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Differences Between Accommodation Classes in Tanzania Safari

Updated: Jan 18

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Accommodation for your Tanzania Safari. Tanzania is known for its breathtaking wildlife and stunning landscapes. When planning a safari adventure in Tanzania, choosing a suitable accommodation is essential to ensure a comfortable and memorable experience.

At The Trip Quest, we collaborate with over 500 accommodations and choosing the right one can be overwhelming. To make your decision easier, we have categorised the accommodations into six classes ranging from Economy (Class 1) to Ultra-Luxury (Class 6) based on various factors such as location, facilities, reviews, food quality, interior designs, services, and special offers. In this ultimate guide, we will walk you through each accommodation class, highlighting their unique features and helping you find the perfect place to stay during your Tanzanian safari.

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Class 1 Accommodation:

If you are looking for an affordable yet comfortable accommodation option, Class 1 is perfect for you. These camps and lodges provide all the basic amenities you need, such as a bedding set, clean linens, a private toilet, and a shower. All Class 1 accommodation in Serengeti is located inside the Serengeti, offering maximum game drive opportunities. But for other parks, the Class 1 accommodations are located near to Karatu Town. Despite being budget-friendly, Class 1 accommodations ensure a pleasant stay without compromising on comfort.

Class 2 Accommodation:

This category of camps/lodges is a slight upgrade from Class 1, providing a better service level and more amenities. Prices are slightly higher, but you can expect a higher standard of comfort. The Serengeti accommodations are inside the park, while those in Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara are mostly in Karatu Town. For Tarangire, most accommodations are located in the Wildlife Management Area. Class 2 accommodations strike a balance between affordability and enhanced comfort.

Class 3 Accommodation:

Class 3 accommodations are perfect for those seeking a mid-range experience. These camps and lodges are strategically located in prime areas and offer excellent service. All the camps/lodges in Serengeti and Ngorongro are located inside the conservancy and most of these accommodations in Tarangire and Manyara are situated inside the Wildlife Management Area, ensuring easy access to wildlife sightings. Some Class 3 accommodations feature swimming pools and spacious rooms or tents, providing a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Class 3 accommodations offer a great value for money, combining affordability with a higher level of service.

Class 4 Accommodation:

If you're looking for a unique and slightly more luxurious experience, Class 4 accommodations are the perfect choice. Often referred to as "Tented Lodges," these accommodations combine the best of both worlds - the charm of a camp and the comfort of a lodge. Class 4 accommodations are upper/luxury mid-range and offer unique services and experiences. They are located in prime areas, making wildlife encounters easily accessible. With a rating equivalent to 3 to 4-star hotels, Class 4 accommodations provide a memorable stay with a touch of luxury.

Class 5 Accommodation:

Class 5 accommodations offer the pinnacle of luxury in the wild. Compared to 4 or 5-star hotels, these camps and lodges provide a truly luxurious experience. Most Class 5 accommodations are part of big local and international hotel chains, ensuring a high standard of service and amenities. Located inside the national parks, these accommodations offer stunning views, swimming pools, and various types of tents or rooms. Class 5 accommodations provide spacious rooms with authentic African interiors, creating a truly immersive experience.

Class 6 Accommodation:

Class 6 accommodations are the epitome of excellence for those seeking the utmost luxury and indulgence. Equivalent to 5-star and above, these accommodations are the most expensive and luxurious options. Part of prestigious luxury hotel brands, Class 6 accommodations offer unparalleled service and a wide range of facilities to enhance your stay. These accommodations are located inside the national parks and provide an exclusive and secure environment. Staying at a Class 6 accommodation guarantees an unforgettable safari experience with top-notch amenities and exceptional attention to detail.

Overall, all the accommodation classes in Tanzania offer excellent service and comfort. The choice ultimately comes down to your personal preferences and budget. Whether you opt for a budget-friendly Class 1 accommodation or indulge in the luxury of a Class 6 lodge, Tanzania's wildlife and natural wonders will leave a lasting impression on your safari adventure.

For a detailed comparison of the different accommodation classes in Tanzania, refer to the table below:

Class 1

  • Budget-friendly

  • Basic amenities

  • Located in Karatu Town or Serengeti

Class 2

  • Higher service level

  • Upgraded amenities

  • Located inside the parks

Class 3

  • Mid-range luxury

  • Strategic locations

  • Spacious rooms/tents

Class 4

  • Unique tented lodges

  • Upper mid-range

  • Prime areas and accessibility

Class 5

  • 4 or 5-star luxury

  • Stunning views

  • Authentic African interiors

Class 6

  • Ultra-luxury

  • 5-star and above

  • Exclusive facilities and service

In conclusion, your choice of accommodation in Tanzania will greatly impact your overall safari experience. Consider your budget, preferred level of luxury, and the location that suits your itinerary. With the wide range of available accommodation classes, you will find the perfect place to stay and create lasting memories of your Tanzanian adventure.

*Note: The information provided in this guide is based on our site visits, extensive experience, and research. Prices, amenities, and availability are subject to change. It is recommended to contact us directly for the most up-to-date information.


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