Sanctuary Swala, Tarangire National Park $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:A hauntingly beautiful landscape of winding rivers, ancient woodlands, swamps, and open savanna, Tarangire is home to all of the Big Five except rhino and, although plagued with biting tsetse flies, is one of the best places in Africa to observe elephants and lions. Here, Swala campnewly swank after an update and relocated amid a stand of umbrella-shaped acacia tortilis treeshas 12 large tents on wooden platforms. All have private verandas, separate dressing areas, netted beds, and both indoor and outdoor showers; Wi-Fi is available in the reception area. You'll eat excellent modern African cuisine in the thatched open-air dining area that sits beneath a centuries-old baobab overlooking the water hole, which during the dry season attracts so many animalsincluding lionsthat you may be tempted to skip the twice-daily game drives in the tsetse flyvulnerable open vehicles.2010 Hot List
Which room to book: No. 5, Kudu, has a daybed built into a living baobab.
Open June through March.