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.
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.
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.
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 20 luxurious & unique ?£tree-housestyle rooms, approximately 55sq metres in size, set up into the baobab and marula trees. Each room has been designed using a mixture of contemporary and natural materials and has its own ensuite bathroom with double shower and vanity, and large verandah. The tents are built atop tree-attached platforms, overlooking the Tarangire Sand River, with views westwards to Lake Manyara and eastwards to Mount Kilimanjaro.
ROOM DCOR: The beds are constructed of rough timber and have romantic sweeping mosquito nets. Bathrooms are ensuite, with a shower. Each ensuite unit has a private verandah and lounge area with sweeping views over the private conversation area.
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.
The dining area overlooks the swimming pool and a waterhole which is often frequented by game. Its open spacious and allows an uninterrupted view of the land.
Central to the lodge is the Baobab Bar, a wide semi-circular bar built amidst the eaves of a massive Baobab tree, serving cocktails and sundowners before dinner. Adjacent to the bar is the dining area, suspended from a Baobab tree and serving top safari cuisine. A selection of fine wines and cognacs complement the meal.
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.
- - Swimming pool
- - Hand drier
- - Laundry
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.
- Walking safaris
- Day and Night game drives
- Authentic local Masai cultural experience
- Bush dining
- Watching animals at the camp waterhole