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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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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Darien, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Swala is in a hugely compelling setting in Tarangire. The watering hole in front of the main lodge and pool attract tons of wildlife- Elephants, lions and leopards and tons of monkeys. We were woke. At three am our first night there by the roaring of a lion and the trumpeting of an elephant. The next night a pride of... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was overwhelmed by the warmth of the staff at Swala as well as the wealth of game located in camp. Woke up in the night to an elephant chasing a lion away from the watering hole that is located right on the property! Lots of night noises, which I loved. Tarangire National Park is beautiful and has great game.

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

Dear Guest, 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 have to agree the Tarangire National Park is beautiful... Thank you once again and we do hope to welcome you back to one of our properties in... More

Harare
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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

Dear Robert, We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us at Sanctuary Swala. Chris, Mina and the rest of the team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back again one day soon. Please keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are... More

COLOMBIA
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254 reviews 254 reviews
37 hotel reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

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

Dear Guest, Firstly congratulations on your 50th wedding anniversary, what a milestone! Wishing you many more blissful years together.Secondly thank you for this awesome review We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful time with us at Sanctuary Swala and thank you for the lovely comments especially about the staff they loved your feedback. We hope to welcome you... More

ottawa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for this wonderful review!! We are delighted that you had such a fantastic time with us at Sanctuary Swala Thank you so much for the lovely feedback, we shared this with the team and they were very pleased with your comments and do hope to welcome you back again one day soon. Please keep up to... 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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