Hidden among kopjes, ancient baobabs, and the grass plains of Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Sopa Lodge offers a unique and open experience where the wildlife freely roam through the camp.
Accommodations at the lodge consists of seventy-five open, circular guest suites with conical roofs that fan out to either side of the public areas. The rooms are built to resemble an African village in blocks of four with two rooms upstairs and two downstairs. These airy rooms feature two queen beds and a spacious tile-floored bathroom with a sink, shower, and toilet. Four of the rooms are interconnected and perfect for families. While four other rooms are designed to accommodate guests with physical challenges. Each room has a comfortable lounge with a mini-bar and a sheltered veranda for unwinding and taking in the views. Because the animals are at liberty to wander as they please, armed guards accompany guests to and from their rooms at night.
The lodge lies southwest of Arusha in Tarangire National Park. The sixth largest park in Tanzania, Tarangire is famous for its large herds of elephants, tree-climbing lions, giant pythons, and herds of oryx. It’s also well-known for its rock paintings which were done by early man tens of thousands of years ago. While mostly made of savanna grassland, the park also boasts rolling hills, rocky outcrops, extensive swamps, and Acacia woodlands as well as an unusually large number of huge Baobab trees. During the rainy season, it enjoys one of the highest concentrations of wildlife around as well as more than 550 species of birds.