September 4-7, 2013
Set on a bluff far above the Tarangire River the Tarangire Safari Lodge boasts one of the best views in the park. The lodge takes full advantage of this prime location with a large cliff-side patio and a covered open lounge just above.
The screened in dining room, next to the lounge, also offers this same view as well as the guest tents closest to the main building on either side.
We stayed in one of the bungalows at the far end of camp. The room was small, just big enough to fit the three twin beds. The bathroom, however, was nearly as big as the bedroom and included a walk in shower with plenty of hot water. Regulating the temperature was a little tricky.
While the rooms are just adequate, what makes the lodge worth the stay are the common areas. The open lounge with a high vaulted ceiling is decorated in heavy dark wood furniture with thick comfortable cushions. A great hangout space with fantastic views and wifi, good enough to Skype home once in a while.
The dining room is equally spacious and decorated in a casual yet sophisticated African theme. The buffet lunch and dinner included a smallish but thoughtful international selection of well-prepared vegetable and meat dishes, including homemade soups and salads. The food quality is surprisingly close to what you find at higher priced tented camps.
Of all the places we stayed during our safari trip to East Africa, Tarangire Safari Lodge was the best value. Although the quality and size of the bungalows were far below the high-end tented camps, the views, common areas and food quality were a cut above more expensive lodges.