Tanzania has very hostels in the true sense of the world although the highly active overland truck and travel industry has spawned a whole network of camps and budget accommodation option that foster the youth party travel vibe. As a general rule wherever you see banks of overland trucks and safari vehicles you will find the main hub of the traveler network.
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Another great option for cheap(ish) accommodation in Tanzania is camping, and if it is your intention to travel into some of the out of the way areas it is always a good idea to carry a small tent. Most of the good cheap lodges and guesthouses will offer space in the yard for campers, and all the national parks offer varying standards of camp accommodation.
The tightest concentration of campsites, lodges and budget accommodation options is in and around the northern parks and in the towns of Moshi and Arusha, within and associated with Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and the town of Mwanza on the south shore of Lake Victoria.