Lemala Mpingo Ridge
There’s possibly no better way to explore Tarangire National Park than beginning perched on the rocks of Lemala Mpingo Ridge, elevated over the grasslands with nothing short of sensational views. Here, luxury design meets natural landscape and shows how a contemporary aesthetic and traditional craftsmanship can go hand in hand with the African wild.
But where do you start? There’s the bathtub on your private deck where soaking as the sky turns pink captures all those feelings of being in untamed territory. Then there’s that infinity-edge swimming pool where, get up early enough and you’ll be lucky to see the far peak of Mount Kilimanjaro before the sun appears. And then those cloud-like kingsize beds draped in nets as you fall asleep to the after dark sounds of Tanzania. The 15 luxury tents are fine-tuned to perfection and more like super chic cabins with high-spec everything. And the main lodge – all earthy tones and light and airy spaces – has a stylish outdoor/indoor bar, a collective camp fire, oversized loungers on viewing decks and a breezy all-day à la carte dining room.
This is the best place to come if you want to see giant ancient baobab trees and the extraordinary Silale Swamps, which bring large herds of elephant to the park. It’s not unusual to see over one hundred in a day at arm's length. If you want to split up your game driving days, you’ve got Champagne and snacks followed by afternoon siestas on your private deck's sunken bed, and nocturnal drives are also on offer before safari sundowners around a blazing camp fire.