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Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge
Reviewed July 24, 2012

My wife and I spent the first 2 days of our safari at Kirurumu Lodge. We really enjoyed the hospitality of the people and the room we stayed in was great. The first night we could hear an elephant's ears flapping and smell the hay that was being eaten-the elephant couldn't have been more than a few yards away from us.

I would recommend staying at the lodge to anyone who enjoys camping, but wants to still have the comforts of a bed and shower. Overall, it was very enjoyable place to stay on our first nights of the safari.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

My adult daughter and I spent our last night of a 7 day/6 night safari with Safari-Infinity at the Kirurumu Tarangire Tented Camp/Lodge (also sometimes known as Tamarind Camp) and what a perfect way to end the adventure. The "camp" is located down a very bumpy road that weaves through many Maasai homes and pasture land. We were greeted with damp towels to freshen up with, and fresh juice.

The tent was on a concrete slab with a permanent thatched roof, with a front deck overlooking the wooded landscape. We were immediately advised by management that elephants and other wildlife frequent the grounds and what to do in the event of a sighting (we were provided with an emergency whistle to blow!). The tent had a solid glass and screened front door, and a beautiful balcony on which to sit and enjoy the amazing bird life. We did hear wildlife walking past the tent during the night, not elephants but maybe antelope of some variety.

We were located in tent #5, which was quite a hike from the main reception area and dining tent, but it afforded the feeling of being alone in the wilderness. Unlike at Kirurumu Manyara, we could see a tent off to our left, but we were the last in that group of tents with no neighbors to our right. It was very peaceful! I think there are only 10 tents here. We enjoyed a campfire before dinner, and dinner was served in a communal tent (I think you can request dinner beside the campfire). Dinner was ordered from a set menu with options from which to chose. Our guide was able to join us for dinner, which is important to me.

Nearby to the dining tent was a tented lounge where we spent the night chatting with our guide, Thadei, drinking a celebratory bottle of champagne as a poignant closure to our safari. Breakfast for our last morning was fresh fruits & juices, and toast and eggs made to order. Delicious!

The tent itself was clean and comfortable, as was the bed. We enjoyed the best shower of the five weeks we were in Tanzania, in an ensuite bathroom located at the back of the tent.

The staff and management were friendly, helpful, professional and gracious. My only regret is that we had only one night there. We will definitely return, and highly recommend this beautiful camp!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Kathy F
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of nights at the Kirurumu Tarangire lodge with my wife and son a few weeks ago. Nested up to the edge of the Tarangire National Park is a huge plus. Often the wildlife come right up to the edge of your tents. There are plenty of local Massai staff around that made our stay not only confortable but authentic. Beautiful views out onto the african plains and the food was good to boot!

Recommended

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Terry S
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Despite there being so many tents around, it felt like we were quite secluded and we had a fantastic view of the bush. Love the accommodation - not a typical tent. More like a house but instead of bricks or wood, canvas has been used. Very spacious and quite luxurious. Would love to return!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Paul W
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

This little lodge has changed over the years and has got better with age...the staff are efficient and friendly, making sure that your wants and needs are met. The tented rooms are on concrete bases with slidding doors making it feel structurally safer, particularly as you are made aware of the possibilty of elephants being in the camp at some point during your stay (we had a noctural visit along with the sounds of hyena woops and the soft rumbling of flumps and trumpting which added to the 'African safari experience'). Massive beds gave us room to spread out.
The dinning room and bar are a little away from the rooms and have not yet been made into 'permenant structures' and there is a seating area in front of the dinning room where a fire is lit every evening in prep for guests to enjoy the sun going down.
The food was table d'hote (vegetarian option, kids option and service times were offered for the kids so that they could eat before us) and was very good.
Remember to take your binoculars as the bird life is abundant, plus take advantage of the maasai led walks around the camp, we got quite close to a herd of zebras!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Anna L
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

This place i beautiful. Its 5 km from the main road in the middle of the bush. The only other thing around here is the masai people. The road in to the lodge is really bumpy!
We stayed in some permanted tent/houses. Really nice! It was big and clean (but remember to spray the insect repellent before going to dinner-just in case. We had no insects in our tent! But some others in my group found a red scorpion in their room..)

There are wild animals living in the bush right outside the tents, so exiting! The only thing we got see was lots of dik diks. They as so cute! At night time the masi people walked you back to your tent.
The food here was soooo god! Especially the soup:)

We stayed here for two night. We had one day in Tarangire National park and one in the Ngorogoro cratre.

Would highly recommed this place if you want a unique experience.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Hege L
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

Recently converted to a permanent camp there are currently ten tents with further plans to expand to 25.

The tents are spacious and comfortable with good bathrooms albeit our shower (permanent) did not work that well. It was a long walk on sand to the dining tent where presentable food was served. We were rather surprised the dining was not communal but a nice touch was the sparkling wine on Christmas day.

Although the camp is on the edge of the Tarangire National Park it was quite a long drive to the entry gate (some of it through very poor terrain) and we did not see any animals in our own grounds although the park was teeming with elephants.

A nice experience all round.

Room Tip: All new tents, some a long way from dining area on sand.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge

Address: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
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Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge is built on the site of the old Tamarind Camp, in land we own and looking out on a flood plain that is seasonally a rich feeding ground for elephant and much else. It is bordering the park boundary, and is ideally situated being only 10 minutes off the main tarmac road and only 15 minutes drive from the main Tarangire park gate. There are 10 permanent tented cottages built in exactly the same style as the new Kirurumu Manyara Lodge cottages and the standards are the same high standards you have always been familiar with at Manyara. ... more   less 

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