4 Dreamy Tanzanian Stays For Travellers
From private island paradises to wildlife wanderlust, keep it green in Tanzania with Olivia Palamountain.
The Top 4 Tanzanian Stays
Thanda Island, Mafia archipelago
At Thanda Island, an eight-hectare private jewel set within a protected marine reserve, sustainability and luxury go hand in hand. Discover the range of marine conservation initiatives and education programmes that exist on the island and in the region, from a visit to the coral nursery to immersive experiences in local community projects. Guests are assigned their own personal marine biologist for whale shark excursions and responsible underwater activities. Even the diving gear is eco-friendly, thanks to rash vests made from recycled plastic, and with the marine reserve teeming with more than 280 species of tropical fish, you’re guaranteed a dazzling view. Fishing might be illegal here, but that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on incredible local seafood. Foodies can expect magnificent dining experiences such as a Swahili feast, a decadent affair that includes curries with hand-squeezed coconut milk, fresh lobster and oysters, or themed cooking classes to learn how to cook traditional dishes using locally sourced ingredients.
BOOK IT: A buy-out of Thanda Island costs £25,400 per night. Minimum stay is five nights. thandaisland.com
Usangu Expedition Camp, Ruaha National Park
New to Tanzania this year is Usangu Expedition Camp, a citizen science and conservation experience in the wild and uncharted Usangu wetlands of Ruaha National Park. It’s the only camp for almost 100 kilometres, so close-up animal encounters with herds of roan and sable wild dogs, ostriches and the thousands of migratory bird species are likely to be all yours. When not relaxing in one of four ensuite tents, or exploring the bush on a game drive or canoe safari, guests are invited to get involved with the camp’s efforts to discourage poaching, uplift local communities and collect important scientific data pertaining to the local ecosystem. Every booking includes a private guide and vehicle, so you’re free to follow your own agenda, as well as a camera trap for you to place around the camp for overnight recording of animals. If you’re really keen, you can help researchers back at the lab catalogue the footage and ID individual predators – or possibly identify a new one.
BOOK IT: From £530 pp per night. asiliaafrica.com
Dunia Camp, Serengeti
Finding female energy in the male-dominated safari industry is a struggle. But at Dunia Camp, deep in the Serengeti National Park, you are guaranteed a woman’s touch. Why? The only camp in Africa run entirely by women, every single employee at this trailblazing lodge is female, which lends Dunia a unique and special energy. The great wildebeest migration passes straight through camp, bringing with it lions, leopards and even the endangered black rhino, so get set for enthralling predator action. Or find a new perspective from the heights of a hot-air balloon. Additionally, the camp has access to specially modified photographic vehicles that allow both wannabe snappers and professionals to shoot at eye level. Equipped with all the gear needed to capture killer animal shots, expect beanbags, camera rests and 360° swivel seats.
BOOK IT: From £350pp per night. asiliaafrica.com
Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar
Sweet dreams are made of Matemwe, a boutique beach resort set on the lush northeastern coast of Zanzibar. The property is made up of three accommodations – the Lodge, Beach House and Retreat – but if it’s romance and privacy you’re after, it has to be the Retreat. A lesson in decadence, each of the four Retreat villas are elevated over the beach so you can throw open your ground floor bedroom doors and immerse yourself in the turquoise horizon of the Indian Ocean beyond. Drink it all in with a cocktail from the dreamy sunken bathtub. Upstairs, meanwhile, a vast, secluded roof terrace has nude sunbathing written all over it. A dedicated butler caters to any whim and a personal chef is all yours. The food? Fabulous, a true celebration of the many
cultural influences that make up the island, with a laser focus on seasonality and sustainability, with seafood sourced only
from local fishermen using responsible techniques.
BOOK IT: Retreat villas from £390 pp per night. matemwe.asiliaafrica.com
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