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Sanctuary Swala

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P.O. Box 427 | Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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306 reviews 306 reviews
59 hotel reviews
497 helpful votes 497 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We selected this property based on the wonderful reviews on Tripadvisor, the recommendation of our tour operator Safari Infinity, and a happy experience on the Sanctuary Yangtze Explorer river cruise in May of 2014. We were definitely not disappointed. Our one night stay was perfect, and like so many here who have reviewed this beautiful place, we were left wanting... More 

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

Dear Guests, We are thrilled you had a wonderful time at Sanctuary Swala. Our team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back one day soon. Would be great if you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet)... More 

Barcelona, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

SERVICE: Chris and the rest of the team gave us a warm welcome, not only the day we arrived but every time we came back from game driving. They were always more than kind and helpful towards us, making sure we were being taken care of, at all times. In the morning they would wake us up with tea, juices... More 

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

Dear Silvia, Thank you for your review, much appreciated! We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for your wonderful comments. We hope to welcome you back one day soon. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’.... More 

Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We (unfortunately) only had a couple of nights here.....I wish we could have stayed for longer as it was just one of THE most amazing places!!! The camp was literally the most luxurious camp I've ever seen, let alone stayed in! It has bought a whole new meaning to term 'camp' as far as I'm concerned...ruined me for future camping... More 

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

Dear Zoe, Thank you for your review, much appreciated! We are delighted that you enjoyed your honeymoon with us and thank you for your wonderful comments. We hope to welcome you back one day soon. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’.... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I loved Sanctuary Swala. The rooms (tent/casita/cabin) are awesome. Maybe because you are in the bush where Giraffe,Gazelle and monkeys are roaming wild....Just beyond your deck! The tents have wood floors, comfy beds w/netting,indoor and outdoor showers. No air conditioning but who cares? This is Africa, you are in the bush! There is a small pool with an amazing view.... More 

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

Dear Wendy, Great to hear you enjoyed your time and thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. We hope to see you again soon and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats)... More 

Orlando, FL
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82 reviews 82 reviews
23 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We started our ten day safari at Swala without our luggage thanks to the airline. But from the minute we were met, all the stress of being without our luggage went away. Chris and Mina made us feel so welcomed, the room was very nice and I specially appreciated the raised wood platform for my first tented experience in Africa.... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review, we are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us. We are pleased to see you have us at the top of your list! We hope to see you again soon and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just... More 

mt. lakes, new jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

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

Dear Guest, WOW what a fantastic review, thank you so much! We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us at Swala and thank you for all your lovely comments - the staff loved your feedback. We hope to see you again soon and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats... More 

Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. Very pleased you enjoyed your time with us, Chris and the rest of the team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back one day soon.. Dear Guest, (“4 of Big Five in one morning at beautiful lodge”) Thank you for this lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed... More 

Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us and hope you are completely healed. Thank you for your wonderful feedback - the team loved your review! We hope to see you again soon and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 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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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review, we are delighted you had such a memorable stay with us. Our team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back one day soon. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for sharing your experience. The team loved your feeback and hope to welcome you back again one day soon. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on... More 

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