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“be careful of what you order” 3 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 2703, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania   |  
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San Francisco, CA
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“be careful of what you order”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

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.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Hello Localo!
Thank you for your review!

We're sorry & surprised that you felt ill after your stay here!! We haven't had any food complaints and no one else has reported being ill! Hope you quickly recovered to enjoy your Safari!
Our pool requires frequent cleaning to remove leaves and other debris brought in by the wind! And regarding the pool attendant, we will mention that he ought to be discreet!
Once it is dark, we do have guards here to escort guests to & from rooms. And we do provide solar torches in all the the rooms.

We hope you enjoyed your Tanzania tour.
"Asante sana"

Cheers,
A. Simonson
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Tarangire Safari Lodge offers you the chance to experience being as close as it gets to the wild ! The view is absolutely breath-taking from the patio, you really are "out in the bush" !
The whole experience of sleeping in a tent in the middle of the Park is scary, exciting and thrilling but it never felt unsafe.
The Staff are lovely and aim to please, the food is good and the Cocktails are a must ! (Recommend the Tarangire Treat !)
Well worth a visit !

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Hello Chezroy,
Thank you for your happy & wonderful review! = )
Happy to hear you were thrilled with the expereince.
Welcome back for more!

"Asante sana"

A. Simonson
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Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

The view from the terrace overlooking Tarangire river would be enough by itself to recommend Tarangire Safari Lodge, as you can easily skip going on a game drive and just contemplate wildlife from there. In fact the food is great, the staff welcoming and the tents, although basic enough, are perfectly ok. I would absolutely recommend it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Hello fbr62,
Thank you for the wonderful review! = )
And for sharing your experience.
Happy that you came to visit.
A warm welcome back again.

"Asante sana"

A. Simonson
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

This lodge is amazing. Nice location near the entrance gate of the park, incredible view from the good tents and from the restaurant. The best buffet we had in Tanzania so far. Lovely staff, nice sundowners location and nice views on wildlife and birds from the restaurant area. We visited in both april (cheap, beautiful scenery and superb bird watching) and july (enormously herds of elephant, buffalo and wildebeast). A small swimmingpool is available, but simple.
This lodge is really worth your money, if you are not able to sleep over, book the buffet lunch, enjoy the luxury and promise to yourself that next time you will stay over for the night!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Hello & Thank you very much for your review!
Happy to hear that you enjoyed your visits during both Low & High season.
There really is a contrast.

Thank you again for sharing your positive experience.
A warm welcome again!

A. Simonson
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

If you plan on visiting Tanzania, Tarangire National Park should be priority number one on your agenda. It just so happens that one of the best safari lodges you could visit anywhere is located in this park, the Tarangire Safari Lodge. This visit, the second to Tarangire Safari Lodge for my wife and I, included my two sons ages 12 and 14 who thought it was "very cool".
Other than the incredible experiences you will witness during your stay are the friendly staff who work hard to make you as comfortable can be, especially the owners, Annette and Jon, who treat each of their guests like friends of the family and make everyone feel special.
Read through all the reviews to get a broad spectrum of experiences and observations from visitors who hail from all parts of the world and see how all of this would be difficult to put into so few words.
Say hi to Jon in his "office", the fire pit each evening on the patio.

Room Tip: Ask for the tent at the end of the line for added excitement. Ask for a bungalow if you are uncomfo...
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  • Stayed August 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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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Jambo Roger J.
Asante sana for taking the time to review and share your wonderful experience
with everyone!!

We sure did enjoy your company and hope there will be more visits/safaris in the future!!

"Karibu tena"!!

A. Simonson
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Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

That was my first impression of this place!...
I am not a camper but wanted to try a tent in Africa, and this place was amazing!! Was so impressed as I walked through the lovely reception, saw the dining area, the pool and then my tent! The tents were fantastic, clean and spotless and fully equipped with everything you need. It just got better!! as I went to have drinks and nibbliesand to watch the sunset, I was greeted by your lovely staff Stella, who I bonded with the whole time I was there - what a laugh we had!...Usually over my face trying to see everything at once! .....The whole experience was amazing, we had a giraffe in front of our tent, elephants behind with monkeys as an added bonus. Then found the food and choices were out of this world!...Not what I expected at all. And during our trip we stayed at many hotels but nothing could top this first impression of Tanzania for us!

Room Tip: We stayed at tent 19, which was quite a ways along the path but thats where we saw the giraffe and e...
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  • Stayed August 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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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
"Jambo" AUSTRALIATRAVELLER69 ! AND WOW! = )) FOR THE FANTASTIC REVIEW!

It's always interesting & fun to read guests impressions.
Very happy that you were delighted and enjoyed your time here & that some of the wildlife were close up.

I hope I met you too.

A very big ASANTE SANA!! for the very Awsome review.
And a warm welcome for another visit!

A.Simonson
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Melbourne, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

I loved Tarangire Safari Lodge. What a shame we only stayed one night. We were greeted on arrival by Annette, the hostess, who made a point of meeting and greeting every guest. The lodge itself has great views over the Tarangire River, and you can sit on the terrace at dusk with a sundowner and watch animals come to drink at the river. The safari tents are comfortable and novel. We had luxury toiletries in the en suite bathroom. The lodge was an attractive building with a wonderful pool. Staff were helpful and attentive without being annoying. The power goes off at eleven, and guests are advised to take a staff escort back to their tent after dark. A charging station for computers, cameras, phones etc is provided at the bar. There is free wi-fi, although this was a bit unstable the night we were there.The food in the restaurant was good, particularly the breakfast. One lady having a birthday sparked an impromptu "Jambo Bwana" song and dance from the wait staff, which was most entertaining.The highlight of our stay was the wealth of wildlife around the lodge. Between the lodge and our tent I saw dik-dik, baboons, vervet monkeys, warthogs and a mongoose. I heard lions roaring through the night. I would go back tomorrow.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Hello Joanne T.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share that wonderful review!
Great that you experienced & enjoyed all the wildlife up close. = )

Very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us! AND that "one night was too short".
A warm welcome again for a longer visit next time!

"Asante sana"

A. Simonson
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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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