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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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Harare
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To get to Swala you have to drive virtually the whole way across the national park with the roads getting ever worse as you progress - this is not a negative as you are in a vehicle which can handle it, you get away from the day trippers into an area that is a little less travelled and the trip... More

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COLOMBIA
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248 reviews 248 reviews
37 hotel reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have just read some of the other reviews and noticed that all I can add to each and every one of them is that this is a fantastic hotel with all of the amenities found in a very luxurious hotel. Taking into account that this is soooo far from civilization. Chris and all of his personnel couldn't be nicer... More

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ottawa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This really is a sanctuary. Gracious welcoming hosts, amazing luxurious tented accommodations . I wish we could have stayed longer. We were lucky enough to get the tent with the deck that had a bench built into the baobab tree, I just wanted to lounge there the whole time! We had a lovely dinner under the stars, with the Masai... More

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baltimore
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at Sanctuary Swala on an A&K safari trip for 2 nights. This is glamping for sure. The tents were clean and comfortable. Was my favorite place to stay throughout my tour, for sure. Chris and Mina are very nice and the staff make sure they meet your every need. The best part of staying here is the view... More

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

Dear Guest, We are thrilled that Swala was your favorite place. Chris, Mina and the rest of the team loved hosting you and appreciate your kind comments. We hope to welcome you back again one day... Until then it would be great if you could keep up to date with the latest from Sanctuary Retreats and Swala by liking us... More

Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Utterly stunning lodge in Tarangire NP - we only got to stay a night but soooooo wish we could have stayed longer. The managers and team were fantastic, decore utterly stunning and to top it all off there were impala that were very uninterested in humans just wondering about all over camp. :)

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

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to post this wonderful review on Tripadvisor. Thank you for you lovely comments, we also wish you could have stayed longer too but hopefully we have the chance of welcoming you back one day soon.. Until then it would be great if you could keep up to date with the... More

los angeles, ca
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This was the first "camp" that we stayed at to start our fabulous safari. We booked through A&K which made everything very easy and they were very informative. Once we landed on the small airstrip we were in aw, we soon realized we were in the middle of no where. Dominique was our guide and he was so intelligent and... More

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

Dear Guest, We ar delighted that you had a wonderful stay with us at Swala and thank you for posting this lovely review on Tripadvisor. We hope you welcome you back one day soon... Until then it would be great if you could keep up to date with the latest from Sanctuary Retreats and Swala by liking us on Facebook... More

Moraga, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Our family of four stayed here with our A&K guide during our visit to Tarangire. The tents were fabulous and beautifully appointed. This is how you dream it will be on safari in Africa. Animals roam freely throughout the camp and it is such a treat to see them around camp. You are escorted to and from your tent by... More

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

Dear Guest, What an outstanding review, much appreciated!! We are very pleased that you and your family enjoyed your time with us at Swala. Thank you for your kind comments, the team loved your feedback. Thank you once again and we hopeto welcome you and your family back one day soon... Would be great if you could keep up to... More

Bideford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We were met of the Airplane by Samwell, who introduced himself as our guide for the duration of our stay at Swala. His English was excellent and he appeared to be very friendly and very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife. As we had landed fairly early and were well rested from the previous night we were able to... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor! We are delighted that you had an unforgettable experience with us at Swala. Chris, Mina, Samwell and the rest of team loved your feedback and hope to welcome you back one day in the not too distant future.. Until then it would be great if you could keep up to... More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 hotel reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is a very nice place , a bit far from the main entrance....( 2 hour drive) Chris the general manager and his staff do really a very nice job, you feel welcome here, food is very nice, atmosphere is great, every evening Campfire with drinks before dinner, often also as a tarter, drum playing and singing .. the tents... More

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

Dear Donald, Glad to hear you will be back!! We loved hosting you and hope you will return one day soon.. Until then it would be great if you could keep up to date with the latest from Sanctuary Retreats and Swala by liking us on Facebook . Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and... More

Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Beautiful setting. Well appointed "tents" that in no way felt like we were roughing it yet we felt a part of the environment. Excellent food. Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff. A perfect jump off point for our safari.

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

Dear Sarah, Dear Jim, Thank you for sharing your experience of Sanctuary Swala on Tripadvisor! We are very happy to hear you had such a wonderful time and thank you for your kind comments. We do hope to welcome you back to one of our properties in the future. In the meantime you can keep up to date with the... 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*
Also Known As:
Sanctuary Swala Hotel Tarangire National Park

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Sanctuary Swala is located in an exceptionally private section of Tarangire National Park, offering visitors a luxurious and very exclusive safari experience. The camp, which has twelve tents, has recently been completely rebuilt to the highest eco-friendly standards. ... more   less 
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