Tanzania Safaris – a guide to safari accommodation

Accommodation choices range dramatically in style and attitude; with many almost as worthwhile and interesting as the wildlife around them! This applies across the board to mobile, tented, thatched or hotel, depending on location, management and style of the best places.

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, and set you right at the heart of the action. Not necessarily private to your group.

Tented Camp/ Lodge: A tented lodge or camp is a permanent structure, in which accommodation is under canvas. Most have solid, wooden floors, proper bathrooms, running water and will include a fully solid structure bar and restaurant area.

Lodge: The term ‘lodge’ is generally used for a smaller, often owner-run accommodation, as distinct from a large hotel. The lodges that we recommend are tend to be beautifully appointed and run, usually have swimming pools and almost all have their own resident vehicles, trackers and guides.

Hotels: The safari hotels tend to be much larger, and less personal and intimate versions of lodges. They tend not to have their own safari vehicles, although, as usual, there are exceptions!