- 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 safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019