We stayed at Swala Camp for two nights in March and were impressed with the level of service and comfort that one can find in the African bush. Situated on the west side of Gursi Swamp in the southwestern part of Tarangire NP, Swala is located in a remote and quiet section of the park where every tent and the main lodge have a panoramic view of the woodlands, savannah, enormous baobab trees, watering hole, monkeys, impalas, dik diks, and other wild creatures that come in and out of camp at will. Our daughter enjoyed the beautiful small swimming pool which overlooks the watering hole.
Husband and wife team Liz and Garth manage the camp very skillfully and took great care of us during our 2 night stay. Our Tent #8 was gorgeous - for hubby and me, 2 twin beds widely spaced (that can be joined) with an enormous elegant mosquito net thrown over both. Teen daughter had a third twin bed with a princess net. There was a writing desk with chair and two upholstered chairs, a lovely bathroom with double sinks, flushing toilet, indoor and outdoor showers, and lots of storage space. Lighting was very good. Our huge verandah with tables and chairs overlooked an open woodland filled with vervet monkeys and impala day and night.
The road to camp runs through a woodland that, in March, had tsetse flies (roll up the windows and you will be fine), and there were absolutely no flies in camp (or mosquitoes, for that matter). There is wifi and slow internet service and a lovely shop filled with jewelry and craft items made by local ladies.
Food was outstanding - as good as bush food can possibly be - lots of wine and outstanding service. All drinks and laundry are included in the cost. We sat in the open air dining room both nights with solicitous service from the staff and on the verandah for breakfast where the hornbills kept us entertained with their antics. For our day drive, the camp staff packed us an enormous picnic hamper filled with delicious food, beer and soda.
Perhaps the loveliest part of all was the sound of the wildness around us. We could hear lions at night. And the birdsong at sunrise of many different varieties of birds is a lasting memory from this beautiful place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Swala Hotel Tarangire National Park