In Tanzania, camping is mostly popular amongst budget-conscious travelers looking for cheap and affordable accommodation during Safari and backpacking trips around the country. Most locals wouldn’t consider camping as a leisure activity that they could enjoy with family and friends, and often prefer a beach holiday to relax.
However, while laying out on the beach with a cold drink is incredibly satisfying, if you are even slightly interested in truly experiencing the outdoors, you should consider going camping.
Camping is an opportunity to literally immerse yourself in nature and become a part of it; you sleep outside on the earth, feel the natural breeze, listen to the sounds of bugs, trees and even wild animals.
Luckily, Tanzania has a lot of great camping sites in national parks, forests and even the beach that you could choose from. To get you started, here are 10 great camping sites in Tanzania.
1. Udzungwa Forest Camp, Dodoma
Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp is situated right on the border of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. The lodge is known locally as Hondo Hondo meaning “hornbill” in English, due to the substantial number of these remarkable birds that make the area their home.
The Udzungwa Forest Camp has 3 types of accommodation: tented rooms, huts ( also known as bandas) and outdoor camping. They can also arrange special camping within the Udzungwa Mountains National Park
The camping facilities at Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp’s campsite include:
- Tents and bedding (mattress, foam, pillows) for rent
- Showers with solar heated water
- Western-style toilets
- Simple well-equipped cooking area
- Large washing-up sink
- Two built-in charcoal barbecue areas
- A fire pit with seating and views of the Udzungwa Mountains and the Kilombero Valley
2. Masai Camp, Arusha
Just 3 kilometers from the center of Arusha town, the Masai Camp is a simple and affordable campsite that offers: camping, single/double rooms and traditional Masai huts.
In addition to beautiful outdoors, you can spend your day and evenings on the campsite relaxing in the camp’s bar with a cold drink, great live music and a game of pool.
They also claim to have the best Enchilada in East Africa in their restaurant.
See more reviews of the Masai Camp on TripAdvisor.
3. Lilac Lake Manyara Budget and Luxury Campsite, Arusha
Lilac Lake Manyara Budget and Luxury Campsite offers both tented camps and a cheaper budget campsite area with a hot shower option.
According to their website,
Built under the shade of the acacia trees, the Campsite is offers a refuge to different species of birds. The most common bird is the Lilac breadsted bird and that why the camp has named after it.
Lilac Campsite has a nice bar and restaurant which serve a variety of menus and drinks. If feeling like not coming to the restaurant or bar the waiters and the waitress will serve you the drinks and meal in your tent.”
4. Chawaba Camping Village, Kigamboni-Dar es Salaam
“Chawaba Camping Village is located in the Kigamboni area better known as South Beach. Chawaba Camping Village overlooks a pristine ribbon of powdery sand and aquamarine waters.
Chawaba Camping Village has two types of camping accommodations:
1. Camping cabins, with:
- Mattresses provided
- Mosquito nets
2. Tented camping area (bring your own tent), with:
- 24-hour security
- Washing area
- Portable barbecue pits and utensils
According to the website,
“Guests can relax and enjoy the facilities that the South Beach Resort has to offer such as the swimming pool and the Jacuzzi which is big enough for 22 people. The beachfront is ideal for beach parties or watching the sun rise. Water sports such as swimming, volleyball, jet-skiing and tanning can be enjoyed. Guests have access to the Rifu’s Bar and Grill which serves Indian, Chinese and local Tanzanian cuisine. The Whisky Shack and in-house DJ will ensure you dance until the sun rises.”
5. Ikoma Bush Camp, Serengeti
Set in the midst of an incredible view of savannah and skies, sheltered in a grove of acacia trees is Ikoma Bush Camp, also known as the Serengeti Tented Camp. Ideally situated along the path of the migrating wildebeest between Kenya and Tanzania, the camp is situated at the border of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park.
The camp offers tents with:
- Own en-suite bathroom
- Modern furnishings
- A private verandah.
The central restaurant and bar area boast a large fireplace – an ideal spot to unwind with a drink after a long days exciting game
See reviews of the Ikoma Bush Camp on TripAdvisor.
6. The Lakeshore Lodge and Campsite, Rukwa
The Lakeshore Lodge and Campsite is located on the banks of Lake Tanganyika, near the village of Kipili, on the west of Tanzania, in the Rukwa Region. The lodge offers a variety of accommodation options:
- Camping under huge 80-year old Mango trees
- Budget bandas with very comfortable rooms on the lawns with great views of the lake
- Luxury beach bandas with access to private beach and private rock pools
The lodge also offers a variety of adventure activities:
- Scuba diving
- Quad bikes
- Mountain bikes
- Tailor made safaris to Katavi National Park
- Fly camping on private beaches
7. Lua Cheia, Mafia Island
It’s located at Ras Bweni in the north of Mafia Island on a private beach of over 2 km.
Their website states,
“Situated on Mafia Island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania, the complete isolation from any other tourist facility, or commercial activity of any kind, offers guests solitude, nature and complete relaxation.
They have six large tents under thatched “bandas” with verandahs leading directly onto the beach.
The site faces north-west and take advantage of the sea breezes during the hot-season as well as the marvelous evening sunsets over the Selous and Rufiji Delta.
Each room is equipped with a separate an en-suite bathroom constructed in concrete block nd equipped with solar-heated water and solar lighting.
There are even fans powered by solar collectors to keep you cool at night!”
8. Simbamwenni, Morogoro
Ideally situated near the busy market town of Morogoro, Simbamwenni Lodge is the place to stay whether you are interested in a lodge or camping experience.
Pitch your own tent in on their campsite. You have access to:
- Hot showers
- Meals (if requested)
- The dining area
- Table tennis
9. Kipepeo Beach Camp, Mjimwema-Dar es Salaam
Kipepeo Campsite caters to all travelers and beach lovers. They offer a secure campsite with toilets, showers and a fully stocked Beach Bar, Restaurant and Barbecue area.
For those who do not want to pitch a tent they also offer budget beach bandas with twin beds and mosquito nets.
See reviews of the Kipepeo Beach Camp on TripAdvisor.
Find the perfect camp site
Whether you want a luxury camping experience, or something more down to earth (literally) – there are many more campsites out there to suit your camping needs!