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Orlando, FL
Reviewed 4 February 2015

We started our ten day safari at Swala without our luggage thanks to the airline. But from the minute we were met, all the stress of being without our luggage went away. Chris and Mina made us feel so welcomed, the room was very nice and I specially appreciated the raised wood platform for my first tented experience in Africa....

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review, we are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us. We are pleased to see you have us at the top of your list! We hope to see you again soon and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just...

mt. lakes, new jersey
Reviewed 18 November 2014

Swala was our introduction to Tanzania and set a high bar. We stayed in Room 8 front and center to the water hole where we were mesmerized by the parade of elephants giraffes, lions, zebras and impala who visited daily. Both our room and the public spaces were gorgeous and totally in tune with the environment. Chris was a warm...

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

Dear Guest, WOW what a fantastic review, thank you so much! We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us at Swala and thank you for all your lovely comments - the staff loved your feedback. We hope to see you again soon and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats...

Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 November 2014

Thank you to Chris for his hospitality and all the staff . Great camp had room 12 out of the way and lions sleeping outside the tent at night was superb. Great food, and great days in the park with many elephant, cheetah, lion and leopard. Just get rid of the tetsie flies!!!!!!!!!

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. Very pleased you enjoyed your time with us, Chris and the rest of the team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back one day soon.. Dear Guest, (“4 of Big Five in one morning at beautiful lodge”) Thank you for this lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed...

Iowa
Reviewed 15 November 2014

There is a reason this camp is called Sanctuary Swala. It is paradise on earth. It is beautiful, and peaceful yet exciting. I stayed 2 nights and it was not nearly long enough to enjoy the beauty and excitement of Tarangire National Park. I arrived with a broken foot and with my right arm in a cast from the fingers...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us and hope you are completely healed. Thank you for your wonderful feedback - the team loved your review! We hope to see you again soon and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 11 November 2014

Where else can you view elephants, zebra and buffalo from the your tent and experience a romantic dinner under the stars with a pride of 14 lions only a few meters away? An unforgettable 2 nights in a very special place. The accommodation and food was excellent. We also loved the outdoor shower.

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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...

Reviewed 10 November 2014 via mobile

We visited Swala Sanctuary as our first stop in Tanzania. We would definitely stay there again. The manager was super friendly. I can still picture his smile and hear his laugh.... He was genuinely thrilled that were were there and he obviously loved Swala. The evening dinners buffets were quite tasty. The best part of the meals was the sparkling...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for sharing your experience. The team loved your feeback and hope to welcome you back again one day soon. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on...

New York, New York
Reviewed 30 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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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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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Swala, responded to this review

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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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...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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: $974 - $2,783 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Swala 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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