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“We hit the jackpot!” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Tarangire Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania   |  
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“We hit the jackpot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2008

We cannot say enough wonderful things about Treetops!

However, I must mention that we hit the jackpot on this one because we were actually booked at Kikoti Tented Camp and due to an overbooking, our tour operator moved us to Treetops at NO extra cost to us!! We actually feel a tiny bit guilty about this as Treetops is not even NEAR the same price range as Kikoti, but we certainly were pleased with our luck!!

Treetops is an all-inclusive which we learned upon going to pay for our drinks at the bar!! All drinks are included, even alcohol. The only thing they said was not included was bottles of champagne!

This place is really wonderful!
From the unique lobby built around a huge baobab tree to the wonderful rooms and the stunning bathroom!!

The only negative we could find is the LONG road to get there.
It's at least a one hour, bumpy drive from the entrance to Tarangire.

But once you're here, you'll love it.
We stayed here for 2 nights in late September. The weather was perfect! It was not too hot and cooled down at night and was very comfortable.
The rooms are decorated beautifully. There are beautiful hard wood floors in the huge rooms! The king size bed was comfortable (which to me means not hard). The bathroom has vessel sinks and an awesome two person rain shower! Great water pressure and plenty of super-hot water!
The were many nice touches like bathrobes, full-size hairdryer, electricity converter, and ceiling fan.

Each room is completely isolated, but they are not all built into trees. Ours (room #20) was just set up on stilts.
There is a balcony which is heavenly to sit out on at night and gaze at the billions of stars!!

There was electricity 24 hours a day and they also had free wi-fi in the lobby if you have your own computer. We did not see a computer for public use. The Internet was slow but it did get the job done, just don't expect to stream any video news clips.

Breakfast was a small buffet of breads, cereals, jellies, fruits and juice and then you could order hot food such as eggs.
Dinner was from a menu and was excellent! Each night you had a choice of 2 soups (which were wonderful!), 2 or 3 main entrees to choose from and 2 or 3 desserts.
We did not have lunch in the dining room, but they packed us a wonderful lunch to eat while out on an all day game drive, complete with china, silverware, hot soup from a thermos, salad, pasta, chicken and fruit, juice and water! They even included hot water and instant coffee and tea bags.

There is a swimming pool which closes at 6:30pm.
We also enjoyed the watering hole that they have set up to watch any animals that may happen by looking for a drink.
We only saw waterbuck, but there is a log for guests to report what they've seen, so you might get lucky and see a lion!

The lodge is not fenced off, so at night you must be escorted to your room. Your escort will carry a flashlight and a spear just in case. There are no telephones (or TV's) in the rooms, so you are given an emergency whistle to blow if you need an escort in the middle of the night.

The staff was very friendly and helpful and everyone spoke English.

We loved our stay here and it was our favorite of all the places we stayed! (We stayed at Serena lodges in Ngorongoro, Samburu and Mara.)
This was an amazing and unique experience! And you should spend at least 2 nights here (but not much more is needed to see this park).
Wish we could afford to go back and stay again!!

  • Liked — The beautiful room, great bed and awesome shower!
  • Disliked — The location, far from the park down a long bumpy road
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

Stunning individual accommodation, part wood and part canvas, built into the trees. Wonderful food and service with a bar and restaurant looking out over the pool and a watering hole. As it's located in a private park, we were able to do a night game drive and a walking safari, getting really close to the 'local elephants'.

  • Liked — Unique character
  • Disliked — The distance to the bar/restaurant
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

We have stayed there only one night, and this was the only "disslike" connected with this lodge. Staff amazing - during check out we did not pay for any service we used - it was a complimentary gift at the end of our short stay. Before Tarangire we have been at Serena in Serengeti and Ngorongoro and I can not even compare these lodges. Tarangire has its own spirit, reception builded around 700 years baobab tree - just amazing!!!
Masai people in front of the lodge as welcome meeting after horrible 30km ride. This ride was worth all the effort. See the pictures. We lived in house nr 15. Under the house I have found "fresh" and huge elephant poo - very exciting for EU citizen :) In the morning few gazelles were feeding close to our place. See the pictures....I took some panoramas. Want to come back someday....

  • Liked — different style than other lodges
  • Disliked — no elephant under our room - just kidding :)
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2008

Staying at Treetops was a wedding gift given to us by a good friend. We had never been on a Safari before nor did we have any experience with tourism in Tanzania. We were blown away by the enchantment of Treetops and the people who worked there. From the moment we arrived to the time we drove home, we were entertained, care for, and educated about all the wonders of this part of Africa. The Managers, Chris and Jo are delightful and authentic. Their vast experience in Safari tourism / hospitality manifests through stories, professionalism, and laughter. We feel they have brought something unique to the already elaborate lodge.

The Baobab Treetop rooms are wonderfully rustic yet still elegant. The down comforter is top-quality and the hot, two-person shower is a brilliant touch to the adventure. It is not often that we feel so caught up in a fantastic adventure and yet so comfortable and looked after. Case and point: they bring fresh coffee with the early morning wake-up calls! Each Treetop suite has a large balcony which looks out over the treetops of the nearby woodlands. Our final night there, we witnessed a breathtaking sunset while sipping champagne. (Not Bad!)

Would we recommend Treetops to others? Without a doubt! I wish more people would enjoy the wild beauty of a Safari while experiencing the luxury of Taringere's Treetops.

As a sidenote: My wife and I feel the soups served for lunch and dinner at Treetops are decadent! A word usually reserved for deserts!

Best,

Barton and Val

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2007

Luxury surrounded by the bush. Utmost taste in decor as if you were sitting inside the pages of a very upscale adventure catalogue. Every detail has been thought of and taken care of. Best food we had in East Africa. Staff that truly cared about guests well being and happiness. This is roughing it without the rough part!

  • Liked — Decor ND SETTING
  • Disliked — The road to get there .. closed during rainy season because it is cut off!
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2007

Warmly greeted by the staff on arrival; found the staff friendly throughout. Our room was "raised up on stilts" rather than "up a tree", but was luxurious all the same. The "completely open plan" layout of the room made the bathroom (& toileting) arrangements particularly "intimate". Being escorted by Maasai warriors during darkness hours added to the atmosphere. Food was fine; lounge area was comfortable. Treetops is about 45 mins drive from the park gate; but the National Park has no fences, and we saw the biggest herds of giraffe outside the park boundary; so whilst it is a long drive to get into the National Park proper, that doesn't mean there's no game to see...

  • Liked — Service, interesting accommodation
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2007

We were greeted by the managers upon arrival with a cold drink and taken to our treehouse which was very nice. It was well appointed with nice linens and furnishings and very spacious. The bathroom is as private as possible considering you're in a baobab tree and it's actually quite luxurious. I spent a day up there feeling unwell but enjoying the deck and view from above. Night brings all kinds of noises which was at first a little hard to sleep to. When the fireman came to start the fire in the wee hours of the morning so we'd have hot water, the smoke from the fire was somehow comforting--the only indication he'd been there because he was soundless. Seeing the stars at night through the screening is lovely. They several times offered to bring up a martini or some kind of food or drink to the room, which I thought was wonderful. The common areas are open air and comfortable. Twice we roasted marshmallows in the fire pit. Food was excellent and staff were equally impressive. If I had to find a fault, it would be that it's a long drive to and from the park which I found unbearable by the end of my safari and that it's beginning to show a bit of age. Having stayed at Arusha Coffee Lodge, a sister property, I felt the common areas paled in comparison. Still, people are there to sleep in the trees which cannot be compared. I think it met my expectations but did not exceed them. Other properties like Mbalageti Camp were better.

  • Liked — It was in a tree
  • Disliked — It's location
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Tarangire Treetops 5*
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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