Kudu Lodge and Campsite
Rating – Budget
Nestled in 11 acres of rolling countryside at Karatu, Kudu Lodge is a firm favourite of our team, due to its affordability and great location near Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Kudu Lodge offers a wide variety of comfortable accommodation for visitors. There are three different kinds of bungalows available to choose from, all tastefully furnished with en-suite bathrooms. Set among lush green tropical gardens, which are home to a myriad of birds, this tranquil and shady oasis provides a perfect hideaway for visitors. To top things off, Kudu Lodge offers outstanding hospitality, always delivered with a smile.
All bungalows have private bathrooms with showers and toilet, desks, free WiFi, in house telephones, teat/coffee making facilities, safe boxes, private veranda with garden views, mosquito nets. Suites feature king-size beds and a lounge with a fireplace. You’ll also have access to the lodge bar, restaurant, swimming pool, gift shop and spa.
Game drives, village walks, cultural activities, Ngorongoro Highland walks, swimming
Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Rating – Budget
Simple, clean and homely, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge is a small sanctuary on the edge of Karatu Town. Here safari travelers are invited to take a break from the dusty roads and enjoy the fresh countryside in one of their 32 cottages. Ten rooms in five double cottages are located in a coffee garden. The rest of the rooms are located surrounding the pool area. All for a very reasonable price! The property was opened in 2006 by a local onion farmer and chef who saw potential in the area. The staff are also all from the local area and offer a warm and friendly service making guests feel as if they could have been visiting old friends.
Each room has mosquito-netted king or twin beds, dressing area, a fireplace, large bathroom with shower and a veranda with garden views. The lodge also has a swimming pool, baby pool, indoor and outdoor dining areas, bar, massage room and communal lounge.
Game drives, bird watching, cultural activities, swimming, hiking and walking activities, swimming.
Maramboi Tented Lodge
Rating – Mid-range
Maramboi Tented Lodge is a luxurious tented camp located in the migratory corridor between Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park. Due to its location it offers impressive views of the Ngorongoro Highlands, Rift Valley, Lake Manyara, and on a clear day even Oldonyo Lengai, a sacred mountain to the Maasai.
There are 40 spacious tents built on wooden decks. Among them are 26 standard rooms, 10 suites and 2 units with interconnected rooms – ideal for families with children. They all have en suite facilities and a private veranda for wildlife viewing.
Due to the open landscape surrounding Maramboi, the area is one of the only places in East Africa where it’s possible to clearly see migration herds of tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra, followed by predators, passing by. Although the migration can be seen in other areas of Tanzania, this is a great place to appreciate its full magnitude.
All rooms have a double or twin bed, draped in a mosquito net, a writing desk, and en suite bathrooms with solar-heated showers. There is also a large dining area which leads out to a wooden deck and swimming pool. Other facilities include a library and computers.
Game drives, bird watching on the shores of the not too distant Lake Manyara and cultural interaction with Datoga and Maasai tribes, whose bomas populate the adjacent land.
Rating – Luxury
Part of the Elewana Collection, Tarangire Treetops is beautifully situated on the border of Tarangire National Park and is “glamping” at its finest.
Spaced around the main lodge, which features a thousand-year-old baobab tree, Tarangire Treetops offers 20 tree house guest rooms. Each tree house is also nestled among ancient baobab and marula trees, offering great views of the Tarangire plains from their expansive private balconies. Complete with a double shower and en-suite bathroom, the furnishings inside these unique treetop rooms create a cozy feel. A nearby waterhole also attracts a number of animals during the evening, and sometimes you might find them sleeping peacefully below the sheltering tree houses.
It’s favoured among clients looking for a romantic and enchanting getaway, however it’s fun and fairy-tale ambience makes it great for families with children too.
Single and double rooms are available, all with an en suite bathroom, viewing deck, electronic safe, internal telephone system. Laundry service is available and you will have access to a dining area and infinity swimming pool.
Game drives, night game drives, bush walks, sundowner cocktails on Sunset Hill, bush dinners, bird watching, balloon safaris, and cultural interaction.
Rating – High-luxury
Located in a remote corner of Tarangire National Park, Sanctuary Swala Camp looks out upon the flat savannah and is hidden from the crowds by giant acacia trees. Probably the most luxurious accommodation is the Tarangire, this camp aims to uphold high eco-standards and a low carbon footprint.
12 canvas pavilions are beautifully furnished and very exclusive, each one looking out upon a nearby waterhole which draws out large elephant herds, as well as lion, making game viewing easy for guests. En suite bathrooms provide indoor and outdoor showers, with very spacious interiors furnished with comfortable sofas.
Guests can choose to relax with dinner and cocktails on their own private veranda or the main dining room which is shaded under a giant baobab tree with wonderful sweeping views of the surrounding area. Views of the waterhole can also be enjoyed at leisure from the infinity pool.
12 luxurious canvas pavilions, en suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor dining area with viewing deck, library, laundry service, safes in rooms, Wi-Fi.
Game drives, night game drives, walking safaris, bush breakfasts, picnics and dinners, village visits and cycling, and a visit to the camp’s beekeeping project in the village of Mwika.