The interior of a villa at Bisate Lodge in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

Newly Recommended Hotels in East Africa

April 2, 2018

The April 2018 Hideaway Report follows Andrew Harper’s travels in East Africa, where our editor visited five hotels, two in Rwanda and three in Tanzania. While four of them were up to the Harper standard, one was such an amazing experience it proved extremely hard to leave.

Bisate Lodge

Thatched villas at Bisate Lodge in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda CrookesAndJackson

Bisate Lodge is a remote ecolodge set at the edge of Volcanoes National Park in an eroded extinct volcanic cone, 60 miles northwest of Kigali, Rwanda. The six thatched hillside villas feature large and exceptionally stylish living rooms with stone fireplaces, wooden floors, furniture and textiles created by local artisans, and large baths with oval tubs and separate walk-in showers. Visit the Bisate Lodge hotel page to learn about the daily gorilla treks and view more photos of this exquisite property.

Greystoke Mahale

The interior of a room at Greystoke Mahale in Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania Nomad Tanzania

Extremely remote and exceptionally atmospheric, this ecolodge is set on a glorious white-sand beach fronting Lake Tanganyika at the edge of Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania. The nearby forest is home to a large population of habituated chimpanzees. This is probably the best place in the world to see the primates. Constructed using reclaimed wood from wrecked or retired dhows, the six thatched lodgings feature large sleeping areas, dressing rooms, heavy canvas curtains and second-floor decks. Read more about the variety of outdoor activities at Greystoke Mahale and the months it is open during the year.

The Oyster Bay

The pool and exterior of The Oyster Bay in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania The Oyster Bay

This unexpectedly chic hotel in the residential and embassy district of Oyster Bay in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is ideal for a single-night stopover during a complex East African itinerary. Eight ocean-facing guest accommodations feature a contemporary African style with indigenous textiles, dark wood furnishings, louvered shutters, a neutral color palette and tribal artifacts; all have high ceilings, writing desks, balconies and baths with freestanding tubs and walk-in showers. Visit the The Oyster Bay hotel page to learn more about the best rooms and inviting common areas.

Azura Selous

The balcony above the pool, with a view of the Rufiji River, at Azura Selous in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania Photo by Hideaway Report editor

Azura Selous is a stylish safari lodge located within the remote Selous Game Reserve, a vast wilderness designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, in Tanzania. Twelve extremely spacious semi-tented villas are set along the Great Ruaha River and feature private outdoor decks with plunge pools, daybeds, loungers and rainfall rock showers, separate dressing areas and generous baths; all come with butlers. Learn more about Azura Selous, including available activities and which villas afford the most space.

By Hideaway Report Editor Hideaway Report editors travel the world anonymously to give you the unvarnished truth about luxury hotels. Hotels have no idea who they are, so they are treated exactly as you might be.
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