- 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 whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.
The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.
The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.
We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.
You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.
Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.
stuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019
Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:
Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.
We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.
Gwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018