Yearly Archives: 2014

Kitulo, the Serengeti of Flowers

It’s quite rare to hear about Kitulo National Park, but it is worthing to talk about it, as it is a really unique place in Tanzania. Completely off the beaten tracks, Kitulo is the first national park established in Africa because of its flora.

Kitulo is located in the Southern Highlands of Njombe Region: it’s an area that includes amazing landscapes of alpine grassland and montane forest, that is home of more than 350 species of vascular plants, and among them 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid.

This is the reason why the locals call this area “Bustani Ya Mungu” (The Garden of God in Swahili language) or even “Serengeti of Flowers”.

Don’t think that this can be interesting just for botanist. This park is a surprising destination also for hikers, bird-watchers and all travelers who want to visit unspoiled area where to be completely lost in the nature.

Aside the amazing flora, in Kitulo it is also possible to see uncommon animals like chameleon, but also lizards, butterfly and different species of birds. It is a good idea to combine this destination in an itinerary passing by Ruaha and Katavi National Parks.

If you are interested in visiting Kitulo National Park or for more info, contact us!

Luggage for safari, in 1 – 2 – 3!

You chose your safari. You booked. Everything is ready… Then it comes the time to pack your luggage. You gave for granted that it’s easy stuff, but now you see that on the practical side it’s not so obvious.

We know how does it happen! A safari in Tanzania is not an everyday trip, and might be not so simple for you to select the items to store in the limited space you have. Keep calm and have a look at our guidelines, and you will travel as comfortably as possible!

Luggage for safari

Step 1: Which bag should you choose?

First, let’s talk about the type of bag to choose: space in the safari vehicle is limited, so safari companies often ask to take only one luggage per person; moreover, if one or more domestic flights are included in your itinerary, you have to keep in mind that usually these carriers have a strict limit of 15 kg in soft bags as baggage allowance – in this case, it is important to choose a suitcase that is not hard and that has not heavy structures.

Step 2: What to put in your luggage?

After choosing the bag, it is time to decide what to store in it: you have to remember that during a safari you will spend many time travelling along dirty road, so it is better to pack
comfortable clothes, better in neutral colors like khaki, olive or acacia. A bout colors it is also better to avoid camouflage clothes, as in some African countries are not allowed for civilians.

Keep in mind that Africa doesn’t always mean “hot weather”, but in some areas it can be very cold, so don’t forget to bring a sweater or a jacket. If you plan to wash your clothes, remind that it is better to do this when you are spending more than one night in the same place, so you can be sure that it will dry.

Step 3: This is the final checklist!

Do you have the items in this list? If yes, you’re ready to leave…

  • Trousers (long and short)
  • T-shirt / safari style shirt
  • Underwear and socks
  • T-shirt / Shirt with long sleeves to protect your arm from mosquito after sunset
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Swimming costume
  • Solid shoes (like trekking shoes or sneakers)
  • Sandals
  • Cagoule
  • Slippers for shower

Next to clothes, don’t forget:

  • Toilet bag
  • Medicines
  • Sun lotion
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Charges for your electrical devices
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Binoculars and camera
  • Passport and a copy of your documents

If you have any doubt about luggage or other practical issues, just ask us. We will be glad to help you.

Zanzibar and the islands of Tanzania. How to choose the best beach for you.

No doubt that Zanzibar is one of the “most wanted” locations of the world for beach holidays. Its white beaches, the rich history and culture and the warm welcome of the local people are the reason why the archipelago have become so popular among travellers.

But when it comes the moment to choose the right beach place, the choice is not always so easy! Just considering the main and wider island, Unguja, we have such an extension and different types of environment that might create a little bit of confusion.

No problem, we’re here to help you. Just one first note: all the coast of Zanzibar is amazing, and you won’t be disappointed anyways. You can select the area that is the best for you, depending on what you would like to do during your holidays.

If you want to swim, at any hour of the day, not in a swimming pool…

In this case, consider the presence of tides. This phoenomenon is quite evident along the eastern coast, where during the low tide the water recedes for many kilometers. It leaves behind wet sand and some warm “natural pools”; good if you like to relax and enjoy a unique landscape changing every hour, but definetly not the best you want to swim without waiting for the high tide.

For avoiding problems related to tides, you can choose the northern side of the island (Nungwi and Kendwa), where the phoenomenon is not that relevant. This area is also famous for the colorful sunset, and the chance to enjoy it during a short and romantic evening cruise.

Nearby the crowdy life, or far away?

Do you want to party or do you prefer to relax? Do you want to socialize and meet new people or do you prefer to stay in a place apart? Think carefully about this detail: the mainstream turistic areas are very alive, fun and parties are guaranteed. But you will never enjoy the silence – and if you would like to, instead, it’s going to be a tricky holiday. The east is like this: Kiwangwa and Pwani Mchangani are good places for party people.

On the other hand, if you decide to choose unspoiled places off the beaten tracks, you can choose the south – Paje, Jambiani, Bwejuu. Keep in mind that when we say “unspoiled” we really mean it: amazing places far away, where tranquillity is the queen.

Mission? Water sports!

Some locations in Zanzibar are most famous about some types of sport you can do there, better than in many other places. Diving and deep sea fishing are perfect along the northern coast. Choose the eastern coast, especially Paje, for the best kitesurfing experience ever.

If you need help to book activities and accommodation in the best resorts of the island, just contact us.
It’s our pleasure to help you!

Zanzibar in style. Ultimate luxury resorts

When “just relax” is not enough, we have the added value you’re looking for. Extreme quality, luxury and great comfort. Today we want to talk about Zanzibar and the best of the best to accommodate you during your holidays in the archipelago.

Zanzibar is the most popular gateway to Tanzania: at the end of a wildlife safari, as well as the core part of a trip, the Spice Island offers the perfect mix of white beaches, clean water and rich cultural heritage.

For travellers who love to get everything perfect up to the smallest details, our team selected the best luxury resorts. Welcome to the journey you always dreamt about!

Kilindi Zanzibar

Intimacy, privacy and tranquility. These are the right words to describe this unique resort located along the Northern coast of the Spice Island.

Kilindi is composed by a series of white-domed pavilions, all set in 35 acres of lush tropical forest. The design is inspired by the mix of cultures typical of Zanzibar and privacy and tranquility of the guests are the main concern of the management.

Each pavilion has its very own private plunge pool, a separated but extraordinary “rainfall” shower room, a small tropical garden, a dedicated butler and a spectacular view over the Indian Ocean.

Kilindi is the best option for honeymooners and couple looking for a romantic gateway. Everything you wish will be there, no need to ask for more.

&Beyond Mnemba Island

&Beyond Mnemba Island is an award-winning barefoot beach paradise, just off the Northeast coast of Zanzibar. Mnemba is an idyllic private atoll completely at disposal of the guest of this small resort, composed by only ten bechside bandas overlooking the Indian Ocean. Probably the most exclusive place in Zanzibar.

The staff is ready to customize the service to needs of guests: activities, meals and the whole daily planning can be completely tailor-made: so if you are looking for amazing scuba
dive adventures or just relax on the beach, &Beyond Mnemba Island has always the best option for you, with maximum added value.

Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa

The 5 star deluxe Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa is part of the luxury Emerald Collection Resorts and is a perfect retreat for people looking for tranquility and excellent service.

All the varieties of Junior Suites, Suites and Villas are designed to guarantee a private and peaceful environment for the guests and have a stunning view on Indian Ocean. All rooms are finely decorated with contemporary and stylish furniture and offer the maximum comfort.

The resort includes the following facilities: a 50m infinity swimming pool (separate children’s pool) with fresh water, internet café, a pool table, a library, board games, table tennis, tennis court, fitness centre, kayaking and many more.

The Palm Zanzibar

Located along the unspoiled Southern-east cost of the island, The Palm Zanzibar is one of the most exclusive options available: composed by only 6 private villas in a personalized and intimate setting, this is the ultimate romantic gateway for people looking for the maximum privacy and tranquillity.

The entire resort is a real oasis, where rustling coconut palm, the white sand of the beach and the Indian Ocean mix together to create a stunning retreat – a memorable experience in your life!