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“Location, location, location....” 4 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 2703, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania   |  
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“Location, location, location....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

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?

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

+ the view
+ animals just outside the tents
+ good food
+ hoot water and good water pressure in shower
+ WiFi

- Was two single beds and not a double bed.
- Maybe that you cannot charge laptop etc in tent but u can do that in reception.

It was really a wow feeling when we arrived. I have been to many places and nice hotels but this "luxury tents" was very nice. the view from both tents and the dining/lounge area was amazing. you can see the Savannah just below. No need to worry about the mosquito nets all was top notch. Also very good food and nice staff. It was also possible to charge all your things in the reception, no problem at all. They also had WiFi but never used it, no idea if it was for free.

Not really the cheapest place to stay but its totally worth it. We had animals just outside the tents and this is something you should not miss just to save some dollars.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

A true wild African experience . Sleeping in tents that are fully equipped with bathrooms. Enjoy the roar of lions at night. It will be a memory you won't forget. I saw an abundance of animals and you don't even need to leave the lodge to see them. Amazing food and staff.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011 via mobile

Family of four from Norway. Children aged 8 and 10, stayed for three nights at Tarangire Safari Lodge early October. Impressed by the place! Friendly and serviceminded staff. Nice pool for children. The location and view from the lodge is beyond compare! We saw lions and lots of other animals from our room. Elephants even walked inside the lodge area! The food is very good - but not fantastic. Great breakfast! Not a low budget place, but good value for money. Highly recommended for one or several nights inside the Tarangire park.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Stayed in a safari tent for two nights here. This lodge had one of the most amazing views we have ever seen. The terrace and view down to the park are spectacular. In the afternoon you can see large herds of animals coming down to the river to drink. Tent was lovely with ensuite bathroom, hot water, and a good view down to the river. In the mornings we awoke to large groups of impala moving right past the tent. Staff were very welcoming and friendly. Food was good, especially the breakfast and desserts. Highly recommend this lodge.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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 September 24, 2011

This lodge was one of the best places I have ever stayed. It was our first night on safari and we had no idea what to expect. I had seen the good reviews here and actually asked to finish up early in the park so I could get to it sooner (around 4.30). I was not disappointed. The view from the lodge is so amazing it's like your mind can't process what it's seeing. I'd post photos if our camera wasn't stolen from some loser in Arusha on the last day of the safari.

The tents are comfortable and it's so exciting waking up to see animals outside. We originally asked for a bungalow and I'm so glad there were none available because then I would have missed out on the tent.

The food is fantastic and the bar has everything you could ask for. My husband has coeliac's disease (severe gluten intolerance). The lodge was advised of this when the booking was made and they remembered he was coming. We arrived with our swahili explanation card (most coeliacs will be well aware of what I'm talking about and if not then message me and I'll tell you) and it was taken to the chef. From then on all staff were aware of the issue and went out of their way to make sure my husband was well fed and happy.

Annette, the owner, is friendly and accommodating. She really goes out of her way, as do all the staff. My only regret is not staying another night in this wonderful place.

Room Tip: Take the tent, it's awesome.
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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TarangireSafariLodge, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 25, 2011
Hello & Thank you so much for reviewing Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Very happy that you enjoyed your stay.
When time allows, a warm welcome again!
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Langley City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

We ended our trip in Tanzania with 2 nights at Tarangire Safari Lodge. Everything about it was wonderful- the service, food, location with a view of the Tarangire River. A perfect spot to begin your game drives in the park and end each day with a sundowner on the verandah listening to lions in the distance. A highlight of our trip! Cheers, Laurel and Dave

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hello & Thank you for reviwing Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Happy you enjoyed your stay!
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Address: P.O. Box 2703, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
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 
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