Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp


Just outside Tarangire National Park

Accommodation Type

Permanent tented camp

Accommodation Level


Price Guide

Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp

A good budget option that puts you close to Tarangire and its excellent year-round game viewing, while offering comfortable accommodation, a family friendly atmosphere and a swimming pool.

Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp is a good option if you are on a budget and want a traditional safari experience combined with a swimming pool and some out-of-the-vehicle activities such as guided walks, cultural tours and village visits.  The location is lovely –  the camp is set in a private concession just outside of the national park, in a baobab grove with dry river front view.  Elephant, giraffe and buffalo wander by – or into the camp – and baboons run around. The tented suites and the lounge/dining area are set up on wooden decks, which allows the wildlife to roam unhindered.

Game viewing in Tarangire is good, especially from July to October, and you can also go birdwatching at Lake Manyara from here if you wish, which is fabulous. You tend to spend a full day in Tarangire, with a picnic lunch, as park fees have to be paid each time you enter, so returning to the camp for lunch isn’t an option. This means you get an extended game watching experience, and you’ll be grateful for a chance to cool off in the pool when you get back!

Times to Go

The dry season (July to October) is a particularly fantastic time for game viewing in Tarangire, as the riverbed attracts elephants who dig into the sand of the dry riverbed, and lions and leopards arrive to prey on animals such as antelope who gather around any water they can find. It’s good at other times too, though not quite as good as in the dry season. April and May are the long rains.

Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp highlights

  • Permanent tented accommodation
  • Great game viewing
  • Lovely views
  • Excellent for children and families
  • Swimming pool
  • Guided nature walks
  • Good budget option

Tarangire National Park location

Tarangire River Camp


  • 20 en-suite tents
  • Open May to March
  • Children of all ages are welcome


  • Swimming pool
  • Laundry service


  • Game drives in Tarangire
  • Guided bird walks
  • Private sundowners (optional)
  • Cultural visits with the Maasai and Datoga (optional)
  • Bird trips to Lake Manyara (optional)

Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp rooms

Standard safari tents

There are 14 standard safari tents made up of seven twins and seven doubles. All are built on a raised timber deck and set beneath a thatched roof, which shelters them from the sun’s heat. Beds are equipped with mosquito nets, there’s an indoor sitting area, an en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet, basin and shower. Each tent has a private veranda. 

Luxury safari tent

There is one luxury safari tent, built around a huge, ancient baobab tree. This romantic elevated tent has a king size bed, en-suite bathroom with shower, basin and toilet. There’s a large outdoor deck with a sitting area facing the Tarangire River and an indulgent bath and shower, secluded from general view. 

Family tents

There are five family tents, designed to provide enough space for two adults and their children. One accommodates three people, two sleep up to four each with one king size bed and two singles, and the other two sleep up to five with a king size bed and three singles. Each family tent has an en-suite bathroom and a private deck.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Solar hot water geysers and inverters with batteries help reduce the camp’s environmental footprint. ”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.