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Nimali Tarangire
Nimali Tarangire
Nimali Tarangire
Nimali Tarangire
Nimali Tarangire
Nimali Tarangire

Nimali Tarangire: Our full report

Nimali Tarangire is a permanent, tented camp that opened in 2015 on the north-eastern boundary of Tarangire ...

... National Park. Built on a private concession, it is located on the pretty banks of a seasonal river in the Randilen Wildlife Management Area.

The main areas of the camp consist of a stone, canvas and burlap lounge area, with a wood-effect tiled floor and natural boulders breaking up the design. Built over different levels the dining area is on one level and on the other side is the lounge split over a few levels, creating separate quiet seating areas. Beautiful framed artwork featuring antique maps of Africa and various plant species are hung throughout. In front of the main area a small, pretty swimming pool overlooking a waterhole and the savannah beyond, is a major feature. It provides a nice setting for dinner, or for relaxing by in the afternoon on one of the loungers. There is also a large raised firepit boma, with built-in comfy seating used for sundowner drinks.

Directly in front of the raised boma is the latest addition the hide. Guests can walk down a few steps from the boma, along a corridor and into the covered hide. Windows look out from the hide onto the waterhole which is floodlit at night. On our recent visit we returned from an afternoon drive to find a group of elephants at the waterhole, so we immediately went down to the hide and got a close up view of these majestic animals drinking and playing, without them even knowing we were there.

The ten contemporary tented rooms are raised up on decking and can be arranged as king-sized doubles or twins. Two family tents consist of two en-suite rooms separated by a lounge area, offering large suites designed for families or friends travelling together. These two large suites have their own small plunge pools.

Inside, the rooms have wood-effect tiled floors and attractive and modern furnishings, with large, cushioned, wicker armchairs and cowskin-covered seats out on the deck. The beds have good quality linen, and an extra bed can easily be added to make them into triples (Rooms #1-3 only). The rooms are well equipped with thoughtful touches, such as the jar of homemade chocolate. Each tent is supplied with large, electronic safes (can fit a laptop), hair driers, bug spray, torches, umbrellas and fans. The long private decks are perfect for relaxing after a game drive or for sipping your morning coffee bought to your tent as a part of your morning wake-up call, with views over a seasonal riverbed.

The smartly designed bathrooms come with double wash basins and very large walk-in, rainfall plumbed showers. Solar-heated hot water is available at any time. Gilchrist & Soames bathroom amenities like liquid soap, body lotion, and bar soap are provided.

The camp is located on the north-eastern boundary of the Tarangire park ecosystem, in a picturesque private concession of baobabs and grasslands, interspersed with woodlands, with plentiful elephants always around the camp. We were really impressed with the amount of wildlife we saw in and around the camp, including a female leopard in the dry riverbed right outside of our tent. The Arusha road continues past Nimali's access road to Tarangire's Main Gate (roughly 20 minutes away), but the camp usually accesses the park via the Boundary Hill Gate. This is around a 45-60 minute drive (depending on what you spot) through the picturesque Wildlife Management Area, and so your game drive starts straight away.

In terms of activities, most guests stay at Nimali Tarangire during the course of a road safari and will do game drives with their own private driver-guide. However, the camp has an open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle for guests who fly in, and it is possible to arrange sundowner drives and night-drives (which must be prebooked and are an additional cost).

If you want a break from the vehicle, we are told that pottering along the very picturesque dry riverbed, with its huge boulders and tangles of branches makes for a pleasant excursion. You will need to take a guide from the camp. Stretching out for a few hours on a sun lounger by the pool, with elephants and plentiful birdlife to watch, would be a fine alternative to a game drive. Sundowners are enjoyed on a nearby hill away from camp with a stunning view of the surrounding area.

Our view

This is a very stylish camp located in the peaceful Randilen WMA. The staff are helpful and welcoming, and the accommodation extremely polished. You certainly do not feel like you are missing out by staying on the outskirts of the national park, and the camp's peaceful concession offers a sense of exclusivity at a more affordable price.

Richard Trillo

Richard Trillo

Tanzania expert


Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Ideal length of stay
2 - 3 nights
Nimali Tarangire is around a 2 hour drive from Arusha. The camp is located outside Tarangire National Park, in a wildlife management area, around a 20 minute drive to the Main Gate, or 40 minutes to the Boundary Hill Gate.
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Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board
Food quality
Breakfast has both hot and cold options with eggs, bacon, and sausage available as well as pancakes, which is what the camp takes enormous pride in! A buffet is also available with cereal, yogurt, and bread options like croissants, sliced bread, and rolls. Bush breakfasts are also available on request.

Most of the time, guests are on full day game drives in the Park, and a box lunch is prepared in advance, which typically contains a meat option like seasoned chicken or roast beef as well as a starch such as pasta salad. Most come with fruit and a drink of your choice.

For dinner we enjoyed either vegetable samosas or tomato soup for starters. Main course was fillet of Nile Perch with lemon butter sauce served on a bed of beans, carrots and broccoli and rice on the side. The vegetarian option was a well seasoned stuffed aubergine. More complex special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.
Dining style
Individual Tables
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included
All drinks are included except premium drinks.


Attitude towards children
Children of all ages are welcome, although this camp has an adult atmosphere.
Property’s age restrictions
There is no age limit
Special activities & services
There is a children’s menu and special meal times can be arranged.
Baby cots are available.
Generally recommended for children
We recommend Nimali Tarangire for children 10 years and older. It is too open and too wild.
The camp is not fenced and game wanders through day and night. Parents need to keep a strict eye on their children.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Nimali Tarangire

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Nimali Tarangire have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.


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Spotted Hyena

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Striped Hyena

0% success

Wild dog

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Power supply notes
There is a backup generator. The power is on 24/7 and there are sockets for charging in the rooms.
WiFi is available throughout the camp, although this is weak in the bedrooms.
TV & radio
There is no TV at Nimali.
Water supply
Water supply notes
Eco-friendly filtered, purified drinking water is provided to all guests.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Medical care
A first-aid kit is available. All staff get first-aid training from KK in Arusha. The nearest medical facilities are a clinic at Mto wa Mbu and the Fame Hospital in Karatu.
Dangerous animals
Security measures
There are Maasai askaris around the camp at all times, and guests are escorted to and from their rooms after dark, using a torch. Radios are available and whistles are provided in the rooms.
Fire safety
There are fire extinguishers in the rooms and public areas.


  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching


  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

    Hot air ballooning

  • Night drive

    Night drive


Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
Laundry is included. It is machine-washed and tumble-dried, so all garments can be included.
There are safes in all the rooms.
Accepted payment on location
On our last visit in 2023 credit cards were not accepted. Cash is available in most currencies.

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