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Lupita Island Resort is a dream comes true of definitive boutique luxury lodge in a stunning location for an island vacation in Africa. Appearing to float like a jewel on the limpid waters off the south coast of Lake Tanganyika in Western Tanzania, this idyllic island is an unassailable private retreat of more than 100 acres of bushland, tumbled rocks and verdant forest. Offering what is possibly the most sophisticated and luxurious accommodation on the entire lake, Lupita is remote from more usual Tanzanian tour destinations farther north, such as the chimpanzee ranges of Mahale and Gombe National Parks or Kigoma – near Ujiji village where Stanley met his fellow explorer with the words “Doctor Livingstone, I Presume”. On Lupita Island, you can enjoy the tropical beauty of instinctive wilderness with views of the arduous and brooding jungles of the Democratic Republic of the Congo across the lake, whilst feeling free to wander safely without danger from large animals. It is reached by a light aircraft flight of three hours or more from civilization, to land on a remote lakeside dirt strip where you are welcomed with a refreshing cool towel and a glass of champagne. A launch waits to convey you onwards for five minutes along the ravishingly blue coastal waters dotted with breathtakingly beautiful islands, some large and luxuriantly forested, others mere tufts of reeds and rushes emerging from the azure lake. The coastal strip is lush and green, with occasional authentic native villages below a magnificent background of sheltering mountain ranges. Just offshore, across a narrow strait, a private jetty leads you to the ultimate in self-indulgent, luxurious Tanzanian safari quest, amazingly situated in this far-flung Shangri-La.

Accommodation At Lupita Island Resort

On a hilltop commanding incredible views of lake, islands, golden sands and distant mountains, 13 open cottage living spaces ranging from 1800 to 2400 square feet, provide totally private accommodation of unique character, with thatched roofs and opulent furnishings, huge canopied beds with coral or aquamarine draperies, deep, welcoming deck lounge and sybaritic en-suite bathroom facilities including free-standing, open air stone baths or plunge pools overlooking panoramic vistas of outstanding allure. It is a perfect place to spend an unforgettable honeymoon tour in Africa. Two family cottages are also available. Children are welcome. The cottages that have private plunge pools are fed by natural streams restfully chuckling through the accommodation. Placed thirty meters apart for seclusion, effectively camouflaged to preserve the wilderness ambience, and decorated with telling ethnic simplicity, the large, airy cottages exemplify fine quality and understated excellence, from their cozy eiderdowns to their black granite wash basins and extensive outdoor decks. You can look out on fantastic sunsets and sunrises, or watch the play of evening lightening in pastel caverns of gathering cloud if your affluent trip to Lake Tanganyika coincides with the approaching rainy season. There is a generous level of enthusiastic staff to answer your every whim, with exclusive 24-hour butler service. A faultlessly stocked bar opens onto a swimming pool, a gym and a wonderfully relaxing fitness center and spa where you can indulge in massages and beauty treatments, or a total health program of diet, exercises and individual regimes to help achieve a wonderful balance of body and soul from your healthy Lake Tanganyika tour.

Safari At Lupita Island Resort

Lupita Island Resort rose like the legendary Greek firebird – Phoenix, from her own ashes with the help of the local people after a disastrous fire. If you are also suffering from burn out, you could simply relax and enjoy the views, walk the many island trails in perfect safety enjoying the songs of some 100 avian species, or treat yourself to some real pampering at the health spa. Visit local villages, listen to native choirs or do something more adventurous. Spend a half day game fishing for Pamba with gear supplied by the resort (read more on when is the best time to visit Lake Tanganyika). You may also optionally trip out to the Zambian border to aerially view the remarkable Kalambo Falls on a helicopter. If you find a Jacuzzi or gym workout too tame, go hiking, water-skiing or sailing. You could try canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling or PADI scuba diving, all with equipment provided though some activities have extra costs, or splash out and book an unforgettable day cruise to Mahale Mountains National Park to make the most of your off-beat safari to Tanzania. Stay on board overnight to see the chimps in the morning. The trek is challenging but worth it to observe our nearest genetic kin in their natural surroundings. If romance is on your mind, why not beach walk with your loved one at night close to the lodge on a full moon. Hear the sounds of the African night at Lupita, and see the diamond studded sky above the wave-lapping immensity of the lake that could swallow half of the North Sea. Its sheer enormity must remind you of its gratified presence on earth when you travel in Africa (read more on where else to stay in Lake Tanganyika).

Dining At Lupita Island Resort

Dining at Lupita Island Resort is an exquisite experience. Dishes are beautifully prepared and delightfully crafted with the finest touches of nouveau cuisine decoration making it a pleasure to be anticipated with relish and remembered with satisfaction. From fragrant Tanzanian chai or kahawa, tea or coffee, brought to your rooms by a smiling butler in the early morning, through the choice of Continental or English breakfast (the chef even makes an intriguing breakfast special) to the delights of lunch, high tea, sundowners and dinner, your taste-buds will be piqued as you await the next mouth-watering option. Sea food is a very special feature of Tanzanian cookery, especially dried dagaa, stewed in coconut milk with onions, tomatoes, a hint of garlic and spicy chilies. Prawns also provide a delicate dish with rice in a light curry sauce. This is gourmet dining at its best, in the best of all possible surroundings (view map of the Tanganyika lake to appreciate its remoteness). A skilled chef combines national and international styles and ingredients in classic fusion dishes. The contents of the dishes cannot be faulted, delicate soups, fresh salads, rich roasts and tasty grills, as well as imaginative desserts, but the site of your meals is also a constant surprise and treat. Imagine sundowners on a cruiser on the lake, or dining on the beach by candlelight with full crystal service and delicious wines to perfect your African luxury safari experience.

Related Pages

1. Lake Tanganyika Guide2. Best Time & Weather To Visit Lake Tanganyika
3. Lake Tanganyika Map4. Safari Lodges, Camps & Hotels In Lake Tanganyika

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When staying at Lupita Island Resort in Lake Tanganyika, we recommend combining it with offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale.

You may optionally extend out to Northern Tanzania safari parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.



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