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“Incredible view” 5 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   P.O. Box 2703 | Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania   |  
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Seattle, Washington
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“Incredible view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Tarangire Safari Lodge is located within the Park. It's beautiful main building built of stone has a large patio high above the savannah and the Tarangire River. Sitting on the patio, enjoying a sundowner and watching shadows lengthen on the baobab trees and large groups of elephant moving across the plain is mesmerizing and provides the memory of a lifetime. Food is very good with some served meals and some buffets. The dining room shares the view with the patio. Rooms are luxury tents with also a few bungalows. If you want a double bed, be sure to request it in your reservation. Sleep can be interrupted by the occasional elephant trumpet, which is not a complaint. Sunrise is spectacular and is clearly visible from the tents. Wild game such as impala frequent the lodge grounds, and also the occasional elephant in any of their favorite fruit trees are ripe. Staff is professional and competent. The swimming pool is good, but too deep for young children unless they are good swimmers. It's a very good facility and Tarangire is a top park with abundant elephant, lion, cheetah, and a wide assortment of grazing animals. It is one of the top spots in Tanzania, although a step behind Ngorongoro or Sarengheti

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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sophiesimonson, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Dear John O,

Thank you for your positive feedback! Happy you enjoyed your stay with us!
The lodge is still busy with animal acitivity, lots of Elephants coming around, Impala, Waterbuck, and of course an abundance of birdlife! :) The rains will be here soon so we will miss the hustle and bustle of it all, but the animals are looking forward to some green grass!
Regarding the pool being too deep; we do have a kiddy splash pool next to the main pool, and only 25cm deep :)
Once again, thank you for your 5 star review. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your Tanzanian Safari.

Karibu tena/Welcome again!

S. Simonson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed here on our recent safari with Basecamp Tanzania. The property is beautiful. It is perched up high above the area below, so you can sit on the patio and watch elephants, zebras, impalas, giraffes, and other animals walk by below. One time on our way to our room, I saw some zebras grazing between tents, another time a herd of impala grazing on the hillside just next to the room.

The rooms here are very nice and there was always hot water (solar heated at each tent). At night you can here the animals roaming around which was neat. You can stargaze at night, as there is very little light pollution.

The food was also excellent. This place had the second best food of our trip and the dining room is beautiful. Outside the dining room there were usually resident monkeys making mischief that were always fun to watch.

All in all, you could not ask for a better view and the rooms were great too. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, October 15, 2013
Jambo CMD915
Thank you for your wonderful review!
Wonderful that you enjoyed all the wildlife in & around the lodge. = )
Happy to read you "would definitely return again".

A big "asante sana"!

And "karibu tena"


A. Simonson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I thought about giving this place 4 stars only because it wasn't our favorite of our safari but I decided that wasn't fair. There was some really stiff competition for first place but I could find absolutely nothing here that wasn't just great. The tent was very nice, complete with toilet, sink and shower. The bed was comfortable, the service was excellent and the lounge and dinning room were beautiful and the food was good. There is a nice pool and the patio has stunning views of the park complete with animals. After having said all of that, it wasn't our favorite place of our 8 day safari with Good Earth Safaris but that's just because the whole trip was over the top awesome!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, October 15, 2013
JAMBO TWALLIS,
Thank you so much for the 5 star review! = ) And the subject line. = )

Happy you enjoyed your accommodation, staff, cuisine and location here.
Wonderful that your safari was "over the top awesome" !

Asante sana!

A. Simonson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stayed here for two nights at the start of our safari trip and it was my first experience of Africa. The camp is located at the entrance to the park and is situated above a bend in the Tarangire River which, as others have said, gives you the most amazing views of elephants, giraffes, zebra, impala, baboons and other animals constantly wandering in and out of trees and coming to drink. Sitting on the terrace was just like watching a constantly changing wildlife film. The bar and restaurant are almost open air, the food is good and there is free WiFi as well as a constant supply of free hot drinks on a help yourself basis. The tents are quite big and have proper toilet and showers - another first for me! The only downside was that, although there were 3 couples in our group, all the beds were singles and were not particularly comfortable.
Having said that, the staff were extremely friendly, the pool was wonderful after a day of travelling, the view could not be matched by the other 3 places we visited on safari, and going to sleep listening to animals scuffling around outside the tent was an incredible experience. It is a family run camp and because of that there is a lovely casual, warm atmosphere
Thank you to Annette and her family for a good start to our trip.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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sophiesimonson, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Hello alika32,
Thank you for your review. Happy you enjoyed your stay with all those First Experiences! = )
Would you remember which rooms you occupied? Sorry your sleep comfort wasn't 5 star!
We do aim for that, even with all the night noises! We do try to give guests double tents when requested. Not sure who you booked with but we could let them know to make requests next time around.

I hope the remainder of your safari was wonderful to have you coming back for more.

"Asante sana"

A. Simonson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Luckily, it was where we had three nights booked. Remember to have enough bottled water for drinking during the night as you can't leave your room or tent once the lights are out. The first night was in one of five bungalows and the last two nights were in a tent. The lodge would only accept our booking if we would send an email agreeing to move to the tent as a previous guest had refused to move from the bungalow. Although there is electricity in the bungalow (and so can charge up batteries etc), we loved our tent. We had tent 22, on the end of the row directly overlooking the river, and we had no neighbours on the end side so we left the curtains opened to watch the waterbuck and Dik Dik come close by in the early morning. The food was very good quality and tasty. The view outstanding. The staff, particularly the ladies serving in the dining room were lovely with a gorgeous genuine smile.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 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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sophiesimonson, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Jambo craj11_11,
Thank you so much for the 5 star review! = )
Happy you were happy all around! And that the view, staff & catering was all to your satisfaction.

A warm welcome back again!
"Asante sana"!!

A. Simonson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Fantastic /Awesome view of the park from the tents , dinning and relaxation area . Very friendly staff . Good food , too .
The tent has an opening between it and the bathroom area making it east for tsetse flies ,mosquitoes , snakes , monkeys etc to enter your tent . I did make this clear to the reception staff but was told that nothing had happened so far.....true or not it is an accident waiting to happen !!!
At night you are able to hear various animal sounds ...we heard elephts , male gazelle ,hyaenas etc during the night .
You need to charge all types of batteries (mobile phone , camera) at the bar and can even leave your stuff overnight if necessary .
Box lunches are horrible absolutely terrible....the worst I have had !!! Better to come back and have lunch .

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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sophiesimonson, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Dear Eternal S

Thank you for your review! Happy you enjoyed the location, staff and food :)
We are in the process of adding shelving to the tents which will block the entrace way of animals and other creatures into the bathroom area. Animals dont have any reason to enter tents unless there is food inside, which we ask guest not to bring (we also have signs saying 'No food beyond this point').
Regarding the lunch boxes, we are constantly trying to improve them, and we've had some good compliments recently. Can you please let us know what needed improving in yours?
We will appreciate further feedback.
Thank you again for your review, every suggestion & compliment helps!
Karibu tena/Welcome again!

Kind regards,
Sophia S.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Sundowners on the terrace were the perfect end to day one of our safari. The view here absolutely could not be better. The service was excellent and we were extremely surprised as to how inexpensive the drinks were. We stayed in one of the permanent tents and it had everything we needed, nothing extravagant but comfortable and clean. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, October 1, 2013
Hello kmm31,
Thank you for your review! AND the Wonderful Rating! = )
Happy you enjoyed your stay and for recommending our lodge.

A warm welcome back again for a longer stay next time.

"Asante sana"

A. Simonson
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Address: P.O. Box 2703 | Arusha, 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 #7 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Tarangire Safari Lodge 3*
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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