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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
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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mt. lakes, new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Swala was our introduction to Tanzania and set a high bar. We stayed in Room 8 front and center to the water hole where we were mesmerized by the parade of elephants giraffes, lions, zebras and impala who visited daily. Both our room and the public spaces were gorgeous and totally in tune with the environment. Chris was a warm... More

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Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you to Chris for his hospitality and all the staff . Great camp had room 12 out of the way and lions sleeping outside the tent at night was superb. Great food, and great days in the park with many elephant, cheetah, lion and leopard. Just get rid of the tetsie flies!!!!!!!!!

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a reason this camp is called Sanctuary Swala. It is paradise on earth. It is beautiful, and peaceful yet exciting. I stayed 2 nights and it was not nearly long enough to enjoy the beauty and excitement of Tarangire National Park. I arrived with a broken foot and with my right arm in a cast from the fingers... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Where else can you view elephants, zebra and buffalo from the your tent and experience a romantic dinner under the stars with a pride of 14 lions only a few meters away? An unforgettable 2 nights in a very special place. The accommodation and food was excellent. We also loved the outdoor shower.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Swala Sanctuary as our first stop in Tanzania. We would definitely stay there again. The manager was super friendly. I can still picture his smile and hear his laugh.... He was genuinely thrilled that were were there and he obviously loved Swala. The evening dinners buffets were quite tasty. The best part of the meals was the sparkling... More

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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed at 6 properties throughout Tanzania, and Swala Camp was easily our favorite. The staff were incredibly warm and welcoming and the service felt very personal (a private dinner was even arranged to celebrate our honeymoon.) The accommodations were outstanding - beautifully decorated, lovely natural bath products, wifi available in the tents (the only property we... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

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 September 29, 2014

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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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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

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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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