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Our Favourite Safari Lodges & Beach Hangouts
The Pole Pole Resort is located in the eastern coast of Mafia Island, set in lush gardens with its own beautiful white sandy beach on Chole Bay. The resort boasts seven luxurious wooden bungalows, set on stilts with wide verandas and en-suite bathrooms with king-size showers. Free day trips provided by the lodge include a trip to Chole Island, which boasts the ruins of Arabic buildings used by the Germans in the First World War and is the oldest inhabited settlement in the islands.
Chole Mjini on tiny Chole Island off the eastern coast of Mafia has a wonderfully rustic but comfortable ambience and provides an ideal getaway location. Accommodation consists of six imaginatively designed tree houses, each set on its own with views over the bay, the mangroves or the Chole ruins, and each accommodating up to three people. The treehouses have a range of amenities including a dry composting toilet and a hot and cold water shower, set in a private garden at the base of the hosting tree. Should the idea of tree-top living not appeal, there is also one luxurious suite on the ground equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a sunken Persian bath, flush toilet and large private garden.
There is no electricity on Chole Island so there is no air-conditioning or satellite television, but facilities to recharge your phone and camera batteries and of course to keep the drinks ice-cold are available. Dining focuses on simple, tasty seafood-based meals, and the upstairs bar has a wonderful view over the baya nd serves a range of hot and cold drinks throughout the day.
The Tides Lodge
The Tides Lodge is one of the loveliest lodges along the Tanzanian coast, combining a beautiful seaside location with large and spacious bungalow accommodation and fine cuisine. The seven bungalows are located among the coconut palms along the beach front; each has a huge bed with a billowing mosquito net, a big bathroom and elegant stylish decor. There is a beach-side bar, and daytrips can be arranged by the staff to a number os destinations, including Maziwe island, offshore fishing, and dhow cruises on the Pangani River.
The exclusive Fundu Lagoon Resort is set on a low hillside overlooking the sea, with luxurious bungalows tucked away amidst the vegetation and along the beach front. The bungalows are wonderfully fitted with an excess of amenities, including fresh hot water showers, large beds with mosquito netting, and wonderful ocean views. There are also Suites and Superior Suites available, with private chillout areas and
The resort boasts three bars, a luxurious spa and a beautiful new infinity pool, along witha satellite tv room and a games balcony with a pool table and a darts board. The restaurant, open-sided with fantastic ocean views, provides outstanding international cuisine.
Zanzibar – Stone Town
Dhow Palace Hotel
The Dhow Palace Hotel is located in the centre of Stone Town, Zanzibar’s biggest town. The hotel offers 16 spacious and comfortable rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and traditional sultan-size double beds. Every room also has a large balcony which looks out over the cool and well-maintained central courtyard. The rooftop restaurant offers a variety of dishes and has a wonderful view over Stone Town
Zanzibar Coffee House
The Zanzibar Coffee House is situated in the centre of the maze of streets which makes up Stone Town’s old town, and was one of the first buildings in the city, constructed in 1885. It has been tastefully converted to an exclusive boutique hotel, and offers eight air conditioned individually designed rooms. All rooms are spacious and airy, with a traditional Zanzibari four poster bed and unique and beautiful decor.
The tower-top teahouse provides a perfect location for breakfast and evening meals, looking out over the minarets and roofs of Stone Town, and the ground floor cafe offers the best freshly baked biscuits and cakes and freshly ground coffee on the island.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha river lodge
Ruaha River Camp enjoys the honour of being the first camp constructed within the park and is located on towering rocky kopjes above a bend in the Ruaha river, in the south eastern area of the park. Due to the fact that the camp has been inplace for over forty years, game is habitutated to the presence of people and vehicles and therefore wildlife viewing in the area is excellent.
Accommodation is simple and tasteful, with cool and airy stone-built banda bedrooms, each with a small private veranda from which you can relax and enjoy the panoramic views across the river. There are two main refreshment areas, both also with good views of the river – the lower level boasts a restaurant while the upper level with a stunning view hosts a bar and relaxation area.
Mwagusi safari camp
Mwagusi Safari Camp is a small tented camp located on the banks of the Mwagusi Sand River. Overlooking a waterhole in the riverbed, it is perfectly placed for game watching without even leaving the dining banda and provides a unique opportunity to get close to nature! The camp lies in Acacia woodland which attracts a wide range of game, including sable and roan antelope.
The camp has ten luxury tented bandas with en-suite bathrooms with flush loos and hot showers, solar powered lighting and a large covered veranda out the front for relaxing and watching the prolific bird life in and around the camp. There is also a thatched dining banda, reading room and bar. Activities include game drives and walking safaris with an experienced guide.
Saadani National Park
Tent With a View Safari Lodge
The Tent With a View Safari Lodge is situated north of Dar es Salaam on the Mkwaja coastline. It lies just beyond the boundary of the Saadani National Park, with indigenous bush to one side and a beautiful white sandy beach to the other. The lodge offers ten luxury tented bandas, eight raised on stilts and two at beach level. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms and spacious balconies, fitted with hammocks which overlook the deep blue Indian Ocean. Each room is individually designed and has a different Saadani-based theme. The bar and restaurant area is also on stilts overlooking the sea, and is spacious and well-designed. Owing to its location, seafood is a specialty, freshly caught and cooked, and the wine list is extensive. Potential activities include walking safaris, birdwatching by canoe, and game drives; or you can simply lounge on the beach!
Selous Game Reserve
Sable Mountain Lodge
Sable Mountain Lodge is situated in the Beho Beho hills in the Selous National Park, and consists of eight comfortable stone cottages and four luxury tented bandas, spaced out across three hillsides to provide privacy and beautiful views. All cottages have en-suite bathrooms with a spring water supply, solar lighting and a private balcony. The luxury tented bandas are on top of one of the hills and have fantastic views from private balconies; each tented banda also has full en-suite facilities. Two are specialised honeymoon bandas with a private plunge pool to ensure privacy and romance in the middle of the African bush!
The open-air bar and restaurant serve an extensive international menu, and are located bear to the swimming pool, which is fed by natural spring water. To the west of the camp is a treehouse which overlooks a waterhole frequented in the evening by many wild animals including wild dogs, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and sable antelope. Activities include game driving, walking safaris and boat safaris on Lake Tagalala, and night time game drives.
Rufiji River Camp
Rufiji River Camp is, as the name suggests, located on the banks of the Rufiji River. It boasts 20 luxury tented bandas, all equipped with comfortable beds and mattresses, sheets, blankets and mosquito netting. All are west-facing with river views, providing the perfect view for sunset sundowners in true African safari style. Every tent has a private walled bath, with water heated by solar panels. The panels also provide electricity for lighting and for charging phone and camera batteries. Activities include game drives, fishing, boat safaris on the river, fly camping and guided walking safaris.
The New Acropol Hotel
Located at the foot of the Ulurguru mountains, this charming hotel is the perfect base for explorations of the Morogoro area. The hotel offers four spacious double rooms and two suites. Each double room overlooks the gardens and includes an ensuite bathroom, king size canopy bed, satellite tv, and full air conditioning. The two suites are individually decorated and offer comfortable bedroom and living room facilities with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms.
The hotel facilities include restaurant and bar with extensive menus, walking safaris in the Uluguru mountains, bicycle rental, internet access and a beauty salon for those who feel the need to be pampered after a day’s game driving in nearby Mikumi National Park!
The Mkonge Hotel, named after the Swahili word for sisal, is a refurbished old colonial hotel set in grassed lawns which overlook the old harbour. From the breakfast patio guests can watch dhows passing on the Indian Ocean and vervet monkeys in the trees of the hotel grounds. The hotel offers 26 en-suite air conditioned rooms, with satellite television and telephone in every room. Facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and internet access. The bar and restaurant serves a range of drinks and dishes and provide 24 hour room service.
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