Tanzania Game Parks

Hotels in Tanzania Game Parks

Tanzania's 17,000-square-mile Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest in the world. With a dozen postmodern dwellings on the palm-lined banks of the Rufji River, the Selous offers the chance to observe hippos and elephants from a riverboat.

Edwardian-style tented camps on a ridge in the western Serengeti. 

A farmhouse and 20 cottages on a coffee plantation in the Ngorongoro Forest foothills. 

Room to Book: No. 14, 15, and 16 are tucked into the forest.

South Africa’s pioneering Singita tourism group revamped a pair of lavish lodges and a tented camp in the Grumeti Reserves of Serengeti National Park in 2009. The breakdown: Sabora Tented Camp is accessorized with antique mahogany chests, worn-leather folding chairs, and thick Persian rugs.

20 tents with wraparound porches and attentive service along the Grumeti River, a fave drinking spot for hippos.

On the edge of a collapsed volcano, the hotel has guest rooms with glass-fronted verandas for viewing wildlife. Parents love taking daylong safari, which includes a picnic courtesy of te lodge in the crater. Kids love twilight dance performances by the Masai.

Sayari Camp, in eastern Tanzania-opened in 2005, it was recently given an extravagant makeover and is now one of the top five-star camps in the remote northern Serengeti.

Suites inspired by Maasai mud and stick manyattas with French touches (silk curtains; leather chairs) along the rim of a volcano.

Rooms have prehistoric wall motifs in this eco-lodge built of river rock and covered in vines. 

Secluded hotel with African interiors set in an acacia grove overlooking the plains.

Shingled tree houses in the bush; the only lodge within Lake Manyara National Park. 

Doubles From $1,900, all-inclusive

The property sits deep in a 1,000-square-mile national park among Tanzania’s central highlands. The look would appeal to anyone harboring fantasies of Arabian nights: arched bedouin tents, kilim rugs, Turkish brass lamps, Oriental throw pillows.