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Maramboi Tented Camp
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 January 2012

We only stayed one night and I would give a 5/5 if it wasn't for a couple of little things. When we arrived, we were told that our rooms had a problem with the electricity and they needed to move us. We had combined triple and double rooms. After a very long wait with complete darkness upon us, we were shown to the very last possible building, a very rough trek and a very long way from the reception area. There were several men still reconstructing a third bed in one room. The doors were open, the lights were on and hundreds of various bugs had joined them. As we were fresh "Off the turnip truck" the mosquitoes were especially alarming. The bed nets in both rooms were still in their daytime positions, neatly rolled up around the bed posts. The adjoining door was open, so both rooms shared the bugs. Needless to say, we were all bitten several times by mosquitoes inside the bed nets that night.
The other problem I had was that the food for the boxed lunches was arranged on a table outside on the patio. When it was unattended, several bird were stealing meat from the partially protected trays of beef and of chicken. Yes there were also flies. The birds also joined us in the partially netted dining area. We scared a bird off of someone's unguarded breakfast. They need more of those hanging bead things. I think there were more screens that were not put down.
Now for the positives. The place was amazing. Absolutely beautiful. The rooms we stayed in were large and clean with real bathrooms with real doors. Nice hot showers.The rooms were bug tight with decorative grill work over the windows to keep out larger unwanted guests. There were lots of windows with heavy zip down covers. The back decks were wonderful and shared an extraordinary view of the lake. Early in the morning there was a wildebeest and a small herd of zebras calmly grazing while a lone hyena loped past. Flamingos looked like a pink cloud in the distance on the lake.
It was very quiet out where we were. As all the rooms are solar powered, only wildlife made any noise. Hyenas at dawn?
The food at the small buffet both at supper and breakfast was excellent. There was a local dish or two to try and everything was delicious. There was steaming hot milk for the coffee or for hot chocolate. Staff was friendly and helpful (other than the guys letting bug into rooms!). There was a place to charge batteries etc in the dining room.
The decks and sitting areas were large and comfortable both indoor and out with amazing views. We didn't try the pool, but it looked inviting and the entire place was beautiful.
There are washrooms by the reception area. Good thing as some of those rooms are far away! Bring your flashlight!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the lake, some do not have one. The furthest rooms from the central ca...
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

Spending the night in a very well-appointed tent after a wonderful buffet dinner and a long day spent in Tarangire National Park seeing countless beautiful animals was a luxury not completely expected. The rooms are large and airy with very comfortable beds - large singles - a large bathroom with an excellent shower & lots of hot water. There were lots of choices at the buffet table and for self-chosen lunch packs and the staff were friendly and efficient. Expectations of luxury on safari have to be different than luxury in a city hotel. Sitting on the deck and watching zebras browse right in front, seeing an impala make his way up to the tent and then dart past, watching the wildebeest in the distance - all luxuries.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 November 2011

Everything here was really really nice, but what stands out is the cabin. It had 3 beds, but each one can hold only 1 person. The bathroom is large and airy. There was a nice deck with chairs where we sat and watched zebras play, just feet away from us. Food was pretty good, buffet style. They let you pack your own lunch box, so you can make sure you'll have something tasty later in the day.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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5  Thank TravelerPhiladelphia
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

Permanent tent camp near Lake Manyara and Tarangire. Comfortable, well appointed tents with full bathroom facilities and a large porch. Nice, open air dining area with lovely views and grazing animals. Buffet meals were average to good. Pool is set down a long walkway in the bush with a water hole beside it. Not a luxury camp, but very nice. Only negative is that the walkways are sand, which gets tracked in the tents and in your shoes, especially when wet.

Room Tip: 21 tents, with #1 and #21 farthest from the dining area. If you want privacy, choose those. To be cl...
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

We stayed at Maramboi for 2 nights while visiting Tarangire National Park. We were in tent #7, which like all of the accommodations, enjoyed a great view of Lake Manyara. Liked the 24 hour power, the immersion in nature, and the huge outside deck. We used the pool area both nights and appreciated the excellent bar service there. The view of zebra and warthogs while you swim was unbeatable. It was nice that we could enjoy our meals here with our guide, and that we could pack our own lunches. The latter eliminates lots of wasted food. Breakfast and dinner were very good, served outdoors in a great setting. This was the 2nd best lodging on our trip.

Room Tip: Tent 7 has a huge deck which was perfect to sit and watch wildlife while relaxing.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

5 star amenities, 4 star food, 3 star service and staff.. The rooms were nice with lots of amenities. The view of the lake was nice as well. We enjoyed the layout and backdrop of the dining area but the food was not that great for this price range. In addition, I found the staff were not nearly as friendly as the other accommodations we stayed at during our safari.
I had to be walked back to my room around 10pm and entered the dining/open bar area to find an escort since no one was around at the security area. I got an unusual look from the lady behind the bar and was stared at up and down by one of the local men sitting there. He was clearly intoxicated. I was very uncomfortable... not what I would expect for this level of accommodation. Too bad, its a nice property overall.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

This place was great. The staff was very nice. The grounds were beautiful. The tent was perfect. It was clean and had running, hot water at all hours of the day. We had zebras and impala right off of our porch. The food was average. For the box lunch, you got to pack your own which was nice because you waste less food compared to other places that pack it for you. They had a charging station in the main area that was always turned on. We happened to have the very last tent that was furthest away from the main area. It was nice and private. However, I was a little scared walking to it in the dark. They did have Massai people with bow and arrows to walk you to your room at night.

If you are debating if a tented camp is for you, this one is very comfortable and I would recommend to anyone.

They gave us the best exchange rate of anywhere. 1400TZS per $1.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jamie1427
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Address: Dodoma Road | Minjingu, Tarangire And Manyara Pans, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Maramboi Tented Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Permanent luxury tents. Situated on a palm tree populated plain close to Lake Manyarawith magnificent views of the Rift Valley in the background. Maramboi Tented Camp features 44 suites, 4 for of them with interconnected rooms, ideally for families with children.The camp has electricity from the main electric supplier, solar panels and with a generator as a backup.Nearest airstrip: Tarangire/Lake Manyara 1 hour away.Activities: Game drives in Tarangire National Park, guided nature walks or swimming pool in the pool. Guest can visit a boma (village) of the local Datoga or Masai people. ... more   less 
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Maramboi Tented Camp Hotel Tarangire National Park

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