• Location: Tanzania, Tarangire
  • Type of Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level: Luxury

overview

Nestled in a remote pocket of Tarangire National Park, Swala Camp is situated under a canopy of large acacia trees at the edge of the Gurusi wetlands and overlooking the rolling savannah beyond. As an exceptionally private safari hideaway, with no other camps located nearby, Swala offers you private game viewing, wilderness luxury, and a truly wild slice of Africa. In fact, elephants are almost always present in and around the lodge: Swala seems to be a 'hangout' for a bachelor herd of males and females sometimes pass through and give birth nearby. The record for elephant bulls at Swala is an astonishing 92 animals!

The park is named after the Tarangire River that, in the dry season, becomes the area's main lifeline, attracting varied wildlife, including kudu and oryx. Enjoy excellent game viewing from the camp, or set out in an open 4x4 vehicle or on foot with your trained and knowledgeable guide. The camp has also initiated various community development and conservation projects, which you are welcome to learn about and become involved in as part of you stay.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2015
  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #3 in Top 30 Resorts in Africa: Reader's Choice Awards 2015

highlights

  • Located in the Tarangire National Park 
  • See wildlife on guided game activities
  • View the waterhole from your tent
  • Personal attendant for each tented suite 
  • Fully inclusive safari experience
  • Abundant game throughout the year

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Facilities

Swala's friendly hosts, personal tent attendants, safari guides and Masai askaris that accompany you to your tent at night, enhance your stay with personalised service and local knowledge.

General Facilities

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    Computer facilities
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    Swimming Pool
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    Wi-fi available

Dining

Meals at Swala are enjoyed in the dining tent, with full silver service, and feature delicious Pan-African cuisine complemented by fine wines. Enjoy private dinners on your deck.

Room Description

Swala has nine private tents featuring en suite bathrooms with showers, and unique fittings crafted from local materials.

Each tent, attended by a personal butler, has an elevated terrace offering views over the waterhole that attracts wildlife year-round.

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Bush dining
  • Game drives
  • Local village visits
  • Night drives
  • Picnics
  • Walking safaris
  • Cultural tours
 

Traveller Reviews

  • Swala Camp was probably our favourite place. Tarangire is a beautiful and diverse park. Our room at Swala was spectacular. We could have easily spent a few more days there enjoying the view and the company!

    Paul Freedman, November 2015
  • We were delighted with Swala. Just the right place to start our safari. The entire staff was very friendly and attentive, the food excellent, and the wildlife viewing fabulous.

    John Rosenblum, April 2009

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Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

Africa Safari Expert

"Swala camp is located in a remote corner of the Tarangire National Park and will offer you an exclusive experience. Choose from a variety of activities include morning and evening game drives, walking and night game drives. Be sure to spend some time in the infinity swimming pool overlooking a water hole frequented by game."

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We were delighted with Swala. Just the right place to start our safari. The entire staff was very friendly and attentive, the food excellent, and the wildlife viewing fabulous.

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