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New York, New York
Reviewed 31 October 2014

My husband and I stayed at 6 properties throughout Tanzania, and Swala Camp was easily our favorite. The staff were incredibly warm and welcoming and the service felt very personal (a private dinner was even arranged to celebrate our honeymoon.) The accommodations were outstanding - beautifully decorated, lovely natural bath products, wifi available in the tents (the only property we...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor, much appreciated! Thank you for your lovely comments especially about Swala being your favourite in Tanzania.We hope to see you again soon hopefully for a longer stay.. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for...

Naperville, Illinois
Reviewed 27 October 2014

While I loved all the camps I stayed out in Tanzania, Sanctuary Swala was by far my favorite. The animal viewing was unbelievable, and the staff outstanding. Chris and Mina are wonderful hosts. The tents are more comfortable than some hotel rooms I've stayed in. This is an amazing place to stay. You have not lived until you hear the...

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Dear Nancy. What a phenomenal review, thank you! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for all the kind comments. We shared this your review with the rest of the team and they were thrilled with your feedback, It was indeed a great pleasure hosting you and we do hope to welcome you...

North Carolina
Reviewed 4 October 2014

I chose this camp because of the lack of barriers to the animals. In retrospect, I might have spent an extra day so I could hang around the camp and truly enjoy that aspect. As it was, we were gone so much on our game drives, that by the time we got back, I only had time to shower and...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for this wonderfully detailed review! Thank you for all your kind comments as well as your constructive feedback regarding the buffet dinners, we will be addressing this with our head chef and apologise if this tainted your experience with us. It was a pleasure to have you stay at Swala and we hope you return to...

Palo Alto, California, United States
Reviewed 29 September 2014

Amazing place to stay. Chris and Mina, the hosts/management, were very nice and knowledgeable. All the staff was extremely nice and accommodating The tents were very nice and comfortable. There are elephants right around the camp which is really cool. The food is amazing. The Guides are all good. We had Dominick who was the best guide we've ever had....

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for this amazing review, much appreciated! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. Chris, Mina and the rest of the team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back soon. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just...

Edmonton, Alberta
Reviewed 28 September 2014

Only spent one night here. We would like to stay three nights. Kind of remote but well worth it. There were about 15 elephants at the waterhole when we arrived. Monkeys in the trees and Impala grazing by the infinity pool. The night drive was incredible with wine/beer and tapas at sunset out in the bush and when we returned...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thanks for taking the time to post this awesome review on Tripadvisor. One night is definitely too short but we are very happy that you enjoyed it. Perhaps next time you can come for a longer stay? Chris and the team loved having you and are eager to welcome you back. Would be great if you can keep...

New York
Reviewed 16 September 2014

I mean where else can you go where there is a herd of elephants right by your tent. One of the most unique and amazing experiences i have lived. Going to this small "camp" was like being invited to someone's home. Must go if visiting the Tarangire National Park, and set up a morning balloon ride over the park.....amazing!

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Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor, much appreciated! Thank you for your kind comments – the team in camp loved the feedback. We hope to see you again soon at one of our properties, and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just...

Miami, Florida
Reviewed 7 September 2014 via mobile

Afri-que? This is the name we choose for our group of 24. Swala Sanctuary was one of the 4 camps we stayed while we vacationed for 3 weeks in Africa. Swala was the third camp we stayed in, our first in Tarangire National Park. It was really amazing to see so many animals in the property. Every morning we were...

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Dear Guest, Thanks for this awesome review, much appreciated! We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at Swala, Chris, Mina and the rest of the team loved hosting you and cannot wait to welcome you back... Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for...

Bellevue, Washington
Reviewed 5 September 2014

Sanctuary Swala was a great way to begin our experience in The bush. This was glamping at its best. Tent is permanent and had hot and cold running water as well as wifi. Teh staff was very knowledgeable ,and there is a watering hole in camp that a family of elephants seems to have adopted. You must be escorted at...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor, much appreciated! Thank you for your kind comments – the team in camp loved the feedback. We hope to see you again soon at one of our properties, and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just...

New Rochelle, New York
Reviewed 3 September 2014

We stayed at the camp for 3 days as part of our Tanzania and Zanzibar vacation. Everything about this resort was top shelf, including General Manager Chris and his staff, the facilities, the tent, the food and beverages, the service, the views and the wonderful animals present, e.g., elephants, lions, etc. Our stay could not have been better.

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Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review, we are delighted you had such a memorable stay with us. Our team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back one day soon. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are...

Milan, Italy
Reviewed 31 August 2014

A paradise in tarangire park Swala is really amazing, wonderful location in front of a water hole: you can enjoy your safari, by simply sitting on the patio! True luxury and perfect balance with real experience

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Dear Guest, Thank you so much for this great review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us at Swala and thank you for all the lovely comments. We shared your review with the team and they were very happy with your feedback. Please keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary by liking us on...

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The main area is situated right under a big baobab tree, a common sight in these parts of Tanzania. The dining area, lounge, deck and small library all feature a chic, contemporary African design with a traditional thatched roof. This main area is lifted on stilts allowing a wide view of the grasslands of the Tarangire right in front of the camp. The stunning infinity pool overlooks the nearby waterhole often visited by elephants as well as the big cats that are often seen. The relaxing pool area also provides the perfect place to sip a cocktail and cool down after a day of game viewing. Sanctuary Swala has been renovated to the highest eco- friendly standards and has a particularly low carbon footprint. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main area and in guests' tents. Each of the twelve canvas pavilions is shaded by tall acacia trees and all are within sight of the well frequented water hole. They are unashamedly luxurious and exquisitely furnished but still close enough to nature to permit an exciting night under canvas. The tents feature a spacious open plan arrangement with comfortable king or twin beds, campaign chairs and plush sofas and boasts an ensuite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower for that extra bit of luxury. Sip cocktails or enjoy scrumptious dinners on your own private veranda and watch the waterhole which regularly draws lions, leopards and resident bull elephants while your own personal attendant caters for your every need. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in guests' tents. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sanctuary Swala

Address: P.O. Box 427 | Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Price Range: $406 - $3,069 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Swala 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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