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Tarangire Safari Lodge
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed at Tarangire Safari Lodge for 1 night while on safari, and it was a trip highlight.

The location in the park is superb, and so is the placement of the property itself overlooking the river in the beautiful Tarangire National Park. We spent a lot of time on the main deck just looking out and spotting wild animals. There are even many that frequent the property - we saw gazelle's and a warthog wondering around while we were there.

We stayed in a tent, #17 to be exact, which has an absolute perfect view (see picture) of the park below. The tents are impressive with large king-sized beds, a desk, lights, and a large separate "room" for your sink/shower/toilet. The tent gets dark and comfortably cool at night, allowing for a great nights sleep. We heard lions roar outside our tent (a distance away) in the middle of the night, and thought it was one of the coolest things ever.

We found the food to be excellent here. Its a sit down meal, which was a welcomed change from the buffet dinners we got at the other properties we stayed at. The service was excellent. This includes the owner, Annette, who was lovely and took the time to get my boyfriend medicine (he had a fever), as well as chat with us in general. She is lovely!

For "Happy Hour" they offer complimentary cocktails and snacks on the deck, and at that time you can think of no other place you'd rather be than with a drink in your hand, a bonfire behind you, and a view that is hard to explain in words.

This is absolutely where we'll stay next time we're in Tarangire. A peaceful, beautiful property that offers a more intimate experience than a lot of the busier lodges while on safari. Well done!

Room Tip: Tent #17 has the best view
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

I first visited Tarangire in about 1972 and the difference now is remarkable. We stayed there 3 days in mid-October 2011. Annette and her staff could not have been more helpful, my wife has dietary special requirements and the kitchen staff were wonderful, our tent was very comfortable and the variety of game that walked passed it during the day and night was great. Elephant, Dik Dik, Warthog, & Baboons. As for the game veiwing it was really the best for elephants we had during our month in Tanzania, the country was very dry so some of the migratary animals were a bit sparce as they were scattering to search for grass else where, having said this we saw almost everything. When our 3 days were finished I was sad to leave such a well managed an happy place. The resort is also a great supporter of education in the Arusha region, the happiness of the place was infectious. Don't miss this resort in your Tanzania itinery!! "mahali pazuri kweli"
Justin Pennefather Australia.

Room Tip: Tents Have great veiws down over the Tarangri River with ever changing herds of animals coming to dr...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

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.

Room Tip: The bungalows are very nice. Tent 22 is the best for location and quietness. Tents 19 to 21 are also...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

We only spent two nights here before moving on to Ngorongoro and then Serengeti but could quite happily spent the entire holiday there. The location is spectacular! You have to see it to believe it. We were travelling with our two boys (11 and 13) who were a bit anxious about what they would do when not on a game drive, but they spent most of their time watching for animals roaming around the lodge and making friends. The pool obviously helped as well and was very welcome after a game drive. The wonderful friendly atmosphere among the staff and owner spread to all the guests and you immediately made friends and got to hear everybody else's safari experiences. The tents were immaculate and very comfortable and we were very sad to leave them. The whole family absolutely agrees that Tarangire Safari Lodge was the absolutely best part of a 16 day trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar - and that's saying something!

Room Tip: Tent number 17 has the best view!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

What a special, one of a kind place! I wasn't sure what to expect from a tented lodge before I came. But honestly, if camping meant having a king size bed, a private bathroom and electricity and running water, I would camp more often. It was lovely. I especially liked the coffee and tea service brought to your tent at an appointed time you schedule the night before.

I loved the central location in the park, the happy hour on the terrace at sunset and the food here. This was one of my favorite places to stay on our safari. The only inconvenience was that there was no outlet in my tent to plug my camera battery charger in. They have a charging station at the bar, but it fills up fast. Make sure you plug your battery charger in as soon as you return from your game drive or you may have to wait a bit for your turn at the electricity.

Room Tip: My tent was at the far end of the group of tents along the escarpment. This meant a longer walk to t...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

Lodge? What Lodge? Don’t look for luxuries here. This is no more than a tented camp, which also has 5 cottages and are a better option than the sparsely equipped and dated tents.
The food is also run-off-the-mill.
The service is very friendly but none too efficient. And we noticed no sign of management other than one senior-looking person saying ‘hello’.
We stayed here for 2 nights but the 'service' went no further than to make up the beds. The staff did not bother to tidy and even left the dirty towels on the floor.
But all is made up by the awesome view on the shallow Tarangire (meaning ‘meander’) River from the terrace, with herds of elephant, the occasional leopard and plenty of other game, especially in the dry season which runs from June to October.
Despite the drawbacks, it makes this establishment our place of choice to stay within the relatively small Tarangire National Park where one can one hear the lion roar just about every night.
By the way, Tarangire is highly underrated as a game park, despite the fact that it can be reached easily on a good tarmac road. Give us, seasoned safari-goers, Tarangire any time over and above the zoo-like, pathetically overcrowded Ngorongoro Crater.
One feels united with untamed Africa at Tarangire. And is that not the purpose of every safari?

Room Tip: book one of the five cottages
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

+ the view
+ animals just outside the tents
+ good food
+ hoot water and good water pressure in shower
+ WiFi

- Was two single beds and not a double bed.
- Maybe that you cannot charge laptop etc in tent but u can do that in reception.

It was really a wow feeling when we arrived. I have been to many places and nice hotels but this "luxury tents" was very nice. the view from both tents and the dining/lounge area was amazing. you can see the Savannah just below. No need to worry about the mosquito nets all was top notch. Also very good food and nice staff. It was also possible to charge all your things in the reception, no problem at all. They also had WiFi but never used it, no idea if it was for free.

Not really the cheapest place to stay but its totally worth it. We had animals just outside the tents and this is something you should not miss just to save some dollars.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range: $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Tarangire Safari Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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 
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