Perched atop an escarpment with sweeping savannah views over the Tarangire River, this cosseting African aerie ensures access to a spectacular repertoire of free-ranging African beasts. Beloved for herds of elephant in the happy hundreds, superb bird life and majestic baobab trees — with the exception of rhino, Tarangire National Park is home to all the other Big Five as well as some of the best year-round birding in Tanzania. After such rewarding game discoveries, the cool ochre tones and open-to-the-skies luxury tents of Mpingo Ridge makes a very elevating, highly relaxing and whatever-you-feel-like-feeling sort of place. The frisson of your private outdoor shower and tub with a view, a swim in the pool overlooking the savannah, a delectable al fresco dinner – in short, all the beautiful business of safari-ing is ready when you are.
Each of the 15 spacious tented luxury ridgetop suites is perfectly poised for soaking in the spirit-lifting Tarangire vistas. Artfully designed with airy en-suite bathroom, private deck and sigh-inducing sunken outside lounge where few fail to be enticed by the afternoon siesta bed and an outside bathtub that’s perfect for soothing the soul and washing away the African dust after a day on safari. The elevated main lodge has a large lounge and bar, enticing indoor and outdoor dining areas, a spa and swimming pool.
From avian-rich early morning walks through lovely ribbons of riverine forest, to game drives in cushy custom-designed vehicles, to toasting the last luscious light of day with a deep-bush sundowner on the savannah, days at Mpingo Ridge are lazily luxurious and welcoming in the highest African tradition. A pool, spa and lounge-ready bar are at the ready.
Lemala Cubs caters to important guests under the age of 11, with a fully supervised safari adventure programme. One suite features two bedrooms, making it ideal for families.