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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Maramboi Tented Camp Hotel Tarangire National Park