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Sanctuary Swala

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P.O. Box 427 | Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traveled through Tanzania on a safari with Abercrombie and Kent. Our first stop was Sanctuary Swala. The tents were amazing and well appointed. Great game viewing right off of our deck as well as the dining and lounge areas. Opened up our door one morning and there was a herd of impalas grazing. Food was great and the staff were... More 

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

Dear Jeff and Mark, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us at Sanctuary Swala and thank you for all you lovely comments. We hope to see you again soon at one of our properties, but until then you can keep up to date with... More 

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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Swala was just our favourite place in Tanzania! Everything about it is perfect, I just wish we had spent more time there... We were there on our honeymoon and everyone made us feel so welcome and we were spoilt rotten! The whole staff team is very knowledgeble and passionate, nothing was ever too much for them and they seemed to... More 

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

Dear Guest, 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Sanctuary Swala was our first stop on our safari in Tanzania. We could not have asked to have a warmer welcome than we received from the staff at this campsite: from the Masai guides to our permanent tents, to the chef, to the couple who managed the campsite. It was perfect. The accommodations were definitely luxurious and we felt wonderfully... More 

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

Dear Guest, 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 

Enid, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Our family spent the last two nights of our eight night visit to Tanzania at Swala. It was the perfect destination after six nights of tented camps; which by the way were awesome. But Swala, as so many others have pointed out is special. It is as luxurious as it is remote, which makes for an intoxicating cocktail. The tents,... 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 and we appreciate your feedback, which will be very useful to other potential guests. We hope to see you again soon at one of our properties, and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for... More 

Chicago, IL
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We stayed here for two nights and it was our entry point into an 8-safari trip through Northern Tanzania. I can't say enough nice things about the beauty and comfort of the setting, the rooms (which are sort of half-tent/half permanent structure). Each has it's own front porch where you can commune with impalas (dozens and dozens!) just 20 feet... More 

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

Dear Guest, 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 

Sarasota, Florida
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61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

As part of a 16-day safari through Botswana and Tanzania, we began our Tanzania portion here. As soon as we arrived in camp after the tsetse fly-plagued drive from the airstrip I knew we should have stayed longer. The camp is nestled in among the trees as if it just happened naturally and the views from the common areas and... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for the lovely review, much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us at Sanctuary Swala and thank you for your kind comments. The team loved hosting you and are eager to welcome you back one day...so you can enjoy more than just one night! Did you know you can keep up to... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

After a long drive, and swarms of tse tse flies that Ambrose of Africa Bound Safari got us through safely, we were greeted at the entrance with warm towels and cool drinks. We knew we had arrived in paradise!. This place is super secluded, has a lot of resident wildlife, and a staff that aims to please. We had a... More 

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

Dear Chris, Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor and for all the lovely comments. We're pleased you had a great stay despite the tse tse flies! The team loved hosting you and are eager to welcome you back one day...so you an enjoy more than time with us! It would be great if you can keep up to... More 

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346 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 500 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

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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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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 

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