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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Tarangire Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania   |  
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“Deservedly Named One of the Best Hotels in the World”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Knowing this was on our itinerary, we were looking forward to staying here. We'd heard about the "infinity pool" (which is perhaps not quite infinity-sized) but what was really amazing was the quality of the rooms. They're individual cabins tucked away in the surrounding forests, with bathrobes and slippers to give. There are no doors to the bathroom, which is maybe more for the romantically inclined (note also the double-headed showers). The main lodge is wonderful too; their specialty cocktails are absolutely delicious and the views are amazing. Take some time to meet the manager Lauren and her husband-- such friendly people who invest so much in their guests and clearly love their job!

Room Tip: #14 is one of the furthest away-- much better to be closer. Less risk of being eaten by lions on yo...
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  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Our favorite lodge on a two week safari. Very unique and food was great! Each room is build in a tree and was very luxurious considering it's a treehouse! Love the firepit in the common area. Have a bottle of red your first night there :)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Tarangire Treetops...We stayed at 5 different properties during our safari and this was our favorite -- wish we had one more day to enjoy relaxing on the decks and grounds. Although it is quite a way from the park, the setting is well worth it. You can also do a game drive in the area...we saw our first elephants and giraffes very close to the lodge. Phenomenally appointed tents in the trees. Hot water on demand (heated by fires)..anticipating our needs they heated it early one day when we returned from a long day of safari. A refreshing swimming pool overlooks a man-made pond that attracts, baboons, antelope and wonderful elephants. Delightful meals including a wonderful picnic breakfast. Bar service was good and house wines were very nice. One dinner was candlelit by the pool. The other, in a torch-lit sandy setting, buffet barbeque with Maasai dancers followed by a fun night drive! Their wake up call included coffee service to the room. This property provided golf cart transportation for the couple who needed more help. The tents were spacious and well maintained. The stairs to some of them are twisty and steep so if you have mobility problems make sure to ask for and easy entrance. There are room safes, robes and nice soaps and creams.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

I am late getting to this review as we stayed during September. Tarangire Treetops was the first safari lodge we stayed at in Tanzania. We were lucky to get room 6 which surrounds a baobab tree and is relatively close to the reception/restaurant area. After a day's journey from Arusha and through Tarangire NP we arrived at Treetops to view their beautiful reception room surrounding a huge baobab tree. Cold drinks and cool towels awaited us before we were conducted to our treehouse. We did not use a guide from the Lodge as we had our own guide with us to visit the National Park. However, we did take advantage of a night game drive and saw many night time animals -- serval cat, spring hare, banded hyena, bush babies. And afterwards even though it was quite late we were able to have a hot shower, particularly appreciated since we had been on a day long game drive previously and just had time for a quick bite of dinner before going on the night game drive.

We enjoyed the food and found the candle-lit barbecue in the large boma particularly enjoyable as it was followed by a dance by the Masai warriors who are a fixture at the Lodge. We were surprised to find the red table wine was so good.

I know other people have commented on hearing things in the night. I slept so well I didn't hear a thing. However, on our first night my husband heard rustling outside our treehouse. As the sun came up he saw that it was an elephant eating the leaves from the acacia trees that surrounded our treehouse. We had an early morning wake-up call and our guard told us that there was an elephant (probably the same one) very close to our tree house. He came back for us in a half hour to escort us to breakfast, and as we were descending the stairs, he told us to go back up as the elephant was too close. A few minutes later he said that we could come down but that we would take a round about route to the restaurant. We were in a line of: Masai warrior, guard, me, and my husband at the rear. Suddenly we heard the elephant bellow and before I could even think where to go, the guard was tackling me and pushing me towards safety behind the baobab. The elephant charged about 30 feet and then stopped. This was his way of saying that we had invaded his food pantry I guess. Well the guard and the Masai clapped and encouraged him to move away from us so that we could make it to the restaurant. I don't think that we were really ever in danger as we heeded the elephants warning bellow but this impressed us with the wisdom of waiting for an escort. When one visits Africa, one is often in the domain of many large wild animals -- it is their home -- not ours -- and we have to respect that. Anyway, it gave us a taste of adventure.

Tarangire NP was our first safari park and I was absolutely blown away by all the animals, especially the elephants and zebras. We saw a number of lions, usually from far enough away that one needed a good telephoto lens to take a picture. I never got tired of seeing any of them. As to the supposed bumpy ride from the park to Tarangire Treetops, it wasn't as bad as I had been led to believe. I think they did a bit of road grading. The Park itself at that time of the year was very dry. They were obviously awaiting the rains. One sight that was particularly spectacular was the huge line of elephants we saw from one of the picnic sites looking over the swamp. There must have been a thousand elephants in front of us. Oh and a word about those picnic sites -- they are very welcome as they have western style flush toilets -- very useful when on a day-long game drive.

We would definitely recommend Tarangire Treetops Lodge to anyone wanting a special African experience. A special thanks to the gentleman who fixed the sole of my boot which decided to come apart at the beginning of our visit -- they were old boots but I never noticed a problem with the sole until we arrived in Tanzania.

Room Tip: Room number 6 does have a more private bathroom (half partition) that makes it more appealing to tho...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We have just returned from an incredible time on Elewana's Fly Safari and a "chill out" in Zanzibar and I have to heap praise on the accommodation and provision of an extraordinary experience throughout. We landed from Arusha in our tiny aircraft on what looked like an unmade road of red soil- a real bush airstrip. We were met by our guide, Alex, who had cold towels, iced drinks and snacks ready for us beside the elegant safari Land Cruiser which was for our sole use over the next 2 days! Following a game drive through Tarangire National Park, just as the sun was setting, we arrived at our camp. Treetops is a fantastic introduction to a safari. It is wonderful balance of bush experience and absolute luxury! Local Masaai are integrated into the camp staff and provide a colourful welcome to new arrivals. These smiling, friendly warriors help to escort guests to and from their rooms after nightfall when elephants, buffalo, impala or even lions can be wandering through. Lauren and Ryan, the managers of Treetops are welcoming and hospitable. They quickly get to know their guests and have that wonderful gift of making you feel quite at home within minutes of arriving. We were introduced to Jonathan, our butler for our stay and he took us to our "tree house". Wow! What a really fabulous room. A winding, wooden staircase led up to a huge wooden and canvas room which was wrapped around a baobab tree. The balcony is almost 360 and provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding bush. The decor is modern but uses locally sourced and recycled materials and the effect is a luxurious blend of old colonial and quirky. The ensuite bathroom has hot water provided by individual heaters and the shower is fabulous, huge and powerful. The bed is vast, incredibly comfy and, despite the nocturnal noises of animals moving through the bushes below, we slept amazingly well - although we did keep getting up to look outside, it was all so exciting!
The meals at Treetops are superb and the selection of wines were very good. Overlooked by the terrace is a watering hole where elephants and lions came to drink, once when we were relaxing with a cup of tea and the next day as we sat with our pre-dinner gin and tonic!
However, despite the wonderful surroundings, room, and food, it is the staff and their provision of little extras that we appreciated so much. I will never forget the 5 star lunch which Lauren organised in a dried up river bed for us - It was a complete surprise and worth a very special mention. After an incredible morning game drive, Alex drove down into a river bed and the sight that met us was surreal. Jonathan stood next to a beautiful zinc bowl with a towel over his arm and a jug of hot water to wash our hands, behind him was a table set with white cloth, silver and glass and "Out of Africa" folding chairs. A few yards away was a long table laid out with salads and a hot plate where a chef in full whites, together with hat, was preparing fish and kebabs! Drinking chilled white wine and eating wonderful freshly prepared food while discussing the morning game drive with Alex was a truly unforgettable experience. Before we headed off once again, Jonathan took us to our personal wc tent that had been strategically placed behind the trees - complete with old fashioned "thunder box " - quite amazing!
More treats followed the next day with drinks laid out by Jonathan on "Sunset Hill" where we sipped wine and took photos with Alex and our Masaai warrior who then took us on a night safari before we returned to Treetops - again, a real "bucket list" memory.
All in all we cannot heap enough praise on Elewana and our Treetops experience. The facilities are top quality and the staff really put themselves out to make our experience personal and quite unforgettable - a huge thank you from us both

Room Tip: We had room 6 - fairly close to reception and lots of wildlife to see
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We arrived at Tarangire Treetops in the late afternoon at the same time as a large group who were part of a company outing. We were escorted to one of the few empty chairs and did the check in ritual before being taken to our treetop accommodation.
The room was beyond fabulous and the bathroom and shower delightful. There was a small group of elephants right outside the veranda, a perfect greeting party! We loved our space and enjoyed being on the balcony immensely. Although it was lovely to see the animals nearby, we both have mixed feelings about filling a pond for their use, as it is anything but natural.
The food and service was impeccable. We felt very cared for and the idea of having the same server throughout our stay was wonderful. The house wines were delicious and the general ambiance was quite nice.
There was a spectacular barbecue the second night and we loved the Masai dancers although the men have been eating too much great food to be able to jump as high as their brethren in the Masai Mara!
The group that was there during our stay was rude, loud, and generally obnoxious. When we saw one member taking flash photography and another flicking her cigarette out into the bush toward the pond, we were pretty undone and wished a staff member had said something. Obviously, there is nothing that can be done about who is there when you are, but safety and sensitivity to the wildlife is a necessity.
Overall it is a gorgeous lodge and a lovely place to stay. The nearby Tarangire National Park offers an incredible number of elephants and plenty of game to watch.
We would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

I"m writing this review whilst still fresh in my mind. My husband and I have just spent 3 magical nights at Treetops and have nothing but praise for the whole experience. The treehouses are as stated in previous reports but what some people have failed to mention is that they are spacious, beautifully clean and the showers are better than most 5 star hotels we have stayed in. The views are amazing and you certainly know you are in Africa. The hosts Lauren, Ryan and Simon make a point of getting to know your preferences and provide that personal touch. The food, considering where you are was very good and quantity was more than enough for most people. We ate in 3 different places for our evening meal. The small boama, surrounded by candles and a fire in the middle. The terrace overlooking the amazing watering hole and the larger boama for a BBQ with a Massai dance ( no participation needed which we were happy with). The whole team at Treetops should be commended, Mbasi in particular looked after us very well and we thank him.

Our favourite moments were spent sitting on the verandah watching the animals visit the watering hole 50 feet away! My husband commented he didn't need his 50" tv when he had a viewing gallery like this! We saw loads of waterbuck, wart hog, impala, elephants, a small cat possibly a serval, a troupe of 50 baboons, fruit bats and 2 lions which unfortunately we missed!

The Massai walk you back to your treehouse after dark and I amused them by always asking "where is your spear". We felt very safe and looked after and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Treetops in an instant. Throughout the night you hear sounds and rustling which add to the atmosphere.

The laundry service is excellent and the guides are looked after very well, which we think is important also.

Just a note after reading all other reviews. Yes it's not IN the NP and the road is bumpy, but we felt it added to the experience.

Room Tip: If you specifically want a Baobob Treehouse, request it. We weren't bothered as you are still i...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Tarangire Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Tarangire Treetops 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tarangire Treetops tree-houses meander through the branches of thousand-year old trees. Nights are magical, as the wind seems to carry bedtime stories from the ancient branches of the majestic baobabs and marulas; calming your senses, cradling your slumber. Here, under clear and sparkling African skies your dreams and fairy tales have been waiting for you! Nowhere, does fantasy come alive as it does at Tarangire Treetops. Experience night-game drive and bush walks only at Treetops. ... more   less 
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