Top lodges in Tanzania
Accessed only by boat and far away from pretty much everything, Greystoke Mahale is one of Africa’s finest lodges. It is set on the sandy shores of Lake Tanganyika, with an incredible backdrop of the forested slopes of Mahale Mountains. There’s no WiFi, internet, or even cellphone reception – you stay at Greystoke Mahale for a different kind of connection. Here, you have the opportunity to encounter Tanzania’s congress of chimpanzees. Who needs FaceTime when you can have face-to-face meetings with these fascinating relatives in the rainforests of remote Tanzania?
Chole Mjini Lodge
To get WiFi at Chole Mjini Lodge, you have to board a boat, head back to the old port on Mafia Island, and venture into the Red Herring Bar, which is owned by the lodge, and log on there. Chole Mjini Lodge’s charm doesn’t just stop at its wondrous lack of internet! It has just a handful of eccentrically styled treehouses, which are open sided and set on the northern tip of Chole Island. To keep yourself entertained, you can go diving, snorkelling, and dhow sailing, or simply walk along the beach, enjoying Tanzania’s breathtaking southern Zanzibar Archipelago.
Mwagusi Safari Camp
A rare little gem, Mwagusi Safari Camp is one of the oldest camps in Tanzania and home of legendary guide Chris Fox. Seemingly part of the bush, the lodge is at one with its environment and a real ‘back to basics’ affair. The camp is built using stone, driftwood, and bone, and there are definitely no WiFi hotspots or internet modems. At Mwagusi Safari Camp, you head out on morning and afternoon game drives, exploring deep into Ruaha National Park.