- Stunning tree-top accommodation
- Walking safaris, night drives
- Cultural visits
- Spectacular birdlife
Tarangire Treetops is found one hour’s drive north-east of Tarangire National Park’s eastern boundary. It is located on Masaai land in the private Lolkisale Concession Area. The lodge is built into the beautiful baobab trees and spreads widely across a lightly-wooded hillside with superb views across the Tarangire plains. The nearby Tarangire National Park is famed for its huge number of elephants, tree-climbing lions, waterbuck, giraffe, baboons, spectacular birdlife and for its swamps teeming with wildlife.
The property comprises 20 spacious and stylish suites, all of which are built on extraordinarily high wooden stilts and sit quite literally in the tops of the baobab trees. Each gauze-fronted room has highly polished floors, a small indoor seating area, a writing desk with hairdryer, an en-suite bathroom with toilet, twin sinks and hot double shower, and a private and expansive veranda affording incredible views of the surrounding bush. There is also a laundry service and meals can be ordered in rooms on request.
The main lodge is built on lower platforms, encasing an impressive baobab tree. There is a spacious and tranquil dining room, bar, reception and lounge overlooking the small swimming pool and a waterhole with its steady flow of wild animals, including visits from the famed Tarangire elephants during the dry season months. There is mobile phone reception, along with complimentary internet access. The food is good and barbecues are often held under the stars.
There are many activities to enjoy. The lodge is located outside the Taranagire National Park and therefore quite some distance from the main game-viewing areas; however the game-drives are well worth the wait. The park is transected by the Tarangire river which in the dry season becomes a life source for a huge abundance of animals, including thousands of elephant. This red-earthed and white-grassed landscape teems with animals and a fantastic display of birdlife. Night drives are also permitted in this National Park, along with slower-paced walking safaris. Visits to a nearby Masaai village can be arranged, allowing guests to gain insight into the local culture. An alfresco bush dining experience is also offered, where Masaai menfolk are invited to dance and sing whilst guests enjoy their dinner by lantern-light.
Children of any age are welcome and while there are no specific programmes for them, staff will do their best to accommodate any particular needs. Note that most of the accommodation is reached via fairly steep steps, plus children under the age of 12 are not permitted to participate in night safaris, so it’s worth planning a visit with younger children carefully.
Tarangire Treetops is a relatively upmarket place to stay and comes with a fairly high price tag. It’s quite large in size and might not be the nearest property to the game action in Tarangire; however the impressive, elevated location makes for a unique stay and affords guests the chance to relax in comfort and style within reach of the stunning Tarangire Plains.
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018
The Namibia trip was fantastic!
Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).
As for specifics:
This place was the best!
Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.
The only (slight) disappointment.
Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.
Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.
Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
A nice stopping point on the drive.
An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
The staff was on par with Okonjima.
2 days were perfect.
Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
They represent Tourdust well!
Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!
Earl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018
We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.
Jonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018