• Impressive Tulia

    Lesia
    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

    Lesia
    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

    Lesia
    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

    Lesia
    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

    Lesia
    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!

    Lesia
    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

  • Great Trip to Selous National Reserve!

    Lesia
    December 22, 2016

    Are you a real adventurer?  Then this post is definitely for you!

    Jake & Natasa from our Shadows of Africa team had a trip to one of the most virgin parks in Tanzania – Selous National Game Reserve. Four times larger than the Serengeti National Park, Selous’ northern regions can be difficult to get to by car.

    Due to the extreme distance, the best option for a Selous safari is to take a flying safari. Close to the airstrip you will find the luxurious Azura Camp, where our team spent two nights. The camp is located near the Great Ruaha River, famous for lots of hippos.

    The amazing thing is that you can find a pride of lions called the ‘Azura Pride’ within ten meters of the camp! Jake & Natasa were so lucky to follow the hunting of these gorgeous predators. It took them around two hours driving and it seemed to be a real adventure.

    They also saw lots of impalas, giraffes, and even two leopards, but the most interesting thing for them was to meet a herd of wild dogs. These animals are very rare on Tanzania’s Northern Circuit and you have more chances to see it here in the South of Tanzania.

    Our team recommends spending at least three to four nights in Azura Camp so you will have enough time to explore the most interesting parts of this huge reserve. The camp offers game drives, walking safaris, canoeing, and fishing. You can even request a night game drive for additional cost.

    Natasa & Jake admired the amazing work of the chef in the camp. They really enjoyed each meal created by the Azura team. The camp also has free Internet, but it’s not crazy fast because of the location. Though you can still be connected while surrounded by wild nature!

    A safari in this Southern part of Tanzania is mostly for people who really prefer a private safari. You won’t find the usual tourist crowds in Selous. While the size of the reserve means there will be longer drives between game viewing locations, in the end, you can always combine a safari in Southern part  of Tanzania with some time on the famous Northern Circuit! You cannot compare these two destinations, they are too different, but you can visit both!

      

  • Our Experience in Double Tree by Hilton, Stone Town

    Lesia
    December 22, 2016

    Last month, Lesia and Julia from the Shadows team, visited one of the most famous hotels in Stone Town – Double Tree by Hilton.

    Perfectly located in the heart of the city between old buildings on the tiny street, you can feel a fresh pleasant smell and the air will cool you down from the outside heat the moment that you walk in. The hotel’s pleasant staff will nicely greet you and take care of you from the first minute.

    Lesia and Julia were surprised when the General Manager of the hotel, Mr. Philippe came personally to greet them at reception. Afterwards, they proceeded with an inspection around the hotel.

    Double Tree by Hilton started welcoming guests in July 2014. So, the property is still very new and fresh. Decorated with a fusion of modern and Zanzibari style, this property is one from the few hotels here in Stone Town to have an elevator. Everything was made with love and soul. Your stay here will be definitely be one of both convenience and luxury.

    Talking about bedrooms, the girls can say they are very comfortable. Rooms are large with King sized beds. They even have signature beds. What does that mean?It  means that Hilton has their own concept for matresses and pillows.

    The bedrooms have been designed in a smart way,divided so that you have a sleeping area, a working area, and chill out area. You  have everything necessary in the bedroom - starting with a safety locker and finishing with a hair dryer. All rooms come with complimentary water, tea, and coffee in the room. There is also 24 hour room service/ private dining.

    Julia and Lesia would  love to highlight the restaurant which is located on the rooftop with a view of the sea and Stone Town. The executive chef, Shafeek is from Mauritius and the restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine as well as local favorites.

    The girls were treated to a delicious meal of crab soup in coconut, prawns with avocado & mango, grilled shrimps, beef fillet chops, and incredibly delicious desserts including ice cream and cheesecake. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

    If there is one drawback to the hotel, it is the lack of a good view from the rooms. Who doesn’t want to enjoy their cup of coffee with an astounding view?

    For travelers who are looking for luxury accommodation in a brand they recognize, the Double Tree by Hilton is an excellent option.

  • Between Ngorongoro & Manyara. Elephant Caves Walk

    Lesia
    December 19, 2016

    If you would like to stretch your legs a bit after a longtime sitting during safari, there is an option to have a 2 hour hike to the Elephant Caves and Endoro waterfalls.

    Start of the track is located in Karatu town near Gibbs farm. You will be accompanied by a professional guide. You will hike through Ngorongoro rainforest - this is a corridor for animals between Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. During your walk through untouched forest you will be able to observe all the beauty of wild nature and amazing bird life. Your guide will explain to you about theanimal’s tracks from their footprints.

    Why the elephant caves are called elephant caves? Those giants used to come to the rocks which are very rich for calcium, they hit the rocks with their tusks and eat the piece sand it helps the elephants to receive enough minerals and to make their bones very strong. The big holes are still there and that is why people call this place“elephant caves.”

    You will be able to come very close, even step inside the caves and see signs from tusks.

    There is a small Endoro River near the caves, and the elder elephants pick this place as a point to spend their old age and finally pass away so some call this an elephant burial grounds as well.

    After caves you will track to the Endoro waterfall –a  great spot to observe the view of Karatu town and take some unforgettable pictures.

    Julia & Marjeta are exploring Elephant Caves

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