Nestled in a remote pocket of Tarangire National Park, Swala is sited in a copse of majestic acacia trees at the edge of the Gurusi wetlands and the unfurling savannah beyond. Swala's nine private, permanent tents feature en-suite bathrooms with showers, complemented by fittings and fixtures crafted from local materials to mirror the understated elegance of the time-honoured safari style.
The elevated terraces on the tents are appointed towards the waterhole that attracts wildlife year-round to ensure that your African wildlife experiences do not finish when you leave your vehicle. Throughout your stay, you will be serenaded by the resident wildlife, including impala (after which the camp is named), waterbuck, lion and various elephant groups.
There is even a resident leopard that puts in the occasional guest appearance at the waterhole during dinner. Meals are taken in the comfortable dining tent, with full silver service, Pan-African cuisine and fine wines adding to the 'country house under canvas' ambience.
COMBINE SANCTUARY SWALA WITH WILD RUAHA
Begin in northern Tanzania’s safari landscape, staying at Sanctuary Retreat’s succession of beautiful tented camps. Combine the baobab-dotted valleys of Tarangire with the volcanic vistas of Ngorongoro and the endless plains of the Serengeti. Encounter the animals that fill this wildlife-rich area.
From here, fly south, to the vast expanse of Ruaha National Park, with its quieter landscapes and wilder feel. Have the chance to track the lions that the Ruaha Carnivore Project - led by Dr. Amy Dickman - are working hard to protect.
13 days from £8,395pp, including flights. Enquire for more details.