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“Amazing views and service!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tarangire Safari Lodge
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33 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Amazing views and service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

A fabulously comfortable lodge with incredible food and the most friendly staff in all of Tanzania. The views from the restaurant area are stunning. Elephants right below you, the river running through so a variety of animals all day.

Room Tip: The rooms furthest from the restaurant get the most animal noises at night, which we loved!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jill2dive4
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Thank you jill2dive4 for your Feel Good review!
Simple & straightforward enjoyment. YEAH!! = )
Very happy that you appreciated our staff & the service! Will let them know.

Asante sana & karibu tena! ( Thank you & Welcome again! )

A. Simonson
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014

Going on a mission trip to Tanzania, the group also experienced safari opportunities. We spent two nights at Tarangire Safari Lodge and was surprised to find that we loved staying in a "tent". It's not your usual tent, as there were separate areas for the toilet, shower, and bathroom. While it had electric lights, there were no plug ins. But, there were lots of opportunities to charge whatever needed charging in the bar area (everyone just leaves their phones, iPads, etc. there for whatever time it takes to get them charged). No worries about theft as an employee is always around. We were well taken care of and while the food was good (especially the meat loaf and homemade rolls accompanying the soup), we it was the total package that made the experience so enjoyable.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Park2214
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Jambo Park2214,
Happy your stay was "Unexpected pleasure" with 5 stars! = ) Asante sana!
Wonderful to hear you that you appreciated or enjoyed your accommodation and that you were
well looked after!

Welcome back again!

A. Simonson
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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

We've just returned from a wonderful stay at the lodge. We took our 2 year old daughter and stayed in one of the bungalows overlooking the park. The view was just outstanding, both from our own accommodation and from the airy lounge area. The bungalow itself was spacious and had a huge, luxurious bathroom with a fantastic shower. We loved the fact that there was wildlife everywhere you looked and our daughter loved watching the Dik-Diks and birds.
The staff at the lodge were fantastic and really went out of their way to hep and accommodate us. We asked for early dinners, which was no problem and also asked for very last minute packed lunches for our last day. Nothing was too much to ask and the staff made us feel very welcome. We would most definitely recommend this lodge to anyone heading to Tarangire.

Room Tip: All of the tents and bungalows had an amazing view
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rachel R
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sophiesimonson, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Hello Rachel R
......A "wonderful family stay"
And a Wonderful Review! Thank you and happy you appreicated the Staff's attentiveness/helpfulness.

Happy you would recommend our lodge.
A warm welcome back for an "encore"

"Asante sana"

A.Simonson
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

We stayed at TSL for 2 nights in April. What can i say - it was wow! it was magical ! the views from the terrace and the lounge area are unreal ! They look over the tarangire river and park below and I could just sit there for hours watching the elephants, watching the sunset and the shadows the clouds cast on the park below. We spent the evenings sitting there with our beers sometimes even after dinner watching the stars. I could go stay there in any season for just the views even if i didn't go out for any game drives.
The food was great - there was alot of choices. the staff was so friendly. There are 35 tents in all. 1-22 in one row to one side of the main dining area and 22-35 on the other side. Tents are in close proximity but it didn't bother us. While at the lodge We spent most of our time in the lounge or out on the terrace.The tents were not large but were very comfortable and clean. The zippers worked fine and kept the bugs out. The beds were comfortable the linen was clean. There was a cool breeze at night so it wasn't warm or uncomfortable at all. The only slight let down was the shower - the water was hot but the flow was a trickle. But like i said the views did it for me! I say this is a must on any itinerary anytime of the year ! Asante Sana TSL for a most memorable stay!

Room Tip: tents with a clear unobstructed view of the river are 2, 5 (amazing view), 6, 7, 10, 17 (amazing vie...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Puneet B
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sophiesimonson, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Jambo Puneet B!
Thank you very much for sharing your review and your experience here.
And a hearty thank you for the 5 Star rating! = ) Happy you enjoyed & relaxed in our surroundings here. Welcome back again in the dry season ! = )
Sorry the water pressure was low! Do you remember your room #?

"Asante sana!"

A. Simonson
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014

Was pleasantly surprised here. Stunning location and the design takes great advantage of the natural assets with a nice pool and terrace overlooking a vast savanna below.
Excellent game viewing close by, saw a lion just outside the grounds and there is much much more other game too. Highly enjoyed the night drive with the owners son - recommend it, the perspective at night is so different and we saw many animals that you do not see in daylight including a very hard to find aardwolf.
The dining area is large and airy, the food very good, the lounge also large and airy with free nibbles at happy hour. Wifi too.
Our room was a tent, the semi permanent type with complete bathroom. It was simple but neat and clean, new and very comfortable, little seating area at front.
Great ambience here too, the owner was always around helpful and friendly, the staff too.
Wish we had more time !

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Christo60
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Thank you Christo60 for the 5 star review of our lodge!

Happy you enjoyed our "stunning location".
And great you got to experience the night drive! = ) Have yet to see an aardwolf!

Great that you thought time was too short here - a very warm welcome
back for a longer stay!

"Asante sana"!

A. Simonson
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

My adult daughter and I relaxed and recuperated at Tarangire Sarafi Lodge after climbing Kilimanjaro.
This was my third visit to the lodge, the first and second being in 1987 and 1999. It remains an amazing and inspiring place, and the facilities are excellent.

The first morning a group of elephants, moms and babies walked among the tents. One of the young elephants even stopped next to the screen window of my tent, just inches away.

We went on a night safari with Brenden Simonson, and saw many animals including lions and cheetahs. Definitely worth signing up for the hiking and night safaris with this charming young man. He grew up at the lodge and has an huge amount of knowledge of the animals and can name any bird by it's call.

The food is excellent and view from the patio area is fantastic. I looked forward to the evening cocktails on the patio and sharing the days experiences with fellow travelers. The staff are attentive, and several times went out of their way to bring my attention to something of interest.(a tiny owl in the tree next to my tent, lions resting in the valley below, etc.)

I hope to return soon and visit both Tarangire Safari Lodge and try out the owners lodge on the Indian ocean!
Asante Sana!!
D. Morrissey
Colorado, USA

Room Tip: Tents and stone bungalows are available. Both are top notch, I prefer the tent experience. All hav...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank David M
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Thank you David M for
the wonderful 5 Star Review!! = ))

And happy you enjoyed & mentioned the Night drives & Bush walks! = )
Indeed - new experiences not to be missed!

Great to hear you will be back again!

A very warm welcome to our beach property too!

A. Simonson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

Pardon the delay in writing this review but am doing so because we are heading back in late May for a third time to visit the Tarangire Safari Lodge. I was last there with my friend Peyton in November of 2013 for a weekend getaway from our work in Moshi.

All that I can say is that is that the staff, the surroundings, the accommodations, and the food were all exceptional! I do not know of any place better in the world to sit at sunset than the terrace at Tarangire sipping a drink and watching the animals move toward the river! In addition, while we were there we went on an amazing night game drive as well as a guided walkabout down to the river. The tent was comfortable and the night and early morning sounds something I will never forget.

I can’t wait until we get back and this year we are taking our youngest son for the first time and can’t wait for him to experience the magic of this place!

Room Tip: Sleep in one of the tents - AMAZING!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jwsljs
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sophiesimonson, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Jambo jwsljs,
A hearty Thank you for your "Magic" 5 star review.

Happy that you enjoyed & mentioned our night drive & bush walk experiences - great for advertising!
Not to forget your comment of our "amazing view" for viewing wildlife while enjoying sundowners.

Great to hear you will be back again with your son!

"Asante & karibuni tena"

A. Simonson
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Property: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Address: P.O. Box 2703 | Arusha, 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:2.5 star — Tarangire Safari Lodge 2.5*
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 patio, 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, which make 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"! "Karibuni" or Welcome! ... more   less 
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