Safari Lodge : The Tarangire Safari Lodge in Tanzania!
The Tarangire Safari Lodge in the Tarangire national park offers two features which you should not miss during any safari in Tanzania, two features which are unique and marvelous enough to make a huge difference to your safari experience.
Though it does not lack in comfort and amenities, the lodge is not the most luxurious accommodation in Tarangire or for that matter in Tanzania. In fact, all of the other nights during our 2012 safari were spent in more comfortable and certainly more luxurious lodges, permanent tents or mobile camps in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara parks. But the two nights we spent at the Tarangire Safari Lodge brought us our favorite and most memorable experiences, because this lodge offers two unique features: an open-air panoramic view to die for which you will remember forever, and animal encounters at close range which you cannot experience elsewhere (excluding of course viewing animals from the safety of your land rover).
The Tarangire Safari Lodge consists of a number of semi-permanent tents lined up on each side of a central lodge building along the crest of a hill overlooking the Tarangire national park.
This arrangement provides each tent with a panoramic view of the park from an elevated position. Since the park in that area is sparsely wooded, the view of the animals living as nature intended in the valley below is unencumbered.
The views of the Ngorongoro crater from the hotels located on the crater’s top edge are breathtaking, but they do not begin to compare with the spectacle surrounding the Tarangire Safari Lodge. Sitting in front of your tent or the main lodge, perhaps enjoying a cocktail or simply relaxing, and admiring at leisure the elephants and other wild animals as they move around the valley is an unforgettable experience.
In addition to the incredibly awesome view, the lodge offers animal encounters which are equally awesome. During our brief stay, we were entertained by monkeys playing on the roof of our tent, greeted by friendly diks diks and gazelles coming up the hill to the front of our tent, woken up by elephants foraging right outside our tent in the middle of the night and looking straight at us from a few feet away, as well as surprised by a lion slowing walking between two tents in plain daylight, and the list goes on. I invite you to read my safari blog posting on BonVoyageurs.com for more details of our upfront and personal encounters.
If you are traveling with children, a word of caution is called for if there is any chance that you would be unable to keep them with you at all times. Because the lodge is in a location where wild and dangerous animals frequently cross, basic safety precautions are required, such as calling for a security guard to accompany you from the lodge to your tent. This is the type of precaution required not only at the Tarangire Safari Lodge but in general at safari lodgings located within the confines of the parks. An unfortunate but exceptional accident occurred at the Tarangire Safari Lodge back in 2009 which should not, however, diminish your interest in experiencing the delight of this lodge. Visitors enjoyed the regular visit of a leopard to the barbecue area of the main lodge, but it led to tragedy when a child went outside without supervision while his parents were eating dinner inside.
An African safari will leave you with vivid and extraordinary memories of the animals in their natural habitat. The delectable tidbit here is that, if you want a complete Out of Africa experience, you will consider booking a stay at the Tarangire Safari Lodge. Safe travels from BonVoyageurs!
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