When we first stayed at Swala, we were utterly entranced by the combination of the romance of sleeping under canvas with the comforts of the softest sheets, fluffiest pillows and a decent shower. Plus, there were impalas gambolling through camp, elephants lumbering towards the waterhole and a lion who had to be chased off by a spear-wielding Maasai warrior during dinner. Today, many, many years later, Swala remains one of the top camps in Tarangire National Park.
What’s Swala really like?
At Swala you’ll stay in what are rather grandly termed “pavilions”, but they really are something more than the traditional safari bush camp. Rather they’re chic contemporary rooms, partially made of canvas. All have large ensuite bathrooms (with indoor and outdoor showers, of course) and an impressive verandah- arm yourselves with binos and a book- this is the place to watch the world go by. That’s if you’re not relaxing at the gin bar, watching the waterhole from the pool, or keeping an eye on the plains over breakfast.
What can I do at Swala?
Sometimes you do have to leave the camp, and in spite of Swala’s many temptations, there’s a good incentive to do so. Our guests will normally either fly in and share game drives in a Swala vehicle, or drive in with their own private driver-guide. Game drives in Tarangire National Park are invariably rewarding, with great herds of elephant when it’s dry and astonishing birding in the green season. For an extra fee, we can arrange night drives and walking safaris at Swala too- please just let us know in advance if you’d like to do this.
Giving back at Swala: Swala works with the local community on a bee-keeping project, helping to fund hives made from sustainable wood (rather than stripping trees of their bark and leaving them vulnerable) and raising money for the community. Guests at Swala are able to visit the project as part of their stay.
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