Sanctuary Swala

Sanctuary Swala
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Tarangire National Park
South of Maguga
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Reviewed by Kate Siber

At Sanctuary Swala, guests barely need to lift a finger to witness some of Africa's most stunning wildlife: Right from the decks of its 12 tented suites, they can spot lions, kudu, impala, and herds of as many as 50 elephants frequenting the watering hole just a few dozen paces away. The tents are so close to the pond that it's not uncommon to hear an elephant's stomach gurgling as she slurps water. Even at night, while the canvas walls protect sleepers from the creatures roaming beyond,

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Price Points
Room Types
Platform Tent
Recreation & Amenities
Cultural Activities,Hiking,Photography,Swimming Pool,Wildlife/Nature Programs
Gateway Town
Closest Airport
Nairobi Wilson Airport (142.0 miles)

Set to become one of Tanzania's most iconic retreats, Sanctuary Swala is now fully open following a US$1.5 million rebuild. The camp is located in secluded area of Tarangire National Park, arguably northern Tanzania's most interesting park, famous for the large herds of elephants and spectacular baobab trees.

Twelve tents surround the main dining area, deck and library which are lifted on stilts around an enormous and ancient baobab tree. There is now also a stunning infinity swimming pool overlooking the water hole.

Each of the twelve luxurious canvas pavilions is shaded by tall acacia trees and all are within sight of the well-frequented water hole which regularly draws lions, leopards and resident bull elephants for which Sanctuary Swala is famed. The tents feature a spacious open plan arrangement with comfortable king or twin beds, campaign chairs and plush sofas, as well as en suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower. Each tent has its own personal attendant who will attend to guests' every need.

Exquisitely furnished with traditional materials, the tents at Sanctuary Swala are unashamedly luxurious but still close enough to nature to permit an exciting night under canvas.

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