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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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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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236 Hurumzi, Stone Town, Zanzibar

One of the most romantic hotels in Africa, 236 Hurumzi offers an immersion into the heady exoticism traditionally associated with Zanzibar. There's no pool, and...more

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Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, Dar es Salaam

Editor's Note: This property is now the Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam.A renovated 180-room hotel across the street from the Indian Ocean, the Kili, as locals call...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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Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha

The Arusha Coffee Lodge, located on a quiet coffee plantation five minutes' drive from the Arusha airport, caters to weary international arrivals. (Safari-bound...more

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Chumbe Island Coral Park, Chumbe Island, Zanzibar

Escape from traffic, phones, TV, and e-mail on idyllic Chumbe Island. Guests retreat from civilization in palm-thatched bungalows right by the ocean, though...more

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Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam

The Oyster Bay hotel in Dar es Salaam is such a mellow, friendly affair that it's a shame most guests spend just one night here on their way to Tanzania's game...more

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Fundu Lagoon, Pemba Island, Zanzibar

Fundu Lagoon is nothing if not remote: You'll have to take a plane, car, and boat from Stone Town just to reach its secluded stretch of sand on Pemba Island....more

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Kilindi, Zanzibar

Located on the quiet northern coast of Zanzibar, Kilindi is a tranquil place to round out your time in Tanzania after the excitement of a safari or a...more

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Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park

Wildebeest make their annual migration below this tented camp where "the ordinary is extraordinary." Colonial-themed quarters are styled to replicate hunting...more

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