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Jul 17th, 2007, 10:43 PM
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Calo,
Boundary Hill sounds ineresting. A night drive would be kind of cool as well as a Masai walk.

As for River Camp, my disspointment was in the fact that this was by far the "least" luxurious camp we stayed at. If we would have sayed here first, I would probably have thought it was great. But we came from Kirawira, Migration Camp and Mbuzi Mawe. Compared to these the River Camp doesn't measure up. They are also adding quite a few more tents and I'm not sure they have the infrastructure to handle it.

But, unlike Sandi I don't have any other Tarangire camp experience so I can't compare it to any of the others.

Just my 2 cents.
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Jul 18th, 2007, 05:46 AM
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I agree that compared to Kirawira, Migration and Mbuzi Mawe, the River Camp is much less luxurious, Duane. I didn't realize that they were adding more tents. Did that affect your stay at all, or were they fairly discrete about the additions? Maybe you weren't in camp enough to really notice the work that was going on.

I'm really looking forward to your trip report, Duane....no pressure
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Jul 18th, 2007, 10:17 AM
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I'm working on it
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Jul 18th, 2007, 10:43 AM
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Tarangire River Camp is adding tents, but on my count, it's to replace those damaged this past season when a few fell into the river when the hill washed away. You could also see the big baobab tree down in the river... also gone during the diluge of last season! Even the public area (lounge, bar, restaurant) was new, completely rebuilt.

Duane - No question, when compared to Kirawira and Migration, River Camp doesn't compare. But for when you traveled, it was best to put Tarangire at the conclusion as the park only improves the later into June/early-July than beginning of June.
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Jul 18th, 2007, 11:59 AM
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Sandi, are you saying that the big baobab that the lounge was built around fell into the river?! That would be a shame, as it was such a unique building.
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Jul 18th, 2007, 12:47 PM
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Wow! Did you get pictures of the newly rebuilt camp, Sandi? Having only seen the camp in the dry season, it's hard to imagine that the little trickle of a river would have become so huge as to do that much damage! but I know it happens.
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Jul 18th, 2007, 01:49 PM
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Nope, no photos. Sorry. I was so engrossed looking at that baobab down in that "trickle of river" I didn't think to take pics. Besides, they were still in the process of building the public space, so we were navigating across a construction site. Even the manager's house which was right on the edge was lost. She's very disappointed to now be set back a distance from future danger.

Yes, as the story was told that "trickle" was flowing high and loud as it came around that bend. It's not like the edge was solid boulders or concrete, nothing more than dirt and sand... bye-bye!
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Jul 18th, 2007, 02:20 PM
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Wow, that's too bad about the Baobab tree - I think that was the best part of the camp.

I do remember that it took about 30 minutes to get to Tarangire River Camp from the park entrance. It may not be far, but that road was really bumpy. I thought the place was nice, but my parents were really tired of bumpy roads by then. If I had to do over, I probably would have picked an in-park lodging simply because I didn't like having to rush out by sunset.
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Jul 18th, 2007, 02:28 PM
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I guess the camp was inaccessible when the river was high, given that you have to cross it to get to the camp. Perhaps that's why TWC sold it.

Even though it's a bit of a drive to get to the park entrance, I've seen game along the way. Early one morning, we met a herd of elephants close to the camp. The Maasai village we visited this year was on the road to the River Camp.
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