One of the decisions one must take while planning his safari in Africa is whether to stay in public campsites or lodges. Both decisions are fantastic and really depend upon your needs and wishes. We can't over emphasize how humble and incredible is the experience of sleeping in a normal camping tent, over the savanna, under the starry sky and hearing wild animals during the night. Of course, it's also a great opportunity to do a life-changing safari while keeping a low budget. If you are not the adventurous type, comfort is something you value and your budget is a little bit higher, then why not stay in luxury lodges or tented campsites? When it comes to sheer indulgence, a safari in Tanzania can provide some of the most luxurious experiences in the world while still maintaining its traditional allure and feeling of authenticity. The difference between a lodge and a tented campsite is that a lodge is a more traditional room with solid walls while a tented campsite consists of luxury large tents, with real beds and en-suite toilets and shower.
Medium range lodges with great value for money charge approximately 100$ per person per night (charged on top of the normal camping safari rates) while the prices of high-end lodges usually start at around 200$ per person per night.
A list of some of the public campsites, lodges or tented campsites we use more often can be found in this page. At the end, you can also find some suggestions of hotels where you can stay, in Arusha, on the night(s) before and after your safari or climb.