The best views in Tanzania


A room with a view is always an attractive option. A room with a view over the wild Serengeti plains is an experience. I believe in the power of a great view, and that a dumbfounded jaw drop or sharp intake of breath epitomises the spirit of safari. Peering out onto miles of uninterrupted wilderness, knowing that in that canvas is the most amazing array of life, is a truly grounding experience.

Entamanu, Ngorongoro

Entamanu without a doubt has the best view of all the Ngorongoro options, and possibly the most iconic in the whole of Tanzania. From the front of the lodge, marvel at the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater in all its glory, and from the back of the lodge is the sweeping southern Serengeti plains. Two of Tanzania’s most quintessential sights are all within touching distance from this lovely little lodge on the crater rim. The height of Entamanu means it can get windy and chilly at night in the peak season months of July and August, though this is a price you must pay for the best spot in the country. No fear though, step inside and you are greeted by an open fire and ski chalet décor; Entamanu is idyllic on the inside as it is beautiful on the out.

Sasakwa

Singita Sasakwa is the grand old dame of a Tanzania safari, and its view is one of the most phenomenal in East Africa. The iconic metal Cheetah statue at the front of the lodge frames the iconic scene over the rolling Serengeti Moru region which truly encapsulates the essence of luxury safari romance. Sasakwa is for those who pine after a view, but also for lovers of absolute luxury and a property which really is the best of the best.

Ikuka

Ikuka is an understated diamond in the rugged Ruaha bush. It is one of the last family and owner ran properties in Tanzania, and as such oozes with character. It also happens to have the very best lookout spot in the whole park – the views are endless, and as are the stories which emerge from this truly off the beaten track paradise. The rooms are huge and especially open, allowing guests to lounge in their safari palace and admire the scenery below feeling truly immersed in it. All rooms have this view, and the infinity pool in the main area allows guests to relax in the heat whilst enjoying a canvas of uninterrupted Southern Tanzania wilderness.

Nomad Lamai

Nestled in the Kjopes which landmark the beauty of the northern Serengeti, Nomad Lamai embraces its natural surroundings and makes for a wholly unique stay. It’s raised position on a set of Kjopes means that Lamai has a great vantage point for witnessing the action packed scenes on the plains below. Time your stay well in the months July to October, and the uninterrupted Serengeti plains could be dotted with millions of brown specks in The Great Wildebeest Migration.

Klein’s

&Beyond’s Klein’s camp has a spectacular view over the Kuka Hills, and the private concession to the east of the Serengeti. The view is absolutely stunning, and you will not find any vehicles interrupting it either, as Kleins really is the Serengeti’s ultimate retreat. No other camps operate in the region, so this is a place for truly kicking back, enjoying the view, facilities and of course the magical and unmanned wilderness beyond.

Beho Beho

An unlikely candidate for the best view is the Selous Game Reserve’s beautiful and devastatingly luxurious Beho Beho. Lounge in your newly fitted private plunge pool, with views of the elevated landscape which handily presents itself right in front of the lodge. It is different in the respect that the view isn’t all endless landscape; the raised hill in front of the lodge means you can see the animals relatively close up. Nothing is more special then watching a safari television from your room. You could be looking at a herd of elephants one moment, be reading your book the next, and within a matter of minutes the scene can change dramatically with sauntering giraffes, chattering baboons or even a pack of the flighty and rare Wild Dogs which The Selous is so famed for. Beho Beho is perfect forthe widllife-mad, and those who seek an ever-changing view which is a little closer to home.

Marc Harris is Managing Director of Tanzania Odyssey. Tanzania Odyssey is a leading tour operator that has specialised in Tanzania since 1998.

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Comments (15)

  1. Joanna says:

    Amazing photos! I think I have to add the continent of Africa to my bucket list. I haven’t given it enough thought but obviously I’m missing out

    • Jacquelyn Y Dockery says:

      I must also add this to my list as well. I just love the photos

    • Marc Harris says:

      Africa’s views I always think have added impact because you know there is so much going on the ground… So couple the view with the sounds of a hyena whooping or lion roaring in the distance really does set the imagination off!

  2. W. Gordon says:

    I love anything with an overlooking view. It just makes everything just amazing and extra special. Nomad Lamai definitely takes the cake for me. The placement of the chairs and that balcony. Breakfast and early dinner would be spectacular in this place. And I can just picture having a live view of the Wildebeest migration. I wonder how difficult it would be to get there. Seems like it would be quite an effort. But I think it would be worth it.

    • Marc Harris says:

      I have stayed at Lamai multiple times and it is one of my absolute favourites in Tanzania – not just the view but the friendly staff and overall atmosphere too. To get there there are a lot of airlines which fly internationally into Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), then all it takes is a short internal flight (under an hour) to get up to the northern Serengeti. From there the drive to camp is around 20 minutes.

  3. Tim says:

    I know it’s a bit 19th century explorer / bird watcher but wherever I travel nowadays I pack my binoculars. I certainly wouldn’t be forgetting them for a trip to Tanzania with views like this. You get even more out of spectacular scenes when you slow down and focus on the details.

    My vintage binoculars are a family heirloom inherited from my father. I could probably get some a quarter of the weight and three times as powerful but they do the job for me.

    • Marc Harris says:

      Binoculars are so important for a safari! You get so much more out of a game drive with them. Plus when you have a view you can learn an awful lot from focusing in on the details, as you say, with a good pair of binos.

  4. Piers says:

    I’ve done safaris and got views like this. To be honest it’s the views like these that stay in the memory as much as the wildlife you see. You’re never going to forget breathtaking scenes like these 5.

  5. Freya Damson says:

    Incredible views. You really can just sit and escape from it all when you’re looking across such an expansive, calm landscape. Klein’s is very appealing being so far from any noise and vehicles, quite the little haven. Stupid question, but what’s a plunge pool? You said there’s one at Beho Beho. Haven’t come across a pool described like that before. It’s amazing, and perhaps a little daunting, to think you can be inside the lodge looking out and literally see wildlife right outside going about their business wandering around.

    • Marc Harris says:

      Kleins is absolutely wonderful. So a plunge pool is essentially just a small pool – a bit of a stupid phrase now you mention it! Yes, daunting – but I guess that’s the magic of safari.

  6. Fred says:

    Personally of all of these I think that Ikuka would be my choice. A family run business will probably be more intimate. Also they will have passed down great stories from events through the years. Then, as well as the legacy of all those years, you’ve got a fantastic view too.

  7. Kayleigh Moss says:

    It would be amazing to see the wildebeest migration. It’s definitely worth picking the peak months for Nomad Lamai if you’re interested in that. What’s the weather like off season like January to May? The views really are gorgeous. It seems to serene in Tanzania, so full of natural beauty.

    • Marc Harris says:

      So in the Serengeti the wildlife is good year round, though in these peak season months when the Wildebeest are crossing the river, it can be completely explosive. If you are looking to go to Lamai from Jan – May, then it will still be fantastic wildlife viewing – you just won’t get the wildebeest. January, February and the first half of March is the “short” dry season and a popular time to be in Tanzania. There could be the odd afternoon shower, but this could also happen in the peak season … April and May is the long rainy season – not good for sunshine lovers, but excellent for reduced rates and new life in the Serengeti…

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