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Tarangire Safari Lodge
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Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Another great stay”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

A friend and I brought a group to stay here last year and did the same this year. We decided to stay two nights this year to give everyone more time to relax and enjoy the lodge. I will definitely do the same again next time.

I would like to say a big asante sana to Annette. One of my group members had some mobility issues so Annette ensured the nearest tent to reception was reserved for her. Also, three members of my group had arrived at Kilimanjaro airport and discovered their bags hadn’t made the same journey. When Annette heard about this she organised some new underwear for the unlucky three and also offered a fleece to take with us when we left if the bags hadn’t arrived (on the understanding our tour operator would return it when next in the park). She also sent some paperwork to our tour operator to help with getting the bags from the airline.

The buffet style meals were excellent. There was always plenty of tasty options, even for our vegetarians.

All the staff here were nice but I would like to make special mention of John in the restaurant. He seemed to make an extra effort for our group and we appreciated it very much.

I'm looking forward to another return visit!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
Hello kelstarama,
Thank you for your review and happy to hear your return visit will bring you back again!
A very warm welcome!
I hope your baggage caught up with your group?
(Because our "winter" has begun, eager for that jacket from the tour operator - can you remind me the company name/details?)

Great to hear the meals were appreciated And will pass on your complimentary remarks to John.

A very big "Asante sana! & Karibu tena!"

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stayed at this lodge for 2 nights, since Tarangire was part of our safari trip wonderfully organized by Swala Safaris. And I have to say that Swala chose very well! This place is amazing: the food and service were excellent and the view just magnificent. We didn't sleep in one of the tents, but in a stonework little lodge and I must say it was one of the best on our trip. And since the place is in the middle of the national park we could hear all nights the sounds of animals around us, in particular lion and hyena. When we were coming back to our lodge from dinner from the main building, we saw an elephant only 50 metres away feasting on a tree, but it paid us no attention at all. The lodge has a swimming pool, and it looked very inviting, but we returned quite late from the safari and didn't use it. All in all, a great place for a great experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Jambo maeng,
Thank you for sharing your 5 Star experience! = )
Very happy to hear your enjoyed your 2 day stay here with the wildlife
in close proximity.

A warm welcome back again.

"Asante sana"
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights here during our 2 week safari.
The biggest thing going for this lodge is the location. We were in tents 21 and 22 - which were the last 2 tents in one side of the camp - and these had amazing views. I could sit on my patio and watch elephants, zebras, giraffes, *enormous herds of buffalo*, wildebeest, warthogs come and drink water in the Tarangire river. We even heard a lion attack a zebra - though it was a bit out of range to see. At night we heard the roar of lions and the next morning - were the second car to get to the place where the lions had made an overnight kill and a whole pride was feasting on 2 carcasses.
Other features of this lodge: Pretty good food in the restaurant, attentive service
Cons: *Awful* boxed lunch - and we had to take this 3 days in row. The sandwich had bread that seemed like it was 3 days old and very little was edible.
Other tip: We also went on their night safari. While we did see a porcupine, the wild cat, ostrich, some owls, an eagle owl, jeanettes and spring hare. This was not a good value for money. The trip lasts 1.5 hours and is very expensive (~75$/person). The first row of the vehicle they take you out in, has pretty low seats and so, if you're short, you're out of luck (and they put 3 people into each row - so not every person gets a "window" spot - there is no real window - as the truck is open to the elements).

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Hello ManiMa,
Thank you for sharing your review!
Happy you enjoyed our location.
And thank you for the feedback - always appreciated.
I did ask about the bread for the lunchboxes and it is made fresh daily. Will check on the flour / baking.
And re. the night drives, the preference for Group size is 6 and this is printed on the Flyer. It is ideal for each guest to have a "window" seat.
If 5 or more guests, the price is $65 per person plus the shared Ranger fee of $20 and we agree it is not cheap. TANAPA claims most of this fee.

"Asante sana & karibu tena"

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Reviewed July 2, 2014

We have stayed at this lodge Four times and every times we enjoy the view over the river. The staff are very kindly and serviceminded. The tent are really autenticitet-you Can hear the animals in the nights. We Will come back

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Hello Eva stenild N -
4th time visitor - Yeah!
Happy you are still returning and still enjoying. = )

Thank you or TAK for the 5 star review! = )

"Karibuni tena"

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2014

The view was exquisite watching elephants to lizards from the patio chair. The stars shone brightly. Staff were very friendly and the dining-"lobby" area very attractive.
The tent was another matter. There is no lock, which was only a psychological matter as we never had any trouble. Unzip the tent to enter the bed area and then unzip another canvas to the bathroom-shower area. Cumbersome. The tent was not totally sealed, so we never fully felt we were insect protected. Privacy from anyone walking by looking in was also compromised.
That said, the location and ambience was very special.
Wifi in the lobby area, though the only way we could log in was by Facebook.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Hello jbwhitehouse,
With your Subject line - thank you all the same for sharing your review.
Happy you enjoyed our location.
With regards to the insects - only noticeable if guests leave lights on in the tents - in the evenings or during the long rains.
And re. the "cumbersome" zips....we could remove the second one alltogether but I think more tourists would prefer the enclosure.
We do have another router that seems to speed up the internet service but if you do not want to Facebook Like there is another Office Wifi setting to use.

"Asante sana" for the 4 star rating.

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Mableton, Georgia
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Facilities, service, food, location, views and everything was simply magnificent!!!! The staff was incredibly friendly. The animals could easily be seen from the terrace of the lodge. Just a beautiful special place! Highly recommend it and will definitely return and send folks who want a great safari lodge experience!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Hello Lynne,
.....thank you for the wonderful 5 Star review! And for the
"great safari lodge experience"
So happy you enjoyed your stay & our staff & location!

A hearty welcome back again.

"Asante sana"

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2014

From our experience the moment you arrive a the Lodge , every moment become an incomparable, unforgettable and everlasting memory. Without any shadow of doubt once you stay at this Lodge, you will definitely come back home again to extend your memories.

Room Tip: The Five bungalows have a shaded verandah allowing for comfortable viewing of a large water hole.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Jambo Fabyson S

Thank you for sharing your review...."......unforgettable, everlasting memory..." = )
Very happy that you enjoyed your stay here.

ASANTE SANA!! & KARIBU TENA!

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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 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 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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