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Lake Burunge Tented Camp
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

My husband and I spent our first two nights on Safari at Lake Burunge Tented Camp. Our room was a spacious tent on a raised platform with a bathroom and and shower inside. Rustic and comfortable. The view was beautiful of the lake from the porch of our cabin and the staff were welcoming and friendly. It was our first experience being guided to our tent at night by a Masai warrior in tribal dress carrying a spear. The common area was beautiful, the food was plentiful and tasty and it was a wonderful place to begin our ten day safari. We especially liked that our guide was able to eat with us, as this was not the case every place we stayed. The drive to and from Tarangire was a bit of a drag as the road was under construction but it was interesting to see the local people along the way.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Susie H
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

The rooms are raised floor tents with a running water bathroom. They were clean and comfortable. The main common area was very nice and open. Felt like I was in Hawaii. We were part of a OAT group on safari. Staff was very nice and the food was the best on our trip. We had a very pleasant stay here.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Monkey_and_Tiger
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Reviewed 21 January 2012

We were traveling with OAT to Kenya and Tanzania, and spent two nights at this lodge. While the rooms are roomy, they are slightly better than basic. The shower, with a concrete floor, was easy to slip in and potentially fall. The area is nicely situated right on the lake, and the views are incredible. Having a drink on the lodge's large deck is a special event. And the meals are all on the deck or inside. Food was fairly good, but not spectacular. Lights, both in the rooms, and also in the lodge's restaurant, are very dim; bring an itty bitty book light and a flashlight.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Grice-Fearing
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

The property is beautiful and rustic. The "tents" are raised off the ground, have a solid wood floor and high thatched roof, with large balcony and 2 chairs. View of lake is a bit obscured by overgrown trees and bushes.

Water in taps and showers comes from the lake, so don't drink or brush your teeth with it. Bottled water is provided in the bathrooms for this purpose.

Main building is a large open-air meeting place, with bar, comfy seating areas and dining tables. There are power bars at the far end of the bar where you can charge up your camera batteries (just make sure you label your batteries with your name).
There are lanterns in the main building that provide light, but it's still very dark and difficult to see. Due to the openness, the lights attract lots of insects that may end up buzzing around your head or sharing the dinner table with you. Beware if you are squeamish about bugs! We also had many little geckos (small lizards) living within the thatched roof of our tent, but we didn't see any inside. There are thousands of birds here as well to enjoy close up. Although if you're a light sleeper, ear plugs may be needed as the birds tend to sing loudly throughout the night.

Guards will escort you back to your tented bungalo after dinner, and you are not permitted to walk after dark without an escort. So once back in your tent, you're basically there until morning. Lighting inside your tent is powered by solar panels and is dim, so a flashlight or camping headlight is needed if you like to read in the evening. Even during the day, you are not permitted to wander around the area unescorted due to wildlife. You will see tracks from zebra, wildebeest, antelope etc. everywhere.

Food: Served buffet style, with several choices available, but it does get repetitive. Taste was a bit bland, probably because they're trying to cater to many people who may not appreciate stronger spices. We found desserts here to be of poor quality and taste. We were in a tour group of 15, and on the 2nd night here 6 people became violently ill. 5 more became ill within the following 24 hours. Avoid raw "salad" veggies and anything that has not been peeled. Fresh fruit such as mangoes and pineapple should be ok. Otherwise, only choose hot cooked food!

The property is mostly used for tour groups, so if you're travelling alone you may feel outnumbered. It was a fun and unique experience, but getting sick here definitely put a damper on our holiday.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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12  Thank MobyV
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

What a unique (for a first time traveler to Africa anyway!) place to spend a night between safaris at Tarangire and Lake Manyara parks. The place was a bit challenging to find (they need better road signs!), but after getting there, the staff took great care of our group. The central lodge as well as individual tented lodges have great views of Lake Burunge, and all the conveniences one expects at a upscale hotel (plus an guard to walk you to your tent at night to boot!).

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank arpanator
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

How do you get a terrible rating when you have a wonderful staff, beautiful location and very nice accomodations? Easy, you lie to, and rip off your guests.
I was aware that it was a long drive to Tanangire's main entrance over a rough road from earlier research. However management claimed that the drive was necessary because of the very recent washout of a bridge going to a nearby access point. Not true, the long drive had been in place for a very long time, it was not something that had just happened. I find it very disturbing/insulting to have a lodge lying to people who do not know better. They also gave a description of what the walking safari would consist of, which was nothing like what it turned out to be. Climbing a hill at the end to see Lake Manyara and the sunset behind the Great Rift Valley escarpment? That never happened and I never saw a hill that would have even made that possible in the area.
The really infuriating point came when settling the tab before leaving. I was hit for a bill of some $78 dollars. I was incredulous and questioned their total. I then found out that 6 cocktails over two nights cost $72 dollars. The price list on the bar showed liquor being $3 a shot, so in effect I was paying $9 for 6 ounces of pineapple juice. In comparison, at the Tloma lodge(owned by the same company) drinks, pedicure and laundry after 5 days in the bush cost less!!!
The staff were very nice and the physical setting of the camp is wonderful overlooking Lake Burunge and giving views all the way to Mounts Kilimanjaro and Meru. The road to Dodoma is being upgraded so the drive is now excellent between the park turn off and the lodge turn off.
The food was abundant and decent if a bit tedious by that point. Tanganyika Wilderness Camps grow all their own produce to supply their lodges and camps so repetition is very much a fact of life. To the point that our group was speculating that they may be serving identical menus for a given meal at all their properties.
Lake Burunge Tented Camp may not care if I ever return but OAT could well have lost a repeat customer because of my disgust over my experience there.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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11  Thank Steven P
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

I loved this place. I did read past reviews and wouldn't have liked to be a small group or couple here while OAT was "in the house", but as I was on an OAT trip, I loved it. I no longer camp rough at home so enjoyed the upgrade to running water and in tent shower; and had no complaints about bugs or canvas walls. Sharing the place with the Dik Diks and birds was great. My deck view was somewhat blocked by trees, so I made a point of scurying down to the main deck to catch the sunrise - usually with a guard trying to catch up as I wasn't expected to be out before full daylight. I had one of the furthest tents so enjoyed the solitude. There seemed to be some generator noises at times which was a little rude, but I was glad to see the solar power. The hot water was so hot, I didn't even use it, as the "cold" was warm enough to be refreshing after hot game drives. They supposedly improved the road this summer, so I didn't find the drive in any more difficult than other dirt roads. Staff was good as was the food. Some people had a massage and said the masseuse was great. The Very Good rating instead of Excellent is because it is typically a "group" camp and wouldn't be nice as a romantic stop.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Quiltingmamma
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Address: Dodoma Road | Tarangire, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Burunge Tented Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
TarangirePermanent luxury tents. Located only 10 minutes from Tarangire National Park, Lake Burunge Tented Camp consists of 30 rooms which includes 20 tents and 10 bungalows rooms, located in a shady bush land gorve – all with spectacular views of Lake Burunge. 30 rooms with en suite facilities.Nearest Airstrip: Tarangire/Manyara 1 hour and 20 minutes away.Activities: Game drives in Tarangire National Park, guided nature walks and / or visit a boma (village) to interact with the local Mbuwge people and learn about their culture. ... more   less 
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