When I initially emailed about availability and prices they stated there was availability but never sent prices as promised. It took a bit of chasing to get them and the reservation process was the slowest for all our accommodation that we booked for our 1 month trip in Tanzania. However, once I mentioned Trip Advisor things definitely speeded up!
Initially we booked a tent but after reading a comment on Trip Advisor we switched to one of their five bungalows as they are the same price and seemed better value. Although some people rave about their tents we thought that the bungalows were far better value. There are 2 rows of tents on either side of the lodge and the bungalows are down the far end on one side past the tents which means you don't get noise from people walking past. The bungalows are spacious, nicely furnished and bright. The very last one is the most private. The bungalows have mosquito nets but the tents don't.
The one row of tents is numbered from 1 to 22. The first few tents (about numbers 1 to 5) would get some noise from the kitchen. The very best tent is number 22 as it is at the very end of the row and therefore private and looks directly along the river with incredible views. The last 3 or 4 tents (say 19 to 22) are spaced further apart than many of the others. Certainly the tents on this side of the lodge get better views than the bungalows and tents on the other side as they are overlook the river rather than just the surrounding plain.
The view from the lodge's terrace is fantastic with at times masses of animals going down to the river to drink. We enjoyed the food and it was of good quality and plentiful. The Tanzanian staff were excellent. There is a nice pool but we didn't use it.
We had booked for 3 nights but in the end left a day earlier as the owners, who live 100 meters from the bungalows decided to completely redo the roof of their house resulting in a lot of hammering. They really should have known better to do it in early September when the lodge was quite full and they had guests staying near their house. Any way we found that 2 nights was enough for us at Tarangire.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on top of a high bluff with a breathtaking panorama, our lodge is superbly located in Tarangire National Park, providing one of the best views in Africa. Carving out the landscape below the lodge is the Tarangire River, a favourite watering place, which attracts impressive numbers and a variety of game. The scene unfolds before you while lounging on the outdoor terrace, allowing you to appreciate Tarangire's diverse wildlife. At the heart of the lodge are the impressively high thatched roofs of the lounge and dining room. The open-sided design allows an uninterrupted view of the landscape and wildlife below, and captures the cooling breeze while you dine on our delicious home cooked safari cuisine. The lounge area has oversized armchairs made from old dhow boats ~ a perfect place to relax. Those wanting something a bit more active can take a dip in the pool, a bird walk around the lodge grounds or hunt for souvenirs in the Baobab boutique. Our twin tents combine the authentic safari atmosphere of 'nights under canvas', with more modern comforts of electric light and en suite bathrooms with solar hot water. We also have bungalows that provide the space and convenience of solid walls yet blend into their surroundings by using local stone and echoing the traditional round Maasai huts. Tarangire Safari Lodge offers morning & evening bush walks along the river, Night Drives and Game Drives and don't miss a massage with a view at "Patulivu"! Welcome! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tarangire Safari Hotel Tarangire National Park