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Maramboi Tented Camp
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful new tented camp experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights. The camp is owned by a safari tour operator. They had just finished constructing (sewing together?) new permanent tents and they are amazing! So new, the varnish had barely dried. We had 2 adjacent, which looked directly out onto Lake Manyara. From our back private balcony, we could see Zebra, Giraffs, everything (OK, no Lions or Elephants). The rooms were beautiful with bed netting which hung from the ceiling 30' up. The bath rooms were amazing with very large showers. They were in the process of putting the finishing touches on all the walk ways, landscaping, etc. and we were told that all the older tents were going to be torn down and replaced. The main lodge was very nice with plenty of seating to gaze out over the lake. Food was good, buffet style, and served by flash light. Not too sure why, as there was 24 hour electricity. You can also sit inside if you like. There were very convenient wash rooms right before the main lodge so you could wash off the dust from your Safari and go directly to dinner, lunch, drinks, etc. You do need an escort after dusk to return to your room. Driving off the main road to the camp we came across many local tribes who were more than happy to take a small token like a pencil or chewing gum (be sure to take off the wrapper). The hotel Manager was very well mannered in dealing with tourists from all over the world. Would love to go back.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

When arriving at Maramboi Tented Camp, the manager started telling us the do's and don'ts immediately, without presenting himself first or saying hello... Strange way of welcoming your guests, but this is a detail. Through our safari agent we booked a 'family tent' for 2 adults and 2 kids, but, without any notice, we were given two separate tents with - moreover- one tent in between. When we asked how this problem could be solved, the response was that there was no solution and that this was a problem of our safari agent, not theirs.... There was not even one second of alacrity to look into a solution or to listen to us. In the evening the staff asked us by what time we wanted to have breakfast in the morning. We told them 8 o'clock. When we arrived at breakfast the next morning, there was no more bread and only three pieces of fruit. On top of that we were charged a dollar for some water to take in our malaria pills. Where in the world do you have to pay for a glass of water at breakfast?! If the staff knows that a family is having breakfast at 8, they should take into account that there should be sufficient food available. Having eaten almost nothing at breakfast, we hoped that the lunch box, which was given to us by them for our day of safari, would clear it all.... What a disappointment again: the lunch box contained a lasagna, which tasted not good, one piece of fruit (mini banana) and one small sandwich with only some butter. We were glad the other hotels on our safari offered us a nice lunch box with correct food and some extra's.
To conclude on a positive note: the lodge has a beautiful view down on the river and the experience of the 'tents' (on a wooden platform) gives a safari a nice adventurous touch, especially to the kids.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

Each "room" is a standalone building with its own bathroom, shower, sink, beds and deck. The warthogs scuffled around underneath the wooden elevated flooring at night which was too cool. Wildebeest were wandering the grounds between the tented camp and the lake. A wooden floor, canvas sides all around and netted "windows." We were a party of 3 and each of us had a single bed with mosquito netting all the way around each bed. The food was good at both dinner and breakfast. We got box lunches which we could select the items for. We got there too late to enjoy the pool, but the view from the pool deck and the dining deck were terrific.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Schiedam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed in Maramboi for 2 nights. Beautiful tent (Mbuni on the far end of the camp) with more luxuary than expected. Zebra's, a jackal, wildebeest and impala's in front of our tent and in the distance Lake Manyara. Even giraffe is wandering around. The staff is very friendly. Diner and breakfast is cosy in the open air with nice view of the surrounding. Quality of the food is just ok.
A good place to relax. Rather close to Tarangire NP, but Lake Manyara NP is (too) far away.
Maramboi was a welcome surprise and turned out to be one of the nicest lodges we stayed.

Room Tip: There are large family rooms. Choose a tent with view of lake Manyara.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is an amazing place! Half-way between Tarangire and Lake Manyara NP and on the shore of Lake Manyara. We stayed in one of the newly built family rooms - 2 interconnecting tent- sided rooms on stilts: Comfortable bed and power shower - all we needed! I woke up extra early so I could unzip the windows and watch the animals - so great! There is a nice dining area overlooking the lake and the dinner was buffet style and one of the best we had on safari. Service was excellent.

I'm so glad we stayed at this place - it was much better than I imagined and we were privileged to meet the owner, Mr Willy, mixed race German and Tanzanian and a fantastic character. I saw him working on the new room and then again serving rice at dinner! Very pleased to see the tourist money staying in Tanzania.

Wish we had stayed more than one night!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

We were disappointed to stay only one night at this amazing hotel. The property is under construction, but we were not impacted. It was amazing to have zebra wandering around the property. The bungalows were large, beautifully decorated and really not "tents". Two of the walls are heavy screens that can be unzipped and walked through. There is a large deck with a table and chairs - perfect for zebra watching. We had an amazing dinner under the stars at the restaurant, with food as wonderful as the atmosphere.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Maitland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

We only spent one night here as part of our three-day safari but it was a truly different camping experience. We hadn't really don't much research on where we were staying so our accommodation was a nice surprise. There were zebras, wildebeest and warthogs right outside our tent and all around the common area with the bar, lounge and restaurant. It was great to watch the sunset over Lake Manyara while we sipped our beers after a long, dusty day.

The tents were exactly that, but under a solid roof, raised and a solid wood door. Note: the bathroom is apart of your tent and is only shut off by some curtains so if you're travelling with anyone but a partner or family member, it might get a bit weird. The bed was super comfy with a great big mosquito net and all the windows were open tent "windows" so you can hear all the sounds of outside. I thought it might be cold but it was very pleasant.

The food served for dinner was OK but nothing to rave about. It filled the hole. We got to pack our own lunch the next day which was a nice touch.

I would recommend staying here and lots of people do because when we were there it must have been a full house.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Maramboi Tented Camp
Address: Dodoma Road | Minjingu, Tarangire And Manyara Pans, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Maramboi Tented Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Permanent luxury tents. Situated on a palm tree populated plain close to Lake Manyarawith magnificent views of the Rift Valley in the background. Maramboi Tented Camp features 44 suites, 4 for of them with interconnected rooms, ideally for families with children.The camp has electricity from the main electric supplier, solar panels and with a generator as a backup.Nearest airstrip: Tarangire/Lake Manyara 1 hour away.Activities: Game drives in Tarangire National Park, guided nature walks or swimming pool in the pool. Guest can visit a boma (village) of the local Datoga or Masai people. ... more   less 
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Maramboi Tented Camp Hotel Tarangire National Park

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