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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 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 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!

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!

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.

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

November 15, 2017

Swimming with Whale Sharks at Mafia Island

Photo © Steve De Neef

Just a 30-minute flight south of Zanzibar, the little island of Mafia is a remote, charming and laid-back alternative to the more tourist-driven beaches of Zanzibar.

Primarily known for its ocean glory, Mafia Island really encourages travelers to explore the wonders of its surrounding waters. Home to Tanzania’s first marine park, Mafia Island Marine Park, the reefs around the island offers a staggeringly beautiful display of marine life, as well as some of the most vibrant and varied coral in East Africa. In addition to this, Mafia Island is one of the only destinations where whale shark sightings are virtually guaranteed at the right time of year.

Photo © Steve De Neef

From October through to February, the Kaskazi (north monsoon wind) pushes the plankton-rich surface layer of the water from the nutrient-rich Rufiji River silt, towards the island, trapping it against the west coast. The whale sharks gather at the surface in the areas where the plankton is most dense and use their 1-metre wide mouths to ‘hoover’ up their daily requirement of nutrients.

Sometimes found just ten minutes from the shore, and seldom more than an hour away, the whale sharks’ feeding areas are reached via a quick boat ride. Once they have been located, you’ll spend a sometime waiting for the whale sharks to relax and get used to your presence, before gently climbing into the water for a swim and closer look at them. Measuring up to 8m long, they are an impressive sight next to the boat, and even more stunning to behold under the water. It’s important to remain calm and patient during this experience as to not disturb the whale sharks, after all, this human-animal interaction is a massive privilege. Despite their size, these gentle giants won’t even bump into you if they can avoid it and will swim away if they feel threatened.

Photo © Steve De Neef

Watch this video by National Geographic for more info and why the whale sharks spend so much time around Mafia Island:

If swimming with whale sharks sounds like your idea of fun, then get in touch with us and we’ll help you plan the perfect safari tailored to your interests, budget, and schedule.

October 25, 2017

Tanzania’s Best Kept Secret – Ruaha National Park

With its seemingly endless list of places to explore and experiences to be had, it’s no secret that Tanzania is a top-notch country for travellers to visit.

From the Serengeti plains to Zanzibar’s beaches, to Mount Kilimanjaro, to the Ngorongoro Crater and beyond, Tanzania is home to many bucket list destinations. However, it’s the lesser known, uncrowded attractions that really make Tanzania such a safari gem. Ruaha National Park is just one example of such an attraction.

Situated right in the heart of Tanzania, covering a unique transition area where the Eastern and Southern species of fauna and flora meet against a dramatic topographical background, Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s best-kept secrets. Covering more than 20,000km², Ruaha is the largest park in the country, however, despite this, it remains largely off the radar for tourists and therefore provides a truly unhurried and uncrowded game viewing experience.

Highlights of Ruaha National Park:
• Diverse range of habitats and landscapes
• Huge variety of wildlife and birds, including large prides of lions, an elephant population numbering over 10 000, and approximately 500 bird species
• There are only a handful of camps within the vast area of the park, ensuring a uncrowded safari experience.
• The park is has been described as a ‘predator’s paradise’ as it is home to a healthy population of lions, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs and other smaller predators.
• It is also one of the only national parks in Tanzania where both the greater and lesser kudu co-exist.

What to do in Ruaha National Park:
• Go and a game drive and spot the diverse game within the park, including the Big Five.
• Enjoy excellent birdwatching opportunities, especially during the European winter season when the migratory birds are around.
• Sip on a ‘sundowner’ drink while watching the sunset over the horizon.
• Go on a guided walking safari and experience the park up-close and personal. Some camps even offer fly camping for an authentic and wild bush camping experience.

Where to stay in Ruaha National Park:
There are only a few places to stay within the Ruaha National Park. Here are two of our top choices:

Ikuka: https://www.tanzaniaodyssey.com/tanzania/ikuka
Set atop the Mwagusi Escarpment, Ikuka Safari Camp is an intimate, secluded camp with expansive, uninterrupted views across the savannah and sprawling Ruaha valley. With just six thatched, open-sided suites, Ikuka is an intimate and luxurious base for travellers looking to explore Tanzania’s remote and wild Ruaha National Park.

Jongomero: https://www.tanzaniaodyssey.com/tanzania/jongomero
Situated along the flourishing banks of the seasonal Jongomero Sand River, Jongomero Camp is the only camp that is set right at the bottom of the park. With the nearest camp located 70kms away, Jongomero boasts a truly remote setting. Consisting of eight large and well-appointed tented luxury tents on raised wooden decks, Jongomero is one of our firm favourites.

Find more accommodation options here: https://www.tanzaniaodyssey.com/tanzania/ruaha

When to visit Ruaha National Park:
The best game viewing in Ruaha is during the dry season (May to November) when the waterholes and rivers begin to dry up and the wildlife concentrates around remaining water sources. The bush is greener and prettier from January to June, and visiting Ruaha out of season virtually guarantees that you see no other travellers whilst on safari. Birding is best during the December to March (the European winter months).

For more information on Ruaha National Park, or to start planning your safari, get in touch with us!

October 10, 2017

Tanzania​ ​Odyssey​ ​listing​ ​with​ ​InfoHub.com​ ​+​ ​GIVEAWAY

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Dear All

Today we’re excited to announce that our 10-Day​ ​Siwandu,​ ​Jongomero​ ​and​ ​Ras​ ​Kutani Tour​ has been selected as an Unordinary​ ​Trip​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Month​ by InfoHub.com, the #1 travel portal on the Internet specialized in the out-of-ordinary, special interest vacations.  This is a great news and a wonderful chance to promote quality vacations in Southern Tanzania.

On this occasion, we are happy to offer our clients a special prize! Any of you who book the above tour before November​ ​10,​ ​2017​ ​may be eligible for a very special prize from InfoHub’s sister-company GPSmyCity – publisher of travel apps for Apple and Android.  The GPSmyCity app features offline city maps, self-guided walking tours and travel articles for 1,000 cities worldwide, using which you can turn your mobile into a personal tour guide. With this app you can explore any major urban destination in Africa and anywhere in the world on your own, at your own pace. The GPSmyCity app works offline so there’s NO need to worry about roaming charges when travelling abroad.

A lucky winner, chosen randomly, will get a one-year full membership of the GPSmyCity app including access to ALL the GPSmyCity content – over 6,500 self-guided city walks and travel articles – to the total value of over $8,000!!! Book now and enjoy your vacation with Tanzania​ ​Odyssey​!

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