Nearly all national parks and reserves set aside areas for public camping. Campsites often occupy prime positions, hanging above a landscape or enveloped by wildlife. They are the most primitive and limited of safari’s accommodation options. The public campsites provide necessary washroom facilities including shared toilets, shower and dining area of reasonable hygienic standard for the guests.
Lodges are larger permanent structures, a longstanding accommodation that occupies a prime spot in the landscape built of brick and mortar. Lodges are smaller than hotels but have the same full amenities and similar facilities such as restaurants, en-suite bathrooms and swimming pools, hot showers, western toilets, mirrors, and thick bathrobes. They are an excellent option for first-time safari-goers who are nervous about sleeping close to wild animals, as you have four solid walls around you.
Safari tented camps are large, comfortable and big enough to walk around in, made of canvas, set up on permanent frames. The majority have connecting bathrooms and flush toilets. they usually also have central dining and bar areas, and some even have swimming pools.
The tented camps target is to provide all the comforts of a lodge while giving guests a smaller, intimate, tented yet luxurious safari experience.
A mobile tented camp is a camping style expedition where tents are set up for you in remote, beautiful settings and in areas to maximise game viewing. They are roaming fields and varies from simple vault tents to luxurious, classic styled safari tents. These small, intimate camps move around, following herds of migratory animals — mobile camps typically constructed as semi-permanent camps that are in the open bush.
Hostels are the dorms sharing accommodation, which are suitable for budget travellers and students. They offer bed only and includes about 4-12 beds just in one room which some of them are mixed gender and other female only. Most of the hostels are located in Stone town Zanzibar.
Private houses located both in-town and beach areas where clients might have to rent and organize their self-catering, these apartments are normally accommodating families. Many are 2-4 rooms and is the right choice for long-stay budget travellers.
Beach cottages and houses, a low house having only one storey or, in some cases, upper rooms set in the roof, typically with dormer windows which many roofed by coconut leaves offers comfort stay.
This type of accommodations is Bed & Breakfast for short stay where many of them found in Zanzibar Stone Town and East coast beach. These types of accommodations have options for budget and mid-range level.
These housed- type properties, which range between midrange and luxury are designed to suit the needs of groups travelling together or private enjoyment. Villas in Zanzibar are located almost at all beaches in Zanzibar; affordable ones are in Matemwe and East Coast beach.
Beach Resorts ranges in 4 & 5 stars are offering the spectacular experience for visitors wishing for luxury and a beach to relax.
These are all-inclusive resorts that can accommodate big groups, especially for the same nationality travellers where all meals and drinks are included. Also, include both buffet and ala carte menu restaurants, swimming pools, gym, kids play, spa etc. In Zanzibar, most all-inclusive hotels are located in Kiwengwa and Pwani Mchangani beach (North East Beach).