The lodge was the first to be built in the park. Since 1985, it has been owned and managed by the Simonson family, who have added a very personal touch. The permanent tents are sturdy and comfortable, if rather rustic. They are built on a solid base, with a thatched roof and verandah, screened windows with large curtains and en-suite bathrooms with solar heated showers. We have been booking guests to this camp for many years and the team have been lucky enough to visit on several occasions.
Sara, our Marketing Director, visited in 2013. These were her remarks:
"Really enjoyed my overnight here and felt the awesome location with that incredible view over the river outweighed my initial concerns over closely spaced, small tents (as long as people know what they are getting). Shower was good with a plentiful supply of hot water. Met with owner Annette and toured the site - felt the bungalows (which accommodate 3 people in 1 double and 1 single bed) although larger than the tents and more private did not benefit from the same amazing view - they look out over the plains rather than directly over the river like the tents. If you are going to stay here then really think a tent with a view is the way to go!"
"In my view, best tents are to the right of main lodge as you look at the view - they stretch out along a bluff in a long line nos: 5, 6, 7 (short walk from main lodge - great views) 17, 22 (much longer walk from lodge - great views)."
"The main bar area and terrace also benefit from fabulous views - a great place to sit and watch the world go by. The sofas in the bar were very comfy with a plethora of martins swooping in and out from under the eaves. Good atmosphere in camp in the evening - a mobile 'sundowner' bar appears on the terrace and lanterns and a camp fire are lit. The lodge offer complimentary snacks or 'bitings' with drinks - mostly G&T and cold bottles of Kilimanjaro."
"Small pool looked a bit tired. It has a water chute which would appeal to children although don't really see this as a property suited to families with young children."
"Some of the best game viewing was from camp during my stay - big herds of elephant and zebra visited the river day and night - dik dik and various other antelope all in camp around the tents and terrace. Mongoose too. Lions roaring by night."
"A massage sala 'Patulivu' has just been set up beyond tent 22 with views over both rivers - consists of a private decked area (which can also be used for private sundowners or yoga)."
"Standard of food was very good during my stay with vegetarian options and drinks were very reasonable. Dinner was served buffet style with Indian dahl and a variety of curries. You can eat through in the bar area if you prefer - it was all very relaxed and very flexible which I liked, especially as I was travelling solo. Staff told me about a leopard which had visited the kitchen one night just before my stay!"
"Electricity on at set times only. Solar lanterns are provided in the tents. You can charge camera equipment etc behind the bar during set times. After sundown Askaris escort around the camp."
"In conclusion - that view is worth a lot! Don't expect the lap of luxury, this is a no-frills kind of camp and the accommodation feels pretty basic compared to the standard of other newer camps and lodges in the area, but location is king, and here you can really get in the midst of the action and for that reason I loved it."
All the pictures shown here were taken by Sara in 2013.
Tarangire Safari Lodge is one of the larger properties we use but its location makes it a popular place. From its terrace you can sit and watch a large tract of the park, usually with elephants and other game grazing away. It offers both tented accommodation as well as five traditioanl bungalows designed in the style of traditional boma. There is a lounge area and bar, as well as a dining room. The swimming pool also boasts a bar for a beer or tea and there is a smaller, shallower pool for children.
Game drives within Tarangire National Park are a year-round wildlife spectacle. The river flows through the park and is a magnet for wildlife, especially the large populations of elephant that can be found here. The park also contains varied and contrasting landscapes and excellent birdlife.
There are balloon flights available in Tarangire National Park which can be arranged in advance by us. Our Director Roberts says, " My flight was an amazing experience, not just because of how high you go - we could clearly see Kilimanjaro in the northern horizon - but also how low. As we drifted over the Tarangire River we were lower than the banks on either side. You really get a feel for the vast scale of the place, as well as some amazing views of the game.
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