Hotels in Tanzania

What to Expect: A base for spice merchants and explorers for three centuries, the island of Zanzibar lies 30 miles off the coast of Tanzania, and 35-acre Chapwani Island lies a mile to the west.

On a sun-bleached crescent opposite Tumbatu Island, 15 domed limestone pavilions are tucked along a tidal bay where wooden dhows still ply the aquamarine waters. Here, luxury comes with a light footprint—rainwater collected on the roofs of the cottages is used to water the lush gardens.

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

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

The Location: Just outside the town of Mbeya in southern Tanzania, the verdant, 1,200-acre Utengule coffee estate and adjoining lodge overlook the wide-open landscape of the western Rift Valley.

Dotting a tree-lined ridge in the Serengeti, the whimsical mushroom-shaped buildings of the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge blend into their surroundings.

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.

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

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.