I am late getting to this review as we stayed during September. Tarangire Treetops was the first safari lodge we stayed at in Tanzania. We were lucky to get room 6 which surrounds a baobab tree and is relatively close to the reception/restaurant area. After a day's journey from Arusha and through Tarangire NP we arrived at Treetops to view their beautiful reception room surrounding a huge baobab tree. Cold drinks and cool towels awaited us before we were conducted to our treehouse. We did not use a guide from the Lodge as we had our own guide with us to visit the National Park. However, we did take advantage of a night game drive and saw many night time animals -- serval cat, spring hare, banded hyena, bush babies. And afterwards even though it was quite late we were able to have a hot shower, particularly appreciated since we had been on a day long game drive previously and just had time for a quick bite of dinner before going on the night game drive.
We enjoyed the food and found the candle-lit barbecue in the large boma particularly enjoyable as it was followed by a dance by the Masai warriors who are a fixture at the Lodge. We were surprised to find the red table wine was so good.
I know other people have commented on hearing things in the night. I slept so well I didn't hear a thing. However, on our first night my husband heard rustling outside our treehouse. As the sun came up he saw that it was an elephant eating the leaves from the acacia trees that surrounded our treehouse. We had an early morning wake-up call and our guard told us that there was an elephant (probably the same one) very close to our tree house. He came back for us in a half hour to escort us to breakfast, and as we were descending the stairs, he told us to go back up as the elephant was too close. A few minutes later he said that we could come down but that we would take a round about route to the restaurant. We were in a line of: Masai warrior, guard, me, and my husband at the rear. Suddenly we heard the elephant bellow and before I could even think where to go, the guard was tackling me and pushing me towards safety behind the baobab. The elephant charged about 30 feet and then stopped. This was his way of saying that we had invaded his food pantry I guess. Well the guard and the Masai clapped and encouraged him to move away from us so that we could make it to the restaurant. I don't think that we were really ever in danger as we heeded the elephants warning bellow but this impressed us with the wisdom of waiting for an escort. When one visits Africa, one is often in the domain of many large wild animals -- it is their home -- not ours -- and we have to respect that. Anyway, it gave us a taste of adventure.
Tarangire NP was our first safari park and I was absolutely blown away by all the animals, especially the elephants and zebras. We saw a number of lions, usually from far enough away that one needed a good telephoto lens to take a picture. I never got tired of seeing any of them. As to the supposed bumpy ride from the park to Tarangire Treetops, it wasn't as bad as I had been led to believe. I think they did a bit of road grading. The Park itself at that time of the year was very dry. They were obviously awaiting the rains. One sight that was particularly spectacular was the huge line of elephants we saw from one of the picnic sites looking over the swamp. There must have been a thousand elephants in front of us. Oh and a word about those picnic sites -- they are very welcome as they have western style flush toilets -- very useful when on a day-long game drive.
We would definitely recommend Tarangire Treetops Lodge to anyone wanting a special African experience. A special thanks to the gentleman who fixed the sole of my boot which decided to come apart at the beginning of our visit -- they were old boots but I never noticed a problem with the sole until we arrived in Tanzania.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tarangire Treetops tree-houses meander through the branches of thousand-year old trees. Nights are magical, as the wind seems to carry bedtime stories from the ancient branches of the majestic baobabs and marulas; calming your senses, cradling your slumber. Here, under clear and sparkling African skies your dreams and fairy tales have been waiting for you! Nowhere, does fantasy come alive as it does at Tarangire Treetops. Experience night-game drive and bush walks only at Treetops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tarangire Treetops Hotel Tarangire National Park