Swala Camp is located in the remote southern half of Tarangire National Park, situated in amongst tall acacia trees giving you a feeling of privacy, experiencing this wonderful park in peace and quiet.
Tarangire National Park is approximately 2, 850 sq km that lies at the centre of a vast ecosystem that comprises of the Tarangire Conservation area and also around 5, 000 sq km of unprotected land that extends across the Maasai Steppes. This park is usually dryer than the Serengeti but the Tarangire River that flows throughout the year - causing the park to have its own migration of mainly elephants, but other animals such as zebra, wildebeest and other animals attracted to this reliable supply of water.
The 12 canvas tent structures are spacious with open plan area with king-size bed and sitting area, looking onto your private veranda with views over the water hole, that draws a variety of animals to it, so an early sundowner here would be an alternative game viewing experience. The bathrooms are in keeping with the luxury of your tent and have an indoor and outdoor shower.
The main area has a comfortable sitting area, dinning area and small library which is on a raised platform to give you a panoramic view of the waterhole and the bush TV (campfire) where you congregate before dinner.
John and I just wanted to say a big 'thank you' for arranging the itinerary for our Golden Wedding. The whole trip was absolutely delightful. The guide kind, helpful and knowledgeable and the camps and lodges you chose equally interesting. Also nearly everything worked out to plan, which I know is not always possible in these countries - our only blip being a couple of hours in Arusha airport as they couldn't fit us on the first plane to Zanzibar.
It was great to relax at The Manor. It was SO beautiful there and the air is perfect. We just wished we could be there longer as we hardly touched base with all our interesting viewing in the crater. Somehow they calculated our return home and we came back to a bath already drawn full of rose petals. Then we were really spoilt with private dining, everything was perfect. Surely one of the best hotels we have visited.
We thought nothing could top that, but on our actual anniversary in Zanzibar, they brought canapés and bucks fizz to our room, which we thought was very nice, but then when we went for a drink before dinner they surprised us further by saying we were off for a 'bush' dinner. This confused me a bit as we were now on the beach, but it was amazing. They had built a little room on the beach from palm leaves, interwoven with flowers and put some fairy lights along the bushes. A big fire burned in a pit (only about 30deg) which was very atmospheric and then we had a special menu, with our own waiter. Various member of staff visited to wish us well, and when we returned to our room we had a bottle of sparkling wine, and some presents too. We were absolutely bowled over by it all, and had to admit that it was all much better than our actual wedding. Again possibly one of the best hotels we have visited.
The game viewing was great - each park having it's own speciality and we saw some amazing things. Kusini had a pair of lions visiting nightly and a herd of buffalo munching away a couple of feet from our bed. We loved Suala too, so pretty. So thank you very much for arranging it all for us.
John and Sheila Macnamara
March 10, 2015
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