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Tarangire Safari Lodge
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Theni, India
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101 reviews
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“Good Lodge”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Stayed here for one night in two Bungalows & one tent. Reached late & found the Owner Annette giving us a warm welcome & showed our tent. We had a quick shower & headed to the Dinner. Their service in the restaurant was very good. The dinner was buffet and had some decent spread. The taste was also good. Desserts were served in the table & tasted nice. After dinner we went for a night safari for 2 hours & saw the very rare Aardwolf. Other than this there was absolutely nothing during our night safari. But in the day time Tarangire was full of action and non-stop wildlife including 2 sightings of Cheetah, a big pride of Lion with giraffe Kill, Lot of Elephants, Fantastic Bird life, dotted with Huge Baobab trees. Amazing. Breakfast was also good with Hot & Cold items. The picnic lunch box was not that great but no big complaints. TSL is good choice during the visit to Tarangire.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Hello kvm_77
Thank you for your review!
Happy to read that you enjoyed the catering here.
Night drives can be quiet at times - full moon may cause this - or it may be very active.
Great that the park wildlife met your satisfaction.

"Asante sana"

A. Simonson
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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Rooms have been updated. Nice rooms with nice shower. Water not so hot though. Staff are very friendly and the food is good. They spray the room every evening and have very nice mosquito nets. If staying in Arusha before going on safari, buy water and alcoholic beverages at the grocery store. They can be a bit pricey at the lodge. Not that it would be surprising at a remote location. Highly recommend and would stay here again. Staff is exceptionally friendly!! Ask for a room on the second floor and closer to the main building.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Hello nvlinks,

I think you may be referring to another lodge when
you recommend Rooms on the second floor.
All of our accommodation is one same /ground level.
Did you perhaps stay at Sopa Lodge here in Tarangire National Park?

Regards,
A. Simonson
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Henfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We recently spent a night here during our 5 day safari and was aware we were camping the first night so had some concerns however this is camping on a posh scale.
We were warmly greeted at reception with cold towels and a cold drink which were delightful especially after a long drive having started the day in Moshi.
The tents are very special with a very comfortable large bed also a full bathroom at the rear of the tent with good facilities especially a good shower! You are escorted back to your tent after dinner as this is situated in the open so animals do wander around, however once you zip up your tent you are in your "room" I did not have any concerns about animals being around as I promptly fell asleep for the night!
Drinks before dinner were excellent the Bloody Marys were delicious and the complimentary nibbles are a nice touch. Dinner was very good with a varied and well priced wine list especially bearing in mind where you are situated
We had such a special stay here the staff are all wonderful and attentive and wish we stayed for longer!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Jambo ian239,

Thank you for sharing your 5 star review! = )
Pleased that our accommdation did not concern/alarm your sense
of security.
And happy to hear that you enjoyed the catering, staff & service.

Indeed, welcome for a longer stay next time!
"Asante sana & Karibu tena"

A. Simonson
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Metro DC
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Tarangire Safari Lodge has a distinctive warm and welcoming feel, and it was my favorite lodge of our 8 day safari. Would definitely stay again, and for 2 nights next time. The view was spectacular, and the food very good. As a party of three, we stayed in a bungalow and we were enchanted. It was a 2 to 3 minute walk from the main lodge, making it easier to hear the night sounds. And I loved Tarangire Park as well. Our June stay included close-up encounters with elephants, giraffe, zebra, gnu, wart hogs, baboons, and of course the fantastic Baobab trees.... loved those gigantic trees. There are a number of wonderful trees right on the path from the main lodge to the bungalows and tents.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Hello MarylandMomma -
What a wonderful 5 star review!
Happy you enjoyed the "warm atmosphere - feel"
and to read that it was your favourite lodge on your safari! = )

A warm welcome back again for a longer stay.

"Asante sana"

A. Simonson
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sacramento
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

I loved every place we stayed during our safari (Thanks Good Earth Tours), but this place . . . WOW. The staff couldn’t have been friendlier or more attentive. The grounds & view were spectacular. The tent was very nice & can I say so African? Dining/food was beyond great.
I never worried about the tent not locking. There was security walking the paths for wildlife protection. They were always there ready with a huge Jambo!!

Only down side was we safaried day & night, so less time to fully enjoy the lodge.
We did, however, manage drinks with sunset @ the overlook that included elephants, giraffes, zebras (in that order) coming to do their drinking. All that with monkeys scampering around us. Oh, and sunrise brought birds singing, dik-diks peeking at us from behind our tent. This was a photographers dream!

This lodge is a must stay while visiting Tarangire, I guarantee it!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Thank you mundaySacramento for your sharing your happy review!
So pleased that you enjoyed our view / grounds / catering and staff / service.
And that you wished you had a longer stay.
Indeed, welcome back again for an extended time on your next visit. ; )

"Asante sana"!

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

A friend and I brought a group to stay here last year and did the same this year. We decided to stay two nights this year to give everyone more time to relax and enjoy the lodge. I will definitely do the same again next time.

I would like to say a big asante sana to Annette. One of my group members had some mobility issues so Annette ensured the nearest tent to reception was reserved for her. Also, three members of my group had arrived at Kilimanjaro airport and discovered their bags hadn’t made the same journey. When Annette heard about this she organised some new underwear for the unlucky three and also offered a fleece to take with us when we left if the bags hadn’t arrived (on the understanding our tour operator would return it when next in the park). She also sent some paperwork to our tour operator to help with getting the bags from the airline.

The buffet style meals were excellent. There was always plenty of tasty options, even for our vegetarians.

All the staff here were nice but I would like to make special mention of John in the restaurant. He seemed to make an extra effort for our group and we appreciated it very much.

I'm looking forward to another return visit!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 13 July 2014
Hello kelstarama,
Thank you for your review and happy to hear your return visit will bring you back again!
A very warm welcome!
I hope your baggage caught up with your group?
(Because our "winter" has begun, eager for that jacket from the tour operator - can you remind me the company name/details?)

Great to hear the meals were appreciated And will pass on your complimentary remarks to John.

A very big "Asante sana! & Karibu tena!"

A. Simonson
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Trieste
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We stayed at this lodge for 2 nights, since Tarangire was part of our safari trip wonderfully organized by Swala Safaris. And I have to say that Swala chose very well! This place is amazing: the food and service were excellent and the view just magnificent. We didn't sleep in one of the tents, but in a stonework little lodge and I must say it was one of the best on our trip. And since the place is in the middle of the national park we could hear all nights the sounds of animals around us, in particular lion and hyena. When we were coming back to our lodge from dinner from the main building, we saw an elephant only 50 metres away feasting on a tree, but it paid us no attention at all. The lodge has a swimming pool, and it looked very inviting, but we returned quite late from the safari and didn't use it. All in all, a great place for a great experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Porini64, Owner at Tarangire Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Jambo maeng,
Thank you for sharing your 5 Star experience! = )
Very happy to hear your enjoyed your 2 day stay here with the wildlife
in close proximity.

A warm welcome back again.

"Asante sana"
A. Simonson
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Property: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Address: P.O. Box 2703 | Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Tarangire Safari Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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 patio, 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, which make 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"! "Karibuni" or Welcome! ... more   less 
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