Tarangire Treetops stands on a hillside, just to the east of Tarangire National Park
Tarangire Treetops: Our full report
One hour's drive north-east of Tarangire National Park's eastern boundary, Tarangire Treetops is located on Masaai land in the Lolkisale Concession Area. Treetops is the sister lodge to Migration Camp, The Manor and Arusha Coffee Lodge, and offers similarly high standards of service, style and luxury.
The reception at Tarangire Treetops is set atop a broad wooden deck and wraps around a vast and very impressive baobab tree. A small curio shop sits behind, selling products such as baskets, beaded jewellery and T-shirts, as well as essentials such as toothpaste and suncream. From here the deck continues on to the open-sided lounge, sunken firepit and restaurant area, all set under cool thatch. Reclaimed dhow wood, neutral tones and beautiful African art create a simple and natural, yet very stylish feel. There are plenty of comfortable sofas and chairs here which it a perfect place to sit with a drink and watch the waterhole below. This is a hugely popular spot for elephants in the dry season, which makes for some captivating viewing.
Wooden steps lead down to a lower-level deck, where there is a pool with a few sunloungers facing over the surrounding bush. This is a pleasant location for dinner when the weather is fine.
Towards the back of the lodge is an outside dining area, designed in the style of a traditional Maasai manyatta, where evening barbecues are frequently held under the stars.
Each of the 20 suites or treehouses at Tarangire Treetops is perched in a stand of impressive baobabs. These are raised on extraordinarily high stilts, literally in the treetops. From this elevated position, the gauze-fronted rooms and fabulous wrap-around decks afford incredible views across the surrounding bush.
Inside, all the rooms are the same in style, featuring recycled aluminum and glass, beautiful reclaimed dhow wood, polished floors and either a twin or king-size bed with crisp linen and forest-green throws. There's a small seating area and coffee table immediately as you enter, then behind the bed, a writing desk with hairdryer. The open bathroom is at the back of the tent, with a toilet, twin sinks and a twin shower – all of a high quality.
Many of our travellers who come here will arrive with their own professional guide and vehicle. However, for those who fly in, Tarangire Treetops is just outside the national park and the camp can organise activities. The usual 4WD daytime safari drives are augmented by night drives and walking safaris, both of which are charged at an additional US$55 per person per night-drive or walk. This is paid to the camp, and we're told it is used towards conservation. To guarantee these additional activities it is best to arrange them in advance; please let us know if you would like us to do this.
Our viewTarangire Treetops has a lovely setting, good service from friendly staff, stylish design and high-quality fittings. This is probably one of the most luxurious accommodation options in or around Tarangire National Park. It is outside the park, which means driving in for most game-viewing activities, and you'll then be game-viewing in the busier northern side of the park. One interesting possibility would be to use Treetops for a one-or two-night stop on the way from Arusha to one of the camps deeper into the south of the park – as part of a long three- or four-night exploration of Tarangire.
Ideal length of stay: Most travellers spend two - three nights at Tarangire Treetops, but you could easily spend longer to further explore Tarangire National Park.
Directions: Tarangire Treetops is located about an hour's drive outside the eastern boundary of Tarangire National Park, and about 2 hours from Arusha.
Owner: Property Chain – Elewana
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: When we were last at Tarangire Treetops in August 2011, we found the food to be generally good.
Breakfast is a buffet of fruit, cereals, yoghurt and bread with fresh fruit juice, tea and coffee. You can also order a full cooked breakfast from the waiter.
You may choose to take a packed lunch, which would include tasty items like sandwiches, barbecued chicken, samosas and a salad, plus some fruit. Or you can return to the lodge for a light three-course lunch.
Dinner at Tarangire Treetops is a set three-course meal. On our last visit we had the choice of red pepper and tomato soup or roasted Mediterranean vegetable stack for the starter, followed by lemon chicken with coconut rice, pork loins, or vegetable curry. Dessert was a vanilla cream with cinnamon sugar. The service was great, and the food well presented and tasty – although not amazing.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Most drinks are included at Tarangire Treetops.
Attitude towards children: Tarangire Treetops will happily welcome children.
Equipment: Tarangire Treetops have cots.
Generally recommended for children: Tarangire Treetops has quite an adult atmosphere and we would recommend it only for older children.
Notes: Most of the treehouses at Tarangire Treetops are reached by quite steep steps which would be dangerous for young children.
Power supply: Generator
Communications: Tarangire Treetops has cellphone reception all around the camp. They also have WiFi and a laptop which guests may borrow.
TV & radio: There is no TV or radio at Tarangire Treetops.
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Medical care: There is a basic first-aid kit at Tarangire Treetops, but for more serious matters they would drive to Arusha or Karatu.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: Tarangire Treetops has 15 askaris (African guards) who escort guests around the camp at night in case of wild animals.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the rooms and main areas. There is also a fire break around the camp. The staff are periodically trained to deal with fires.
Disabled access: In Place
Laundry facilities: Laundry is included at Tarangire Treetops; it is machine washed and dried.
Money: Tarangire Treetops cannot offer any exchange facilities.