Trip Report - Tarangire Treetops

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Jun 9th, 2005, 01:35 AM
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Trip Report - Tarangire Treetops

Just got back from a great stay there! While Tarangire itself is still a bit slow in terms of wildlife, the Treetops was wonderful!

The new owners (Elewana) did a complete upgrade. The previous Treetops lounge burned severely last year and the new version is completely different!

The rooms are now higher off the ground - our room was almost 1.5 stories high with little round stairs going up! Some rooms have ramps (for wheel chairs and those who don't like steep stairs!). The rooms are built on stilts and two of the rooms still have some baobab limbs inside them!

The rooms are much bigger now with larger balconies. The views are really good. The tents (part-tent, part wood are light-colored and very attractive

The rooms have double showers (with two shower heads) for a bit of romance! They don't have mossie nets but the tents have mossie nets that close solidly (no more holes in the floor where the insects could crawl in!). Actually, we encountered zero mossies during our stay.

Hair driers yes, shampoo no! The toilet does not have an enclosure so you must know your room mate well or ask him/her to go outside when the time comes - it is around the corner though, so it is not visible from the bedroom.

Hot water upon request and plenty - no problems there. 24-hour electricity. There are 2 washbasins in each room. There is also a lounging area with chairs.

The lounge area is built around the pool and spacious with comfortable lounging chairs, etc. They have a huge fire pit in the middle in which they place charcoal at night for heat when its cold. You can sit around it in a way that reminds me of a sauna seating arrangement. Quite different but we were not cold enough to truly enjoy it!

The food was great and certainly a lot better than the previous Treetops. They now have a flair for good food presentation and it makes a big difference.

They offer walks and night drives but with not much game around in early June we gave it a miss.

It is still a 45-min drive to the park gate and the road is a bit better than a year ago but still bumpy!

The current managing couple are really engaged with the clients and very pleasant.

If you are booked to stay there, you will really enjoy it. Some of the other guests remarked that it was by far the best place they stayed at during their week-long safari - I don't know where else these guests went!

I took plenty of photos to be posted in 2 weeks once back in the USA.
Eben (still in Arusha and going to Makoa Farm next)
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Jun 9th, 2005, 03:31 AM
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Waaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiil... I wanna go!

Thanks CHSL
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Jun 9th, 2005, 06:15 AM
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Thanks for the report. We had considered Treetops for our 2 nights in Tarangire in early December but ultimately decided on Swala instead -- any idea how they compare? The new Treetops sounds great although Swala looks wonderful too.

Greatly looking forward to your pics of all the places you've discussed.

BTW, our operator is saying Mbuzi Mawe would be $30 per person per night more than Serengeti Serena...still waiting to hear back how it Mbuzi Mawe compares pricewise with Ikoma. We are currently booked in late November for 3 nights at Migration, 2 at Ikoma, and 3 at Serengeti Serena, but may substitute 2 nights at Mbuzi Mawe instead of Ikoma at your suggestion, depending on the price.
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Jun 10th, 2005, 07:27 PM
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Thanks for the info. Did the fact that it is a long drive from the entrance of the park have effect on your stay?

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Jun 11th, 2005, 10:22 AM
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Thank you for that question Atravelynn - that is my quandry as well - is it better to stay in the park? Swala or Tarangire River Camp?

Thanks climbhighsleeplow - your reports have been fantastic.
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