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February 12, 2015

The Cadogan guide to Tanzania

Filed under: A guide to Tanzania,An Introduction — Tanzania Odyssey @ 7:21 pm

We are justifiably proud of our expertise when it comes to the best of Tanzania and Zanzibar.

cadoganVery few tour operators have anything like as many days in-country as we do, and when out in Tanzania, we don’t just visit the good stuff. We also have a wealth of knowledge about the country’s less visited areas that do not feature on our site.  We have all contributed to this growing database over the years but we have within our ranks an expert amongst experts, our director Annabel, writer of the Cadogan guide to Tanzania. After a quick scan through her book we think you’ll agree – few people know Tanzania better than her! If you have an interest in the road less travelled, you will find it sated by her fantastic guide.

To see all the chapters simply click on the Guidebook category on the toolbar to the right.

As well as information on some of Tanzania’s lesser visited areas, the guide provides a background to some of the areas we do recommend as well as a brief history. Even though we plan your trip to perfection and provide all the necessary information, it’s still nice to come with a little local knowledge – you may find it enriches your travelling experience!

For those who prefer a hard copy, you can still buy the second edition at Amazon or you can wait til we finish the 3rd edition!

To see all the chapters simply click on the Guidebook category on the toolbar to the right.

May 16, 2017

Sleep with the Fishes in The Underwater Room

Filed under: Pemba — Tanzania Odyssey @ 9:05 am

Underwater Room Manta Resort

Sleeping with the fishes takes on a whole new meaning at The Manta Resort’s Underwater Room.

Appearing to float on the turquoise waters just off Tanzania’s coast, The Underwater Room is undoubtedly one of the most unique places to stay in Africa. Tethered to the ocean floor, the room is anchored in place and affords guests 360 degree underwater views of the ocean and the life that teems within in.

Soak up the Sun on the Roof
Serenely set atop the ocean waters, the structure offers a sea level landing deck, with a lounge area and bathroom. From there, a ladder leads up to the roof where guests can sunbathe and stargaze. Due to its location, just off the coast of Pemba, the room offers astonishing views of the Milky Way.

Underwater Room Manta Resort

Wild beneath the Waves
Beneath the wooden deck, lies the true appeal – a soft double bed surrounded by panes of glass. Beyond the glass lies the wonderland that is the Indian Ocean. Guests can fall asleep watching as seemingly endless shoals of reef fish swim by. There is even a resident trumpet fish called ‘Nick’ who is often seen swimming around.

At night, the underwater spotlights attract and illuminate a few more unusual and elusive species, such as squid. If you’re lucky, an octopus or Spanish dancer might even attach itself to the glass while you’re inside.

Underwater Room Manta Resort

Getting there
The room lies approximately 250m from shore and can be reached via a 2min boat ride from the Manta house reef. On arrival at the room, you will be given a tour of your private floating island and then left to settle in before enjoying a light tropical lunch. A kayak, snorkel and fins are all provided for you at the room, as well as a full stocked bar fridge, and mobile phone with the contact numbers required should you need assistance with anything.

If this sounds like something you’d like to experience, get in touch with us and we’ll help you plan your perfect trip.

April 21, 2017

The Tanzanian Cheetah

Filed under: Serengeti National Park — Tanzania Odyssey @ 8:10 am

The Tanzanian cheetah, also commonly known as the East African cheetah, is a subspecies of cheetah native to East Africa.

There are a total of five subspecies of cheetahs in the world, and of these, the Tanzanian Cheetah is the oldest and largest subspecies. While they can be found in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia; the best places to see them are the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, where the majority of the population lives.

Five Facts about the Tanzanian Cheetah:

1. Archaeologists have found remains of a Tanzania cheetah that dates back a few million years, making them the oldest subspecies of cheetah to date.

2. Although Tanzanian cheetahs have the second-largest population, after the most numerous South African cheetah, they are still listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.  The main threats for the Tanzanian cheetah include poaching, habitat loss, and larger predators such as lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs.

3. The average cheetah measures from 110 to 135 cm in length and weighs between 20 to 60 kg. However, the average size of a Tanzanian cheetah ranges between 40 to 60kgs in weight, and 200 to 220cm in length. Despite this, Tanzanian cheetahs still have a leaner build than the other subspecies.

4. The Tanzanian cheetah has a pale coat that ranges from tannish to a white-yellowish colour. They have spots all over, except on their white bellies. The spots begin to merge toward the end of the tail to form dark rings followed by a white tuft at the tip of the tail.

5. Tanzanian cheetahs’ main source of food are antelopes, with their favourite being the Thomson’s gazelle. The Thomson’s gazelle is often found grazing in the savannas and open fields of the Serengeti ecosystem, where the cheetahs can chase and catch their prey at full speed.

They are truly beautiful creatures and seeing them in the wild is always a highly rewarding experience.
For a chance to see Tanzanian cheetahs in the natural environment, get in touch with us and we’ll help you plan your perfect safari tailored to your interests, budget and schedule.

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March 31, 2017

What to See when in Arusha

Filed under: Tanzania Odyssey News — Tags: — Tanzania Odyssey @ 7:14 am

Situated in the northeastern tip on Tanzania, at the foot of Mount Meru, Arusha is the biggest city in northern Tanzania and home to more than 1 million people. Often only regarded as a good starting point for safaris, the city has a lot to offer and it’s worth spending a few days there.

If you’ve got time to spare before starting your trek or safari, here are a few attractions worth exploring in and around Arusha:

1.    Maji Moto Hot Spring
Maji Moto (Swahili for ‘hot water’) is an oasis in the dry Maasai land, just 2 hours from Arusha. Surrounded by palms and fig trees, Maji Moto is a natural outlet for an underground spring. The sapphire water is the perfect temperature for swimming and is crystal clear to the bottom. It is a little piece of hidden paradise!

2.    Kilimanjaro Day Trip
A day trip to Kilimanjaro is a good option for those not wanting to climb the mountain but still wanting to experience a taste of its magic. Mandara Hut is at 2700m and can be reached after a 3-4 hour hike through the lush rainforest. Hikers can then enjoy lunch at the huts with a great view of the Moshi district.

3.    Canoe Trip through Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is just outside of the city. While most people experience a safari in an open-roofed truck, a scenic canoe safari is a great way to experience the beauty of Tanzania. Momella Lake, in the heart of Arusha, offers the perfect opportunities for a canoe safari and to witness animals in their natural environment without disturbing them. It is an activity that should not be overlooked when in Arusha.

4.    Grab a bite to eat in the Themi Living Gardens
The Themi Living Garden is hidden in the heart of Arusha and offers a wonderful setting for a lunch spot. The Themi Living Garden is a women-lead community centre and part of a project implemented by Italian NGO Istituto Oikos. The project promotes sustainable gardening in Arusha as a way to improve nutrition, employment and income for people with disabilities or care takers of disabled people. The food is fresh, organic, vegetarian and served with love by the ladies. It is the first eco-restaurant in Tanzania.

These are just a few of the many activities on offer in and around Arusha. Other notable attractions include the Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village & Museum, The Natural History Museum and a walking coffee tour through Nkoaranga Village.

Get in touch with us for help planning your perfect holiday to Tanzania today.

February 23, 2017

Under the Sea Safari in Zanzibar

Filed under: Tanzania Odyssey News — Tags: , , , — Tanzania Odyssey @ 1:02 pm

Sebastian from The Little Mermaid had a point, especially if you’re talking about the undersea world around a paradise island like Zanzibar.

Zanzibar’s beaches are a picturesque sight to behold; however the true beauty of the island lies under the ocean surface. Named as the ‘world’s leading dive destination’ in the 2015 World Travel Awards, it’s definitely worth taking the plunge and exploring the wild beneath Zanzibar’s waves.

The island receives the majority of its tourism through watersport inspired holidays. While scuba-diving may seem a little adventurous for some travelers, we’re here to tell you that it’s not nearly as difficult as most people imagine. Anybody who knows how to swim can complete an open-water diving course in just 3 days…and then you’re ready to explore the ocean’s wonders!

Situated just off the northeast coast near Matwmwe, Mneba Atoll Marine Reserve is one Zanzibar’s most popular diving sites. Declared a Marine Conservation Area, itis home to an abundance of sea life and is a breeding ground for green turtles, which can often be seen swimming in the shallows.

Other than turtles, Mneba is famous for the dolphins that like to join you as you snorkel or dive. During the migrating season, one might even spot whale sharks or humpback whales in the distance.  This dive is not one  to be missed if you are planning a dive trip to Zanzibar.

While it may be tempting to spend your time lazing in sun on Zanzibar’s white sand beaches, an ‘under the sea safari’ is well worth getting your feet wet for and is guaranteed to make your trip an unforgettable one.

© The Manta Resort

In addition to having some of the most spectacular diving and snorkeling opportunities, Zanzibar also has some of the most stunning accommodation options, ranging from rustic beach lodges, to upscale resorts and spas. Take a look at our Zanzibar lodge index for more information and inspiration: http://www.tanzaniaodyssey.com/tanzania/zanzibar

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February 6, 2017

Fire at Ras Nungwi

Filed under: Tanzania Odyssey News — Tanzania Odyssey @ 11:26 am

It is with great sadness that we announce that Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel has been destroyed by a fire. The fire started at a neighbouring property on the morning of 4 February 2017, and stoked by strong winds, engulfed our hotel causing catastrophic damage. Mercifully, everyone was evacuated without injury, thanks in large part to the dedicated efforts of the hotel’s management and staff.

Ras Nungwi was a much-loved, award-winning hotel established some 20 years ago and we are devastated by this great loss. It is going to take some time to assess the options and plan for the future but we hope that Ras Nungwi will re-open in due course. Thank you for the kind messages of sympathy and support. It means a lot to us.

January 13, 2017

5 Reasons to Travel to Tanzania in 2017

The start of a new year is the perfect excuse to start planning new adventures.

2017 is set to be a great year for tourism in Tanzania. Its vast wilderness areas give a sense of the unexplored, and its wildlife offering is world-class; making it one of the most beloved and captivating safari destinations in the world.

Here are 5 reasons why you should spend your holiday in Tanzania in 2017:

1. Experience the Great Migration

The Wildebeest Migration is something that every traveler should experience at least once. A movement of more than one million wildebeest, plus hundreds of thousands of other animals, this annual procession is often the singular reason many travelers go on safari to Africa and Tanzania offers the absolute best opportunity to see this massive movement of animals.

2. Epic Hiking Opportunities

Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. However, despite being 5895m tall, you don’t necessarily need to be a mountaineer to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. In fact, all of the trails are walking trails and most people with a reasonable level of fitness are able to make the summit within 8 days. Alternatively, the volcanic slopes to Ol Doinyo Lengai and Empakai Crater in the Ngorongoro also offer excellent hiking opportunities.

3. Ngoronogoro Crater

Periods of ancient volcanic activity are responsible for the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact caldera, and a wildlife sanctuary with some of the highest predator densities in Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater is the best place in Tanzania to see ‘The Big Five’.

4. Explore Stone Town in Zanzibar

Situated in the cultural heart of Zanzibar, Stone Town is a fascinating living monument to the history of East Africa. The ancient maze of narrow streets that make up Zanzibar’s ‘Old Town’ are now a web of markets, shops and craft centres, and an extraordinary place to explore.

© Helen Suk

5. Soak up the sun in Zanzibar

Fringed by the brilliant blue and beautifully warm Indian Ocean; Zanzibar has some of the most achingly gorgeous white sand beaches in the world. The water is teaming with life making it a brilliant destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. Whether opting for beach-shack-chic accommodation or a deluxe resort, the island has something for everyone and is the perfect end to a dusty safari.

Contact us to start planning your perfect tailor-made Tanzania safari.

December 23, 2016

Safari in Style: Luxury Activities to do in Tanzania

Filed under: A guide to Tanzania — Tags: , , , , — Tanzania Odyssey @ 7:57 am

Going on safari to Tanzania may not seem like a luxury option for travellers who prefer to explore in comfort, however, believe it or not, there are many ways to incorporate a little bit (or a lot) of luxury into your safari. Here are a few of our favourite luxury safari activities:

Hot Air Balloons:

There is arguably no better way to see the Serengeti than from the air. While game drives and scenic walks might let you see these areas up close, there’s nothing quite like viewing them from the skies. This safari experience is, quite literally, on a whole new level.

Hot Air Balloon Safari Serengeti

Wine Tastings:

Tanzania may not have much of an international reputation when it comes to wine, but it is actually the second largest producer of wine in Sub-Saharan Africa after South Africa. The humidity in Tanzania’s Dodoma region is perfect for growing grapes and the wine from this area has been praised by connoisseurs in the wine industry.

Dining on Safari

Luxury Lodging:

From meru style tents with glittering chandeliers, to private islands in the Indian Ocean; accommodation on safari can offer you luxury lodging options you never knew were possible on a safari. Just take a look at our lodge index if you don’t believe us!

Glamping in Siwandu Tents

Sundowner Cruise:

At the end of a long day on safari, nothing beats lazily drifting down a river with a drink in hand as the sun slowly dips below the horizon. Alternatively, in Zanzibar you can enjoy a sunset Dhow cruise along the coast of this island paradise.

Sunset Dhow Cruise in Zanzibar

Decadent Dining:

Luxury lodges tend to employ the most amazing, professional chefs and enjoy feeding their guests about 5 times a day. Put it this way, you definitely won’t be returning from safari any slimmer.

Safari Dining in Tanzania

Aah bliss! If this sounds like your kind of safari, get in touch with us and we’ll help you plan the perfect trip with all the creature comforts you could ever wish for.

November 24, 2016

The Ultimate List of Tanzania Resources

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Travelling to Tanzania? Here’s a list of resources to help you plan your trip:

Tanzania Tourist Board: The Tanzania Tourist Board provides up-to-date and accurate information for travellers interested in exploring Tanzania, including links to specific locations, travel advice, and historical and cultural background on this diverse country.

Ngorongoro Tanzania: This is the ultimate guide to the Ngorongoro Crater. Arguably the biggest tourist attraction in Tanzania, there is a lot people need to know when travelling to this brilliant destination. This site includes information ranging from where to go, when to go and how to get there.

Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a great all round travel resource site that offers some solid advice for travelling to Tanzania. In addition to the helpful tips on visas and health requirements, there are also some interesting blogs by travel writers sharing their experience.

World Travel Guide: This site provides a comprehensive guide to Tanzania, including information about the language, culture, history, attractions, airports and everything else you can think of.

About Travel: This is another great all round guide with a comprehensive section about travelling to Tanzania. What’s different about this site is that it includes some useful tips for avoiding common travel scams.

Project Visa: Everything you need to know with regards to visas and embassy information.

Female Traveller: This site addresses the specific needs of female travellers and provides advice for women abroad.

World Nomads: Travel insurance options, as well as tips and advice for your trip.

Air Tanzania: Air Tanzania is the flag carrier airline of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam with its hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Tanzania Odyssey: Of course, we saved the best for last. We are experts on all things Tanzania and can help you plan your perfect safari to this amazing country.

November 10, 2016

Tanzania’s first Treetop Walkway:

Filed under: Tanzania Odyssey News — Tanzania Odyssey @ 2:40 pm
Get ready for Tanzania’s first Treetop Walkway
Woohoo… after years of building, the Treetop Walkway in Manyara opens this saturday!
Unique perspective
This walkway takes you on a sky-high adventure through the beautiful forest of Lake Manyara. Walk among the treetops and experience untouched nature and wildlife from a unique perspective.

Bird’s eye view of the forest
This 370m airwalk starts with a short board-walk that gradually rises from ground level up through the canopy where you reach a height of 18m off the ground. Each of the 10 supension bridges end on a viewing deck situated around tree trunks. The treetop platforms are perfect places to stop and enjoy life in the canopy amongst butterflies, monkeys and birds. Get a unique birds-eye view of the world around you.

Nature lovers & adventure seekers
This walkway is one of the longest treetop walkways in Africa and a great outdoor activity for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Families, couples, individuals and groups are all welcome.

Experience nature like never before!

A perfect opportunity for you guests to experience this airwalk while the guide sorts out all the park fee payments.
Opening: 12th November 2016
Location: ‘old gate’ in the beginning of Lake Manyara
Opening hours: 6:30 am – 5 pm
Duration: about 1 hour
Price: RACK $47 per person ( (incl. Tanapa fee $17,70 and 18% VAT)

November 2, 2016

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild – Moli and Noelle, Ruaha, Tanzania

Filed under: Tanzania Odyssey News — Tanzania Odyssey @ 10:56 am

Reposted from Radio Times

by David Butcher
The best tip in Fogle’s adventure this week involves a bag of ash. Ben’s host in a remote corner of Tanzania is veteran guide Andrew “Moli” Molinari, who walks through the bush with a little pouch of ash wrapped in cloth.

Fogle assumes this is to mask their scent, but it turns out to be simpler: a tiny shake of the bag releases a fine ash that drifts in the slightest breeze and shows which way it’s blowing – vital for staying downwind of elephants.

It’s a nice piece of bushcraft, but it doesn’t stop them having a very close encounter with an angry-looking tusker. Full marks to the camera crew for holding their ground…

Adventurer Ben travels to Tanzania to meet Yorkshire-born Andrew Molinaro and his Californian wife Noelle, a couple who decided to leave city life behind and set up their own business as safari guides. Living side by side with some of the planet’s most fearsome animals, Ben learns more about their nomadic lifestyle as they head out on expeditions to chart areas of the Ruaha National Park.
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