November 2017

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

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June 28, 2017

Tanzanian Food: 5 Foods to Try when in Tanzania

Zanzibar Street Food Market

One of the most common questions we receive from our clients is what sort of food they should expect to find in Tanzania.

After all, eating foreign food can be an intimidating prospect. However, it can also be exciting and eye-opening. Travelling is about embracing new ideas and stepping out of your comfort zone, and trying the local cuisine plays a huge role in the experience.

As a result of its rich history and diverse influences, Tanzania has a wide variety of traditional foods. Zanzibar, in particular, is famous for its street vendors and street food night markets. If you can translate the Swahili names for the dishes, some of the items of the menu may be more familiar than one would expect!

Here are just five of our favourite dishes to eat when visiting Tanzania:

Chapatti (Fried Flatbread)
Chapatti originated in India but Tanzanians have created their own version. It is one of the most commonly consumed foods among locals as it can be eaten at any time of the day. This unleavened pan-grill bread goes well with tea and coffee, as well as soup, stew and vegetables.

Ndizi Kaanga (Fried Bananas or Plantains)
Plantains grow in abundance in Tanzania, and Ndizi kaanga, meaning fried plantain, is a very popular Tanzanian snack. It can be enjoyed sweet, savoury, as a snack or even as a side dish with a meal.

Nyama Choma (Grilled Meat)
Nyama Choma can be goat, chicken or even fish, that has been slow roasted to perfection and is served with lemon wedges and a chilli sauce called pili pili. This is a firm favourite with locals.

Mahindi ya Kuchoma (Grilled Corn)
Mahindi ya kuchoma is a grilled corn on the cob, often drizzled with lime and pepper. For the tastiest version, buy it from a street vendor!

Mandazi (East African Donuts)
Mandazi is a form of fried coconut bread made with coconut milk, flavoured with cardamom and grated fresh coconut or coconut flakes. These fluffy sweet treats can be eaten at breakfast with tea, as a snack, or as dessert.

Is your mouth watering for Tanzania safari yet? Contact us and we’ll make you drool over our safari packages.

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April 21, 2017

The Tanzanian Cheetah

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.

Where is the best place to see the Tanzanian Cheetah?

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. The best lodge in the whole of Tanzania to see cheetahs from is Namiri Plains –  our team have visited recently and were amazed by the amount of action in this quiet eastern part of the Serengeti. See our videos taken at Namiri Plains if you don’t believe us!

Cheetah Cubs
Cheetah on a kill
Cheetahs Hunting
Cheetahs Playing
Lions vs Buffalo

All taken by Marc in a 4 day period – this is one of the most unbelievable predator destinations in Africa. If you would like to visit Namiri, then contact us here or give us a call and we can check availability for you – UK +44 (0) 20 8704 1216 or toll free in the US on +1 866 356 4691

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March 31, 2017

What to See when in Arusha

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!

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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.

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