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Tarangire River Camp
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We loved our 2 nights at Tarangire River Camp. The staff were very friendly, the food just great and the views from your tent and restaurant over the river were wonderful. We were able to see game down below.
Although outside of the park itself you still see and hear all the animals as there are no fences. It was about a 15-20min drive to the main gate but so worth it. Well worth it!!

Room Tip: I would suggest taking a tent overlooking the river, but ask for one that has a nice view and isn...
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

Talk about an immersive bush experience then this is the place to be in Tarangire. We normally rely on our sense of sight to a great extent, over the other sensory signals like ear or nose. This overemphasis gets exemplified when the dominant sense organ becomes ineffective. While having a fire whistle as an emergency feature, is quite common in the lodges or camps in Tanzania, to be blown to attract the attention of the ever vigilant Masai incase you are too scared by your nightly visitor. This is the place to put it to use. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to hear the elephant snacking right outside your camp, what separates you from the beast by a flimsy piece of canvas. Trust me it is an experience like no other & this is why you chose the place in the first place. Waking up in the morning to identify the various footprints on the sand of your nightly visitors is great fun, we had elephant mother & calve & a fairly long snake in our stay.
The view of the Tarangire river is fantastic, as are the animal named cottages. This place is handy to pick up the Swahilli names of animals you saw or would see during your safari. The approach road from the main highway was a killer, so factor around half an hour of bumpy ride each way. Due to little rains we did not have to use the rickety rope bridge, which is in use when the river is in spate. You would haveto park your car on the other side while the staff help you with your luggage to cross crocodile filled waters of the river on a bridge which seems straight out of a movie set, the one which always gives way when you are in the middle, but it really doesnot. The camp runs on solar energy, so time your bath accordingly if you need hot water & let the tap run a little to get the flow. Other than the view from the balcony of the room, the deck provides a bend of the river for you to take in. The swimming pool is nice & is a refreshing dip after a sweaty safari. Tarangire being at a lower altitude is warmer than the other parks in the northern circuit. Believe me when I say there are more stars in Africa, than we have on our home skies & there is no better place to watch them than on the deck of the camp, beside the fire, enjoying a glass of wine or a bottle of beer soaking in the night scenery.
Food in the camp is good & prepared with a lot of care. They would try to comply with your dietary preference, provided an advance intimation is passed onto them.The portions may be a trifle small but they make it up with seconds. Mama Brindle, the South African manager runs a tight ship. She would surely remind you of the Catholic principal of your school, efficient, strict but caring & helpful.
Overall a 10/10 sort of an experience.

Room Tip: Rooms in front are closer to the river have a view looking onto them while the ones in the back are...
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank bobchatterji
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

From the time you step into the camp, to the time you leave, it is an experience that will take a long time to fade.
As we entered the camp we were greeted by Majestic Giraffes to our left and the Docile Impala on the right. After having been received by the friendly staff with our welcome drink, the breathtaking view of the river captivated us. Same view is seen from the luxury tents. Having freshened up, we were enjoying the sunset on the veranda; when a herd of elephants came out of the undergrowth and into the river just a few hundred yards away! An amazing end to the day.
The dinner was excellent, including the hospitality of the managerial staff as well as the ever pleasing waiters.
At night the herd of elephants could be heard in the distance as well as two lions roaring away at each other. It was truly a wild experience to the full.
Breakfast again was exceptional and the swim in the pool amazing with the brightly colored birds on the acacia tree overhanging above topping the experience.
As we were leaving the camp, of course the farewell committee comprised of waterbuck as well as a monitor lizard just as we crossed the river.
The whole family was unanimous on one regret; wish we had stayed a few more nights. Am sure I will be returning to enjoy the hospitality, beauty, tranquility, nature and the overall experience of luxury.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms are facing the river, so a win win situation :)!
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

We spent the last two nights of our Tanzanian safari here, as a family party of three couples and it was a very welcome surprise.
We didn't feel the camp was particularly out of the way and when we arrived and saw our tents, we were delighted at the facilities they offered and the terrific views they afforded. The camp has a lot of atmosphere: perhaps not the "out of Africa" romance of a small tented camp, but the tents, on their permanent stilted platforms, and the main restaurant, bar and campfire building have loads of atmosphere; the experience was definitely more safari than hotel. The night-time noises and early morning birdsong were terrific.

As this is a permanent camp, the facilities in the tents were very good. A spacious bedroom with plenty of room for luggage and a large bathroom area beyond with a proper shower, flush toilet and wash basin. In addition, and unlike many of the other camps, we were able to recharge camera batteries in our rooms, a real plus. (We couldn't use hairdryers, but then were only able to do so in the lodges and that really wasn't an issue).

The camp was smaller than I had thought, and pleasanter for it: we hadn't wanted to stay in a larger, more commercial place and the service is very personal. The managers, Johnny and Ronel,are very hands on: they gave us our briefing on arrival (with cool drinks and flannels) and were happy to chat and answer any questions we had. They are working hard to provide quality food and, although it might not yet be fine dining, it was the only place we stayed which offered a choice of main course. There is always a vegetarian option and Ronel is encouraging her staff to cook the local style food they know best, so that can be a good choice. The vegetable curry was delicious.
Our only issue was that the same wines we had been drinking all holiday were significantly more expensive here (+ $10 a bottle).
Breakfasts offered a good choice of freshly prepared hot or continental and the packed lunches showed more imagination than many others we had on holiday and were very tasty.

The park itself was lovely. We had hoped to see monkeys, elephants and birds and were not disappointed: to see so many of them and so close up was a real treat. A bonus was the number of other animals, including giraffes, antelopes and warthogs that we saw and finding ourselves in the midst of a pride of lionesses and their young hunting zebra.

Whilst Ubuntu Ndutu was our favourite camp, Tarangire River Camp came second and, at a significantly lower price, makes it excellent value for money.
(See photos on Africa Travel Resource Reviews)

Room Tip: Ask for a tent overlooking the river bed if poss, but the views from the main restaurant area are gr...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

Beautiful location.
Tents were great, with great views.
The only water we had was 2 small bottles for brushing our teeth. When
we asked for another 2 , we were rudely told they would be an extra charge.
It was a very uncomfortable situation - to have to fight for drinking water. Everywhere else there was plenty of filtered water
Management was unfriendly and bordering on surly.
Dinner was absolutely terrible.
The piece of chicken was tiny and overcooked, and the native dish was just horrible. All of the other places we stayed at had wonderful fresh veggies and fruit, but here we had neither.
We took lunch boxes for the next day - also the worst of all!
The management were really unfriendly. It's a shame that they ruined the place because it is a really beautiful setting.

Room Tip: stay elsewhere
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank susanandeli
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

We stayed here on our last night on safari and it was a wonderful experience. The management and staff were really friendly and helpful. The 'tents' are great and this is really the only sort of camping I would do eg a four poster bed with an ensuite bathroom!! I didn't sleep well and that was not down to the comfort of the bed (which was great) more to do with the sounds of animals wandering about outside and hearing lions roaring!!! All adds to the experience. We had dinner in the main part of the lodge which was great although they could do with some light around the central tea and coffee area at night as it's tricky to see what you're doing in the dark!! Breakfast was lovely and freshly cooked, in fact the food was some of the nicest we had on safari! All in all we loved it here and just wished we could have stayed a few nigths longer to really soak up the atmosphere.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank 1countryatatime72
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights at the start of our safari in Tanzania. Clean comfortable tents, very spacious, with great views. Good food and drink, in excellent central lodge are, with most attentive staff. A great start to our trip

Room Tip: Choose Duma tent to be away from everyone else
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank salandmick
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Address: | Minjingu, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #11 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range: $413 - $613 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tarangire River Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tarangire River Camp is located in a Wildlife Management Area bordering the Tarangire National Park. Situated on top of a high river bank over looking the Tarangire River. With spectacular views over the valley and river below, there is no shortage of amazing views and scenery. An abundance of animals come down to drink at the river all day, offering guests that little bit extra. Tarangire River Camp is a popular stop over for most as they travel to and from the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. ... more   less 
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