Hotels in Tanzania

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

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

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

Doubles From $1,900, all-inclusive

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.