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Tanzania Safari Blog

April 14, 2018

Welcome to the Tanzania Odyssey Blog

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Our blog is a collection of posts and articles written by ourselves as well as some which are sourced externally, but all of which are relevant to Tanzania and Zanzibar. Similarly, our website is a vast resource of knowledge compiled over 20 years of experience, written by ourselves; the Tanzania Experts. We really know our stuff and offer unbiased opinions on the regions of Tanzania as well as the lodges & hotels (all of which we visit on a regular basis!)

We specialise in everything from beach honeymoons to family safaris and even climbing Kilimanjaro, so you can rest assured our website is extremely well equipped to answer everyone’s queries and concerns. Please have a scan of the above button options to find your relevant page! We tailor-make all our trips but our itineraries page is also particularly useful when in the initial planning stages. The best way to get to grips with Tanzania and Zanzibar though is to give us a call so we can give you the low-down in our famous no-flowers Odyssey way…

In the meantime though we hope you find our blog interesting… Happy reading!

May 16, 2018

Tanzania Holiday: The Ultimate Safari

From diving for marine treasures off Tanzania’s remote coastlines and tropical islands, to climbing Africa’s highest mountain, to witnessing scores of iconic African wildlife; a Tanzania holiday has the potential to fulfill the whims and fancies of every traveler.Tanzania Holiday. Photographer: Mark Williams.

Tanzania Safari Holidays

Tanzania is an inherently wild and adventurous area that has only been partly tamed by man. A large portion of the country is dedicated to preserving the wilderness and wildlife, and it is home to three of Africa’s top five destinations – the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro. There are also numerous lesser visited parks in the south and west of Tanzania that are equally as exciting but offer a more private experience.

Safari and Beach

The-Highlands-guests-view-picnic
In addition to its spectacular wilderness areas, Tanzania also offers some breathtaking beaches, making it a brilliant bush and beach safari destination. The Tanzanian coast north of Dar es Salaam is an idyllic stretch of wide sandy beaches and turquoise waters, and the south coast boasts endless stretches of sparsely populated coastline. Just off the coastline, numerous islands, including the renowned Zanzibar archipelago, are dotted within the warm aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean.
Zanzibar Tanzania Holiday

Tanzania Holiday activites

With so many natural attractions on offer, it makes sense that Tanzania also provides plenty of activities that allow you to explore these scenic wonders. Ranging from walking safaris to hot air ballooning over the Serengeti, snorkeling, scuba diving, horse riding, fly camping under the stars, chimpanzee trekking at Mahale, and more, there are endless possibilities for the adventurous spirit.
Walking safari in Tanzania
Combining these numerous locations and various activities is made easy by the reasonably-priced and efficient internal network of light aircraft. There is also a myriad of choices when it comes to accommodation options that suit the taste and budget of every traveler. Our personal favourites are the smaller, more intimate and luxurious lodges and camps that offer excellent personal service, such as Namiri Plains Camp and Singita Mara Tented Camp.
tents at Siwandu
For all these reasons and more, Tanzania is a brilliant holiday destination for any traveller. Whatever your preferred combination of safari/adventure/beach/relaxation may be, or perhaps even a Tanzania honeymoon, there is an ideal holiday itinerary that will suit you perfectly. For help planning your bespoke Tanzania holiday experience, or for more information on Tanzania, get in touch with us.

April 30, 2018

Why do a Serengeti Safari?

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Serengeti, derived from the Masai word ‘Seregenget’ or ‘Siringitu’, means ‘the place where the land moves on forever’ – a fitting description for the area’s rolling grassy plains that are the epitome of most people’s vision of wildest Africa.

Wild, open, and inviting, the Serengeti’s landscape never fails to entice travellers to explore its endless wonders. While some might overlook this classics safari destination as being too mainstream, we urge you not to make this mistake. After all, the Serengeti became Africa’s most renowned national park for good reason.

4 Reasons to do a Serengeti Safari:

1. Key-Destination in the Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest Migration Serengeti

The Serengeti is a key-destination is the wildebeest migration and perhaps the most popular reason that people travel there. A 1,800-mile odyssey, the wildebeest migration sees 1,5 million wildebeest and 200,00 zebras chasing the rains in a race for life. The herds are constantly moving so their location depends entirely on the time of year that you visit.

2. Seronera, Big Cat Capital of Africa

Lioness at Seronera, Serengeti

Situated in the heart of the Serengeti, Seronera Valley has been dubbed ‘The Big Cat Capital of Africa’ due to its extremely high concentration of predators. The area is a network of several perennial rivers that enable resident animals to thrive all year round, making it a fantastic destination for wildlife viewing.

3. Walking Safaris, Game Drives, and Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hot air balloon safari Serengeti

Whether you prefer to explore on foot, in a vehicle, or from the sky, the Serengeti offers it all. While not all, some camps offer walking safaris which are an excellent way to immerse yourself in the environment. Game drives, on the other hand, are a great way of covering larger distances in search of wildlife. And for totally different and whimsical activity, a hot air balloon safari is a spectacular way to get a bird’s-eye view of the Serengeti, allowing you to truly appreciate the immensity of the Serengeti.

4. Variety of Accommodation Options

Lamai Serengeti Bedroom

From rustic and remote, to fancy and luxurious, the accommodation options in the Serengeti are about as vast as its grassy plains. There are even mobile camps that follow the wildebeest migration, such as Olakira Camp. Essentially, there is something to meet the needs and budgets of every traveler. Some of our favourite permanent tented camps include Sasakwa Lodge, Sayari Camp, and Dunia Camp, to name just a few.

To start planning your safari to the Serengeti, get in touch with us!

April 18, 2018

Don’t miss the Great Migration because you forgot your binoculars!

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Binoculars are so so important to any safari. In Tanzania and when watching the Great Migration, you may think you don’t need them to get an idea of the huge, vast sprawling mass of brown specks that is the Serengeti’s Wildebeest Migration, but you would be wrong…

Yes, when your eyes gaze around the vast plains at the huge concentration of wildebeest, it can be a completely overwhelming sight in itself. However, by using binoculars, you may just be able to appreciate the little intricate details of the wildebeests’ harrowing journey that bit more. From spotting a calving wildebeest in the distance, seeing the first steps of a new born 3 minutes after its birth, to capturing the stress in the eyes of a wildebeest crossing the Mara river – you really do need binoculars to appreciate the life of the magnificent African wildlife on any safari, but especially a Serengeti one!

Oh, and another tip… Spend a few pennies to get a good quality pair, or find your wildlife viewing highly irritating with constant blurry vision through those £5 pair you thought was a bargain… Please see this article  which is an extremely useful source when choosing the best binos for the job… Happy zooming!

April 13, 2018

Tips on how to avoid insect bites while on safari

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You probably already know from experience just how annoying and demoralizing mosquitoes and other biting insects can be. But the danger is multiplied tenfold when you run into them whilst on your African safari. Malaria is among the most lethal diseases on the planet, and the bugs living in this region of the world are a major carrier of it. When setting forth on such expeditions, you should thus make sure you take some effective anti-malaria medications beforehand. But there are also numerous other things you can do to protect you and your loved ones from insect bites while you are in the Great Outdoors. Here a few of them.

 

Use a good insect repellent

 

If you regularly go camping, hiking, fishing or enjoy any other type of outdoor activity – then you know the necessity of wearing a good bug repellent when it comes to protecting yourself and those closest to you from mosquitoes and other biting insects. Mosquitoes are drawn to the smell, warmth and chemicals secreted by human bodies, so forming a barrier between the bugs and all areas of exposed skin on YOUR body, is a sure-fire way of bidding them adios when you are outside.

 

The strongest and most effective insect repellents contain DEET as their active ingredient. However, according to some authorities, this synthetic chemical is toxic to both humans and the natural environment, so if you don’t fancy being exposed to this chemical, then you can choose from the numerous ‘natural’ repellent alternatives now on the market.  These contain active ingredients ranging from citronella, eucalyptus oil, rosemary essential oil, pyrethrins, and more and therefore are the best mosquito repellent for babies as well as adults. Bear in mind though that despite their eco-friendliness, they may not ward off insects as effectively as DEET formulae, so it is up to you to decide if the trade-off is worth it.

 

Wear the right clothes

 

Another way of protecting yourself from insect bites, is to cover as much of your skin as possible with clothes – and with the right clothes. Don thick, long sleeved pants and shirts, and be sure to tuck your pants into your (equally thick, woolen) socks. Wear high quality, well-sealed shoes as well.

 

Watch what you eat!

 

You may not have been aware of this fact, but mosquitoes and other biting insects have got a huge sweet tooth. The more sugar you consume whilst you are out on safari, therefore, the higher the risk of being assailed by insects. So try to limit your intake of sugary drinks and snacks whilst you are out viewing the local wildlife! Avoid eating excessive wheat products as well, as mosquitoes are also heavily attracted to the smell of yeast.

 

In the same vein, mosquitoes and other biting insects are attracted to the sweet-smelling aroma of deodorants, perfumes and after-shave lotions, so try to avoid using too many of these whilst you are on your safari adventure.

 

Mosquito nets

 

Mosquitoes are most active between dawn and dusk – precisely the times that you are most defenseless and at risk! Protect yourself by laying a good mosquito net over your tent or hammock. You can even spray the mosquito net canopy with insect repellent for good measure.

 

Avoid light and flame

 

Another thing that draws biting insects to you is light and flame, so when darkness falls, try to minimize the amount of lighting you use around your campsite. This is one occasion where a roaring campfire will not enhance your outdoors experience!

April 11, 2018

5 Reasons to take a Family Safari holiday in Tanzania

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Travelling as a family is an enriching experience and a family safari in Africa is the perfect time for parents, children, and even grandparents, to bond and create life-long memories.

With its combination of spectacular natural scenery, incredible coastline and world-class wildlife reserves and parks, Tanzania provides one of the best destinations for a family safari. While not all safari lodges allow children, many camps and lodges are beginning to specifically focus their attention on families and children and offer activities and facilities to make sure that all age groups are catered for.

Find our top 5 reasons to do a family safari in Tanzania here:

Bush and Beach Safari

Family Safari in Tanzania

Boasting fabulous white sandy beaches, as well as some of the best wildlife reserves in Africa, all within relative proximity to each other, Tanzania is the ideal destination for a bush and beach safari experience.

Wonderful Wildlife

Family Safari in Tanzania

Nothing quite compares to watching your child’s eyes light up with excitement the first time they see an elephant or watch a lion on the hunt. For many people, going on safari is the first time they are able to see wild African animals in their natural environment, making this a truly special experience for both adults and children alike.

Lots of Things to Do

Family safari in Tanzania

Tanzania offers the opportunity for a multitude of safari activities such as game drives, guided walks, watersports, horseback riding and more. There is literally something for everybody to enjoy and no excuse for the kids to get bored.

Variety of Accommodation

Family safari in Tanzania

From rustic tented camps to luxurious private beach villas, the options for accommodation in Tanzania seem endless. Many camps have specific family orientated accommodation that allows for groups to stay together, providing an intimate safari experience.

Special Offers for Families

Tanzania loves families and their child rates and offers reflect this! We have been working with many of the safari companies in Tanzania for 20 years and can get some amazing value deals.

Here are our top 5 tips for doing a family safari in Tanzania:

1. Book a safari camp with interconnecting rooms or a family tent so you can all stay under one roof/canvas!
2. Don’t try and do too much! Tanzania is a vast country and it’s impossible to visit every park. Children will get more out of visiting a few locations in more detail rather than rushing everywhere
3. Get a range of activities- children will start to become blasé after their 15th Lion encounter in a vehicle, so ask us about a safari that has different activities.
4. Tanzania is blessed with beautiful coastlines – after your safari, spend some family time having fun on the beach snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, kite surfing, paddle boarding and much more. Or for exhausted parents, simply relax in a spa with a cold drink and a massage…a tempting alternative!
5. Think about taking a short safari at half term in February or October as you can often take advantage of ‘off season’ rates and fewer tourists.

Find more useful information and tips on a family safari in Tanzania here: https://www.tanzaniaodyssey.com/tanzania-family-holidays 

February 21, 2018

Zanzibar’s Best Beach Bars

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With a name literally ending in ‘bar’, it’s safe to say that Zanzibar has quite the happening nightlife.

From street markets to beach bars, there’s always something fun to do after dark. Here are a few of our top choices of beach bars in Zanzibar that offer not only delicious drinks, but also a wonderful location, welcoming atmosphere, and spectacular views.

The Jetty

Zanzibar Beach bar
Essque Zalu Zanzibar Hotel’s ‘The Jetty’ is one of the best places on the island to enjoy drinks while watching the turquoise blue waters of Nungwi. Set al fresco on the shoreline, The Jetty offers diners a taste of modern Arabic cuisine, often to the tunes of live local music.

The Rock Restaurant

Rock Restaurant Zanzibar

Perched on a coral outcrop in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, The Rock is arguably the most famous restaurant in Zanzibar. At low tide, you can wade to the restaurant through a few metres of shallow water, and at high tide, a small fishing boat takes diners to and from the shore. It is renowned for it’s extraordinary location and views, as well as it’s fabulous food and drinks.

Gerry’s Bar

Gerry's Bar Zanzibar

Ideally located on a tranquil beach in Nungwi, Gerry’s Bar is a friendly and laid-back beach bar, and the perfect spot to enjoy an ice-cold cocktail with friends, whilst admiring the sunset. Gerry’s Bar often hosts live music beach parties and is loved for its vibey, relaxed atmosphere.

Kendwa Rocks

Kendwa Rock Bar

Kendwa Rocks offers a beach party every Saturday night with music and entertainment, but it is most famous in Zanzibar for hosting the Full Moon Party. The Full Moon Party is organized around the full moon every month (usually on a Saturday, but not always). Attracting a large crowd of locals and travelers alike, the Full Moon Party offers a delicious grill, amazing acrobats and fire eaters and great live music to keep you dancing all night.

With these options and much more on offer, there’s certainly no shortage of beautiful beach bars worth a visit while in Zanzibar. For help planning your perfect holiday in Zanzibar, get in touch with us.

January 31, 2018

Tanzania Horseback Safaris

World-renowned for its wildlife and natural beauty, and boasting highlights such as the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and the tropical spice islands of Zanzibar; a Tanzania makes for an unforgettable horseback safari destination.

Tanzania Horseback Safari

Benefits of a Horseback Safari:
• They are more eco-friendly than safari vehicles
• You can explore areas that are inaccessible by vehicle
• Horse riding allows you to get closer to wildlife without disturbing it
• You will naturally notice more of your surroundings than you would in a vehicle, as you are moving at a slower pace and are more immersed in the environment
• Most places that offer horseback riding safaris cater to all ages and riding abilities
• It’s a completely different way to experience the wilderness

Here are a few unforgettable horseback safari experiences in Tanzania:

Serengeti:
What better way to experience the Great Wildebeest Migration than from horseback? Horse riding over the vast plains of the Serengeti, next to massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and other wildlife, is a truly exhilarating experience.

Serengeti Horseback Safari

Photo © Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Zanzibar:
If galloping along a pristine white sand beach, next to the gentle and warm waters of the Indian Ocean, sounds like your kind of safari experience, then a horseback ride in Zanzibar is a must do! From full moon beach rides to swimming with the horses, horse riding in Zanzibar is a magical experience.

Horse Riding in Zanzibar

Photo © Seacliff Resort

Kilimanjaro:
Mount Kilimanjaro is surrounded by stunning savannahs and wilderness areas, and horse riding in the shadow of this famous mountain is a quintessential safari experience. With no fences, buildings or roads in sight, the opportunities for spotting wildlife are endless. In addition to the brilliant game viewing, the area has some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. As you ride, there are also numerous opportunities for interactions with the local people and herdsmen, ensuring a wonderfully enchanting cultural experience.

Horse riding near Mount Kilimanjaro

Photo © Kaskazi Horse Safaris

Are you chomping at the bit to go on a horseback safari in Tanzania? Get in touch with us and we’ll help you plan your perfect trip.

December 22, 2017

4 Reasons to Travel to Tanzania in 2018

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As we say goodbye to 2017, it’s time to start saying hello to new adventures and start planning those travels for 2018!

Home to sixteen national parks, and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the highest mountain in Africa, and the largest and deepest lakes on the continent too, there’s not much that we can say that the country doesn’t already boast itself. It’s one of the most beloved and enchanting safari destinations in the world.

Here are four reasons to add Tanzania to your 2018 Travel Bucket List:

Accessibility

Tanzania is one of the most accessible countries in Africa. It’s infrastructure and transportation systems have been designed so that the international airports, ferries, and highways are all perfectly positioned to transport you to where you need to be. Another drawcard is that most of Tanzania’s biggest attractions are within a day or two’s drive away, or a quick transfer flight.

Endless Choices

Whether you’re a budget traveler or a luxury traveler, Tanzania has just the thing for you. Since safari tourism is such a driving economic force in the country, there are countless tour operators, accommodation options, and experiences to choose from.

Variety of Activities

From world-class hiking experiences such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to unbelievable snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities to witnessing wildlife migrations in the Serengeti, Tanzania offers a vast variety of activities and experiences for travelers to enjoy.

Political Stability

Africa might have a bad rep when it comes to political stability, but this is not the case when it comes to Tanzania, which is a leader in regional stability. A recent Pew Research poll stated that nearly 80% of the Tanzanian population is satisfied with the way democracy is working in their country. And the people in the country are some of the friendliest in the world – you’ll instantly feel at home in this beautiful country.

For help planning your perfect safari to Tanzania in 2018, get in touch with us! We know this country like the back of our hands.

November 16, 2017

Zuri Zanzibar – new hotel opening

We are delighted to announce the opening of Zuri Zanzibar from May this year.  Since our favourite Zanzibar hotel Ras Nungwi burnt down we have been looking for a great hotel which is not too large no to small, has a great beach and has enough amenities without being a huge all inclusive hotel. Zuri is the answer.

Please see as below further details:

Zuri Zanzibar LOCATION & DESCRIPTION

  • Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort is a 55 bungalow and villa boutique hotel, located in Kendwa, Zanzibar on the Northwest Coast of Ugunja island
  • the resort is located one hour drive from the international airport of Zanzibar as well as the capital city of Stone Town
  • 350m of white sand pristine beach

 

  • incredible sunset over the island ofTumbatu

 

  • the resort is built on a slight slope falling toward the sea – thus giving all guests and locations partial or excellent sea view

 

Zuri Zanzibar GUEST ROOM AMENITIES

  • unlimited Wi-Fi internet connection
  • ecological Evening breeze air-conditioning
  • overhead fans
  • tropical outdoor shower and indoor shower
  • 48 inch flat screen TV with satellite channels
  • In-room laptop size safe
  • Zuri home-made drinking water

-100% non smoking

  • 24h room service
  • DVD, game station, entertainment center
  • minibar
  • tea and coffee making facilities
  • hairdryer
  • kimono

 

 

Zuri Zanzibar – WHILE ON THE ISLAND

  • Zanzibar Spice Tour
  • Jozani Forest (National Park with Red monkeys)
  • Stone Town and Prison Island visit
  • swimming with dolphins
  • fishermen’s market
  • Sunset Dhow Boat Cruise
  • water sports (snorkelling, diving kite surfing, surfing)

 

 

Zuri Zanzibar TRAVELLING

  • Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International airport (5 km south of Stone Town)
  • ferry from Dar-Es-Salaam (2 hour trip)

 

Zuri Zanzibar ACCOMMODATION

  • 46 Design Bungalows with terrace (66 sqm), 10 units with an interconnected option
  • 6 Deluxe Suites with lounge, terrace and Jacuzzi (132 sqm)
  • 2 Two-bedroom villas with lounge, kitchen, Jacuzzi and private beach access (260 sqm)

-1 Three-bedroom villa with lounge, kitchen, 12 m pool, recreation room  and private beach access (500 sqm)

 

All rooms and villas are facing westward.

Majority of the units offer uninterrupted ocean view.

 

 

 

 

 

Zuri Zanzibar FACILITIES

 

Main restaurant and Bar

  • overlooking the entire resort, indoor and outdoor dining, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Pool Grill and Bar

  • offering breakfast, light lunch snack, grilled food, fresh drinks and cocktails

 

Beach Bar

  • offering all day beach service, cocktails and salad menu

 

Spice Garden

  • a lush private green oasis> perfect for meditation

 

 

Swimming pool

  • 32 m infinity pool with ozone water, sunbeds and hammocks

 

Book and DVD library

  • TOP movies of all time

 

Yoga & Wellness Sanctuary

  • beach yoga classes
  • massages and holistic treatments

-gym

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