My wife and I recently began our East African safari with a three night stay at the Tarangire Safari Lodge. Overall, though not a 'luxury accomodation' we were quite happy with it for a number of reasons including:
- Location: the Lodge is right in the middle of the park with a 'awesome view' from the tents of floor of the park. Sitting outside my tent, I could see elephants, antelopes, zebras at various water holes. We actually had a number of zebras and impalas wandering around by our tent. So, you definitely will feel you are immersed.
- Accomodations: accomodations are basic but perfectly fine. The tent has a comfortable bed and ensuite shower and bathroom. Please note, these are not, by any stretch, "luxurious" accomodations but, for the money, are fine. Plus, you aren't going to be spending much time in your tent anyway.
As a inexpensive, rustic way to begin a safari, we were quite happy with our stay at TSL. However, I would note, if you are looking for a lux experience or you have come from a place like Olakira or Mara Explorer or Governor's Camp, then this is probably not for you (try Olivers or Treetops). Other notes:
- Service is friendly though occasionally hit or miss. Some of the waitstaff are extremely gracious, others are clearly there for the paycheck.
- The food is not the best you will have on your trip though I give the camp points for trying to keep the meals varied (Mexican for lunch one day, Indian the next). Breakfast is fine.
- Power outlets are available during morning and evening hours in the bar area. They use power strips that work with US plugs without adapters (if you are traveling from outside the US you may need to use an adapter/convertor).
- Drinks on the patio overlooking the park are an excellent way to enjoy the end of your safari day.
- 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 terrace, 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 ~ 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"! Welcome! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tarangire Safari Hotel Tarangire National Park