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Tarangire Sopa Lodge is a huge, impressive, tourist accommodation complex, suitable for tourists groups, families and independent travelers in Africa. Reminiscent of a 1930s British holiday camp, it combines massive ethnic decor with shopping mall spaciousness. Set among rocky kopjes on a hillside overlooking the Tarangire park wilderness, it is a 75 mile drive from outskirts of Arusha, through the diverse scenery of the Tarangire Conservation Area, on the migratory path of thousands of ungulates moving in the dry season, from the shrinking lakes of the Great African Rift Valley to permanent water in the rivers and swamps of this popular national park. The lodge is 20 miles from the park entrance gate leading to an extended access of 16170 square miles of protected wilderness during your Tanzanian safari wildlife viewing experience with AfricanMecca. Tarangire is famous for its population of 2500 resident and migratory elephants, its tree-climbing lions, and its massive and bizarre baobab trees, often thousands of years old. It is home to a teeming variety of animal species, including 24 species of ungulates, 22 carnivores and 5 primates, amongst many other families. It is also a fabulous bird-spotting area, with over 500 species of waders, raptors, forest and grassland species which breed in the swamps. Amongst the kopjes surrounding Tarangire Sopa, many fascinating creatures can be seen at close hand, including vibrantly colored lizards, klipspringer to the rarest jewels in the Tarangire tour treasury of small birds. Delightful families of elephants and their diminutive furry cousins, the hyrax are as abundant as dainty vervet monkeys, with their light fur, black face masks and distinctive white head bands.

Accommodation At Tarangire Sopa Lodge

A marble-floored reception area at Tarangire Sopa occupies a rotunda-like building on two floors, with vaulted wooden ceilings, decorated with robust pillars of wood and stone and heavy carved tables, robust balustrades with carved heads, a veritable African holiday art gallery. A cavernous lounge with comfortable sofas and a pool table opens via a well-stocked bar, into a vast dining hall. A circular viewing deck surrounds the complex. In an orderly paved and rock-walled garden area, 75 residential rooms in two-story thatched rondavels spread out around the central complex which also contains an extensive outdoor dining area and swimming pool with a central island reached by a wooden bridge. All rooms have a bug-screened balcony, sliding doors, an entrance lounge with two chairs, queen-sized divan beds with a headboard, mosquito nets, small fridge bar and en-suite bathroom. Complimentary tissues, toiletries and bottled water are supplied. Four of the suites are especially adapted for less able visitors, and four are suitable for families on safari with AfricanMecca in two interconnected units. Babysitting services can be booked. Because of the size of this budget conscious Tanzanian vacation complex, power is limited to a couple of hours morning and evening, and ceiling fans are the only means of cooling the rooms in hot and humid weather. Services in general are necessarily somewhat slow and lacking in personalization due to the large nature of the lodge; patrol guards are available to escort you safely between the main building and your own rooms in the evenings.

Safari At Tarangire Sopa Lodge

There are several ways to get the most from your Tarangire Sopa Lodge Safari. If money is no object, an early morning hot-air balloon trip is a once-in a lifetime experience, but most visitors opt for guided walks in the vicinity of the lodge, where you can encounter a surprising range of local residents. Especially around the kopjes, a population of mongooses, geckos, skinks, chameleons and garishly painted Agama lizards, many with bifurcated double tails, scamper around the rocks. Twice daily game drives in well-designed 4WD transport allow you to seek out the African photo safari experiences you have dreamed about. AfricanMecca expert and experienced guides communicate with each other by 2-way radio to keep up to date on unusual game movements. Early in the morning, before the heat drives animals into shade, you will find elephant, giraffe, kudu, and other hooved and horned creatures. If you are lucky, you may even spot a rare African wild dog. You will also be made aware of a lion, leopard or python stretched on a tree branch in ambush, waiting for unsuspecting prey to venture into the shade beneath. In the late afternoon and early evening, most mammals head to water points. Stealthy predators, such as leopard and bat eared fox, serval and caracal as well as spotted and striped hyenas follow them. Other nocturnal animals, such as wide-eyed bush babies and crested porcupine emerge, and the night is rich with their cries (read more safari activities and tours in Tarangire).

Dining At Tarangire Sopa Lodge

On arrival at Tarangire Sopa Lodge, after your long, dusty tour through Tanzania, you are welcomed with a cooling, aromatic towel and refreshing drink. A coffee bar opposite reception provides day-long tea and coffee free of charge. Breakfast is served in the glass-walled dining area which affords clear views over lightly wooded grassland. An outdoor viewing terrace extends along one side. All food is fresh from local sources. Pre-booked picnic lunches are also available to take on a full day trip to Tarangire with AfricanMecca. Lunch platters are presented on the lower floor and by the swimming pool, weather permitting. After a midday siesta, afternoon tea with snacks from the bar will be the time to discuss late afternoon game drive objectives. Traditional African travelers’ sundowner cocktails may be enjoyed on the patio, or at a view point on your game drive, before the sun sets brilliantly and nocturnal animals venture out to be caught in your headlights as you return to camp. Early evening meals are available for children, but must be booked in advance. Special diets can also be catered to order. Dinner is a simple 3 course set menu, often accompanied by staff entertainment. Every other evening, themed dinners and barbecues are served on the enormous outdoor patio.

Related Pages

1. Tarangire Safari Park Guide2. Best Time & Weather To Visit Tarangire
3. Tarangire Map4. Safari Lodges, Camps & Hotels In Tarangire

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When staying at Tarangire Sopa Lodge in Tarangire, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.

You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.



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