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  • Everything You Need to Know About Lake Manyara National Park

    Chris Walker Bush
    August 27, 2015
    The setting for the earliest Tarzan films, verdant Lake Manyara National Park was once described as Ernest Hemingway as "The loveliest I have seen in Africa".Lake Manyara National Park is an unspoiled paradise of ground water forest fed by underground springs and teeming with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, and some of the largest baboon troupes in Africa.But it's most iconic attraction is undoubtedly its tree-climbing lions, and people flock from all over the world to see these iconic predators lounging in the trees.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Serengeti National Park

    Chris Walker Bush
    August 26, 2015
    Tanzania's most famous national park is deserving of its renown. The home of the world-famous Great Wildebeest Migration, the Serengeti National Park is consistently ranked as one of the best national parks in the entire world.While it is the farthest of the northern circuit parks from Arusha, the Serengeti is often the first inclusion on any safari itinerary. With its sweeping savanna plains, towering rocky hills, and seemingly unending skies - the Serengeti is as much a stunning landscape as it is a place to see Africa's most iconic animals.And see them you will: the Serengeti is home to huge numbers of wildebeest, zebras, hyenas, lions, elephants, hippos, antelopes, and more. So large is the Serengeti that we strongly recommend a minimum of two nights in the park if you're serious about doing it justice.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Ngorongoro

    Chris Walker Bush
    August 26, 2015
    Tanzania's biggest tourist attraction isn't Zanzibar, nor is it the sprawling plains of the Serengeti. The stunning Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes out that honour, and it's with good reason. Exploring this verdant lost world is among the most memorable experiences a traveler is every likely to have.Key to Ngorongoro's enduring appeal is that sheer variety of experiences that can be had within the reserve. It's far more than just a simple game-viewing destination (although in this area it excels), with a variety of day trips and excursions such as guided hikes, cultural visits, and archaeological sites available to offer a more intimate experience.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Tarangire National Park

    Chris Walker Bush
    August 25, 2015
    Often described as Tanzania's most underrated national park, Tarangire is one of Africa's little-known gems and a must for any northern circuit itinerary.Boasting a variety of wildlife as diverse as its landscape, Tarangire is also the park that can boast being home to Tanzania's largest population of African elephants. With four of the Big Five also residing within the park, it is a great spot for a day trip from Arusha or as an addition to a Serengeti/Ngorongoro centreed itinerary.Named for the Tarangire River which flows through it, the park is an excellent choice during the dry season when animals are forced to move closer and closer to the river in search of water. Set against a backdrop of majestic baobab trees and twisted acacia, it makes for a beautiful experience.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Arusha National Park

    Chris Walker Bush
    August 25, 2015
    Located just a short drive from Arusha and Moshi, the Arusha National Park is Tanzania's most accessible national park and the perfect place for a day trip or as the first or last stop on a longer itinerary. At just 552 square kilometres, it's a small park with a lot to see.With diverse wildlife that includes herbivores such as elephants, hippos, buffalo, zebra, and even the occasional wildebeest, Arusha National Park is also a perfect place to get out and stretch your legs - with both walking safaris and canoe safaris available within the park.Arusha National Park is also home to the world's largest population of giraffes, making it a great place to visit for fans of these long-necked, beautiful animals.
  • Fashion Week Zanzibar 2014

    AdminSoa
    August 17, 2014

    If you belong to fashionista tribe and visiting Zanzibar in September, don't miss Zanzibar Fashion Week!

    Zanzibar Fashion Week will take place between 26 th to 28 th September in Stone Town. The Event was first launched in 2013 with great success. With focus to present and promote African fashion designers, there will be many fashion shows going on along with other side events that will certainly add to the vibes of Stone Town.

    Programme:

    FASHION WEEK ZANZIBAR SHOWS:

    25TH SEPTEMBER 2014 (THURSDAY)

    FASHION BONANZA
    Location:
    6 DEGREES SOUTH
    Time
    - 7 PM
    Pre-opening Night

    26TH SEPTEMBER 2014 (FRIDAY)

    ZANZIBAR FASHION WEEK – DAY 1
    Location:
    MTONI PALACE RUINS
    Time
    - 7 PM
    Opening Night

    FASHION WEEK ZANZIBAR – PARTY
    Location:
    THE POST
    Time:
    11.00 onwards

    SAT, 27TH SEPTEMBER (SATURDAY)

    FASHION WEEK ZANZIBAR – DAY 2
    Location:
    MTONI PALACE RUINS
    Time
    – 7 pm
    Closing Night

    FASHION WEEK ZANZIBAR – PARTY
    Location:
    THE POST
    Time:
    11.00 onwards

     

    After the fashion week there will be movie screenings of course about fashion:

    Films will be shown at THE POST on 28th September from 9 till 11.30 and from 3.30 till 6.30.

    VALENTINO, THE LAST EMPEROR

    Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
    Valentino, The Last Emperor is a feature-length movie that takes the viewer inside the singular world of one of Italy’s most famous designers, Valentino Garavani. The film documents the colourful and dramatic closing act of Valentino’s celebrated career, capturing the end of an era in global fashion. But at the heart of the film is a love story: the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of fifty years, Giancarlo Giammetti.

    An intimate, unprecedented and very funny exploration of the fabulous world of two of Italy’s richest and most famous men, Valentino, The Last Emperor joins them behind the curtain. The critically acclaimed film has captured the hearts and minds of audiences at film festivals around the world.

    SEPTEMBER ISSUE

    Directed by R.J. Cutler

    Have you ever wanted to sit on the front row of a catwalk fashion show? The September Issue puts you in the shoes of the world’s most influential woman in fashion icon, Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine.

    Taking us behind her trademark bob and huge sunglasses The September Issue is a revealing look at the inner workings and glamour of the fashion industry as they prepare the biggest ever issue of the magazine.

    Exposing the truth behind the pictures, and featuring appearances from some of the worlds most fascinating designers, as well as actress and covergirl Sienna Miller, The September Issue is the must have accessory for all fashion lovers.

    PAUL SMITH: GENTLEMAN DESIGNER

    Directed by Stéphane Carrell

    An intimate and provoking portrait of "Lord Paul Smith", quirky designer and formidable businessman, through exclusive access to a poet of British fashion.

    Paul Smith has 400 shops and outlets in 35 countries, 12 clothing lines, 400 million Euros in yearly revenues, sales topping Chanel's, partnerships with Evian, Apple, and Austin, and prestigious bicycle and race car brands.

    The secret of his success? Who is Paul Smith? How has he managed to get millions of men interested in fashion? How did a modest man from Nottingham become synonymous with elegance in men's fashion?

    NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES

    Directed by Wim Wenders

    An intimate portrait of designer Yohji Yamamoto. In 1989, WIM WENDERS (Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire) was commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou to make a film about fashion and its place in contemporary society. Initially bemused by the offer, the award-winning director chose to focus on someone whose work he was both familiar with and felt comfortable in, the internationally renowned Japanese designer YOHJI YAMAMOTO.

    NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES gradually transforms from a meditation on our relationship with fashion to an exploration of visual representation, creating a dialogue between the language of fashion and that of film. Both are rapidly changing forms of communication whose progressiveness is often breathtaking. As Yamamoto constantly searches for new modes of expression, Wim Wenders embraces video technology, which offers more flexibility when recording such a fast-paced world. Moving between Tokyo and Paris, from the creation of one collection to its premiere at a fashion show, NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES is an intimate portrait of one of the world s most influential and visionary fashion designers and an engaging exploration of the visual medium.

    YVES SAINT LAURENT L'AMOUR FOU


    Directed by Pierre Thoretton

    L'Amour Fou is a deeply moving insight into the private life of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, and the fifty years he shared with the love of his life, Pierre Bergé.

    Throughout their partnership, they were avid collectors of art, spending a large portion of their wealth amassing a collection that would rival the best galleries. Upon Laurent's death in 2008 Bergé decided to sell the couple's beloved collection. It is through this momentous auction, as well as rare archival footage and interviews with those closest to Saint Laurent that the film beautifully depicts his incredible life and the relationship between these two remarkable men.

    L'Amour Fou is a wonderful tribute to beauty, elegance, decadence and a man who so perfectly captured all these things.

    LAGERFELD CONFIDENTIAL


    Directed byRodolphe Marconi

    An intimate documentary portrait of one of the fashion world's most iconic figures - Karl Lagerfeld. Following the style guru through both his professional and private life, director Rodolphe Marconi offers an insight into the life of the man behind the image, from designing in private, to presenting his collection in the glare of the catwalk.

    Photo source: Zanzibar Fahion Week

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  • Nature Trails in Arusha National Park

    AdminSoa
    August 13, 2014

    Walking Safaris and Day Hikes On Arusha National Park Safari

     

    Arusha National Park has it all when it comes to hiking and trekking! On safari to Arusha National Park there are more than enough oppurtunities to add a little activity to usual game drive from safari vehicle.

    Following are the existing nature trails that are worth a visit during safari to Arusha National Park.

    Ngurdoto Crater Rim trekking

    Momella Gate to Itikoni and descend back to Momella gate. Hike duration is 4 hours.

    Kitoto View Point to Njeku View Point then descend through Meru Crater back to Kitoto View Point:Hike duration is 4 hours.

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    Momella Gate to Tululusia Waterfall and back to Momellla gate. Hike duration 1.5 hours Tululusia Waterfall is beautiful small waterfall with height of 28 meters!

    Ngurdoto Crater Rim walking trails:

    Laitong to Buffalo 5 hours

    Buffalo to Kaitong 6 hours

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  • Your Guide to Additional Things to Do on Tanzanian Safari

    AdminSoa
    August 3, 2014
    Safari Add Ons In Tanzania Safari add ons are activities that you can add to all our itineraries. There is much more than just safari from the vehicle. There are interesting and exciting activities for curious, active guests that want to upgrade safari with additional exciting activities from ballooning to hiking and more. When you are booking a safari in Tanzania, you probably know there is much more to do besides game drives. Since we have lots of questions from our clients, we have created a simple review of things you can do in each Tanzanian main National park.
  • How to Get Most of Your Safari in Tanzania and Kenya?

    AdminSoa
    July 30, 2014

    Everybody wants to have an unforgettable experience when it comes to safaris in Africa. Booking a safari is first step to do so, but many people don’t know or don’t think of all possibilities! To truly enjoy and experience African landscape and wildlife from all possible angles, we have compiled ideas to consider when planning safari to Tanzania and Kenya.

     

    Chose mobile tented camps.

    If you are after specific event then make sure you will book your safari in right season and time of the year. Although safaris are without a doubt exciting all year there are certain times of the year that can deliver much more.

    Great Migration is one of them. If you are after great migration in full swing, we recommend booking your safari stay in mobile camps.

     

    Mobile camps have the best locations, primarily focused on superb viewing areas. They are usually found in more remote areas, which means less tourists and big chance to witness animals from the comfort of your safari tent verandah!

     

    Book a lodge with elephant waterhole.

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    Alternative option for those who want to be close to animals and great views of wildlife is to book a lodge that has on site waterholes, one of them is Four season Serengeti Lodge and some lodges in Tarangire, while in Kenya you have properties where giraffes wander around in the backyard gardens! Contact us for more advice!

     

    You can save on a night.

    Look for offers we regularly publish, often times we have special deals for booking two nights and get on for free and similar. If you are lucky, you can get even more than a night for free. Some offers like recent; include many activities that are usually available for additional cost, for free. So, be flexible and you may end up with free night and additional freebies like free night game drive, free walking safari or free bush romantic dinner. Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know about safari deals!

     

    Go for hikes and trekking’s or walks.

    To truly feel the nature, it is worth to book a walking tour during safari – available are short walks to several trekkings in Ngorongoro, which, will reveal an amazing scenes and panoramas not visible from safari vehicle.

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    Go for hot air balloon ride!

    Fly over the plains in hot air balloon safari, available in Tanzania in Serengeti and Tarangire as well in Kenya (Masai Mara). This flight takes place in early morning hours before the breakfast at sunrise. To observe the wildlife from the air is real privilege!

     

    Spend a night in Masai village and get an insight of daily routine and life. Or include a trip to Hadzabe tribe on Lake Eyasi region,where you spend a fair amount of time to learn hunting with spears, and how to make fire.

     

     

    As you see there are exciting possibilities to enhance your safari. Once you are done with decision where to go and where to stay, all you have to do is bring you camera, for the rest Shadows of Africa takes care of.

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