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Reviewed March 9, 2012

We spent only one night in Swala Tent Camp, but it was wonderful. From the time we were greeted at the entrance to the time we departed, we were pampered. The service was superb. We loved our room, complete with indoor and outdoor shower and large bed. It is remote and very quiet at night. All meals and alcohol was provided. They even have wifi and a guest computer! Location is on the edge of the swamp and we were surrounded by a herd of Impala, monkeys, and water buck the whole time we were there. Just wonderful.

Room Tip: All rooms appear to be equally good. The walks are along dirt paths and if you have difficulty walking, ask for a room closer to the main area.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank bikehog
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

we were on Safari in 3 different places in Tansania and the first one was the Swala Camp.
A 2.5h drive from Arusha but it does have its own airfield about 1h away from the camp.
The NP roads are very bumpy and the road to the camp is always the same for 45min.
We had the tent No. 10, the last one before the bush, quiet and very private.
The interior offers all required details but has a limitation on the electrical use, the manager did advise on the times. No wifi or Telefon but a walky-talky for emergencies in the room.
In January was the tse-tse fly season and boy, there are plenty which want your blood.
Pls note that a swamp is near by the camp which attracts them.
The landscape was beautiful with the akazia- and baobab trees and birds which were watching us at breakfast time.
Our 2 nights stay was enhanced by rain during the night which sounds very heavy in the tent and we wondered how the road will be, lots of water in the holes and some slippery parts but in general better then expected.
The pool is small but has a great view, the food is good but too large portions. Sometimes our requests got forgotten e.g. could we have some coke for the game drive etc.
Small things but ......

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank R113
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

Can't say enough good things about our experience here. We did a 2 week tour of Tanzania and Kenya and this place was the top drawer. The tents and ambience of the place are unmatched. They find that perfect mix between luxury and authenticity. The staff was great and we loved dining at the communal table.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jason O
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

We stayed at Swala for 3 nights - it is really well worth staying a day extra just to enjoy the wonderful African experience. We did a game drive into the camp on the first day. The following day we did 2 more drives ( including a sundowner drive) and on the final day we relaxed at the pool and on the deck of our fabulous tent. The food is exceptional - full breakfasts and home made bread, lunches of salads and chilled soup, 4 course dinners and cheese boards after snacks and cocktails around the camp fire.....who could ask for anything more. The staff, from Liz and Garth, Raymond and all the waiters and askaris at night time, are courteous and helpful, the tents are just amazing and the wildlife is plentiful. There is a very reasonably priced gift shop and there is a computer for guests internet use. The are indoor and outdoor showers in the tents, radio contact at night time, lovely toiletries, beautiful white furnishings, its really magical. Really excellent, enjoyable and memorable stay.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank EntebbeEastafrican
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

We stayed two nights at the end of our two week safari at Swala and it was amazing!! This was beyond luxury in the bush! The "tents" are buildings with canvas on one side, with an amazing view. Our tour operator, Lynn at Africa Dreams Safaris recommend this and it was a great choice! The first morning we woke up to see an large bull elephant chomping on the trees outside our tent. The food was amazing and this was the first place that had ice was plentiful for our drinks. The sundowners and appetizers overlooking the watering hole was a highlight. In the morning and evening the wildlife comes in groups to take a long drink, and it's so much fun to watch. Garth and Liz were very accomdating and treat you like a king/queen. Our guide also said this is the nicest camp for him. Be prepared to drive an extra hour to get to the camp, but well worth it!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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