We stayed in the permanent tents. Having stayed at a horrid bungalow in Arusha, I was hesitant as we walked toward our tent. Not to worry though - these were nice accommodations for tents. The beds were comfortable, and the bedroom tent was set up right next to the more permanent bathroom portion, which is big and clean. The bathroom is also enclosed in a tent and adjoins the bedroom via a zipper door.
The tents don't have locks on them, so I was also worried about my valuables. Nothing happened to them, but some luggage locks would give you a bit of security (although definitely wouldn't prevent anyone who really wanted to from stealing your stuff).
They have afternoon tea with snacks, which is a nice touch. Everyone comes out to have a snack and enjoy the view.
There is also a nice pool, although it was a bit creepy having one of the staff members clean the pool while we were in there and then sit and watch us when he was done. Granted, the locals are not used to so much skin, but what else am I supposed to wear but a swimsuit at the pool.
Anyway, my real issue with this place is that both my husband and I got sick from the food. It put us out for a whole day or so. Just be careful of what you order, keeping in mind potential refrigeration and food handling problems. We blame the curry paneer dish.
My last piece of advice is to bring a flashlight. You are in fact IN THE PARK, so be careful. The dining room is separate from the tents, so you will be in the dark when walking back to your tent after dinner.
- 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