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Sanctuary Swala

Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ - all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place – is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats and one of their remote luxury safari camps, Sanctuary Swala. Sanctuary Swala is located in an exceptionally private section of the Tarangire National Park, offering visitors a luxurious and exclusive safari experience. Elephant in particular love to come to the camp to drink at the water hole and big cats are often seen among the massive baobab trees.

Why Sanctuary Swala:

• Located in an exclusive pocket of Tarangire National Park, famed for its baobab trees and herds of elephants
• Camp is also able to offer walking safaris and night game drives
• Infinity swimming pool overlooking the water hole frequented by game
• Sundowners, bush dinners and picnics
• Complimentary Wi-Fi available in the main area and in guests’ tents

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania


Property Includes

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Eco-Friendly
  • In-Room Dining
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Services
  • Safe
  • Room Information

    Sanctuary Swala has been built to the highest eco-friendly standards and offers 12 luxurious open-plan and spacious canvas tents; all shaded by acacia trees and within site of the waterhole frequented by elephants and big cats. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower and features a spacious open plan arrangement with comfortable king or twin beds, campaign chairs and plush sofas. A hair dryer, ceiling fan, in room safe, mosquito nets and private deck are available in all tents. Each tent has a personal attendant to attend to guests’ every need. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main area and in all guests’ tents.

    Things To Do

    The Tarangire National Park is famous for its large herds of elephants that congregate under the spectacular baobab trees. The park attracts an abundance of zebra and is home to waterbuck, giraffe and kudu with their immense spiral horns as well as oryx with their lengthy rapier horns. The park is also home to over 550 species of bird with yellow-collared lovebirds a common sight in the trees along the Tarangire River. Key wildlife include: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, brown and spotted hyena, kudu, wildebeest, waterbuck, eland, wild dog, fringe eared Oryx.

    The following activities are included in your stay:

    Game Drives: Tarangire is famed for its large concentrations of elephant. The river is the park’s lifeline and attracts much of the game to its banks. You may also find some of the many leopards that rest by day in the shady trees. The low volume of visitors to the park offers a truly unique and private experience and customized open safari vehicles offer unobstructed viewing and great photography opportunities.

    Bush Breakfasts, Picnics and Dinners: You may have decided with your guide to take a picnic breakfast or lunch with you but equally lovely in the evening is to enjoy a bush dinner. A secluded clearing is prepared for a traditional East African meal in the middle of the Tarangire bush. With a sundowner in hand, watch as the sun swiftly sinks and you’re setting becomes illuminated by a magnificent log fire. Once you have settled into your surroundings let the chef introduce you to traditional Swahili fare and experience a memorable evening under the African night sky.

    Additional Activities

    Walking Safaris: Sanctuary Swala is one of only a few camps within Tanzania’s Northern Park that is able to offer walking safaris. Put on your walking shoes and experience beautiful Tarangire National Park from a different perspective with a walking safari. With a professional walking guide and armed ranger, guests can explore the grassland around camp in one of the most secluded areas of the park. The qualified guide has a wealth of knowledge and will explain how to understand animal behavior while tracking a variety of game. You may encounter zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostrich, elephant as well as a number of birds. (Maximum 6 people per walk.)

    Night Game Drives: Experience the wonders of a safari at night in Tarangire. As dusk falls, relax in the comfort of Sanctuary Swala’s customized safari vehicle as you venture into the park transformed by night. Search for nocturnal animals rarely seen as this is one of the few places in northern Tanzania where you can enjoy a safari by moonlight. At night, you may encounter an African wild cat, the elusive leopard or feel the round eyes of a bush baby. With specialized lighting, you will be able to look for lion and hyena, as well as smaller creatures such as spotted genet, serval, bat eared foxes, owls and nightjars. (Maximum 5 people.) Additional activities are at an additional cost and can be pre-booked or while guests are in camp.

    Sample Itineraries

    Sanctuary Swala can be included in any of our itineraries. Call a Swain Destinations Specialist today at 1-800-227-9246.