Maweninga Tented Camp

Maweninga Tented Camp: Our full report

Rooms
16 rooms
Children
Best for 8+
Open
All year

In the west of Tarangire National Park, Maweninga Tented Camp, built in 1990, has an impressive position on a high kopje, overlooking the soda lake of Lake Burungi, with Lake Manyara in the far distance.

The main area at Maweninga has a commanding view over Tarangire National Park and is used for most meals. It consists of a high thatched building with a polished wooden floor. Inside there are a number of trestle tables flanked by director’s chairs and from the ceiling two Ngalawa boats hang. Next to these, there are also two traditional beehives, made from Sausage tree wood – which thankfully are no longer in use! On one side of the restaurant there is a bar which is made out of tree trunks with dried mud walls. As with everything at Maweninga it is simple and understated, with a greater emphasis placed on the views than the décor.

The best vista is across the small central bridge to the dramatic campfire, sited on the edge of a large rounded boulder. Next to this there is also another small bar where guests gather in the evening to have a sundowner.

Maweninga's 16 canvas tents are all found to the right of the main area. They are raised on high wooden decks. Some are cantilevered from boulders to lend vertiginous, but spectacular, views from small verandas. The structures are built out of concrete and wood with a thatch roof. A safari-style tent is then hung inside the thatch. The tents are internally divided to create a bedroom and bathroom/dressing area, and facilities are very simple: log beds, a coat stand, small lamps, a small canvas shower and flush toilet. Aside from a few batiks, there is very little in the way of décor.

There are no resident guides at this camp, so you must visit with your own safari guide. The camp is in an excellent location to make the most of Tarangire’s wildlife. Due to the dry season in Tanzania it is best visited from July to October.

Our view

Maweninga makes no excuses about being one of the more simple options in Tarangire, but it’s also one of the cheapest. Don’t come here expecting fantastic food or service, but you can expect a comfortable stay with stunning views.

Geographics

Location: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Ideal length of stay: 2 nights

Directions: It is a 3-hour drive from Arusha.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Mount Kilimanjaro Safari Club

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: On our last visit here we did not get a chance to try the food.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Drinks are excluded.

Further dining info: Not possible.

Children

Attitude towards children: No age restrictions

Property’s age restrictions: None

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: Baby cots are available.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Solar Power

Power supply notes: There is solar power in the rooms, but batteries have to be charged in the main area.

Communications: There is no WiFi and mobile signal is limited here.

TV & radio: There is no TV here

Water supply: Transported in

Water supply notes: Bottled water is provided for drinking.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There is a first aid kit in the main area and two of the staff are trained.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in every room.

Extras

Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: Laundry services are not offered here.

Money: There is no safe.

Accepted payment on location: All payments must be made in cash (GBP, USD, TZS or EUR) – there are no credit card facilities.