Little Oliver’s a relatively new camp, and the little brother of our favourite camp in the Tarangire National Park. Little Oliver’s is located perfectly to take full advantage of this untouched, spectacular wilderness
Oliver’s Camp is our favourite camp in the Tarangire National Park. It is a lovely, friendly, rustic camp in probably the best game viewing area in the park. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in a real, authentic safari experience. Providing that you go between July and November, this camp offers one of the best experiences on the northern circuit.
Opened in 2014, this is one of Tanzania’s newest camps and a classic Nomad safari experience. Tucked away in a secluded area of the park, this is a good option for those wanting Nomad’s tried and tested combination of luxury, environmental awareness and great guiding.
Kichuguu is a fantastic little Tarangire camp set in the heart of the park. Not only is it unbelievable value for money, but it is very comfortable with a great atmosphere, good food and very friendly staff.
Kirurumu is the best of the tented camps set around the edge of Tarangire. It is only 15 minutes to the park gate and yet feels pretty wild. The camp fire outside the front of the lodge is a fantastic place to relax and feel very much a part of the bush, as many animals come through the camp in the dry season attracted by the swamp which is neatly placed at the front of the lodge. This is what sets Kirurumu apart from its competitors outside the park and the camp itself is of a good quality, especially given the low price.
Sitting on the shores of Lake Manyara, Maramboi is a large permanent tented camp offering game drives in both Manyara National Park and Tarangire. It shares its unique location with just one other lodge and is a lovely quiet alternative to the value lodges clustered around the north of Tarangire. It’s a bit big but that serves to keep the price incredibly low given the quality of the rooms and main areas.
Swala is probably the most luxurious camp in the Tarangire National Park. The bandas are all very smartly furnished and comfortable. It is situated in probably the best game viewing area of the park, fantastic for game drives and walking safaris. It should not be compared to Olivers, as it’s very different in style. The location is just off a swamp, thus attracting huge numbers of elephant during the dry season.
Tarangire Treetops run by Elewana, a trusted safari operator with some of Tanzania’s top properties in their portfolio. The camp itself is amazing. The rooms, the layout, the views. It’s an ideal setting for a safari camp and the quality of the product really shines through. But the only drawback is that the camp is located outside the park. This isn’t the most appropriate of locations when there are some excellent properties inside the park. Our first choice property here is Olivers Camp, then Swala which are both in the park, and Tarangire Treetops would next.
Probably the pick of the Sopa lodges in Tanzania as it offers a somewhat intimate experience (considering the numbers of rooms), in a great spot for game viewing. Being a Sopa lodge it is rather dated but it serves as a brilliant money saver in an excellent position of the park. Ideally you want to be a bit further south and stay at Olivers or Swala which are more expensive but the extra cost is certainly justifiable. They are in great locations and they are small tented camps.