Tanzania eco lodges: 5 x unique & sustainable accommodation
Nature parks that burst wildlife. Endless savannahs. A bright blue sea. Tropical islands. A warm population. Tanzania has it all. A trip to this East African country is unforgettable and you can make your trip even more special by staying in unique accommodations. Here are five tips for special accommodations in Tanzania.
Feel at home at Simba Farm West Kilimanjaro
Simba Farm Lodge is a farm with stunning views of Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and the Maasai Steppes, located at an altitude of 1700 metres. The guesthouse where you sleep was built in 1920 and that old charm has been preserved. There are only six bedrooms and you can make use of the homely living room and lush garden. The surroundings of Simba Farm are very beautiful and it is nice to walk to the nearby river where many monkeys live. At the end of the afternoon, the owners of the farm take you to a beautiful spot in a safari car to enjoy a spectacular sunset.
Kiboko Lodge run by ex-street children
Not far from Arusha is the special Kiboko Lodge, consisting of a number of lovely houses. The lodge is beautifully situated in a green area near a small village. The lodge is part of the Watato Foundation that is run by a Dutch couple dedicated to street children in Tanzania. The children learn a craft and are assured of a job after their education. The Kiboko Lodge is run by ex-street children to prepare them for a job in tourism. The revenue of the lodge goes to the two projects of the Watoto Foundation: Child in the Stars and Child in the Sky. You can also visit these projects.
In the middle of nature at Green Camp Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara is one of Tanzania’s most beautiful national parks. If you really want to enjoy nature, you can stay overnight in the park. There are only two accommodations in Lake Manyara and Green Camp Manyara is one of them. The camp is located on a beautiful spot at a riverbed near a waterfall. Birds, monkeys, buffalo and elephants like to drink here. All these beautiful animals can be seen while enjoying a drink at a safe distance.
Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge and Children’s Home
The Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge was founded by a Dutch physician couple. After their retirement, Joris and Marise rented a piece of land with two large hills. On one hill they started a children’s home and on the other a lodge. The children’s home is funded by the income from the lodge. If you sleep in the lodge, you automatically contribute to the children’s home. Every day you can visit the hostel to play with the kids or help them with their homework. The lodge itself has a lovely swimming pool with sunbeds and you sleep in a beautiful tent.
Relax at the NUR Beach Resort on Zanzibar
We recommend you round-off your Tanzania tour on the tropical island of Zanzibar. In the coastal town of Jambiani is the small-scale NUR Beach Hotel with only ten rooms. Each room has lounge beds in front of the room, there is a beautiful swimming pool and the resort is right on the beach. You can also enjoy delicious meal salads and tapas, or finger food. The lodge organizes various trips to beautiful snorkeling spots and the green interior of Zanzibar.