Sarova Mara Game Camp – refurbishments

Sarova Hotels recently embarked on refurbishments for its various properties, with Sarova Mara Game Camp registering completion of its first phase of newly refurbished deluxe and family tents.

The 21 deluxe tents are now complete with the remaining 31 to be completed in phases by June 2021 in readiness for the Wildebeest Migration season.

The camp boasts of 75 luxury tents, each of which enjoys a spacious en-suite bathroom and does not

compromise on comfort. Out of the 75 tents, 52 are deluxe, 20 are club and 3 are family, all engulfed by

bush serenity. In addition to game lovers, it is ideal for families, couples, and all sorts of corporate needs.

Somewhere different….

Luxury Floating hotel

Zambezi Queen, Chobe River, Botswana

Each of the 14 suites aboard the Zambezi Queen features luxury comforts and touches such as air-conditioning and a private balcony from which to gaze over unobstructed views of the Chobe River and the wilderness beyond.

The Chobe River draws a diversity of wildlife along the shoreline, hippos are lolling about, and birdlife is just phenomenal, all of which seem undisturbed by the boat. There are also smaller boats for game viewing excursions, which offer even more up-close game viewing, and fishing is possible too. In fact there are quite a few water-based and land-based activities, so you definitely don’t feel like you are stuck on a boat the entire time. The big double beds are positioned so that when lying in bed you are treated to excellent game viewing right outside your window. The bathrooms are exceptionally impressive for a houseboat. The dining area is a lovely space to interact with fellow guests and enjoy refreshing beverages; wine and beers are included but premium alcohol is at an extra charge. The variety of meals served and everything is of a very high standard.

In the evenings, the sunsets are just fantastic, there really is something about an African sunset, especially one viewed from a luxurious houseboat on one of Botswana’s most impressive rivers.

Travel Destination – Southern Tanzania

Kwihala Camp, Ruaha National Park

Ruaha is one of the largest national parks in Africa, ensuring a true wilderness experience. The adventurous will relish the remarkable concentration of wildlife roaming this diverse landscape, which ranges from baobab trees and granite kopjes to open plains with cooling rivers and woodland valleys. With the option of bush walks and night drives, safari doesn’t get better than this.

The banks of the Ruaha are a permanent hunting ground for lion, leopard, cheetah, jackal, hyena and the rare and endangered African wild dog, who prey on the waterbuck, impala and gazelle that come to the river to drink.

Kwihala Camp is a small frontier-style camp providing exceptional access to the park’s huge populations of big cats, buffalo and elephants.

It has 6 tents with en-suite bathrooms facilities including safari bucket showers and flushing toilets.

Activities are game drives & walking safaris.

Contact us for rates and for more information.

Travel Destination – Southern Tanzania

Roho ya Selous, Selous Game Reserve

Selous game reserve is a wild and pristine game reserve in southern Tanzania. It is easy to access from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar by light aircraft and is ideally combined with the nearby Ruaha National Park.

 Game viewing here is rewarding, with plentiful numbers of wild dog, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and more than 400 species of bird. A real highlight of the Selous is the variety of safari activities available, making every day entirely different from the next.

Roho ya Selous set on a hill overlooking the water, sits in the very heart of the Selous Game Reserve.

It has 8 stretch canvas tents tucked into the shade, including 1 family tent, en-suite bathrooms with hot running water, showers and flushing toilets.

Activities are game drives, fishing, bird watching, boat safaris to get up close to the hippos, or walking safaris to take a slower approach to understanding the flora and fauna of the Selous.

 

Rwanda – luxury lodge

The One&Only Nyungwe House resort

The One&Only Nyungwe House resort, on the edge of the Nyungwe rainforest in the mountainous landscape of Rwanda’s southwest, will re-open on 1 October.

Set within the green expanse of a working tea plantation, alongside one of the largest and best-preserved mountain rainforests in Africa, it comprises 23 guest rooms and suites, gym, infinity pool, business centre.

All rooms and suites have been designed to fit within the natural surroundings, utilising local African craftsmanship inspired by Rwanda. Guests have the option of either a two-bedroom suite, which sleeps four, or a one-bedroom which sleeps two. Rooms feature en-suite bathrooms with indoor shower, vanities, a wilderness-view shower and a stand-alone bath, as well as log burners, burning fragrant eucalyptus, whilst expansive private decks offer panoramic views over the terrain.

Nyungwe House is an ultra-luxury oasis which celebrates every possible moment of this remote jungle environment from sunrise breakfasts, or treehouse yoga, enjoying soothing indigenous spa therapies in the warm tropical air, through to evening cocktails by a crackling fire pit.

Surrounded by jungle views, the resort has been carefully planned, with farm-to-table dining offering African-inspired cuisine within the surroundings of a traditional boma, a viewing gallery of the rainforests and wildlife, a spa and wellness offerings that embrace nature and local traditions, and curated, authentic experiences to discover.

Serena Hotels

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp and Serena Mountain lodge are now allowing children 3 yrs and above at the camp.

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is uniquely situated on the shoreline of sapphire-blue Lake Elmenteita where hundreds of thousands of birds congregate.

Serena Mountain lodge champagne-clear mountain air, sweeping views across the tree-canopy, sparkling trout streams, and gentle forest walks. Located at 2,134 metres above sea level, on the lower slopes of the mountain, the lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-sightings.

 

Discovering the Secrets of the Empakaai Crater, Ngorongoro, Tanzania

One of the most unique aspects about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is that the local Maasai tribe live in harmony with wildlife, something that is facilitated by a law demarcating Ngorongoro as a Conservation area, rather than as a National Park.  Unknown to many, are the variety of experiences that can be enjoyed within the greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

A scenic drive through the Ngorongoro highlands, passing through various volcanic peaks and mostly uninhabited areas, with the exception of the occasional Maasai village.  A mixture of cattle along with zebra and impala can be spotted on the open grassland as you drive from the Ngorongoro Crater for about 80 km towards Empakaai.  When you arrive at the rim of the Empakaai Crater, the views are magnificent and you will realize that the famous Ngorongoro Crater is not the only intact volcanic caldera in this region.  The large alkaline lake covering three quarters of the crater’s floor dominates the landscape.  From the crater rim, the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano near Lake Natron is clearly visible in the distance.

As you begin to hike, you will be accompanied by local Maasai guide expert as well as an armed ranger, qualified to lead walking safaris in this area.  Potential wildlife sightings include buffalo, bushbuck, blue monkey and a variety of birdlife including barred tailed trogon, eagle, greater and lesser flamingo.

The easy hike down to the bottom of the crater goes through the lush forest and provides scenic views of the crater and lake beneath.  Upon arriving on the crater floor, flamingos are in clear sight, though they maintained a comfortable distance. Being able to experience the serenity and tranquillity on the crater floor is a definite highlight, especially since it is only accessible on foot, unlike the Ngorongoro Crater, which at times can feel overcrowded with vehicles.

After a 30 minute break admiring the views and enjoying the scenery, the challenge of hiking uphill to the top of the crater is upon you.  During this uphill climb you begin to feel the altitude.  However, hiking at a leisurely pace will make it more enjoyable, with the added incentive of having a picnic lunch waiting for you at the top.  Though the ascent and descent trail passes through the same route, the breath-taking scenery more than makes up for it.

Hiking the Empakaai Crater can be combined with an additional hike at Olmoti Crater or a visit to an authentic local Maasai Village to make a full day active and cultural itinerary. The Maasai in this area are far away from the tourist trail and therefore the experience interacting with them is less commercial, allowing you to get a true understanding of the tribe and their daily life.

 

Hub Zero – City Walk, Dubai

Hub Zero - City Walk, DubaiHub Zero is a unique, futuristic, and immersive park that features a variety of Interactive Dark Rides, Thrill Based Attractions and Challenging Action Zones in addition to the largest LAN gaming zone in the UAE, karaoke and party rooms, a pool hall and a retro arcade.

Aided by cutting-edge virtual experiences that bring video games to life through advanced, innovative technologies, Hub Zero is the ultimate destination for thrill seekers to engage in games and rides based on world-renowned intellectual properties.

You will find rides from games like Resident Evil, Plants vs. Zombies, Dragon Age, and many more that it’s not yet ready to talk about. the hub also features region’s first wireless VR-based first-person shooter, Time Zombies, which made its debut at this year’s Middle East Film & Comic Con. It also has exclusive attractions like the Hyper Drive driving simulator, the Double Agent double laser maze, Tiny Track Racers children’s karting simulators, a massive LAN gaming zone, a 4D cinema, a large indoor adventure climbing zone, pool and billiard tables, private karaoke rooms, and an extensive range of retro arcade machines with games like Pac Man, Space Invaders and more.