Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge is situated just outside the Tarangire National Park
Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge: Our full report
Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge – previously known as Tamarind Camp – is a simple and comfortable tented camp located just outside the gates of Tarangire National Park.
When we last visited, in July 2013, the communal areas of Kirurumu Tarangire were in the process of being enlarged and updated. The previous dining room, a small open-sided mess tent, could feel quite cramped, but the new dining room will be a larger, more permanent, concrete-and-thatch structure raised up off the ground with a lot more space. We look forward to seeing it completed.
Another tent of similar size is used for the lounge and bar. Here you’ll find homely Persian rugs covering the canvas floor, chunky wooden tables and a few sofas – an ideal place to relax, perhaps with one of the books from their small library. Snacks and drinks are served around the campfire in the evening.
The ten tented rooms at Kirurumu Tarangire are identical in design: simple and rustic, but perfectly comfortable. Each is raised on a stone base, and suspended under thatch, giving quite a permanent feel. There are even proper glass doors to enter the tents! Inside, the tents are spacious, and the red polished stone floors help to keep the rooms cool in the heat of the day. There is minimal furniture: a chunky double bed (they also have twins and triples) under mosquito netting, a bedside table, and a small writing desk where you’ll find a torch, bottled water, and insect repellent.
The bathroom sits at the back of the tent and although it’s a separate area, there’s no door or partition. It features twin sinks, a shower and a toilet – both of which have thin curtains to pull across for privacy – and a large lockable cupboard in which to store any valuables.
One thing which we found quite unusual was the proximity of Kirurumu Tarangire to the local village well – it’s located less than five minutes’ drive from the lodge entrance and driving past this straight into a lodge with plentiful quantities of running water felt a little uncomfortable. However, the camp is continually improving their relationship with the village: US$15 per person per night is contributed to a fund to help improve the village and village visits, which cost US$20 per group, are also possible.
Our viewKirurumu Tarangire Lodge works well as a relatively inexpensive base from which to visit the north side of Tarangire National Park, but bear in mind that this is the busiest part of the park – especially during the prize game-viewing months of the dry season.
Ideal length of stay: We recommend staying here for two nights while exploring Tarangire National Park.
Directions: Tarangire National Park is about two hours’ drive from Arusha.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: When we last visited Kirurumu Tarangire we didn’t have a chance to sample the food, but the manager told us guests can expect the following:
Breakfast is a buffet selection of cereals and fruit, and you can also order a cooked breakfast.
Lunch and dinner are both three-course meals with a soup to start. That said, the majority of guests take a packed lunch so they can spend the whole day exploring Tarangire National Park. There is a choice of main courses for dinner with one option always being vegetarian.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: All drinks cost extra.
Attitude towards children: Kirurumu welcomes children of any age.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Kirurumu Tarangire.
Special activities & services: There is a short botanical walk and a bird walk around the property, which children can join.
Equipment: Kirurumu Tarangire has a small bed for young children, but no cot.
Generally recommended for children: Kirurumu is a wild, unfenced camp and its proximity to the village means that the animals here can be a little more aggressive than usual because the villagers sometimes attack them. Given that there are few special activities or facilities for children, we recommend it only for children over the age of eight.
Power supply: Generator
Power supply notes: Each of the tents at Kirurumu Tarangire is powered by solar power and there is electricity 24 hours a day. The tents have UK-style three-square-pin plug sockets.
Communications: There is a computer in reception that guests can use to access the internet. There is no charge for this, but it uses a modem so can be very slow.
TV & radio: There is no TV or radio.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: Kirurumu Tarangire has a basic first-aid kit on site, but for serious health problems guests would be driven to Arusha.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: Askaris patrol the grounds and escort guests to and from their rooms after dark.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers around the tents.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: There is a laundry service, which costs a little extra.
Money: Guests can lock valuables in the lockable cupboard in their bedroom, or hand them into reception.
Accepted payment on location: Kirurumu Tarangire accepts payments in cash only. They usually accept British pounds, US dollars, euros and Tanzanian shillings.