• Kichanga Lodge - Romantic Zanzibari Escape

    January 23, 2017

    A romantic Zanzibari escape, picturesque beach, tasty food, stylish bungalows – all is waiting for you in Kichanga Lodge. Kichanga is a little bit wild but it has such  good style and taste.

    Once you enter the lodge – you’re greeted by an atmosphere of complete relaxation. We are sure that the first secret to its amazing atmosphere is hidden in the staff working in Kichanga. We were treated to amazing hospitality while  staying with Kichanga and felt absolutely  at home. The people are so warm hearted and sincerely happy to welcome you and do everything possible to make you feel special and comfortable. They have a personal touch with every each client.

    We had a chance to meet the owner of the lodge personally. Nigel Firman is a British- Italian guy who has spent 12 years of his life on Zanzibar. He came to South- Eastern part of the island to open Kichanga while it was completely wild land without roads, fresh water,or electricity. Years of experience have made this place like a slice of paradise.



    Another very important thing to note is that Nigel and the management of Kichanga have a charity project for the local community. The idea of the project is to help local people to learn how to swim. It’s not all about business at Kichanga, it’s also about taking  good care of people.

    The property’s 23 bungalows & villas are perfect for those who love nature and appreciate privacy. Kichanga Lodge enjoys a prime location surrounded by tropical gardens, a picturesque white beach, and the crystal clear Indian Ocean.

    Guests will find the bungalows to be very spacious and comfortable, with a private hammock on the veranda where you can stay and admire the sunset over the ocean. Inside of  each bungalow there is  natural air conditioning – the absence of windows allows the ocean’s breath to refresh the air and cool you off.

    Additionally,every room has nice beach amenities such as a beach bag and towels. Kichanga is a great place to clear your mind and to forget about the whole world.

  • From Dubai to Big Five!

    January 9, 2017

    Last week we had guests from Dubai, UAE. Yevgenia and Ilya decided to have an adventurous vacation this year. They visited four national parks, including Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    They also  visited Africa Amini Maasai Lodge for a night of relaxation and activities with the local Maasai.

    Yevgenia and Ilya were lucky to see the Big Five, with some highlights including watching how lions stalk zebras and even witnessing the thrill of a leopard killing a wildebeest!

    Of course, it means lots of great pictures and unforgettable memories! Just look at these photos, they are really good photographers, aren’t they?

  • Unguja Lodge and Its Monkeys

    January 9, 2017

    Have you ever been in love with a hotel?  That what happened to us after visiting Unguja Lodge in the North East of Zanzibar.

    Unguja Lodge was a big surprise for us. If you compare it to all classic hotels with usual all inclusive packages, Unguja will look very different. The lodge’s villas are located right in front of the ocean, with some of rooms having strategically missing sections of wall or roof to bring you closer to nature.


    The resort’s grounds are home to a lot of monkeys, so you’ll need to be sure to keep your room locked to fend off these cute thieves. Don’t be surprised to come back to your lodge and find that you’ve got a furry guest!

    Unguja’s stretch of beach is perfect for swimming with dolphins. You can ask the hotel to take you there by boat and enjoy meeting these fantastic creatures. If you want to go deeper and explore the marine wonders of Zanzibar, Unguja also has its own diving center. So you can even get your PADI certification there.

    Of course, this place is not for people looking for parties, but it will be perfect if you prefer to enjoy the serenity of nature in full.


  • Impressive Tulia

    January 9, 2017

    Pongwe is one of the most beautiful areas of Zanzibar. It’s the perfect location for a luxury hotel such as Tulia.

    Julia and Lesia from our team  recently checked out Tulia, a new hotel in the North East of the island. Villas in this resort are all about good taste and boast a nice mixture of modern and Zanzibari style. They are spacious and full of light. We were impressed by the design and the charming colour palette.

    One of Tulia’s selling points is that it is the only  hotel in Zanzibar which has water slides! Though the hotel is very peaceful and relaxing, you can still have some fun. You can also take a dip in the beautiful pool with ocean view or admire the resort’s colourful and picturesque garden.

    Of course, Tulia also boasts a high level of customer service. This means you  can really forget about all of your troubles, enjoy an ice cold drink, relax, and fall in love with the gorgeous Indian Ocean.

  • Active Safari with Empaakai Trekking

    January 9, 2017

    If you are active and fit, the best option is to mix your safari with trekking activities. Our clients from Russia, Anna and Ivan had a really impressive itinerary!

    They explored four national parks, had activities with the Maasai tribe, and did trekking to Empaakai Crater in just six days!

    They started from Arusha National Park, where they had a walking safari and went canoeing in Momella Lake. That was a really remarkable experience that allowed them to see wild animals upclose. They’ve met giraffes, hippos, and buffaloes.

    Later, they spent the night at Africa Amini Life Maasai Lodge, where they spent time with the tribe and enjoyed a night in a luxury Maasai style hut. The next day, Anna, Ivan, and our guide, Loma went to Tarangire National Park for a game drive and enjoyed watching herds of elephants there. And of course, they didn’t miss Serengeti National Park to spot lots of predators.

    They also had a night in the Ndutu area, where the Wildebeest Migration takes place at this time of year. The Ndutu region is close to Ngorongoro Crater, so the best option was to continue their safari there.

    One day they had a game drive in the Crater and the next one, they trekked to the beautiful Empaakai Crater. That was a perfect experience for the end of the trip. A walking safari is a great way to get a really immersive feel for the natural beauty of Tanzania.

  • Our breakfast on the roof of The Seyyida Hotel & Spa

    January 8, 2017

    The Seyyida Hotel & Spa is very cosy and sophisticated. The style of rooms there still reminds you of Zanzibar with some fresh and different details. It is light and welcoming, perfect for travelers who want to enjoy the real atmosphere of Stone Town.

    Julia and Lesia from the Shadows of Africa team had  breakfast on the roof of the hotel and they really felt like they were at home there.  The atmosphere of the restaurant is very relaxing and service is attentive without being annoying.


    Breakfast includes fresh fruits and pastries, aromatic coffee, and perfectly made omelets and French toast. As per local culture, the food was served in a simple yet appetizing way. The best part of the breakfast there is the ocean view. You can see dhows going for their morning fishing and ferries heading to Dar es Salaam.

    Our tip before choosing this hotel is to check which view you will get from your room. Best of all is to choose ocean view, these rooms have the best view and the most natural light.

  • Javed Jafferji & His Boutique Hotel

    December 28, 2016

    If you are tired of the usual hotels with the usual design, Stone Town can offer you a very special option for your stay. Jafferji House is a small boutique hotel with lots of interesting ideas. The founder of the hotel is a talented local photographer, Javed Jafferji, and you can find lots of his spectacular works decorating the hotel.

    The design of the hotel puts you in mind of the house of a passionate traveler. You can find furniture and decorations  from all around the world: Morocco, Afghanistan, India, Mozambique, and much more. Despite this eclectic descoration, it still looks very Zanzibari.

    Each room is different, so you can choose the one for your own tastes. We really liked the Moroccan styled bath and diverse colors of the suites. The painted walls  remind you of Moroccan streets, but the style of decoration will give you the feeling of being in an ancient sultan’s palace.

    We were invited for a breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant and were pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to your order, you get a basket with fresh pastry, some local fruits, fresh juice, and a pot of natural coffee. We really appreciate when a hotel is taking care of guests by offering them some extra things.

    The hotel also has a roof with a view on the Stone Town; you can even request your breakfast to be served there.

    With Sales Manager

    We recommend Jafferji House for people who wish to experience a cocktail of cultures and appreciate unique interior design. This place will inspire a creative person, and we would suggest stopping there for a couple of days.

  • Our Visit to Maru Maru Hotel

    December 27, 2016

    Maru Maru Hotel in Stone Town is priced as a medium property, but their service is definitely closer to luxury.

    Julia and Lesia from the Shadows of Africa team visited this hotel with a site inspection and were treated as valued guests. That is one of the ways you can check the hospitality at the hotel. Upon arrival, they were greeted with fresh towels and drinks, a sure sign that this place knows how to greet guests.

    Maru Maru is very careful with small details and you can feel it from the first step when you are entering reception and breathing in the fresh lemongrass aroma. The hotel keeps a classic Zanzibari style, carefully adding some modern things like elevator.

    The hotel has its own bakery and we can confirm – their bread and cakes are delicious.

    Maru Maru is probably most famous because of its rooftop restaurant. It has one of the most stunning views of the city, and it is often used by local television for this reason. When we visited hotel, one Zanzibari celebrity was giving an interview at one of the restaurant’s tables.

    Maru Maru’s restaurant is also very popular for the nice food and the romantic atmosphere in the evening. Our team tried some Indian dishes there and everything was perfect.  The local chef followed all of their preferences, catering to their vegetarian diet to a tee.

    Dinner on the roof with Alok Gupta - Sales & Marketing Manager of Maru Maru

    We really recommend Maru Maru for its value of price and personalized service!

  • Great Big Five Safari!

    December 23, 2016

    What an amazing safari experience!

    Our clients, David & Jessica were so lucky to see lots of groups of predators starting from Tarangire, all the way through Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

    They spotted twelve cheetahs during their safari, as well as a number of leopards and even a prides of lions who had just finished hunting. Isn’t that great?

    They were also lucky enough to see rhinos up close in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    Even our driver Edwin was impressed and took lots of pictures! You never can predict what exactly you will see on safari, but in Tanzania it is never boring!

    Kubu Kubu Tented Camp in Serengeti NP
    Kubu Kubu Tented Camp in Serengeti NP
    Kubu Kubu Tented Camp in Serengeti NP

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