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“Swala Camp”
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Sanctuary Swala
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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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“Swala Camp”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Beautiful setting. Well appointed "tents" that in no way felt like we were roughing it yet we felt a part of the environment.
Excellent food. Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff.
A perfect jump off point for our safari.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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3 Thank Sarah J
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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Dear Sarah,

Dear Jim,

Thank you for sharing your experience of Sanctuary Swala on Tripadvisor!

We are very happy to hear you had such a wonderful time and thank you for your kind comments.

We do hope to welcome you back to one of our properties in the future.

In the meantime you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Swala by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’.

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

Wow! My favorite camp the entire time we were in Tanzania although only beating Pioneer Camp in the Serengeti by a hair. Chris, Mina and staff took care of every need and want. The tents were perfect. The food was incredible. Dinner every night was such a treat. Wine provided was excellently selected to pair with the entrees. Just save room for dessert! Ask for the Kilimanjaro chocolate dessert. We stay 3 nights and our only regret was we started the trip there rather than ending at the best. They supply all toiletries so need to bring any. So here are random details. The tents are perfectly spaced for privacy. The coffee they bring to you each morning is just heavenly. I prefer cream than milk and every morning they had my cream. The lunch boxes provided for the game drives could feed a small army and was delicious with many options. Dessert.... Yum! The location provided us the ability to see lots of giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, ostriches, and even three cheetahs and one incredible close leopard sighting. You cannot go wrong with choosing Swala.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for thid awesome review, we are delighted to hear that Swala was your favourite during your time in Tanzania!!

Chris, Mina and the rest of the team loved hosting you and are eager to welcome you back one day soon...

In the meantime you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Swala by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’.

We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at 4 different camps during a 10 day safari in February and March. This was our favourite. The camp is managed by Chris and Mina who together with their staff do everything imaginable to make your stay absolutely perfect. The meals are wonderful. The tents are beautiful. The grounds are very well maintained and support all sorts of wild life that graze all around you. We were woken at night by the sound of lions roaring. How perfect is that. Many thanks to the entire staff for making our stay absolutely perfect!!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank daisytoronto
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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for thie lovely review!!

We shared your feedback with the team and they loved your comments..

We looking forward to welcoming you back one day..

In the meantime you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Swala by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’.

We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

Yes, a trip of a lifetime !
The huge tents will be loved by you - leave everything open at night to get the authentic feeling of a Tent ! Waking up at morning you ll see the sun rising from your bed and the animals roam just in front of your tent.
The camp is not fenced so you ll have to be careful - at night Massai Askaris will lead you whereever you ll have to go.
From the terrace you ll have a view on a water hole watching elephants drink, hearing lions roar etc.

Food is perfect, wine will never end, you ll sit around a fire with other guest telling your daily wild life sightings.WOW ! We were excited and did not want to leave !

It is the best placve in a super park. Dont tell your friends and keep the secret !

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

WOW what a great review, thank you!!

We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time at Swala and have to agree the sunrise is amazing.

Chris, Mina and the team loved hosting you and hope to see you again soon..

Would be great if you could keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Swala by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’.

We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

From the moment my guide Samuel picked me up at Kuru Air Strip I felt cared for and the 2 days in this lovely and luxurious Campside will remain unforgettable. The Safaris and sights with private Jeep and Samuel and the countryside and wildlife we saw exceeded all my expectations. All was well organised, lovely picnic lunches provides on full day tours and back in the Camp a warm welcome by Chris and Mina the Managers. An excellent lunch on day one and choice of main courses, fresh salads, soup, cakes, fruit - all tasty and well presented. My luggage had been brought to my tent in advance - tent is an understatement. The camp has 11 tents with private verandah overlooking the swamp and grazing side, Impala and other animals pass by all day long and the sunrise is beautiful - and you can watch it from your private outdoor shower. Laundry is compimentary and WiFi available in the reception area (that can improve). There is a little swimming pool, a welcome refreshment ). More spoiling for dinner with yet another lovely menu and a good selection of beers and wines to chose from, whilst watching Impalas grasing in front of you. 2 full days with a lot to see and do, fond farewell where the team ensure you get safetly to your next destination. Wonderful experience! Can HIGHLY recommend!

Room Tip: The tents look similar. I stayed in No 8 - close walk to the main bar and restaurant area.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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1 Thank Dagmar2011
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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this wonderful review on Tripadvisor.

Such a pity you only had two days with us...thank you for you lovely comments, we shared them with Chris,Mina, Samuel and the rest of the team, they were thrilled with your feedback and are eager to welcome you back again, hopefully for a longer stay next time!

Until then it would be great if you could keep up to date with the latest from Sanctuary Retreats and Swala by liking us on Facebook . Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’.

We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

Best wishes
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

I just returned from a safari to Tanzania . Three nights at Sanctuary Swala was a highlight of the trip. Everything about this camp was wonderful. The accommodations, food, nightly campfires, stargazing were all fantastic. Chris and Mina were delightful hosts to us, a group of five lively Canadian women. I will never forget the sound of the 12 lions roaring to each other outside our tents one night. All in all, a top notch place to experience Tarangire. I hope I can return one day.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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3 Thank Jwaring2013
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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor.

We are thrilled that you had a great stay with us and appreciate your kind comments, it gives us great satisfaction receiving positive feedback following a memorable stay.

Chris, Mina and the rest of the team eagerly await your return.

We would love for you to keep up to date with the latest from Sanctuary Retreats and Swala by liking us on Facebook . Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’.

We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

Best wishes
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

Tarangire was an excellent park, so many elephants, giraffe, Boabab tree....

The Swala Management team was great, made us feel excitied and comforatable at the same time.....

the camp was full of monkeys, gazelles, etc..

The tented accommodation was very good...luxury combined with adventure....

Food was excellent.......

Woke up by a bull elephant trumpeting....what more do you want on a safari....

Room Tip: you want to stay as far away from the reception as possible....the walk back to the 'tent'...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Sanctuary Swala
Address: P.O. Box 427 | Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Swala 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The main area is situated right under a big baobab tree, a common sight in these parts of Tanzania. The dining area, lounge, deck and small library all feature a chic, contemporary African design with a traditional thatched roof. This main area is lifted on stilts allowing a wide view of the grasslands of the Tarangire right in front of the camp. The stunning infinity pool overlooks the nearby waterhole often visited by elephants as well as the big cats that are often seen. The relaxing pool area also provides the perfect place to sip a cocktail and cool down after a day of game viewing. Sanctuary Swala has been renovated to the highest eco- friendly standards and has a particularly low carbon footprint. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main area and in guests' tents. Each of the twelve canvas pavilions is shaded by tall acacia trees and all are within sight of the well frequented water hole. They are unashamedly luxurious and exquisitely furnished but still close enough to nature to permit an exciting night under canvas. The tents feature a spacious open plan arrangement with comfortable king or twin beds, campaign chairs and plush sofas and boasts an ensuite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower for that extra bit of luxury. Sip cocktails or enjoy scrumptious dinners on your own private veranda and watch the waterhole which regularly draws lions, leopards and resident bull elephants while your own personal attendant caters for your every need. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in guests' tents. ... more   less 
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