Swala Safari Lodge in Northern Tanzania
Swala camp is located in a remote corner of Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, at the edge of the Gurusi wetlands. The camp is famous for its stands of ancient baobab trees, large family herds of elephants, prolific bird life and dry season concentrations of wildlife.
The section of the park where Swala is situated is exceptionally private with no other
camps around and it offers its visitors private game viewing, wilderness luxury, and a privileged glimpse of an Africa, unspoiled by mass-tourism.
The camp’s beautiful setting is created by a canopy of Acacia tortillas.
Tarangire National Park is 115 Kms away from the city of Arusha. An excellent road makes the ride fast and easy. Swala camp is additional 67 km into the park.
If getting there by an aircraft, you will land directly into the national park and would then need to take a ride to the camp.
Tanzania is famous for its a tropical climate, which means warm days and cooler evenings.
Tanzania doesn’t know of winter, the coolest months are from June to September with average temperatures of 18C-22C during day-time and of 8C-15C in the night.
The hottest is from October to February with temperatures ranging between 22C-30C during the day and 15C-21C at night.
How to dress and what are essential accessories?
Your cloths need to be comfortable, casual and cool no matter which season you decide to go. White and muted colours would be the best option for safari and to reflect the light. Due to the long grass, you would feel the best with long sleeves and trousers. Don’t forget comfortable, sturdy shoes. They are a must.
Necessary are also sunscreens, sunglasses and hats as the sun gets very strong in Northern Tanzania. Insect repellents are provided by the camp but you could also bring your own.
To be able to capture all the beauty the camp, the national park and Tanzania have to offer, make sure you bring binoculars, good cameras and plenty of film.
Accommodation is offered in nine private, double tents featuring en-suite bathrooms with showers, complemented by fittings and fixtures crafted from local materials. Each tent has a private balcony with comfortable furnishings and its own personal butler.
The dining area, lounge and the library are located in the main public area, which offers spectacular views from its wooden deck, overlooking the permanent water hole.
From the balconies, visitors can watch wildlife year-round and be entertained by a serenade of impala, waterbucks, lions, various elephant groups and the resident leopard.
The meals (gourmet bush meals and traditional sundowners) are served in the comfortable dining tent, with full silver service, Pan-African cuisine and great wines.
All the staff including hosts, personal tent attendants, safari guides and Masai askaris that accompany you to your tent at night are very professional and knowledgeable. They will do their best to make your stay an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to tip the staff since their tip is not included in the price of either of the two packages.
All communication to the Camp is relayed via email and satellite phone. All the tents have VHF radios to enable
guests to contact the management in the event of an emergency. There is also a public satellite telephone, which camp guests can use.
The stay in Tarangire National Park and Swala camp offers many outdoor activities such as game viewing, bird watching, forest viewing, hiking and 4×4 trails.
The dry season attracts much of the game. The park is famous for its huge herds of
elephant, greater kudu, fringe-ear Oryx, leopards and tree-climbing pythons.
Since there is little traffic in the park, your stay in North Tanzania will be a unique “wild” experience.