Overlooking the Tarangire River which never dries up Tarangire Safari Lodge offers visitors breathtaking views of beautiful landscapes and a wide array of animals from its deck, thatched tents and bungalows. Sit on the veranda at sunset and watch elephants come down to drink, their babies splashing and playing. Pure, African bliss.

  • Panoramic views across savannah and Tarangire River
  • Spectacular, uncrowded game viewing during the dry season
  • Night drives inside Tarangire National Park
  • Sparkling pool to cool off in the African heat
  • Birdwatching and wildlife spotting from your veranda
  • Patulivu, a private deck for massages and pampering

The main attraction that draws people back to Tarangire Safari Lodge over and over again is its panoramic view across the savannah and ever-flowing Tarangire River. It's hard to beat this vista, seen from both the lodge veranda and the private verandas of the thatched tents and five bungalows.

Accommodation is in thatched twin, double or triple tents with mesh-screened windows, or five bigger, circular, Maasai-style bungalows which are perfect for families. They are all en-suite with solar-heated showers and each has its own veranda.

Main lodge

With its large veranda and lounge and bar area, you can easily spend your days with a pair of binoculars, sipping on a tall drink, watching the animals come and go on the plains and river banks below. The open-air dining area shares these spectacular views, so you won't miss anything!

A sparkling pool and shallow splash pool for kids under beautiful acacia trees is the perfect place to cool down after a dusty and hot game drive.

Also at the main lodge, the Baobab Boutique offers a selection of handmade Tanzanian gifts to take back home.

Things to do

The Tarangire River never dries up and is the only source of water during the dry season from July to October, so it draws hundreds of animals to the park, making for spectacular wildlife viewing and bird spotting. The landscape is varied, with grassy savannah plains, swamps, hills and beautiful baobabs.

Both guided and unguided game drives during the day can be booked at the lodge. They also offer night drives and guided bush walks for those wanting to get up close and personal with the African bush. Note that these all need to be booked in advance.

Getting there

By road - Tarangire Safari Lodge is an easy drive from Arusha on tarred road to 7 km before Tarangire National Park. It's just over 100 km (65 miles), which takes about two hours to drive. Tarangire Safari Lodge is about 10 km from the main gate.

By air - Arusha is served by two airports. Arusha Airport has daily flights from numerous local destinations and Kilimanjaro International Airport has daily flights from local, African and international airlines. Charter flights to Tarangire can be booked.

Our take on Tarangire Safari Lodge

Perched on a hill overlooking the Tarangire River, this must be one of the best lodge views we have come across. You can sit for hours with just your binoculars, always seeing something down below. With rustic canvas tents and bungalows, all the rooms have a great view over the river valley. Being inside the national park, when you head out on your game drive, it starts immediately.

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