For visitors who want the amenities of home and the adventure of a safari experience, lodge safaris are a popular choice, making up the majority of safaris to Tanzania. Lodges offer traditional hotel-style rooms in a comfortable and controlled environment, and allow hesitant visitors to feel secured during their stay in and around game parks and nature reserves. All of the national parks and most of the game reserves have numerous lodges based in and around their boundaries for visitors to choose from, and have variety caters for every budget and taste. Options include everything on the spectrum, from high-end luxury lodges — tree house rooms high in the forest canopies, highland cottages with feather beds and fireplaces, all-natural beach bungalows on hidden island retreats — to more lower-budget options like fully furnished safari tents, equipped with hot showers, comfortable beds, and a breathtaking view.
When staying at lodges, all meals and services are provided for guests by the lodge property, and extra additions to the safari can be arranged. Breakfast and often lunch is served as a buffet, with dinner a more formal, sit-down occasion. Traditional tribal dances, called ngomas, may take place on certain nights, and live music, theme nights or other entertainment is often provided during the week. During the mornings and afternoons, visitors set off on game drives with their safari guide and driver, returning for tea, drinks and dinner when the sun begins to set. Extras such as hot-air ballooning, night game drives, nature walks, sunset drinks and other activities are also offered at various properties.
All in all, the lodge safari experience is a comfortable and accessible way to see the various game parks and nature reserves of Tanzania. Every budget and taste is accounted for. All over Tanzania, from the Serengeti to the remote stretches of southern coastline, lodges await to welcome visitors from around the world.