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Hotels in Tanzania run the gamut from sophisticated urban boutiques (Oyster Bay) to over-the-top safari lodges (Singita Grumeti Sasakwa) to private island hideaways (Mnemba Island Lodge). Travelers going on safari are spoiled for lodging options in Tanzania's game parks, but choose carefully: Since there is wide variation in safari style (on foot vs. in a jeep; active vs. leisurely), guide quality, and the density of game, where you stay will have a big impact on your overall experience. You'll find the most luxurious camps—and the biggest crowds—along the northern safari circuit, in Serengeti National Park, neighboring Singita Grumeti Reserve, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. These include Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, the Serengeti Migration Camp, Sasakwa, Faru Faru, and Sabora Tented Camp. More adventurous travelers should consider remote Palahala Camp in Katavi National Park or the Selous Project in southern Tanzania. Safari camp rates start around $600 per person per night and run as high as $1,600. Ask what's included in the price before you book: Most meals, drinks, two or three daily game drives, and on-site activities are usually part of the package, but that hot-air balloon ride and full-service spa are likely to cost extra. Build the cost of tips into your budget: Most lodges recommend $25 per person, per day, for your safari guide and $25 for the duration of your stay for other staff members.

After arriving at Julius Nyerere International Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport, most visitors to Tanzania spend the night at a nearby hotel before continuing onward. The Oyster Bay hotel in Dar es Salaam is convenient to the former; Arusha Coffee Lodge, to the latter. It's also common to combine a safari with a Mount Kilimanjaro climb or beach time in the island of Zanzibar. Hotels in downtown Stone Town, such as the Zanzibar Serena Inn, make a good base for exploring this city's crumbling colonial architecture, but the beaches tend to be overrun with touts. For a more serene stay, consider Kilindi, on Zanzibar's northern coast; one of the neighboring islands, such as Pemba or Chumbe; or Lupita, a private island on Lake Tanganyika. Regardless of where you stay, trips to Tanzania are heavy on logistics, so consider using a tour operator or travel agent and book well in advance (more than a year ahead for high season).

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Zanzibar Serena Inn, Stone Town, Zanzibar

The Serena, Stone Town's most luxurious hotel, is right on the waterfront. The cool white rooms have traditionally carved furniture, with louvered doors...more

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Zanzibar Palace Hotel, Stone Town, Zanzibar

Housed in a refurbished 19th-century villa, the Zanzibar Palace Hotel is an elegant addition to the Stone Town scene. The nine-room Palace doesn't stray far...more

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Singita Grumeti Sasakwa Lodge, near Serengeti National Park

Lording it over the Singita Grumeti Reserve's 340,000 acres from a stately cliff-top perch, Sasakwa is the Buckingham Palace of safari lodges. Mahogany...more

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Singita Grumeti Sabora Tented Camp, near Serengeti National Park

Sabora Camp's nine spacious tents—outfitted with Persian rugs, antique vanities, and brass lanterns that throw soft light on crystal barware—offer...more

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Singita Grumeti Reserves, near Serengeti National Park

American billionaire Paul Tudor Jones II has established three splendid lodgings—Sasakwa, Sabora, and Faru Faru—within his 340,000-acre tract...more

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Singita Grumeti Faru Faru Lodge, near Serengeti National Park

Faru Faru is the most whimsical of the Singita Grumeti Reserve's three lodges. The nine glass-fronted villas hug the banks of a riverbed and a grassy watering...more

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The Selous Project, Selous Game Reserve

Safari lodges have been locked in an amenities arms race of increasingly tricked-out SUVs and villas citadeled in a mess of marble bathrooms and infinity pools....more

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Sayari Camp, Serengeti National Park

The northern Serengeti is the stage for the annual drama of migrating wildebeest herds crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River. Sayari, currently the...more

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Sanctuary Swala, Tarangire National Park

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,...more

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Salome's Garden, Bububu, Zanzibar

This 19th-century Zanzibar country house was once the residence of Princess Salome, the offspring of a sultan and a concubine, and is now leased to the House of...more

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