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Wellbeing in Tanzania
Wellbeing in Tanzania
Wellbeing in Tanzania
Wellbeing in Tanzania
Wellbeing in Tanzania
Wellbeing in Tanzania
Wellbeing in Tanzania

Tanzania wellbeing holidays

Tanzania spa breaks & holidays: the best lodges, hotels & resorts

After an exciting day on a Tanzania safari, you might want to return to the lodge and pamper yourself a little. Or perhaps you're looking for a beach lodge where you can relax and indulge yourself with spa treatments. Tanzania has resorts and hotels where this is possible, some with specific spas and spa packages, others promote a sense of wellbeing just from the ethos and atmosphere of the lodge. Click below to read more; or for Zanzibar see Wellbeing in Zanzibar.

Pole Pole

Pole Pole has good, but very low-key massages and treatments, offered in a tiny, laid-back 'spa' on the beach. This isn't the place for high-end therapies, but for a relaxing massage in a great location, it's a really good bet!

Chole Mjini

Chole Mjini is a peaceful haven that works closely with the local community. Surrounded by nature, birds and stars, it is soul food if you're looking for something that is eco-conscious.


Beho Beho

With the laid-back pace at Beho Beho and the private plunge pools in the rooms this is an ideal lodge for relaxation and wellbeing.


Crater Lodge

With your own personal butler, crystal chandeliers, claw-foot bathtubs and roses adorning most of the rooms, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is an incredibly special lodge for relaxing in Tanzania. Massages can be done in your room.


Namiri Plains Camp

It is possible to organise in-tent relaxation massages at Namiri Plains.


Crater Lodge

With your own personal butler, crystal chandeliers, claw-foot bathtubs and roses adorning most of the rooms, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is an incredibly special lodge for relaxing in Tanzania. Massages can be done in your room.


Namiri Plains Camp

It is possible to organise in-tent relaxation massages at Namiri Plains.


Namiri Plains Camp

It is possible to organise in-tent relaxation massages at Namiri Plains.


Tulia Zanzibar

The spa at Tulia Resort is run by Mishia and Anne, and they do a very good job of gently pummelling you into shape (or a state of deep immobility) and tending to your hands, feet, nails and face. A wide range of treatments is available.

Wellbeing elsewhere in Africa

Our top ideas and inspiration for Wellbeing in other countries.


Wellbeing in Botswana

Botswana

There are only a handful of lodges in Botswana offering spa facilities and these are generally ...

Wellbeing in Kenya

Kenya

There is a limited selection of camps and lodges in Kenya offering a wellbeing holiday. But the ...

Wellbeing in Mozambique

Mozambique

Mozambique's stunning beaches are the perfect setting for some pampering and a number of the lodges ...

Wellbeing in Namibia

Namibia

Namibia hasn't quite yet caught up with the spa trend, but a handful of lodges offer spas and massage ...

Wellbeing in Seychelles

Seychelles

The Seychelles offers the ultimate in relaxation and wellbeing. Get pampered at one of the many ...

Wellbeing in South Africa

South Africa

Wellbeing in South Africa comprises a variety of indulgent opportunities to relax – enjoy unlimited ...

Wellbeing in Zambia

Zambia

There are only a few places in Zambia which offer a high-level of relaxation and wellbeing. But ...

Wellbeing in Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is the perfect place to unwind on the beach or by the pool. There are plenty of shady ...

Wellbeing in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

While it isn't usually the primary focus of a Zimbabwean holiday there are a handful of lodges ...

Where to see wildlife species in Africa

Maximise the chances of seeing your favourite African animals based on traveller sightings reports from the field.


Lion

Lion

Panthera leo

Lions are at the top of the food chain and also most safari wish-lists, but with their numbers falling fast, any encounter with these majestic apex predators always feels like a privilege.

80% SUCCESS

1,345 sightings from 1,686 observations

Where to see lion in Africa

Leopard

Leopard

Panthera pardus

The most numerous of Africa’s big cats, leopard occur across many habitats, from wild tracts to populated areas. Their grace and their elusive nature make them a unique safari drawcard.

45% SUCCESS

858 sightings from 1,911 observations

Where to see leopard in Africa

Cheetah

Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah is the fastest land animal and the only cat that hunts by pure speed. Found largely in open grasslands, its slim, elegant form is today an increasingly rare sight.

29% SUCCESS

434 sightings from 1,481 observations

Where to see cheetah in Africa

Wild dog

Wild dog

Lycaon pictus

African wild dogs are among the continent’s most compelling animals. Much misunderstood, these rare, tie-dyed canids are amazingly efficient hunters with a fascinating social life.

31% SUCCESS

385 sightings from 1,235 observations

Where to see wild dog in Africa

Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena

Crocuta crocuta

The spotted hyena may be thought of as ‘ugly’ and ‘cowardly’. In fact, this versatile and intelligent carnivore is one of Africa’s most fascinating and warrants attention on any safari.

51% SUCCESS

931 sightings from 1,838 observations

Where to see spotted hyena in Africa

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Connochaetes sp.

Superficially bovine in appearance, wildebeests are known for their spectacular migrations sometimes in huge numbers. These resilient animals are some of Africa’s most successful herbivores.

64% SUCCESS

1,082 sightings from 1,701 observations

Where to see wildebeest in Africa

Buffalo

Buffalo

Syncerus caffer

One of the ‘Big Five’, buffalo earned a fearsome reputation in hunters’ tales. By contrast, big herds of these sociable bovids are placid, but mount formidable defences against predators.

83% SUCCESS

1,141 sightings from 1,367 observations

Where to see buffalo in Africa

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

Pan troglodytes

The chimpanzee is our closest living relative. This highly intelligent great ape is a forest animal with a sophisticated social life. Any encounter in the wild is a memorable experience.

100% SUCCESS

17 sightings from 17 observations

Where to see chimpanzee in Africa

Eland

Eland

Taurotragus oryx

Africa’s largest antelope, eland are culturally important from prehistoric rock art to modern game farms. Though widespread, they are also shy so sightings are uncommon and often fleeting.

45% SUCCESS

633 sightings from 1,392 observations

Where to see eland in Africa

Elephant

Elephant

Loxodonta africana

By far the biggest of the so-called Big Five – indeed, the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant shapes the very landscape it inhabits and is a defining presence on any safari.

91% SUCCESS

1,628 sightings from 1,793 observations

Where to see elephant in Africa

Oryx

Oryx

Oryx sp.

Oryx are impressive antelopes, with a powerful physique and elegant markings set off by rapier-like horns. They cut a distinctive dash in some of Africa’s harshest landscapes.

70% SUCCESS

653 sightings from 939 observations

Where to see oryx in Africa

Gerenuk

Gerenuk

Litocranius walleri

With its slender frame and extraordinarily long neck, this unmistakable East African antelope resembles an attenuated impala and often stands on its back legs browse high shrubs.

76% SUCCESS

39 sightings from 51 observations

Where to see gerenuk in Africa

Giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis

The world’s tallest land mammal, giraffes are herbivores which have evolved many unique adaptations. Their iconic outlines tower above the bush in many of Africa’s wildlife areas.

83% SUCCESS

1,557 sightings from 1,869 observations

Where to see giraffe in Africa

Hippo

Hippo

Hippopotamus amphibius

The territorial calls of the hippo create a signature soundtrack to Africa’s rivers & wetlands. Despite an endearing smile, this aquatic herbivore has a notoriously aggressive disposition.

89% SUCCESS

1,196 sightings from 1,343 observations

Where to see hippo in Africa

Roan antelope

Roan antelope

Hippotragus equinus

Africa’s second largest antelope and one of its most handsome, with a powerful build and distinctive markings, roan are wary of people, but renowned for their bravery against predators.

24% SUCCESS

231 sightings from 970 observations

Where to see roan antelope in Africa

Sable antelope

Sable antelope

Hippotragus niger

Perhaps Africa’s most beautiful antelope, sable are renowned for their combative nature, even holding off lions. Shy and restricted in range, sightings of sable are always special.

21% SUCCESS

200 sightings from 964 observations

Where to see sable antelope in Africa

Sitatunga

Sitatunga

Tragelaphus spekii

The sitatunga is the most aquatic of Africa’s antelopes and specially adapted to its swampy habitats. Though widespread across Africa, only a handful of places offer reliable sightings.

21% SUCCESS

26 sightings from 124 observations

Where to see sitatunga in Africa

Striped Hyena

Striped Hyena

Hyaena hyaena

The striped hyena is the most widespread of the world’s hyenas, but absent from southern Africa. A rarely-seen nocturnal scavenger, it is shyer and more solitary than its spotted cousin.

16% SUCCESS

57 sightings from 361 observations

Where to see striped hyena in Africa

Zebra

Zebra

Equus sp.

The zebra is a quintessential African animal: the horse in stripy pyjamas at the end of every child’s A–Z. There are three species, of which the plains zebra is much the most common.

84% SUCCESS

1,762 sightings from 2,102 observations

Where to see zebra in Africa

Aardvark

Aardvark

Orycteropus afer

The aardvark is one of Africa’s most bizarre and enigmatic animals. A shy, nocturnal termite-eater, signs of its presence may be scattered about the bush whilst sightings remain elusive.

3% SUCCESS

44 sightings from 1,601 observations

Where to see aardvark in Africa

Pangolin

Pangolin

Smutsia sp.

Pangolins appear to be more pine cone than animal in their unique armoury of scales. These nocturnal, ant-eating oddities are not only highly elusive but also increasingly rare.

2% SUCCESS

28 sightings from 1,513 observations

Where to see pangolin in Africa

Black Rhino

Black Rhino

Diceros bicornis

The black rhino is the smaller and rarer of Africa’s two rhino species but has the more fearsome reputation. Shy and heavily persecuted, it tends to stick to cover.

29% SUCCESS

266 sightings from 920 observations

Where to see black rhino in Africa

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