Sanctuary Swala Camp
Permanent tented lodge
Sanctuary Swala Camp
‘Just go there’ is what we suggest, if you have the budget and are looking for a contemporary and elegant touch to a wildlife camp with luxurious and spacious thatched tents, fabulous game viewing and a water hole which attracts wildlife year-round.
Sanctuary Swala is a delightful, comfortable and stylish camp. Located in a quiet corner of southern Tarangire, it is relatively difficult to get to, the upside of this being that there are not so many other visitors.
The camp is set in an acacia grove and surrounded by large baobab trees. Game viewing can be excellent, although as it is such a quiet area the animals are not so used to safari vehicles. Night game drives and walking safaris are exciting options here. The camp is within easy reach of more popular game areas as well. Game viewing from the camp itself is really good, as the camp has its own water hole, which helps hugely in attracting wildlife – especially elephants – and is a super spot to spend a morning game viewing without having to move from the comfort of your room or from the restful main areas. To get close to the smaller type of Tarangire wildlife, you can visit the Sanctuary Swala beekeeping project.
The open-sided, main communal area – dining area, lounge, deck and small library – is perched on wooden stilts and is shaded by an ancient baobab tree. The floor is beautifully polished wood, with comfy light-coloured sofas, upright arm chairs and occasional tables, all part of Sanctuary Swala’s cool, contemporary feel.
The camp has a stunning infinity pool and the food is excellent, as one would expect of a Sanctuary property – we particularly recommend the pizzas cooked in the outdoor pizza oven! Incredibly there is also wifi in both the communal areas and the bedrooms, definitely a rarity in this part of the world.
Times to Go
Tarangire can offer good wildlife viewing all year, though April and May bring the long rains, and the short rains tend to come in about mid-November. The very best wildlife viewing in the park is usually in the dry season from about July to October. At this time the permanent waters of the Tarangire River attract wildlife from miles around.
Sanctuary Swala Camp highlights
- Permanent tented accommodation
- Cool, contemporary but welcoming style
- Resident animals wandering through camp
- Brilliant wildlife and birding
- Day and night game drives in Tarangire
- Walking safaris
Sanctuary Swala Camp location
Sanctuary Swala Camp
- 12 beautifully decorated tents
- Open June to March
- Children 6+ are welcome
- Dining area
- Viewing deck
- Wi-Fi in the tents
- Laundry service
- Game drives in Tarangire
- Night game drives (optional)
- Walking safaris (optional)
- Private sundowners
- Bush breakfasts and dinners
- Sanctuary Swala beekeeping project
Sanctuary Swala Camp rooms
The 12 sleeping tents are very well spaced offering privacy, peace and tranquillity. Interiors are cooled by ceiling fans and the design features subtle shades, making the whole easy on the eye. African prints and artworks have been incorporated adding a sense of place.
There is either a king size bed or two twins, draped with a mosquito net. Armchairs provide a comfy place to rest and the large screened windows let in plenty of natural daylight. You have free Wi-Fi to keep in touch with the outside world. The en-suite bathroom is supplemented by an outdoor shower, and the private veranda overlooks the water hole.
Each tent has a personal attendant to ensure you utmost comfort.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Sanctuary Swala has been renovated to the highest eco-friendly standards, and the camp has established a beekeeping project in a nearby village, which is generating a valuable income for the local community. The lodge provides equipment and helps with the bottling and distribution of the honey.
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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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
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 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.
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.