a bit of a rustic place, but commands great views and is reasonably priced.
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Tandala Tented Camp - $$$

Tandala Tented Camp - $$$

Tandala is an intimate, luxury tented camp situated 13 km outside Ruaha National Park. The stylish stilted safari rooms are spread out far from each other, overlooking a seasonal river. There is a comfortable lounge area and swimming pool. The camp is managed by its owners and, as the lady is Greek, you can enjoy authentic Moussaka… in the bush!
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3 accommodations in Selous

Selous River Camp - $

Selous River Camp - $

The naming of lodges in Selous does not seem to be very creative... This is another camp owned and managed by a couple. It also has an idyllic location on the river bank, close to Mtemere Gate. Accommodation is in simple tents with shared showers or attractive en suite mud huts. It has a very atmospheric lounge area next to the river.
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Selous Riverside Camp - $$

Selous Riverside Camp - $$

This camp is set on the south bank of the Rufiji river, about 5 km east of the Mtemere Gate. It has a large thatched dining & bar area, leading to a small swimming pool overlooking the river. Accommodation is in large, stilted, furnished tents.
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Sable Mountain Lodge - $$$

Sable Mountain Lodge - $$$

Situated 1km outside the park's western boundary and 12km from Matembwe Gate, Sable Mountain Lodge sits high up, north of the Beho Beho hills, and offers lovely views across the surrounding dense brachystegia forest. It is a good base to explore the northern section of the Selous Game reserve.
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