Tarangire River Camp?

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Apr 16th, 2008, 08:56 AM
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Tarangire River Camp?

I understand Tarangire River Camp was washed away in a flood 2 years ago but has been rebuilt.

Does anyone have any experience with it and any recommendations or hesitations?

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Apr 16th, 2008, 09:13 AM
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Tarangire River Camp was NOT washed away (that very rainy and unusual period bet. Nov '06-Apr 07). They had major damage to their public space (bar/restaurant) and the giant baobab along with a tent that was at the edge of the cliff went into the drink. Balance of the camp seemed untouched.

When I visited end-May '07, the public space rebuild was nearing completion. The camp and tents are lovely.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 09:42 AM
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Did they build their lounge/dining space around a Baobab tree again? I think that was the best part of the camp.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 10:04 AM
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From where I could view, it seemed there was "something" in the middle of the platform. However, not all the steps had been built and I wasn't about to go climbing on what appeared to be very strange looking scaffolding.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 10:26 AM
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Hmmmm... hopefully a fodorite has been there since the new renovations...
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Apr 16th, 2008, 01:10 PM
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Before and after pictures here:

http://www.go-safari.com/Tarangire/RiverCamp.htm

They added an upstairs seating area and a firepit on the deck.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 01:20 PM
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Eben, have you been to the graduation ceremony and Koiyaki Wilderness Camp now?
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Apr 16th, 2008, 01:29 PM
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Oh, so no baobab tree in the middle of the lounge? It looks rather strange now. How disappointing. Looks like they did move the fire pit up into the lounge, though. Previously, they had down on the ground near the river which wasn't as nice.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 01:51 PM
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Nyamera

Yes, despite heavy rains we made it to the Koiyaki ceremony! A very moving and happy experience! I will start a new thread about it.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 01:56 PM
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Eben, welcome back, btw. I look forward to that thread, even though Iíve discovered that Koiyaki Camp is very expensive.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 04:56 PM
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So Eben,

Do you think Tarangire river camp is better now that it has been rebuilt?

Or was it better a few years ago before it got washed away?

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Apr 18th, 2008, 12:30 AM
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We stayed at the Tarangire River Camp July 2007 and had a thoroughly delightful experience. I can't speak to the before and after because I never visited the "before". The rooms are charming. The restaurant/lounge/reception area,which is built around the baobab tree, feels like an exotic tree house. Best of all, we had some of the most delicious dinners of our whole safari at this camp- the chef was very good. I recommend this camp.
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Apr 19th, 2008, 04:03 AM
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Thanks! Much appreciated!
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Apr 20th, 2008, 08:10 AM
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We also stayed there July 07. At the time, I wasn't that impressed but as more time goes by I might have been a little harsh. At the time the only places I had to compare it with were Kirawira Camp, Migration Camp and Mbuzi Mawe so it was a unfair comparison. This was the last stop on our Safari.

Looking back it was a nice place. Although we never had a hot or warm shower and we didn't have choices at dinner but the tent was OK. We were the first tent way down at the end. Great location actually. Be aware they have built quite a few tents in a second row behind the front tents so make sure to ask for a front tent if you want any kind of a view.

I would go back. A drawback was that you had to leave the park to get back to it. I understand there are other places in the park. Might make for a little more game time.

enjoy your stay,
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Apr 20th, 2008, 09:39 AM
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I've stayed at Tarangire River Camp, albeit while it was still owned by Tanganyika Wilderness Camps (I believe Chimpanzee Safaris bought it from TWC.) We never had a problem with having plenty of warm water for our showers. Even though it's not in the national park, there is plenty of game around the camp. It overlooks a river and I've seen herds of animals in that area. In addition, we had elephants in the camp. I, too, was in that last tent. One night at around midnight, I heard branches breaking and knew that we had an ele visitor. I watched as this large bull worked his way down the path behind the tents. He went around our tent and stopped about 15 feet away. I lay in bed, watching him in the moonlight. It was a magical experience! On the way out of the camp the next morning, we ran into a herd of almost 20 eles. They passed right by us as we stopped to watch. It's a good location, even though it's not within the boundaries of the park.
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