Do you appreciate natural beauty, superlative luxury, and unique style? Do you want an exclusive safari experience unlike any other to be had in Tanzania? Do you believe in the possibility of your wildest fantasies coming true? Well, we think we might have a special treat for you.
The totally eccentric but equally luxurious Tarangire Treetops Lodge is situated among the giant baobab trees on the outskirts of the Tarangire National Park. You will find this magic Neverland at the end of a long road that winds its way through a stunningly beautiful patchwork of grassy savanna and looming baobab trees. Like a burst of tawny fireworks, leaping impala explode from the bush as you turn into the Lodge's main entrance. Upon first glace at the surreal surroundings, you will feel like you've suddenly stepped foot into a fairytale.
Maasai warriors greet you warmly upon your arrival and guide you to Reception. The reception area is set atop a flight of stairs and is delightfully built into and around a massive baobab tree. Comfortable benches are situated around a delightful fire pit in the cozy sunken lounge underneath the baobab's canopy. An open-air dining veranda offers panoramic views of the western sky which is streaked in crimson stains by a sinking sun. An elephant basks quietly in the waterhole nearby, while an azure infinity pool in the foreground laps serenely against the space between.
You'll feel like Alice in Wonderland as you are escorted to your own whimsical tree-house suite, built high in the arms of a giant baobab tree. There are only twenty of these marvelous tree-house suites spaced throughout the entire property to ensure a personal and intimate experience for each guest.
Accommodations are situated at an ample distance from each other to guarantee maximum privacy. Your own private suite is a lavish penthouse, set high on a platform in the leafy canopy of the baobab, truly "in the treetops". You will climb a winsome spiral staircase to enter a spacious retreat, designed in an overwhelmingly natural theme with an unexpected splash of edgy urban style. Indigenous materials are utilized throughout the Lodge in the form of thatched coverings, wicker furnishings, and heavy lumber, while contemporary décor includes clean lines, dual raised washbasins, and double metallic showers.
A sunshade of thatched awning stretches over a beautiful hard wood floor. Your crescent shaped suite is completely open-sided with nets and canvas flaps, affording a stunning panoramic view of the grounds below and beyond. The charming furniture is fashioned from the rugged timber of old wooden dhows with past stories of surf and sea. The yawning cathedral ceiling is supported by substantial wooden poles which look like tree-trunks themselves. Delightfully, many of the suites actually have the gnarled branches of their baobab host running through their upper walls, creating a truly unique atmosphere.
Because of this Lodge's location just outside of the National Park boundary, you may choose to participate in a unique night game drive after enjoying a delicious dinner. Or cozy up in the open-air library and lose yourself in a good book on Africa. Take a swim, indulge in sundowners, or snuggle up next to a blazing fire in the main lounge. The options are infinite, and there is no wrong answer at Tarangire Treetops.
But for now, just pour yourself a drink and listen to the live symphony of birds all around you. Bask in the dying crimson embers of a marvelous Tarangire sunset. Revel in the privacy and solitude of your leafy natural surroundings. Your private treetops suite offers the perfect retreat to simply be.
Tarangire Treetops (elevation of 3,891 feet) is located about 10 miles outside the north-eastern section of Tarangire National Park along the Engare River in the Lolkisale Game Controlled Area. Night drives and short walks are permitted due to its location outside of the park. The Lodge is not located in the most inspiring area but there are commanding views over the Rift Valley from the elevated tree houses. This section of the ecosystem straddles the Tarangire wildebeest and zebra migration routes.
Though Tarangire Treetops is certainly a splendid safari lodge, there are some important items to take into consideration when deciding if this is the right property for you. First, the Lodge is located outside the park away from the main wildlife concentrations along the Tarangire River and does not make the most optimal base for serious game viewing. There are certainly some resident animals in the immediate area including gazelles and some entertaining resident elephants but not to the extent or diversity seen inside the park. Additionally, it's approximately a 1-hour drive from the Lodge to the eastern Boundary Hill Gate, which is an inconvenience on game drives. Lastly, the dirt access road that one would take when coming from either Arusha or any of the Northern Parks (Serengeti, Crater or Manyara) is a bumpy 1-hour (15-mile) drive that traverses through areas that may be infested with tsetse flies.
Where else can you fall asleep in the fantasy of a whimsical tree house blended with the style of a luxury penthouse? Tarangire Treetops is a clever mélange of nature and extravagance, with a colorful splash of eccentricity and fun!
The Tarangire Treetops main Lodge area consists of the dinning, lounge, reception and gift shop. This entire area is built around the most colossal baobab tree in the area. There is an inside fire pit and a game viewing deck with an infinity swimming pool. In front of the game viewing deck, a man-made waterhole has been dug and filled for elephants in response to their frequent raids on the swimming pool. There are usually one or two elephants in the proximity of the Lodge during the dry season.
Accommodations consist of 20 individual tree houses with en suite bathrooms. The tree houses are actually constructed on platforms and stilts built around (not directly on) individual baobab and marula trees. The tree houses range from 8 to 20 feet off the ground and they are spaced throughout the property in a haphazard fashion. The rooms are accessed via a small spiral staircase at the base of each tree that leads up to the platform or deck. With a floor space over 65 square meters, they offer some of the largest rooms in all of East Africa.
The rooms are crescent shaped and wrap around each respective tree. They are completely open sided though completely enclosed in netting with retractable flaps. Several of the rooms actually have branches running through portions of the living space, which creates a wonderful atmosphere inside. The bathrooms are at the end of the crescent shaped room and consist of dual raised washbasins, double metallic showers and a proper flushing toilet. There is a nice deck that extends in front of the bed with fair to good views of the surrounding woodlands.
Tarangire Treetops may make an ideal choice for those people seeking a more relaxing safari experience with unique luxury accommodations and not a heavy game viewing emphasis. For some this may be of little consequence after visiting the big game parks of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. After all, Tarangire Treetops does make an excellent spot to unwind, relax and enjoy your last nights on safari. However, for most people the highly regarded Swala Camp with its in camp animal action, superb nearby game viewing, well-appointed safari tents and delightful atmosphere may make the best luxury choice in Tarangire.|
Food and Drink
Wake up calls are taken the night before, and steaming hot coffee or tea is delivered to your room in the morning at the predetermined time. Greet the dawn in tree house ambience, watching the remainder of stars melt into a brightening violet sky from your private veranda. Breakfast at the main Lodge consists of a mixed buffet with orders taken for eggs, omelets, bacon, toast, pancakes etc. The buffet consists of yogurt, nuts, cereal, breads, fruit and juice. Lunch is served fixed course. Breakfast and lunch boxes are available for those wishing to enjoy their meals in the bush and on game drives.
Dinner is a sumptuous series of four delicious courses, with the main course being a choice of either chicken, beef or pasta. Dinner menus are scheduled on a 7-day rotation ensuring each night you will enjoy a unique and delicious meal. Please note that you will be escorted to and from dinner each evening to assure your safety. All drinks including soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are included in your stay.
- Private game drives into the famous Tarangire National Park
- Night game drives
- Bush walks
- Picnic lunches
- Bush dinners
- Swimming pool
- Well stocked safari boutique and gift shop
- A full library of books on Africa
- 24 hour electricity
- Visit to a local school
- Laundry service is included in your safari package
- All beverages (beer, house wine, spirits, soft drinks) are included in your safari package