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4.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   P.O. Box 427 | Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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Sanctuary Swala
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Naperville, Illinois
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While I loved all the camps I stayed out in Tanzania, Sanctuary Swala was by far my favorite. The animal viewing was unbelievable, and the staff outstanding. Chris and Mina are wonderful hosts. The tents are more comfortable than some hotel rooms I've stayed in. This is an amazing place to stay. You have not lived until you hear the... More

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North Carolina
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I chose this camp because of the lack of barriers to the animals. In retrospect, I might have spent an extra day so I could hang around the camp and truly enjoy that aspect. As it was, we were gone so much on our game drives, that by the time we got back, I only had time to shower and... More

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for this wonderfully detailed review! Thank you for all your kind comments as well as your constructive feedback regarding the buffet dinners, we will be addressing this with our head chef and apologise if this tainted your experience with us. It was a pleasure to have you stay at Swala and we hope you return to... More

Palo Alto, California, United States
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing place to stay. Chris and Mina, the hosts/management, were very nice and knowledgeable. All the staff was extremely nice and accommodating The tents were very nice and comfortable. There are elephants right around the camp which is really cool. The food is amazing. The Guides are all good. We had Dominick who was the best guide we've ever had.... More

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for this amazing review, much appreciated! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. Chris, Mina and the rest of the team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back soon. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just... More

Edmonton, Alberta
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only spent one night here. We would like to stay three nights. Kind of remote but well worth it. There were about 15 elephants at the waterhole when we arrived. Monkeys in the trees and Impala grazing by the infinity pool. The night drive was incredible with wine/beer and tapas at sunset out in the bush and when we returned... More

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thanks for taking the time to post this awesome review on Tripadvisor. One night is definitely too short but we are very happy that you enjoyed it. Perhaps next time you can come for a longer stay? Chris and the team loved having you and are eager to welcome you back. Would be great if you can keep... More

New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I mean where else can you go where there is a herd of elephants right by your tent. One of the most unique and amazing experiences i have lived. Going to this small "camp" was like being invited to someone's home. Must go if visiting the Tarangire National Park, and set up a morning balloon ride over the park.....amazing!

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Miami, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Afri-que? This is the name we choose for our group of 24. Swala Sanctuary was one of the 4 camps we stayed while we vacationed for 3 weeks in Africa. Swala was the third camp we stayed in, our first in Tarangire National Park. It was really amazing to see so many animals in the property. Every morning we were... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Sanctuary Swala was a great way to begin our experience in The bush. This was glamping at its best. Tent is permanent and had hot and cold running water as well as wifi. Teh staff was very knowledgeable ,and there is a watering hole in camp that a family of elephants seems to have adopted. You must be escorted at... More

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New Rochelle, New York
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10 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stayed at the camp for 3 days as part of our Tanzania and Zanzibar vacation. Everything about this resort was top shelf, including General Manager Chris and his staff, the facilities, the tent, the food and beverages, the service, the views and the wonderful animals present, e.g., elephants, lions, etc. Our stay could not have been better.

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Milan, Italy
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A paradise in tarangire park Swala is really amazing, wonderful location in front of a water hole: you can enjoy your safari, by simply sitting on the patio! True luxury and perfect balance with real experience

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Fairfax, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We stayed at Sanctuary Swala for two nights during our safari in Tanzania. When we arrived there after a full day in Tarangire Park, I noted that it was surely the most remote place I had ever been in my life. This remoteness within the park makes it a perfect base for amazing game viewing. The watering hole at Swala... More

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Address: P.O. Box 427 | Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sanctuary Swala 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Sanctuary Swala Hotel Tarangire National Park

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