In this month’s article from the Luxury Safari Company they highlight 5 unique and very luxurious Tanzania safari lodges where you can unwind in comfort and tranquility, assured of the very best Africa has to offer.
Sadly since the downturn in tourism in Kenya, luxury safaris in Tanzania have flourished, although this is not surprising as this amazing country has so much to offer people that it was only a matter of time before it started to lead the pack in terms of the best luxury safari destination.
Tanzania has many luxury safari camps but here we would like to focus on the best safari lodges, all of which are in extraordinary locations, off the beaten track and wild – but with that serious comfort that some people look for. Usually we would strongly recommend combining these with one of Tanzania's many impossibly luxurious tented camps, but if you prefer these all work well together too – here are Tanzania's top five luxury safari lodges:
1. Mwiba Lodge, Southern Serengeti
Mwiba is a new luxury lodge and has set the safari lodge industry in Tanzania alight, since it's just eight luxury suites and has a vast area of over 51,000 acres to explore – this area has everything from rivers, waterfalls, plains, forests and hills – you are spoilt for choice. The game viewing here is excellent and the lodge is built elevated into a rocky kopje. Every enormous suite in this luxury safari lodge is incredibly luxurious with verandahs with views all the way to the ends of the earth. Mwiba airstrip itself is only reachable by private plane laid on by this extremely exclusive property, or they can collect you from airstrips outside the reserve – the reserve's tranquility is kept intact in this way, by not allowing anyone else to enter.
2. Lamai Nomad, Northern Serengeti
Lamai Nomad is one of the most romantic safari lodges in Africa, let alone Tanzania. Nothing can compare to the views of this property which stretch right across Kenya's Masai Mara. This understated but exceptionally peaceful and comfortable luxury safari lodge comes alive between July and October when the migration comes through, but is equally as good the rest of the year, especially for big cat sightings, and best of all you won't see another soul.
3. Chem Chem Lodge
This luxury safari lodge has wonderful views of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment and the flamingoes in Lake Manyara. This modern and luxurious option is perfect for those who want a few days soul rejuvenating bliss, enjoying bush walks, sundowners on the lake and healing spa treatments. The lodge also has delicious food and some of the best guides in Tanzania. Chem Chem Lodge's guides make the most of being able to walk with you, showing you the little things which make this African ecosystem go round.
4. Sand Rivers Selous, Selous
Southern Tanzania is famous for having some of the most remote and wild luxury safari lodges in Africa but this is by far our favourite. Sand Rivers Selous lodge lodge sits in one of the most remote places in the Selous in Southern Tanzania and has views of the mighty Rufiji River, and purple mountains in the background. The rooms are open and airy and you feel tranquil and relaxed as soon as you arrive. Sand Rivers offers everything from boats and fishing to day and night game drives, as well as bush walks and fly camping for those that want to get even wilder. Sand Rivers is the ideal place to have an active safari, or alternatively you could just lie by their heavenly pool all day, and not worry about a thing.
5. Greystoke Mahale, Mahale
Western Tanzania is one of the most remote areas anyone can visit in all of Africa and Greystoke is the best place to stay there. This luxury lodge is relaxed and informal and sits on it's own private beach, with the jungle behind it. Chimpanzees are the highlight here, as are lazy days spent out on the lake swimming and relaxing. This quirky looking property is certainly one for the memory bank and you will never forget a stay here.
Find out more about luxury Tanzania safari lodges with Luxury Safari Company. They are passionate about Africa and provide access to off-the-beaten-track, unknown and exclusive luxury experiences, top safari camps throughout the continent and the best rates – all with friendly, professional service.