New : Baloon safari at Ruaha National Park

We are delighted to inform you that from 15th June 2018, balloon safaris will be operational in the Ruaha National Park for the first time ever! Ruaha is a far cry from the busy tourist circuits of northern Tanzania, it boasts a baobab-studded landscape and excellent game viewing by vehicle or on foot and soon by hot-air balloon.

 

 

 

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Why Do Hippos Yawn?


Have you ever wondered why hippos yawn? Legend has it that thousands of years ago Hippos were land dwelling animals but the hot African sun meant they were subject to sunburn on their delicate pink ears. So they called a meeting with God.

At the meeting they asked God if they could spend their days in the cool water of rivers and ponds so they could cool their hot bodies and prevent their delicate pink ears from sunburn. God, at first, was not sure about this. He was worried that the Hippos wanted to feast on the numerous fish in the rivers and ponds. The hippos protested at this assumption.

So they decided to make a deal with God. If he would let them spend their days in the cool water they would several times a day open their mouths toward the heavens and show God they did not have any fish in their mouths.

God thought about this proposal and after some time he agreed. So the hippos entered the water and several times a day opened their mouths to show God that they did not have any fish in their mouths. And all this time you thought hippos were yawning!

 

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Siringit Serengeti a new Luxury Camp

Siringit Serengeti Camp, in the heart of the Serengeti National Park, opened in August 2017,
is the latest addition to the central Serengeti area which is known for its magnificent year-round wildlife viewing.  From our first few guests who have already stayed there, we have had fantastic reviews about the location, service and luxury amenities.

Location
The camp is located six kilometres East of Seronera Airstrip on a site originally selected to host a group of visitors from Yellow Stone National Park in the United States. Because of its convenient location, natural beauty and abundance of wildlife, the parks management gazetted this idyllic spot as an official private campsite. Aside from its convenient location for guests flying into Seronera Airstrip, the camp is one hour’s drive from ‘Naabi Hill,’ the gateway to the Serengeti National Park for guests arriving by road from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The famous Hippo pool and the departure point for balloon Safaris are also close by.

Accommodation
The camp has 8 accommodation tents and a 2-bedroom family tent. The entire camp enjoys 24 hour electricity from a state of the art solar system (with back-up generator). Piped hot and cold water are also available night and day throughout the property. All tents, including the lounge and dining tents, sit atop raised wooden platforms manufactured using sustainable teak timber from the Kilombero Valley in Southern Tanzania.

 

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Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

treetpe2We are excited to share with you details of Tanzania’s newly opened first and only Treetop Walkway, located in Lake Manyara National Park.

The walkway is an excellent way for guests to experience this groundwater forest ecosystem from a unique birds-eye view. This sky-high adventure has a total walking distance of 370 meters and a maximum height of 18 meters (59 feet).

The walkway is built up with ten suspension bridges along with several viewing decks situated around tree trunks.  This is also one of the longest treetop walkways in Africa.

Our field experts recently made a visit to inspect this new attraction and experience the adventure for themselves. The team was thoroughly impressed to see that the bridge has strict safety standards with multiple reinforcements. The bridge has netting on all sides for safety. Additionally, the walkway allows one-direction traffic in order to avoid congestion while ensuring that the route does not get repetitive. The local guides are well trained to provide assistance on the bridge as well as information on the trees, butterflies, birds, monkeys and various wildlife that guests can expect to see.

 

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Why Tanzania

whytanz2Recently featured as one of the top destinations by The New York Times, Tanzania is enjoying it’s growing reputation as a country that caters to many different tastes.

The people are amongst the continent’s friendliest and the fauna and flora amongst it’s most diverse and plentiful. The range of activities on offer means that everyone from nature enthusiasts, to families or newly weds -or even extreme thrill seekers – are sure to find exactly what they’re looking for.
1. Off the beaten track safaris
2. The People and Culture
3. The Wildebeest Migration
4. The Safari Lodges and Camps
5. The Beaches
6. Climb to the roof of Africa
7. Experience spectacular sunrises and sunsets
8. Relive evolution and primal history
9. Easy availability of tourist visa’s
10. Tropical climate

Zanzibar – The Spice Island

Traditional fisher boat in Zanzibar with people going to fish on low tide

Zanzibar is an island about 23 miles off the East African Coast. Its very name evokes romantic associations – smell of spices, images of narrow streets, Arab chests, carved doors, coral reefs. It is a tourists paradise, with tranquil, warm tropical waters, many miles of beautiful sandy beaches on the Indian Ocean.

On these shores passed explorers like Burton, Speke, Livingstone, and Vasco da Gama in 1502 enroute to India. Zanzibar has a rich and ancient past, having been the center for travelers sailing from distant lands of the Middle East by dhows.
Zanzibar was once the main trading center for the whole of East Africa. Due to the generally slower pace of life, its tranquillity has survived. Zanzibar can be reached from Dar Es Salaam either by 30 minutes air flight or 1 1/4 hour hydrofoil or catamaran ride.