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.
Swala Camp - The Facts
The camp is located in the Tarangire
National Park in northern Tanzania. It is situated on open grassland on the edge of the ‘Gursi’ swamp, making it an attractive proposal for thirsty elephant during the dry months. The camp was re-built in 2009, giving a luxurious yet modern twist to the camp.
Driving to Tarangire is fascinating: not only because of the vast array of elephants that you usually pass, but the contrasting bright terracotta earth and the lush greenery are stunning. It’s a very beautiful place and Swala camp is in a small secluded corner, giving it absolute tranquillity.
The paths around camp are a small network of scorched earth pathways leading off to the main areas of the camp and the guest tents. The main areas are large and comfortable, with the swimming pool offering a nice break from the midday sun and a lovely vantage point to survey the wildlife in the distance.
The rooms are elegant and comfortable. They are built up on wooden platforms and offer a slightly more solid structure than your typical safari tent. Inside you have space, comfort and an inside shower as well as the standard outside option.
As you walk around the camp, the impala (after which the camp is named) are everywhere, inquisitively watching the guests meandering through the main areas. They do a great job as environmentally friendly lawn mowers.
The walks are particularly pleasant, with Tarangire safari
night drives also being a fun option. It's the most luxurious camp in Tarangire.