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Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed two nights at the camp and the accommodations, food and facilities were just average, The best part was a walk around the camp area with a Masai guide. He was very knowledgeable and enhanced our experience. Wish the camp staff had told us what to expect on the walk. If we had known the depth that was involved on the walk we would have gone out earlier to spend more time.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Rupert F, General Manager at Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2013

Dear TN-Worm,

We are delighted you enjoyed our guided walks!

Best wishes,
Kirurumu Team.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

This lodge was lovely and had everything you needed. The tents have a toilet, sink and shower with constant hot water. We had one tent with twin beds and one with a double. The beds were very comfortable and had mosquito nets. The rooms also had mains electricity where you could charge your electronics.
The food was excellent and had a vegetarian option when asked- with soup to start and a dessert.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and you were escorted from the tent to the restaurant and back by the Masai. The rooms were clean and tidy and had everything you could need. You could hear the animals outside, which was very cool- but still felt very safe!
Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank LuP92
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We did a tour via Travel2 in UK via our local agent. They used Ranger Safaris as the locol firm.
Our driver was very good and this was the first overnight stop.You get whats on the box and it is a worthwile experiance.
Staff very helpful food acceptable allowing the limited kitchen. Very clean and lots of bird sounds.
Great stay

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank 2PFK
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

This was our first safari night, and the tenting accommodations were exactly what we wanted! These were canvas tents on a raised platform with a thatched wooden roof, a raised wooden porch with 2 chairs and table, and glass sliding doors, which also had screen sliders alongside them. Masai walk you to and from your tent, and give you a whistle. We didn't have any uninvited visitors, unfortunately, as we would have loved that experience. We were told that 70 elephant had gone past our tent earlier that day!

We had 2 bottles of water included, there were outlets for charging, and an umbrella was also in the tent.

Food at the mess tent was good. We did not use the bar area or fire pit, as we were the only guests there! One morning we went on a walking tour before breakfast with 2 Masai guides, This walk is included in your stay, but maybe you have to ask about it. We found it fun and informative

Yes, it is a very long, bumpy road to get here, and certainly outside of the park. I almost thought that maybe we were staying in a boma, since we passed so many of them and still didn't seem as though we were reaching our destination! We really enjoyed staying here. It was exactly what we wanted.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Sparks
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We stayed here for the first night of our safari adventure and it met our expectations. This was the most basic place we stayed, but the accommodation was fine and the setting was fantastic. We arrived quite late (as someone else said, it is a long way from the National Park gate!) so did not really have time to experience the campfire. Food was so-so. However for an authentic experience in the wild, it's pretty good. I would definitely recommend this as a starting rather than a finishing place though.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Golfing_girl
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed here at the start of our trip, and we were very happy with the lodge; the room was comfortable, the location was good (fantastic to wake up to 2 dikdiks right outside), and the staff very helpful. It was great to sit around the fire for pre-dinner drinks. We thought the food was ok, considering the location, but the dessert was the worst attempt at Swiss roll I have ever eaten! We later found much better food in similar locations, so I think it could be improved.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank chapyBristol
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed two nights at the Tarangire Kirumuru Under Canvas. Upon our arrival, our first deception was to learn how far away we were really from the Tarangire park entrance... even if the lodge is right beside us.

We can't really blame them for this, but let say we would have probably choose another one just for this.

After several safari, we, as may others I beleive, prefer them in a certain way. we like to be as early as possible in the park. Most of the ''action'' occur between 6h to 8h30 AM. Then we return for breakfast, rest in the morning and followed with a later lunch around 13h. Do some activities in the afternoon at the lodge and last safari from 15h to 19h. Diner at 20h, rest and sleep. Ok, it's also the best recipe for gaining weight!

So because of the distance and because our guide convinced us it was the best way, we spent the whole day at the park! Yes from 6h to 18h... with the same results as the usual... there is just no activity during the hot hours. The next day, we packed our breakfast and came back for lunch, much better day, but still 4 times 45 minutes each way from the lodge and the park!

Our second deception, was the staff. Not impolite, not polite, not smiling, not in a bad mood.... just not anything! I can't say average, because is it not kind of expected to have a little attention as a client in a lodge?

Note that when we're going camping or renting a condo with nobody to help you with your backpack or luggage... where there is no one at front counter or a concierge... we are managing ourselves and life is good. But when you have all this, the helpers, the front desk and the waiters... isn't normal to expect a little more?

In my opinion, I felt like we were bothering them.

Our last deception was the food! A little too much camping for us, greasy breakfast with limited amount fresh fruits, ''fake'' sweet fruits juice and fatty meat at lunch and diner. The whole meal plan could have been healthier!

Now this is reason why we can't really make our mind on this lodge... the elephants. On our last night there was an elephant's family all around the lodge. At 3h, we could hear them chewing the acacia trees nearby... it was too dark to see... until 6h. Wow! It was a magical moment, a dozen elephants were around us. We tip toe outside the tent to sit on our little balcony to enjoy an hour of pure pleasure. The elephants didn't care about us and got close as a couple metres. Moving slowly, assessing every of our moves, we took amazing pictures.

For this incredible moment, it's difficult to give a rating less than average... choose you priorities!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank David P
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Rupert F, Public Relations Manager at Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thanks you very much for your feedback of our little tented lodge.

I think really this is something you should take up with you tour operator as clearly you should have been advised we are outside the park boundary. When we built Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge we intentionally chose the location outside the park as it offers us walking and cultural activities as well as the views onto the flood plains looking into the park which attached so much wildlife. I’m glad you enjoyed the elles! The daily activities are also up to your tour operator arrangements.

On arrival, clients are briefed about the wildlife's close proximity to the lodge. We have Maasai askaris (local Maasai guards)-who know the wildlife and their habits-to escort clients from their tents to the main areas and back. This team of carefully trained Maasai know where each and every animal that wonders into the Lodge's proximity is. They are monitoring clients at all times to ensure they are enjoying the wildlife and whilst taking care of their safety at all times in the open safari environment. The tented cottages have whistles on so if clients are at all worried in the evenings they can whilst a note and the Maasai will be there to help. You may not at first glance see the Maasai but they are there.

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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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