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“Good "Wild" Accommodation” 4 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania   |  
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Evesham, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Good "Wild" Accommodation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Located just outside Tarangire National Park, you feel like you're sleeping in the wild at this tented camp! The accommodation is very clean and comfortable. You do hear some strange and slightly scary noises during the night, but that just adds to the experience!

Food is very good although not a lot of it. The staff were fun but we were never once told about the facilities such as the bar or outside seating area during our stay.

We were also slightly delayed in the morning as there were some elephants wondering through the camp and we had to wait for them! Again, it shows how close we were to Tarangire national park.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

My wife and I spent the first 2 days of our safari at Kirurumu Lodge. We really enjoyed the hospitality of the people and the room we stayed in was great. The first night we could hear an elephant's ears flapping and smell the hay that was being eaten-the elephant couldn't have been more than a few yards away from us.

I would recommend staying at the lodge to anyone who enjoys camping, but wants to still have the comforts of a bed and shower. Overall, it was very enjoyable place to stay on our first nights of the safari.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arusha, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

My adult daughter and I spent our last night of a 7 day/6 night safari with Safari-Infinity at the Kirurumu Tarangire Tented Camp/Lodge (also sometimes known as Tamarind Camp) and what a perfect way to end the adventure. The "camp" is located down a very bumpy road that weaves through many Maasai homes and pasture land. We were greeted with damp towels to freshen up with, and fresh juice.

The tent was on a concrete slab with a permanent thatched roof, with a front deck overlooking the wooded landscape. We were immediately advised by management that elephants and other wildlife frequent the grounds and what to do in the event of a sighting (we were provided with an emergency whistle to blow!). The tent had a solid glass and screened front door, and a beautiful balcony on which to sit and enjoy the amazing bird life. We did hear wildlife walking past the tent during the night, not elephants but maybe antelope of some variety.

We were located in tent #5, which was quite a hike from the main reception area and dining tent, but it afforded the feeling of being alone in the wilderness. Unlike at Kirurumu Manyara, we could see a tent off to our left, but we were the last in that group of tents with no neighbors to our right. It was very peaceful! I think there are only 10 tents here. We enjoyed a campfire before dinner, and dinner was served in a communal tent (I think you can request dinner beside the campfire). Dinner was ordered from a set menu with options from which to chose. Our guide was able to join us for dinner, which is important to me.

Nearby to the dining tent was a tented lounge where we spent the night chatting with our guide, Thadei, drinking a celebratory bottle of champagne as a poignant closure to our safari. Breakfast for our last morning was fresh fruits & juices, and toast and eggs made to order. Delicious!

The tent itself was clean and comfortable, as was the bed. We enjoyed the best shower of the five weeks we were in Tanzania, in an ensuite bathroom located at the back of the tent.

The staff and management were friendly, helpful, professional and gracious. My only regret is that we had only one night there. We will definitely return, and highly recommend this beautiful camp!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of nights at the Kirurumu Tarangire lodge with my wife and son a few weeks ago. Nested up to the edge of the Tarangire National Park is a huge plus. Often the wildlife come right up to the edge of your tents. There are plenty of local Massai staff around that made our stay not only confortable but authentic. Beautiful views out onto the african plains and the food was good to boot!

Recommended

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

Despite there being so many tents around, it felt like we were quite secluded and we had a fantastic view of the bush. Love the accommodation - not a typical tent. More like a house but instead of bricks or wood, canvas has been used. Very spacious and quite luxurious. Would love to return!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

This little lodge has changed over the years and has got better with age...the staff are efficient and friendly, making sure that your wants and needs are met. The tented rooms are on concrete bases with slidding doors making it feel structurally safer, particularly as you are made aware of the possibilty of elephants being in the camp at some point during your stay (we had a noctural visit along with the sounds of hyena woops and the soft rumbling of flumps and trumpting which added to the 'African safari experience'). Massive beds gave us room to spread out.
The dinning room and bar are a little away from the rooms and have not yet been made into 'permenant structures' and there is a seating area in front of the dinning room where a fire is lit every evening in prep for guests to enjoy the sun going down.
The food was table d'hote (vegetarian option, kids option and service times were offered for the kids so that they could eat before us) and was very good.
Remember to take your binoculars as the bird life is abundant, plus take advantage of the maasai led walks around the camp, we got quite close to a herd of zebras!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kristiansand, Norway
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19 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

This place i beautiful. Its 5 km from the main road in the middle of the bush. The only other thing around here is the masai people. The road in to the lodge is really bumpy!
We stayed in some permanted tent/houses. Really nice! It was big and clean (but remember to spray the insect repellent before going to dinner-just in case. We had no insects in our tent! But some others in my group found a red scorpion in their room..)

There are wild animals living in the bush right outside the tents, so exiting! The only thing we got see was lots of dik diks. They as so cute! At night time the masi people walked you back to your tent.
The food here was soooo god! Especially the soup:)

We stayed here for two night. We had one day in Tarangire National park and one in the Ngorogoro cratre.

Would highly recommed this place if you want a unique experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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 #13 of 21 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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