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.

 

Mauritius – New Hotel

Salt of Palmar

The Homegrown Hotel with Huge Heart

Salt is the new brand launched by the Mauritian hotel group LUX*, addressing travellers looking for authenticity and who want to go beyond the traditional holidays. Salt will offer an experience that goes deeper in the local community.

5* Salt of Palmar hotel will open its doors on the 1st November 2018.

Salt positions itself as a brand with sustainable and ethical values. The hotels will use as far as possible products and services available locally ranging from the food, the toiletries, the furniture to local soundtracks and musicians playing live. They will prioritize fair trade, organic, non-toxic, and they limit energy use, waste and emissions. Compost, animal feed and recycling plants are a guarantee, along with a commitment to no buffets or single-use plastics.

The Food and Beverage offerings at Salt of Palmar are driven by a philosophy that combines traditional values of the best possible service with a deep respect for the highest quality of ingredients as well as a commitment to being at the forefront of visionary restaurant design and concepts.

59 Rooms/ 5 Categories

  • 12 Garden view
  • 14 Poolside
  • 28 Bang on beach
  • 2 Pool plus
  • 3 Best on beach

Room Amenities

  • 95% natural. 10 wet amenities and all dry amenities are packed in paper made from Limestone
  • 100% organic linen & Organic coffee robes
  • Locally made Beach bags from recycled plastics
  • Roberts radio
  • Free homemade snacks & Moringa tea
  • Yogibare yoga mat & block
  • King Size Carpe Diem BedBuild by hand in collaboration with World renowned Physios

 

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.

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, Nakuru

Swimming pool re-opens

The swimming pool space has been transformed to an even better state of modern elegance and luxury. It is now heated, meets international standards in terms of depth and safety, and the ambience is warm and relaxing.

Mara Bushtops Camp, Masai Mara

Amani Spa wins the best Spa in Africa for the 3rd consecutive year

Amani Spa is a blend of stunning design, magical setting and superb facilities. The combination of rejuvenating massages, hydrotherapy and a range of holistic skin and body treatments with a fitness facility, complete with high-tech cardiovascular and weight training equipment.

To gain a sense of the Spa experience, where a sauna, Rasul steam room and hot Whirlpool are accompanied by a solar heated infinity pool – with beds inside the pool complete with water jets. A cold plunge pool takes the edge of the heat whilst a wooden relaxation deck provides uninterrupted views of the salt lick and majestic African Bush.

Electric mountain bike safaris introduced at Cottars, Masai Mara

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camps, situated in the Olderkesi Conservancy, bordering the Serengeti and Loliolondo reserves in Kenya, has introduced electric mountain bikes, known as E-Bike Bush Rides.

E-Bike Bush Rides afford guests the opportunity to be challenged naturally and physically with an electric mountain bike ride through the conservancy. Instead of heading out on a game drive, guests can get up close with the wilderness during an E-bike ride, whilst decreasing their carbon footprint
The solar powered electric bikes are a product of the Meeco Group, a clean energy solutions company, which through its new clean energy solution sun2move, combines the advantages of solar energy and electric mobility, and aims to strengthen eco-friendly and healthy mobility.

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camps currently has a total of six E-bikes. Two guides are required with all groups; therefore four E-bikes are available for guests.

Guests can opt for either a full day on the E-bikes, totaling six hours, or the three hour, half-day option.

Plastic Straw Ban at Turtle Bay, Watamu

In line with recent ‘eco-developments’ worldwide Turtle Bay will show its support for the initiative with a total ban on the use of plastic straws.

Billions of straws and millions of tonnes of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans every year polluting the marine environment and killing wildlife, including endangered sea turtles, dolphins and whales.

Turtle Bay being a Responsible Resort is stopping the use of plastic straws now as commitment to plastic free oceans and protecting marine wildlife.

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.