Tanzania is a land of nature in its purest form. If you want to unwind in Africa’s untouched masterpiece, Tanzania is your spot. The country is full of splendid wildlife, beautiful white sand beaches, historic ancient towns and UNESCO world heritage sites. You can experience one of a kind Safaris or climb the highest mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro. And get a breathtaking view of the country from 19341 feet high. Witness the mighty migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebras across the Serengeti National Park or wiggle your toes in the soft sand beaches at Zanzibar. No matter where you choose to go and what you choose to do, your travel experience in Tanzania is bound to be enduring, extraordinary and unforgettable. I have put together an extensive travel guide to Tanzania. You can read it here> Tanzania Travel Guide
Visa Details: All Indians will require a visa to Tanzania. There are two ways to go about this:
1) You can get it before you leave from the Tanzania High Commission in New Delhi
2) Or you can apply for a Visa On Arrival. (All “western” passport holders are eligible for visa on arrival)
Complete details for India Citizens here
Complete details for US Citizens here
And to make this experience in Tanzania even more remarkable, I am going to review the top five luxury hotels that you can book your stay at and enjoy a trip and stay that is just as beautiful and eventful as the country. My hotel experience in a country greatly influences the overall experience of my trip and so I make sure that when I do book a hotel it is the best one that can make everything seamless when I get there. Do you guys agree with me? So here is a list of the best five luxury hotels in Tanzania and a detailed review on what they have to offer.
1) Singita Serengeti House
Where: Private 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti Reserves.
How: Singita has partnered with Grumeti air to offer its customers a hassle-free travel experience from the airport to the hotel. There are daily flights from Arusha to Singita Sasakwa via Kilimanjaro.
Google Maps Link – https://goo.gl/maps/XsTTHq4huxK2
My first and best recommendation will be the Singita range of hotels. They have hotels spread in a couple of countries in Africa and seven different hotels in Tanzania itself each offering a unique experience. My obvious choice of location is Serengeti, this place being the hub of fantastic wildlife and nature. Enjoy uninterrupted views of nature for as far as you can see and a luxury stay from the comfort of your rooms. This place is perfect if you want to just turn off all that city life stress and immerse yourself in an unadulterated environment. Make use of the tennis court or gym for your daily fitness activities or go wildlife spotting in state of the art land rovers with expert game drivers who will be your professional guides.
2) &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Where: Lake Manyara National Park.
How: There are daily flights to Lake Manyara Airstrip after which you will have to take a 3.5-hour game drive to the hotel.
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/FALNHrvLZrD2
This absolutely stunning hotel is situated in dense ancient forests far away from cities and human life. The hotel has nine stunning suites with wifi included in each suite so you can be connected to social media and show people your amazing stay at the hotel. Go for guided tour in the forests and see the famous tree-climbing lions. Take a dip in the Mahi Moto hot springs or witness the Soda Lake filled with pink flamingos. Have an outdoor shower and enjoy a spa above the forest floors, every day is filled with adventure.
3) The Oyster Bay
Where: Dar es Salaam
How: The hotel is 30-90 mins away but if you can take the flights but may get stuck in traffic. So the best option would be the ferry that leaves from Zanzibar.
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/xsWdunnPkzE2
The Oyster Bay hotel is known for its view of the Indian Ocean. The hotel’s view is truly beautiful. The hotel’s interiors are very well thought of including tribal artifacts and African carved furniture. The service of the hotel is absolutely amazing. They treat all their clients like kings and queens, they will even wait at the airport with your nameplates. They have eight sea facing suites that are super spacious spread over three floors. All rooms are furnished with plasma TV’s, air conditioners and internet services. The rooms are stylish, sophisticated and dreamy. Your stay here is going to be a very pleasant one with all the royal treatment.
4) Azura Selous
Where: Selous Game Reserve
How: The hotel is one kilometre away from Simbazi airport (nearest airport to the hotel)
Google Maps Link – https://goo.gl/maps/kuGNvxs5nmn
The Azura Selous hotel is situated along the Ruaha river which is in the Selous Game reserve – The oldest and biggest game reserve in Africa and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The resort has only twelve designer tented villas each with private plunge pools overviewing the scenic river. They also provide you with various activities like personalized safaris, boating, fishing and much more for all you adventure lovers. Known as the carnivore capital of the Selous, you will be able to witness plenty of amazing wildlife – lions, leopards and elephants that roam around camp a couple of times a week. This hotel is luxury and adventure at one spot.
5) Park Hyatt, Zanzibar
Where: Shangani, Zanzibar
How: The hotel is eight kilometres away from Zanzibar International Airport which is a ten-minute car ride.
Google Maps Link – https://goo.gl/maps/oBgRFqwfey22
The Park Hyatt is located in the heart of the Stone Town which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Key attractions like the Forodhani Gardens, Old Fort, Peace Memorial Museum, The House of Wonders and much more a just a few steps away from the airport. So you can do a lot of traditional sightseeing minus the travel and tiredness that comes with it. The hotel has 67 luxurious rooms which have a contemporary style and elegance. A dip in the infinity pool overlooking the ocean or the in-house spa services are the ultimate stress busters. There are two luxury boutiques within the hotel for anyone who wants to splurge a little which honestly works as good as therapy :p
6) Four Seasons Hotel
Where: Central Serengeti
How: 45-minute drive from Seronera Airstrip (SEU). Three main airports that provide connecting flights to Seronera Airstrip are Arusha Airport (ARK) for domestic flights only, Julius Nyerere International in Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Kilimanjaro International (JRO).
Google Map Link – https://goo.gl/maps/dV2zAPcoi7m
This beautiful lodge is surrounded by huge open plains. Strong elevated wooden platforms that will take you to the hotel and at an exact safe distance from the wildlife. Take a long ride with the game drivers to explore the sanctuary or go right up in the skies in gigantic hot air balloons for the most amazing view of Serengeti. Watch lions strolling, elephants bathing and leopards chasing. The terrace suites are equipped with infinity plunge pools with stunning views of the savannah. After your long day of exploring come back to the hotel and enjoy the spa services that will take all the fatigue away and have you refreshed for a fantastic evening with delectable food.
When I am on vacation and if I have a good budget I always prefer luxury hotels or boutiques because it adds a certain comfort and leisure aspect to my trips and this is much needed when you want to take a break from your daily routine. What kind of trips or hotels do you guys usually prefer? Let me know in the comments section below.