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Tarangire Safari Lodge
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San Rafael, California
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Moon Over Tarangire”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Staying at the Tarangire Safari Lodge was an exciting experience for several reasons. I went with some friends and we stayed in two adjacent tents. As we were settling in the first afternoon, we witnessed five elephants grazing just behind our tents. After that, the impalas
appeared, and apparently, this was their favorite area, because they stayed through the afternoon, into the evening and slept between our tents all night.
Another reason I loved this lodge was the huge viewing area where we ate our meals. It overlooks the savannah and commands a breathtaking view of the Tarangire River. That evening, we watched the best moon rise I've ever seen. Have I mentioned the food and wine? I loved the wines offered and the food was delicious, every last bit of it. We stayed out on the deck for a long time that evening, enjoying our wine and our dinner under the stars watching the moon rise over the Tarangire landscape.
The staff were lovely; everyone bent over backwards to make this a very pleasant stay for us. I would recommend this lodge to anyone as a relaxing place to go for pampering as well as enjoying the glorious scenery of Tarangire Park.

Room Tip: I only stayed in a tent, but the bed was very comfortable, there was a fully equipped shower, and it...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Dear BeccadA,

Thank you so much for your 5 star review! Highly appreciated!
Glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that you got to experience the full moon over the Tarangire valley! It truly is spectacular! :)
We've been enjoying the same herd of Impala around the lodge a lot recently! The grass is still high in most places so they feel safe in the open areas around the lodge! Great that you had them sleeping in between your tents!!!
Its coming into dry season now, so the lodge and the valley below will be teaming with wildlife soon! :)
Hope the rest of your Tanzanian safari was enjoyable!

Welcome back again!/Karibu tena!!

Kind regards,
S. Simonson
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This was a wonderful place. It had a spectacular view of the river and all the animals that come to it to drink. The tents were comfortable and the morning we got up to see the sunrise my tent was surrounded impala grazing and there was elephant poop on the walkway. I must have slept through that. The food was good, the recharging station in the lounge was a kick and the atmosphere wonderful. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Dear handweaver,

Thank you so much for the 5 star review :) Much appreciated!!
Happy you enjoyed your stay!! We've had the same herd of Impala around camp for the last few months, as the grass is cut and they feel more secure! We really enjoy having them around :)
Hope you enjoyed the rest of your safari in Tanzania!

Karibu tena/Welcome again!!

Kind regards,

S. Simonson
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

What a beautiful spot! As soon as you get off he car you are rewarded with an amazing view of the savannah and the river below - probably one of he best views in the whole of Tanzania! The staff at the lodge are amazing and provide an excellent service. Annette and her family have run the lodge for many years and do an excellent job of it. Their son, Brenden, took us on a game drive one morning in the lodge's open truck and proved to be a great guide and extremely knowledgeable about animals. We were also lucky to receive a visit from a herd of elephants at the lodge one morning! Our stay was perfect and I hope to be back soon.

  • Stayed May 2013
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sophiesimonson, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Hello GeRuiXin,

Thank you so much for your 5star review! Much appreciated!!
I will pass on all your compliments on to the staff!!
Hope to see you back here again soon & hope that the rest of your Tanzanian safari was just as memorable!!

Karibu tena!!/Welcome again!

Kind regards,
S. Simonson
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Karatu, Tanzania
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

I've stayed at Tarangire Safari Lodge before and will definitely return again. The fact that this place is owner managed and has been for 27 years really makes a difference. The tents are comfortable and simple with no unnecessary frills but everything you need. The staff is professional and attentive and the food was excellent. Bar drinks are reasonably priced, there's a cute boutique and the pool was very welcoming; soon massage services will be available too. The views of the Tanzanian bush looking down onto the Tarangire River are simply stunning and we enjoyed dinner on the outdoor patio. There was wildlife everywhere around the lodge even in this green season . From our tents we saw elephant, mongoose, impala and waterbuck. On other occasions there have been mating lions within site of the lodge. This place is the real deal.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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sophiesimonson, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Jambo auroraafrica & Asante sana !! for the Sterling review!

Happy that you were comfortable and enjoyed your stay with us.
Hope to have you back here again soon!

Karibu tena!/Welcome again! :)

Warm regards,
S. Simonson
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

"Awesome View" does not do Tarangire Safari Lodge justice. I was there in the Wet Season, and the green landscape viewed from the Lodge platform conjures up an image of the Garden of Eden with a river flowing past the baobab and palm trees. When you spy the animals - elephant, giraffe, impala, water buck and baboons - you know you are in the real Africa. I could not have felt more welcome - the tents are more than copmfortable, but place you in th world of those first discovering this country; the staff are most welcoming. I was more or less adopted by the hosts, Annettte and John Simonson, with their grown-up children, Sophie and Brendon, and over drinks and meals I felt transported back to the world of Karen Blixson et al.
I cannot be more positive; within an hour of the Lodge, I saw herds of elephant, giraffe, baboons, mongoose and a lion - I cannot wait to retiurn during the dry season when the zebra, wildebeest and other members of the migration return to fill that awesome view by the river.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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sophiesimonson, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Hi Paul!

Thank you for reviewing us!! :) Much appreciated! Glad you enjoyed your stay!!
Was great getting to know you! We do hope you come out again, and like you said the dry season is great for wildlife viewing!
You can also look forward to a massage next time you visit! :)
Bring your wife along and do stay longer!! :)

Karibu tena!/Welcome again!

Warm regards,
S. Simonson
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abu dhabi
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We started our safari here and fell in love with this place! Food, service, comfort---it's all there! Sitting around the campfire at night, watching lions in the valley below us....heaven! Don't change a thing; this place is perfect as it is :) Would love to come back here. Tell Esther hello! She took the time to write out Swahili words for us to practice and was a true joy to meet.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Hello IItunis,

Thank you for your 5 star review!!
Glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and learned a few Swahili words :)
Will pass on your 'hello' and compliments to Esther!
Hope to see you back here one day!
Have a good day.

Karibu tena!/Welcome again!

Warm regards,
S. Simonson
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed at the Tarangire Safari Lodge last September and it is truly an amazing place! Our Tent/Cabin was the furthest from the lodge and we loved it. In the morning we watched the sun rise over the valley while a small group of Elephants roamed about 75 feet from us. Memories to last a lifetime. The staff was wonderful as was the food. If we make it back, (long bucket list) we would stay for a week.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Hello DirkvRvD,

Thank you for your great review! Much appreciated!
The last tent is always a hit, being further away from the lodge and closer to nature!
We hope to see you back here one day; we now offer activities (walking, night drives, and gamedrives) and soon will be opening a massage banda just beyond where you were staying; so more reasons to plan a return visit! :)
Have a good day!

Karibu tena!/Welcome again!

Warm regards,
S. Simonson
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Property: Tarangire Safari Lodge
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 28 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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