Since 1985, Tarangire Safari Lodge has been owned and managed by the Simonson family, who pride themselves on adding a personal touch and offering friendly, attentive service. Ideally located, the lodge is around a two-hour drive from Arusha Airport and a three-and-a-half hour drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Perched on the edge of an escarpment, Tarangire Safari Lodge offers sweeping views across the baobab-peppered savannahs of Tarangire National Park, home to large herds of elephants, zebras and wildebeest. There are also occasional sightings of lions, leopards and cheetahs.
Situated around 75 miles from Arusha, the family-owned lodge is a short hop from the main gate of Tarangire National Park. With a large verandah overlooking the Tarangire River, the lodge offers excellent game viewing and bird-watching. Elephants and giraffes may be spotted drinking from the river banks, while hornbills, buffalo-weavers and starlings can be seen overhead.
However, to get up closer to more wildlife, there’s the choice of a bush walk or a guided day or night game drive in an open-air Land Rover. After a day’s exploring, guests can relax with a massage or stretch out aching limbs with yoga in the fresh air at the Patulivu banda (thatched hut), gazing at the river winding through the plains beyond. Alternatively, there’s the chance to swim in the outdoor pool, browse handmade crafts designed by local artisans in the Baobab Boutique or just lounge in one of the comfy sofas, drink in hand.
Sheltered by acacia and baobab trees, the lodge’s quintessential safari tents are decked out with locally sourced textiles; all come with a private terrace — the perfect spot to enjoy the wildlife-dotted vistas. Five spacious bungalows open on to a shady verandah near the water hole. Thick walls, a thatched roof and large windows help the space to stay cool on warmer days.
Come evening, guests can appreciate the view with a sundowner on the terrace and, later, tuck into home-style cuisine at the open-air dining room, washed down with a drink from the well-stocked bar. For special occasions, candlelit dinners under the stars can be arranged.
Soak up the views of Tarangire National Park before a night game drive in an open-air Land Rover
Need to know
· En suite twin or double tents
· 5 en suite bungalows for triple accommodation
· Swimming pool
· Children’s splash pool
· Patulivu banda for massage and yoga
· Baobab Boutique
· Lounge and bar
· Bush walks
· Guided day and night game drives