Sanctuary Swala – Tarangire – Tanzania

Sanctuary Swala is tucked away in the beautiful Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania. 12 luxury tented “pavilions” are shaded by towering acia trees and look out onto the waterhole and plains beyond. This beautiful park is often overlooked for its more famous neighbours, but is not to be missed! The park is famed for large numbers of elephants and a landscape dotted with wonderful baobab trees.

Safari in Style

Each of the 12 “pavilions” has been beautifully appointed in muted bush tones, punctuated with African art. 180º views of your surrounds, decks jutting out into nature and showers both indoors and outdoors maximise your sense of being in the bush. This is the perfect balance of style and luxury without compromising the natural surrounds.

Sanctuary Swala room


Explore the Tarangire National Park with twice daily safaris in custom built open 4×4 safari vehicles. Tarangire is home to northern Tanzania’s largest herds of elephant. The park is also famous for its beautiful scenery and great baobab trees. From June-November the park is also home to large herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. For birders this is a paradise with more than 550 bird species having been recorded.

Sanctuary Swala Safari

A little extra…

On the western boundary of the park lies the village of Mwika, where Sanctuary Swala has teamed up with local beekeepers in an exciting project to not only provide income for the local community, but also protect the local environment. Guests staying at Swala have the chance to visit Mwika and see the project in action and interact with the local community.

Sanctuary Swala Beekeeping


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What’s included:

  • Accommodation in luxury pavilion

  • All meals

  • Selection of local drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic

  • Twice daily 4×4 open vehicle safaris in the Tarangire National Park.

  • Return airstrip transfers

  • Laundry

What’s Excluded:

  • Travel to and from Tarangire

  • Select premium beverages and champagnes

  • Gratuities for camp staff and guides

  • Items of a personal nature – i.e. telephone calls, curio purchases etc

  • Park, camping and conservation fees.

  • Additional safari activities – walking safaris and night game drives, bookable on site.

Wildlife highlights:

  • Elephant

  • Lion

  • Leopard

  • Buffalo

  • Large herds of zebra and wildebeest at certain times of year

  • Over 500 bird species

  • Great baobabs

When to visit:

  • January – February: A short drier spell between the 2 rainiest seasons. Temperatures a generally warm to hot. The scenery is lush and green and great for birding. With quite a lot of water around and dense bush it is not the best time for game viewing.

  • March – May: Temperatures a generally warm to hot. This is the period of the so-called “long rains” which seem many days of rain. Seldom does the rain last the whole day, and often just afternoon showers. Good time for birding, but access to certain parts of the park may be limited and game viewing is not at its best.

  • June – October: This is the dry season, with only occasional rain. Days are lovely and warm and evenings cool, but can be cold. As the dry season progresses the vegetation diminishes and water becomes more scarce. Animals move into the park from surrounding areas in search of water and large herds of many animals abound. This is definitely the best time of year for safari in Tarangire, and therefore accommodation during this period is usually in short supply.

  • November – December: Temperatures warming up. This period also sees the return of the rains, and is known as the “short rains”, characterised by regular downpours – often in the form of afternoon showers. With the water the animals begin to disperse and the vegetation becomes thicker. This period sees the return of many migratory birds.

  • Sanctuarly Swala is in an area that experiences malaria – please consult your doctor regarding anti-malaria prophylactics. Please note it is also an area that experiences tsetse flies so we strong recommend not wearing any blue or very dark clothing.


  • January – Average High 29ºC (85ºF) / Average Low 16ºC (61ºF) / Average days with rain 13

  • April – Average High 27ºC (80ºF) / Average Low 18ºC (64ºF) / Average days with rain 19

  • July – Average High 24ºC (75ºF) / Average Low 14ºC (57ºF) / Average days with rain 3

  • October – Average High 29ºC (85ºF) / Average Low 16ºC (61ºF) / Average days with rain 5