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Sanctuary Swala, Tarangire National Park 

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Tarangire National Park
Tel: 255 27 250 9817
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
A hauntingly beautiful landscape of winding rivers, ancient woodlands, swamps, and open savanna, Tarangire is home to all of the Big Five except rhino and, although plagued with biting tsetse flies, is one of the best places in Africa to observe elephants and lions. Here, Swala camp—newly swank after an update and relocated amid a stand of umbrella-shaped acacia tortilis trees—has 12 large tents on wooden platforms. All have private verandas, separate dressing areas, netted beds, and both indoor and outdoor showers; Wi-Fi is available in the reception area. You'll eat excellent modern African cuisine in the thatched open-air dining area that sits beneath a centuries-old baobab overlooking the water hole, which during the dry season attracts so many animals—including lions—that you may be tempted to skip the twice-daily game drives in the tsetse fly–vulnerable open vehicles.—2010 Hot List

Which room to book: No. 5, Kudu, has a daybed built into a living baobab.

Open June through March.

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