Tarangire Treetops

Tarangire Treetops: Our full report

Rooms
20 treehouses, at various heights
Traveller's rating
Good (80%) From 1 review
Children
Good for 12+
Open
All year

One hour's drive north-east of Tarangire National Park's eastern boundary, Tarangire Treetops is located on Masaai land in the Radilen Management 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. While the lodge is open year-round, the fruits of its marula trees attract elephants from July to September, making that a particularly good exciting time to stay here.

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 swimming pool with sunloungers facing over the surrounding bush. This is a pleasant location for dinner when the weather is fine. And birdwatching around the pool is wonderful.

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 or near a tree, some in marula trees and some in baobabs. The tree houses are raised several metres above ground level on stilts, with natural tree branches and tree trunks growing through some of them. Rooms #5, #8, #9, #10 and #15 are notably higher, so if you want to experience the real treehouse vibe, choose one of these. From their elevated positions, the mesh-fronted rooms and wrap-around decks offer impressive views across the surrounding bush.

Inside, all the rooms are similar in style, featuring 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 flush loo, twin wash basins 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 around one hour’s drive outside the national park and the camp can organise activities with their own camp vehicles and guides. 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’s best to arrange them in advance, so please let us know if you would like to do this.

Tarangire Treetops lies 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.

Our view

Tarangire 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 and the high-level rooms, with their arboreal environment, are beautiful and memorable.

Geographics

Location: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

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 1.5 hour's drive outside the eastern boundary of Tarangire National Park, 22km away, and about 2.5 hours from Arusha.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Property Chain – Elewana

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: When we were last at Tarangire Treetops in November 2015, we found the food to be generally good.

Breakfast (around 06:30–09:00) 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, served from 12:30–14:30.

Dinner at Tarangire Treetops is a set three-course meal, served roughly between 19:30 and 21:00. 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 was well presented and tasty.

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. Champagne, premium wines and luxury spirits are extra.

Further dining info: No

Children

Attitude towards children: Tarangire Treetops will happily welcome children.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Tarangire Treetops.

Special activities & services: Tarangire Treetops can do special meals for children. They can also help with childminding, though parents should be aware that staff are not trained in child care. Staff can organise nature walks and trying out local bows and arrows.

Equipment: Tarangire Treetops have cots and high chairs, but babies and young children rarely stay here.

Notes: Most of the treehouses at Tarangire Treetops are reached by quite steep steps which would be dangerous for young children.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Generator

Power supply notes: Electricity is available 24 hours a day and you can charge batteries in your room.

Communications: Tarangire Treetops has cellphone reception all around the camp. They also have WiFi in the central area, and a laptop which guests may borrow at no charge.

TV & radio: There is no TV or radio at Tarangire Treetops.

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: Hot water is available all day and drinking water is supplied as half-litre plastic bottles.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There is a basic first-aid kit at Tarangire Treetops and some staff have had first-aid training, but for serious matters they would drive to Karatu (2 hours) or Arusha (2.5 hours).

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: Tarangire Treetops has plenty of askaris (security guards) who escort guests around the camp at night, when animals sometimes wander into camp. Each tree house is equipped with a 2-way radio for requesting an escort. The rooms also have panic buttons, though we can't think they are used very often.

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.

Extras

Disabled access: In Place

Laundry facilities: Laundry is included at Tarangire Treetops and it is machine-washed and tumble-dried.

Money: Tarangire Treetops can only offer foreieng exchange in small amounts.

Accepted payment on location: Tarangire Treetops accepts MasterCard, Amex and Visa credit cards (no surcharge) as well as cash in pounds, US dollars, euros or Tanzanian shillings.

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