Lodge? What Lodge? Don’t look for luxuries here. This is no more than a tented camp, which also has 5 cottages and are a better option than the sparsely equipped and dated tents.
The food is also run-off-the-mill.
The service is very friendly but none too efficient. And we noticed no sign of management other than one senior-looking person saying ‘hello’.
We stayed here for 2 nights but the 'service' went no further than to make up the beds. The staff did not bother to tidy and even left the dirty towels on the floor.
But all is made up by the awesome view on the shallow Tarangire (meaning ‘meander’) River from the terrace, with herds of elephant, the occasional leopard and plenty of other game, especially in the dry season which runs from June to October.
Despite the drawbacks, it makes this establishment our place of choice to stay within the relatively small Tarangire National Park where one can one hear the lion roar just about every night.
By the way, Tarangire is highly underrated as a game park, despite the fact that it can be reached easily on a good tarmac road. Give us, seasoned safari-goers, Tarangire any time over and above the zoo-like, pathetically overcrowded Ngorongoro Crater.
One feels united with untamed Africa at Tarangire. And is that not the purpose of every safari?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on top of a high bluff with a breathtaking panorama, our lodge is superbly located in Tarangire National Park, providing one of the best views in Africa. Carving out the landscape below the lodge is the Tarangire River, a favourite watering place, which attracts impressive numbers and a variety of game. The scene unfolds before you while lounging on the outdoor patio, allowing you to appreciate Tarangire's diverse wildlife. At the heart of the lodge are the impressively high thatched roofs of the lounge and dining room. The open-sided design allows an uninterrupted view of the landscape and wildlife below, and captures the cooling breeze while you dine on our delicious home cooked safari cuisine. The lounge area has oversized armchairs made from old dhow boats, which make a perfect place to relax. Those wanting something a bit more active can take a dip in the pool, a bird walk around the lodge grounds or hunt for souvenirs in the Baobab boutique. Our twin tents combine the authentic safari atmosphere of 'nights under canvas', with more modern comforts of electric light and en suite bathrooms with solar hot water. We also have bungalows that provide the space and convenience of solid walls yet blend into their surroundings by using local stone and echoing the traditional round Maasai huts. Tarangire Safari Lodge offers morning & evening bush walks along the river, Night Drives and Game Drives and don't miss a massage with a view at "Patulivu"! "Karibuni" or Welcome! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tarangire Safari Hotel Tarangire National Park