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Tandala Tented Camp
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Rushden, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
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“An amazing place to stay”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We spent 2 nights here and we all loved it. It's a great location with welcoming and knowledgeable hosts. The staff were visible yet discreet. Our boys (4 & 8) had the time of their lives, especially when the elephants walked through camp whilst they were in the pool. We honestly cannot speak highly enough.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

going to afrika this is the place to stay and close to the elephants.people great food outstanding. from the three girls from holland
we wanted to go back but year we are trying zimbabwe.
but if ever i will come back to tandale tented camp

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

There are few places with such a friendly reception. Dionysia and her family are great hosts and care about every detail.
Especially in the dry season you have lots of animals coming into the camp. We were there during the small rainy season ans still saw giraffes, elephants and heard a leopard. You really don't notice that this camp is outside the Ruaha National Park.
The landscape there is fantastic; lush open forest and hills around. A small creek runs through the camp as well. The pool is not really for swimming but great for kids.
Though set in the midst of the jungle, the pats to the tents are very well kept and free of vegetation, so you can easily see snakes and dangerous critters and avoid them. On top of that Maasai with sticks and torches will accompany you to and from the tents during night time - so safety is not an issue.
The website (at this date) is rather under-stating the beauty of the camp. We found the longe much nicer than on the photos and were positively surprised.

The only minus point - which counts for the whole Ruaha NP - is the roads from Iringa leading to Tandala and the NP itself. Whatever lodge you choose, you have to go via the "never ending road" or the parallel road that runs through some villages. The latter has mobile phone coverage and should be preferred. However, both roads are in bad shape. No potholes, but a lot of those rattle waves that make any car loose half its nuts and bolts and is quite dangerous and uncomfortable. This could easily be fixed by the NP management with a caterpillar going over it for 1-3 days every half year or so. Should not be expensive to do.
The other choice of course is to fly to Ruaha or dip your whole car into a bath of locktite.

Room Tip: The tents seem to be all roughly the same. They stand on high pillars and allegedly lions have never...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Wow! Loved our time here - Dionysia and John were great hosts and Georgia a delight. All camp staff were charming -both attentive and discrete.

We drove in with a guide from Dar via two nights in Mikumi. A stunning drive was concluded by a great welcome and a beautiful camp set up. Everything had been considered from comfy beds and solar powered showers to the adventure of beng escorted to dinner each night by our spear-holding Masai. The food was scrummy and imaginative and picnics a daily treat.

Although 5 kms from the gates the wildlife is as good as that within the park and the watering hotel gave us frequent opportunities to observe packs of elephants at close quarters.

Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mbeya, Tanzania
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Tandala is a hidden gem. I stayed two nights in July 2012 during a safari at Ruaha National Park and I will be going back in only a couple weeks. Ruaha is my favorite park in Tanzania and the camp site of Tandala is safe, but close enough to still be thrilling. Elephants roam the camp grounds and enjoy the waterhole right beside the open dining area, and we were woken up by the Masai warriors at 4am to come down and see the pack of 4 lions that were roaming the area. The food was delicious, showers are hot, the price is right, and the owners of the camp are enjoyable and inviting. Five stars.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Fremont, California, United States
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

I stayed at Tandala for 2 nights in August and it was a great part of the whole Safari experience. As a matter of fact, because of the watering hole, the elephants here were closer than in the Park. There was also plenty of baboon activity in the nearby trees during the day and cats prowling around the camp at night. Having the Masai escorts made one feel totally safe. The only drawback was that I gained a kilo because the food was so good and the portions generous but it was nice to have dinner outside by the campfire. Even if one wasn't there to see animals, this would be a great place to relax.

Room Tip: Get a tent close to a watering hole so you can watch the animals from the veranda.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Washington, DC, USA
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Could not have enjoyed our long weekend any more at Tandala. We were overwhelmed by the physical beauty of the park and of the camp, and SO thrilled with the quality of our accomodation (which, by virtue of being several kms from the entrance to the park, is markedly less expensive than the in-park camps, but still just as accessible/ wild). Despite other comments that it is a half-hour away and can only be accessed with full-day game drives, the national park is in fact only a 10 minute drive away, and we easily did half- and full-day game drives into the park. Since the animals don't know about park boundaries, we saw TONS of elephants/ giraffes/ lions/ kudu/ impala/ baboons and even a wild dog and two leopards all within the tented camp! The tents were absolutely stunning, and we were awoken numerous evenings by the sounds of lions and elephants within meters of our sleeping quarters (luckily which are raised from the ground and watched over by the Masai guards!). The food was delicious, and the lounge area in which we sat in the evenings over Tanzania beers was stunning and very comfortable. The owners are friendly and invested in the community and their property, and the staff is delightful.

The park is uncrowded, untamed, and stunningly beautiful. Within 20 minutes of entering the park on our first half-day game drive, we found a pack of 16 lions devouring a fresh giraffe kill! We saw just about every other animal imaginable (including a leopard in a tree, and in total 38 lions, in just 1 1/2 days of game drives). Our guides from Gazelle Safaris were fabulous, and found lots of hidden areas where we were the only car for miles around.

Our only regret is that we couldn't have stayed longer. Thank you!

Room Tip: Room 9 seemed to have the best access to random spottings of lions, leopards. Rooms 1 and 2 were in...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Tandala Tented Camp

Property: Tandala Tented Camp
Address: Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Iringa Region > Ruaha National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Ruaha National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tandala Tented Camp and Safaris is named after the majestic antelope, the Greater Kudu who frequents the surrounding area. Tandala Tented Camp and Safaris is more than merely a lodge, it is your home away from home. With our simple comforts, intimate atmosphere and friendly staff to make you feel welcome and relaxed, you will be as part of our family. We, at Tandala Tented Camp and Safaris, offer luxurious tented accommodation, fine cuisine and a great safari experience. ... more   less 

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