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“Great place - comfortable and friendly and wild” 5 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania   |  
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“Great place - comfortable and friendly and wild”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

This lovely place deserves to be higher up the rankings. The tented accommodation is excellent - comfortable and attractive - the food delicious and well cooked, and the staff friendly and attentive. We loved it here. Its position, very close to the edge of the Tarangire National Park, means that all manner of wild animals roam through the camp. We arrived to find elephants eating and playing forty feet beyond our tent doorway and woke in the night to the sound of hyena rustling through the undergrowth and more elephants (11, we were told in the morning) tearing the branches from trees only a yard or so beyond our tent wall. Incredibly exciting but not dangerous - spear-carrying Masai protect at all times. The experience is worth every minute of the long bumpy, dusty drive needed to get here.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

We reached here in the midst of pouring rain, and only when the clouds cleared an hour later did we realise what an amazing place this was...
The tents, though small, were really comfortable. The dining area, though small, is based on group tables so you get to know fellow travellers, and we met some amazing people.
The dimensions of this campsite are small so it can nimbly move to stay where the wildlife is. There's nothing like this elsewhere that I know of.
The staff were great. They would bring hot water in barrels in the mornings and fill your tent camps for your shower, and then check in to see if you needed more later.
I can't understand why this doesn't have higher ratings. Go for it!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2011

We stayed here for a couple of nights during our visit to Tarangire National Park. It was our first tented camp in Tanzania and the experience was pretty awesome. The location was right outside the park, but it took a little while to get there from the main gate. The last part of the road was going through few Maasai villages and it was pretty rough. The camp itself had only about 7 tents and they were in the process of converting it to a permanent camp. The staff was friendly and helpful and we had some great conversations with a few of them around the campfire at night - just a great experience. The tents were big and comfortable and far enough from each other so that it felt very private.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge

Address: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Hotel Class:2 star — Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge is built on the site of the old Tamarind Camp, in land we own and looking out on a flood plain that is seasonally a rich feeding ground for elephant and much else. It is bordering the park boundary, and is ideally situated being only 10 minutes off the main tarmac road and only 15 minutes drive from the main Tarangire park gate. There are 10 permanent tented cottages built in exactly the same style as the new Kirurumu Manyara Lodge cottages and the standards are the same high standards you have always been familiar with at Manyara. ... more   less 

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