Tanzania is one of Africa’s best-known safari destinations, and for good reason. Travelers can witness the Great Migration, the country has myriad national parks and reserves offering unparalleled wildlife experiences, is home to diverse and breathtaking landscapes and offers the chance to engage in a wide range of activities. We love incorporating luxury on our Tanzania safaris as the country is home to some of the top camps and lodges on the continent. We also like to incorporate stays in private reserves, allowing you the freedom to have experiences not permitted in the parks such as walking safaris and night drives. Here are our nine top luxury safari properties in Tanzania.

Singita Saskwa Lodge is set on a ridge with stunning views over the Serengeti plains

Nice to know about Singita

  • One of our top choice for a luxury safari in Tanzania.
  • The Grumeti Reserve is a 350,000 acre private concession with just five lodging options, making for the most exclusive Serengeti safari.
  • Choose from two luxury lodges (Sasakwa and Faru Faru) , a tented camp (Sabora) , a private mobile camp (Singita Explore) or private villa (Serengeti House) – each with their own unique setting, style and personality.
  • The best months to visit for the chance to see the Great Migration are May and June, however the resident wildlife viewing is spectacular year-round.

Mwiba Lodge – Mwiba Wildlife Reserve 

Mwiba Lodge is spectacularly set above a rocky gorge on the Arugusinyai

Nice to know

  • The lodge is set in Mwiba Wildlife Reserve, a private 129,530 acre sanctuary. With only 10 suites, guests are ensured an exclusive safari experience.
  • Authentic cultural experiences include walking with the Hadza, visiting the Datoga tribe and learning to dance with the Maasai.
  • The area’s 33 freshwater springs attract a diverse array of wildlife.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is steeped in romance

Nice to know

  • Possibly the most romantic lodge in East Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has one of the most breathtaking locations on the continent overlooking the world’s largest intact caldera.
  • Where ‘Maasai meets Versailles’ – the lodge’s unique design and luxurious touches will surprise even the most seasoned travelers.
  • The Lodge’s location perfectly positions travelers to take an early morning game drive in the Crater when there are fewer visitors.
  • For honeymooners, we love to add a rose petal dinner experience (pictured above). The lodge also offers an excellent children’s program and opportunities to interact with local Maasai.

Chem Chem – Burunge Wildlife Management Area

Your Chem Chem guide will whisk you to the shores of Lake Manyara for an unforgettable sundowner

Nice to know

  • Three unique camps sit in the wildlife-rich Burunge Wildlife Management Area, a critical migration corridor between the baobab-studded landscape of Tarangire National Park and the shimmering waters of Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Chem Chem Lodge is comprised of eight beautiful and secluded tented suites situated at least 80 metres apart from one another ensuring total privacy. Little Chem Chem Tented Camp has a vintage feel and accommodates up to ten guests, while Forest Chem Chem is a private, exclusive-use camp accommodating up to 8 adults and 2 children.
  • Unique, out-of-the-vehicle activities include a Maasai-guided sunrise run, sunrise hill climb, bush breakfast or picnic, walking safaris, sundowners on Lake Manyara (our favorite!) and walks with the Maasai.

Lamai Serengeti – Serengeti National Park

Tents at Lamai Serengeti are designed to immerse guests in the outdoors

Nice to know

  • Eight luxuriously appointed rooms with huge windows to take advantage of outstanding views of the Serengeti Plains.
  • The camp is the perfect base to try and see a Great Migration river crossing between July and October.
  • One of the very few camps allowed to conduct walking safaris in the national park.
  • Ask us about Mkombe’s House, a private, exclusive-use retreat that is perfect for families and small groups of up to 10.

Gibb’s Farm – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Gibb’s Farm cottages invite serenity and relaxation

Nice to know

  • Gibb’s Farm is an historic organic farm and coffee plantation located on the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Each of the 17 guest cottages is completely unique and holds beautiful architectural details and colorful artwork.
  • The setting is lush and tranquil, and the onsite organic vegetable garden makes for a memorable farm-to-fork dining experience during your stay.

Serengeti and Roving Bushtops – Serengeti ecosystem

Your private outdoor hot tub awaits at Serengeti Bushtops

Nice to know

  • Huge luxury tents include an indoor/outdoor shower, outdoor hot tub and deck with sweeping views.
  • Each guest has a dedicated butler available for any need 24/7.
  • Choose Roving Bushtops for a luxurious mobile camp experience that follows the migration. Combining the two is an ideal Serengeti experience.
  • These camps can also be taken out exclusively – contact us for details.

Namiri Plains Camp – Serengeti ecosystem

Namiri Plains’ tents are spacious, luxuriously appointed and situated for expansive views

Nice to know

  • Situated in the remote and less visited Eastern Serengeti, Namiri Plains has 10 spacious rooms with full-length decks for wildlife viewing. (We like to game view while soaking in the outdoor tub!)
  • The camp is part of a conservation initiative to protect an area crucial to cheetah and other big cats.
  • Namiri Plains offers a specially modified photographic vehicle, as well as the chance to meet with cheetah researchers – ask us for details.

Jabali Ridge delights with unexpected and unique design elements that help it blend into its surroundings

Jabali Ridge – Ruaha National Park

Nice to know

  • The perfect base to explore the wilds of Ruaha National Park, Tanzania’s largest national park and an off-the-beaten-path destination.
  • Take in the big game and baobabs, then come back to luxurious accommodation, amenities and care from the camp’s welcoming staff.
  • In addition to day and night game drives, walking safaris are a wonderful way to discover Ruaha’s vast wilderness.
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