Hotels in Tanzania

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.

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.

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.