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 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.
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 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.
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.
&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.
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.