Monthly Archives: October 2014

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!

Independence, Unity, Family “The Legacy of Julius Nyerere”

Garlanded with flowers, Tanganyika's Chi

Independence, Unity, Family

“The Legacy of Julius Nyerere”

As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of Mwalimu Nyerere’s October 14th passing, it is important to remember not just his name this month, but also why he made such a big difference in the eyes, minds, and hearts of all Tanzanians today.

When I ask someone from Tanzania where they are from, it’s with a proud smile that they reply, “Tanzania”. The national anthem of the country includes a line of which states, God bless Tanzania, sustain independence and unity. And unlike many other African countries, where regional dialects and tribal affiliations reign supreme, the entire country boasts one national language- an indigenous one, at that.

Nyerere Taj Mahal
Independent. United. Family. Words that Tanzanians use to describe themselves and their fellow countrymen. Words that other countries might also use to describe Tanzania as a country. Words that, without Julius Nyerere, might not be such an accurate description.
Nyerere is consistently regarded as Tanzania’s most influential leader, certainly one of the most respected political figures of his time. His legacy is everywhere in Tanzania – literally. From the airport, to his photo that adorns the walls of many homes, offices, and public spaces. His nickname, Mwalimu, is fondly recalled by many, and quite often.
When Nyerere graciously stepped out of office in 1985, he certainly hadn’t fixed all of the country’s problems. He even created some new ones, and from a world economist’s standpoint, he hardly addressed poverty levels nor boosted Tanzania’s trade economy. Tanzania was heavily reliant on Foreign Aid. So why, then, does he remain such a loved and respected figure today?

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Nyerere’s Push for Humanity
In 1961, newly independent from Colonial reign, Tanzania faced an uncertain future looming ahead. Unlike many of its neighboring countries, Tanzania was very lucky to have a leader rise within the system, a leader with a clear vision and a heartless dedication to the progress of its people.
Nyerere had hopes to establish structures of society and government deeply intertwined with one another, rooted in socialist theories he learned about while attending University overseas. Nyerere believed every man and woman to be equal beings regardless of color, class, religion, or tribe. In an era where women were struggling for suffrage, and blacks were oppressed by whites, Nyerere spoke out openly and loudly against these issues.
In his own country, he condemned the rich for suppressing the poor, and the elite for separating themselves from the peasants. He stressed not the development of economy, or wealth, or goods, but the development of Man instead. He focused on the people that would make the economy, not just on the economy itself, and created a robust ideal of public morals and ethics that could be passed down for generations to come. His vision was not a temporary band-aid for a struggling society newly independent from colonial power, but a more permanent and viable national skill set that incorporated education, unification, and community involvement. This, perhaps, was Nyerere’s most admired quality: that he selflessly and profoundly dedicated his work to benefit the growth of his countrymen.

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An African Family
Such abstract ideals certainly had its fair share of protestors, but his dedication for Tanzanians to achieve this higher set of moral beliefs left even the greatest of naysayers respecting his authority. Moreover, Nyerere enacted his ideals of socialism through an African way of life, which was a new way of thought and the first of its kind. Coined ‘ujamaa’, meaning familyhood, a strong sense of community and communal living were of utmost importance to Nyerere and he used these ideals to pave the way to forming a new Tanzanian government with new priorities. In a piece written on the website Vijana FM last year, one author so eloquently commented on Nyerere’s foundation of this new concept:
“At a time where the quest for development seemed like attempts to be European, Nyerere’s philosophy attempted to define development taking into account our culture and social structure. Villagelization was an original concept and no doubt very Tanzanian. It was different. It was not a cut and paste concept from the western school of thought. It may not have worked, but the attempt was commendable. Finding African solutions to our African problems.”

 
At a time when other African countries were going through times of violent cultural strife and division, Nyerere had the foresight, the mental strength, the will, and the discipline to transform Tanzania into a single, united country. Tanzania was able to come together as one African nation, under an African school of thought.

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The Legacy of Nyerere
The blossoming into one united nation during Nyerere’s time in office was achieved without bloodshed, without political unrest, and without the mass uprising of any class or race. Nyerere never used his political standing for his own financial or power benefit, a strong contrast to many politicians then, and even today. Perhaps one of the most humble and selfless men I Africa’s history – maybe even of all time – he was a major proponent of equality and the stabilization of social policies to benefit a unified Tanzania.

Nyerere retired from Presidency in 1985, though he remained as advisor and board member for numerous political causes. After he stepped down from office, some scholars criticized Nyerere for leaving his successor and Tanzania worse off than before, heavily reliant on Foreign Aid and imported goods.
Later on, near the end of his life, Nyerere defended his own leadership by saying:
“At the World Bank they asked me, ‘How did you fail?’ I responded that the British ruled us for 43 years. When they left I took over a country where 85% of the adult population was illiterate; there were two engineers and twelve doctors. When I stepped down in 1988 there was 91% literacy, and nearly every child was in school. We had trained thousands of engineers and doctors and teachers. The per capita income was $280.
Ten years later, the per capita income had halved to $140. Enrollment in school has fallen to 63%, and conditions in health and other social services have deteriorated. In those ten years Tanzania has done everything the IMF and World BAnk wanted. So I asked them: ‘What went wrong?’”
Though it might seem to the Western world that Nyerere left office poorer than it was when he started, he in fact laid a strong foundation for Tanzanians to prosper. The most shining example, and perhaps his greatest feat and a testament for his love of teaching, was his success in improving education and literacy rates. Moreover, he instilled a way of Tanzanian thought to be passed down far after his time. Tanzania has, according to some in the Western world, a long way to go to reach any Western ideal. But maybe Nyerere never intended for Tanzania to go there in the first place.

The President of Tangahyika, Julius K. Nyerere, left, on his official visit to the Kennedy White House in 1963.  Tangahyika united with Zanzibar in 1964, and is now called Tanzania.
The Future of Tanzania
In the book My Life as an African, Tanzanian author Godfrey Mwakikagile offers an excerpt from a letter from a friend, written at the time of Nyerere’s death:
“The people went in their hundreds of thousands – more – wherever the coffin was. For the most part they stood in quietness. The grief was palpable. Honestly, millions of Tanzanians were involved because they wanted to be – to have some way of expressing their feelings. The police just stood back and let them go where they wanted to, only gently keeping a path clear when necessary. Some people were crying but there was none of the formal wailing. For the most part it was the quietness, the standing in sorrow and slow movements afterwards which made me want to cry, at the same time as it stopped me from doing so. There was no pushing or shoving. I really cannot express their feeling or mine resulting. It was a depth of community mourning in which there was nothing formal or forced. It was individual as well as a coming together.”
It perfectly exemplifies the type of unity and familyhood that Mwalimu Nyerere strived to achieve in his countrymen and countrywomen. And in his lifetime, aside from unity, Nyerere also implemented a strong sense of humanity, education, morality, and self-reliance that gave his country tools to succeed, if not immediately, then to be passed down to future generations. When he retired, Tanzania’s literacy rate peaked at 90%, it had halved its infant morality rate, and was politically stable. Now, what the country can do next, with the teachings left from Nyerere’s time, is up to the people of Tanzania- all students of the teachings of Mwalimu Nyerere.