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What to Experience on Family Holiday Safari, Solo travel, Group travel & Honeymoon

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Serengeti National Park

What to experience on family holiday safari, solo travel, group travel, honeymoon and where to go is something many people have on their bucket list. And when thinking about where to go on safari, a trip to the iconic places in Tanzania or Kenya often comes to mind.

Most people have heard of the migration of the wildebeest that happens annually in the Masai Mara in Kenya and in the Serengeti in Tanzania. This vast wildlife area has a different name in the two countries, but it is essentially the same thing with an international border running in between. A border the wildebeest don’t know exists and without a worry about passports they make their clockwise migration every year and you can watch this spectacle either in Tanzania or in Kenya whilst on safari.

Safari Extensions

Popular extension of any safari is some relaxation on one of East Africa’s many pristine seasides, or lakeside, beaches. Giving you the opportunity to indulge in watersports, explore the underwater world, immerse yourself in the culture and history, or simply read a book and chill. But starting with the beaches is also becoming increasingly more popular, with many now opting to relax on the beach first and getting rid of any potential jetlag before chasing the Big 5 and other wildlife.

Many people on family holiday safari, solo travel, group travel and honeymoon clients going on safari book a flight to Nairobi in Kenya as this is a bigger hub and more international airlines fly there which means there are more options and cheaper flights available. From Nairobi, you can either book another flight to for example Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania or fly directly to your destination in Kenya with a smaller domestic flight. Driving to your destination in the country of your choice is of course also an option and will help keep the safari cheaper if you are on a budget.

Popular National Parks in Kenya
  • Masai Mara National Park
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Tsavo National Park
  • Aberdares National Park
  • Samburu National Park
  • Mt Kenya National Park
Northern National Parks of Tanzania

In Tanzania some people use road transport if they visit the parks in the northern area of Tanzania, also called the northern circuit. But it is often a lot faster and more comfortable to catch a short flight directly to an airstrip close to your accommodation, avoiding bumpy roads, potentially crazy traffic and long hours in the car.

Parks of the northern circuit are:

  • Serengeti National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Arusha National Park
  • Mkomazi National Park
  • Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Visiting the other national parks in Tanzania

This parks are best best done on a flying safari as it would take a long time to drive to most of them from Arusha in the north or Dar es Salaam in the east. Parks that can be visited with a short flight from either Arusha, Kilimanjaro International or Dar es Salaam are for example:

  • Selous National Park
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Gombe National Park
  • Mahale National Park
  • Kitulo National Park
  • Katavi National Park

So the most important thing for natureboundafrica is to work out which park or wildlife area you want to visit and where you want to relax before or after your wildlife safari. If you are a first-time safari goer you will most likely want to choose your destination based on the availability of the big 5 and how easy it is to see those animals. Excellent places to see the big 5 are for example the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania.

You can then add one or two more places to get a broader picture of the country or because you have a specific wish like:

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Seeing the many elephants in Amboseli with the impressive Kilimanjaro as a backdrop
  • Trekking with the chimpanzees in Gombe or Mahale
  • Relaxing on the beaches of Lamu (Kenya) or Zanzibar (Tanzania).

If you have already been on a safari before, if it is not as important to you to see the big 5, or if you like the remoteness and wilderness of the less visited parks, you can plan your trip to the other parks and wildlife areas. Many of those offers outstanding opportunities to see wildlife, but you might have to travel a bit further. However, for your effort, you get a totally different, deeply rewarding experience.

After deciding which national park or wildlife area you want to go to and booking your best option for the international flight and your onward domestic flights depending on your destination, you will need to also book your accommodation in line with your budget and then of course any experiences you might want to add to make it the perfect safari for you.

There are a lot of options to personalize your family holiday safari and it all depends on what you enjoy doing on your holiday. Think of things like:

  • A hot air balloon trip
  • A horse riding adventure
  • Some time on the beach before or after your safari for some relaxation time
  • Rafting
  • Scuba diving
  • Yoga retreat
Accommodation

There is so much choice, especially in the popular areas like the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, that deciding what is best for you often comes down to three things; your budget, the availability at the time of your trip and if you want to be in a specific location for example to witness the migration.

Once you know which park or wildlife areas you are going to visit you can narrow the search for accommodation down to that specific location. You can also check if a specific provider offers accommodation in all the areas you intend to visit, they might offer a better deal if you book more nights in several of their lodges.

Once you have booked your flights, your accommodation and your favourite experiences to personalise your safari, Nature Bound Africa would like to wish you a ‘safari njema’, as we say here in East Africa. This is Swahili for wishing you a safe and good safari!

Beautiful Beaches in Africa

Beautiful Beaches in Africa

Watamu Beach, Kenya

Just on the shores of the Indian Ocean, located in the small Kenyan town of Watamu is the Watamu beach. This is one of the more undeveloped areas along the coast, much of its natural beauty has been preserved. The beach has fine white sand, crystal clear waters, and beautiful coral formations.

As such, snorkelling is a popular activity in Watamu Beach. A quieter beach, this is an excellent place to relax in general: take a refreshing dip in the water, go for a walk along the shore, or watch the sunrise or set.

Clifton Beaches, South Africa

A wealthy suburb of South Africa’s Cape Town, Clifton boasts a set of four beautiful beaches and a luxury real estate which looks out into the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. These beaches are favorited by locals and tourists – thanks to its white sand and picturesque cliffs. The beaches are popular spots for sunbathers and sporty adventures (surfing on the waves and volleyball on the sand).

Buffalo Bay Beach, South Africa

Buffalo Bay Beach is an excellent choice if you will be travelling with family, especially kids. It has waters that are safe to swim in. This beach sports white sand surrounded by bush located in South Africa. Tourists and locals visit the beach to swim, surf, fish, and boat. It is also a perfect spot if you are working on your tan. The natural beauty of the area is protected as the beach sits within the Goukamma Nature Reserve. If you want to walk and take in this beauty, take a stroll along the beach to nearby towns.

Paje Beach, Zanzibar

Located in Zanzibar, Tanzania is the Paje Beach, which is a long strip along the Indian Ocean with beautiful white sand and clear turquoise waters. If you are looking to get away from the crowds, Paje Beach is a good choice as it is one of the island’s quiet beaches. This fabulous beach is excellent for surfing and kitesurfing. For snorkelers, enjoy the clear waters as you spot moray eels, starfishes, and turtles. When you are hungry, there are beachside eateries where you can enjoy a meal with astounding views.

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

An Aromatic and Sensory Experience at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge lying on the gently rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before or after any East African safari.

PLANTATION COTTAGES – A HAVEN FOR RELAXATION

Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home that dates back to the early 1900’s.

NEVER FAR FROM THE AROMA OF COFFEE

The theme of coffee permeates throughout Arusha Coffee Lodge, reflecting in the colours and textures of the delightfully comfortable accommodations with beautifully appointed en suite bathrooms.

THE MAIN PLANTATION HOUSE – AN IDYLL OF WARMTH

The homely feel of the Lodge is by no means accidental as the origins of the homestead continue to emit glimpses of times-gone-by. The friendly and personable staff help create an ambiance that continues to draw appreciation from all those who visit and stay.

Within the main Plantation House reside an ‘a la carte’ restaurant, an intimate cafe bistro and a cozy lounge, all of which have inviting open log fires to warm you from the cool night air.

With an enclosed, intimate swimming pool, a popular garden terrace, and acres of lush coffee plantation, Arusha Coffee Lodge encourages exploration and discovery at every turn.

THE PERFECT BEGINNING AND END TO ANY AFRICAN SAFARI

From the industrious coffee pickers gathering in the harvest to the aromas of the morning brew emanating from the main Plantation House as breakfast is being prepared, Arusha Coffee Lodge is full of sensory experiences that revitalizes the body and soul for the adventures and excitement that lie ahead.

The Hidden Treasures

The Hidden Treasures

The Hidden Treasures is a collection of Intimate and rare East African Lodges, set in some of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of Africa.

The Hidden Treasures

Mahali Mzuri

Sits within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and boasts 12 luxurious tents designed to be your home away from home throughout your stay, with an ensuite bathroom, inviting private deck and views you won’t want to miss.

Sirikoi

Resembles an eco-chic African home and while it offers a sure sense of luxury and high level of service, it manages to be welcoming, comfortable and unpretentious. All the rooms are spacious and tastefully designed, with unique décor touches, a sitting area, big Victorian bathtubs, rain-showers, fire places and a private deck.

Surrounded by 68,000 acres of pure wilderness of the renowned World Heritage Site, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the location of the lodge is truly exceptional. With Kenya’s arid North to one side, and the lush foothills of Mount Kenya on the other, Sirikoi enjoys a beautiful spring-like climate year round.

The wildlife

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is abundant and includes many endangered species such as black and white rhino, and the largest resident population of Grevy’s zebra in the world.

Families of elephant have carved Sirikoi into their migratory routes and almost daily they can be seen just in front of the Sirikoi dining deck for hours at a time.

Finch Hattons

Designed to be minimally intrusive, the camp offers guests stunning views from their luxury suites, fusing modern design with rustic charm to provide an experience that seamlessly combines the thrill of a safari adventure with the opulence afforded by contemporary comforts.

The open plan design of the tents invites the cooling breeze closer over the water, transporting all the authentic African sounds, tastes and smells right onto your doorstep.

The camp has preserved the ideals that Denys Finch Hatton lived by; a dedication to elegance and style, coupled with a passionate love of the Kenyan wilderness and a long forgotten way of life.

Tanzania covid-19 protocols

Tanzania covid-19 protocols on arrival

Approved & Recognized User of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp

The government of Tanzania announced Tanzania covid-19 protocols on 18 May 2020 that it will lift the ban on international flights arriving and departing from the country.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • All
Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival
  • All travellers (including children) are required to complete a Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form, to be submitted within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. Upon submission, you will receive a Unique Health Code that will be requested during primary screening on arrival.
  • Present a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test certificate, obtained within 96 hours of departure to Tanzania.
  • Undergo enhanced screening for COVID-19, including rapid testing at USD 10 (USD 25 in Zanzibar) per traveller.
  • While in Tanzania, visitors will be expected to adhere to full protective measures against the spread of COVID-19.

Mandatory quarantine

  • All travellers arriving from India, or those who have travelled through India in the last 14 days regardless of the route taken, must undergo a Rapid Test upon arrival at own cost (USD 10). This is followed by stringent contact tracing, and a 14-day mandatory quarantine at an approved hotel at their own cost.

Airlines flying into the destination

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Air Tanzania could resume operations to other countries that have re-opened for international travel, or for passengers looking to fly with the airline – to be confirmed.

Curious to know more about going to Tanzania on safari during COVID-19?

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Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

At a Glance

A 5 star colonial lodge situated on a picturesque hill with spectacular views onto Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge and the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The lodge is elevated with 360 degree views that extend all the way to Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara. The property is set on 40 acres of pristine lush green gardens and local vegetation with over 130 species of birds.

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Deluxe rooms and the Livingstone Suite
All 50 Deluxe rooms and the Livingstone Suite have infinite views of the surrounding area. All rooms are tastefully decorated with all the amenities one would expect in a 5 star luxury lodge. The spectacular stone main house has all the luxuries including main lounge, grand central hallway, dining room, spa, boutique, conference room, media (TV) room, outside fire place, rim flow pool, billiards room, internet café and children activity room.

Ngorongoro Oldeani

Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Activities & Excursions

While a short one night stay is spectacular, it is recommended at lodge for 2, 3 or even for nights. The lodge is more than just a safari stop over, due to its location and design it is a destination too and it offers several interesting safari game drives and excursions that start early and end at the lodge just before the magical sundowner at the lodge. The sundowner at the Lodge is one of it kinds. The ever inviting fireplace pit by the swimming pool where the Swahili lessons with fun are offered by our staff.

Masai culture

Ngorongoro Oldeani Masai dance

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge is located 130kms from Arusha, 9kms from Ngorongoro Gate, 54kms from Mto wa Mbu Village, 43kms from Lake Manyara Airport

covid-19 Travel

Covid-19 Travel

The U.S. will ease covid-19 travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19 in November, including those from the U.K. and EU, the White House said Monday.

covid-19 travel

Noncitizens visiting the United States will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of departure, said Jeff Zients, who is leading the nation’s Covid response efforts for the White House.

The changes will take effect in early November, which the airline industry expects will spur holiday bookings.

“They must show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound airplane,” Zients said during a press briefing.

Airlines and other travel industry groups have clamored for the U.S. to lift the restrictions for months. The Trump administration had first issued the rules, which now apply to more than 30 countries, in March 2020. President Joe Biden upheld those rules in January, shortly after taking office.

The British Government has announced a move to remove the traffic light system in favour of a simplified approach for international travel, which comes into effect on 4 October 2021.

A red list of countries will remain with travel restrictions still in place, but we are slowly starting to see more destinations beginning to re-open for travel and testing requirements being reduced for fully vaccinated travellers.

For anyone who has a holiday due to depart in 2021, please be assured that our team will be calling you to talk to you about your booking and advise about the options available to you for your forthcoming trip.

We will be working through all bookings on a departure date order and will be working on a rolling 3 week basis ahead of departure

If you have a query regarding your booking which is due to depart in 2022, then please email  info@natureboundafrica.com or call +255 784 737 413 and one of the team will be able to assist you.

 

Information for travel from United Statess can be found here https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus

Information for travel from Scotland can be found here https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/exemptions/

Information for travel from Australia can be found here https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Information for travel from United Kingdom can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Information for travel from Canada can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

To find out more, please visit Africa Travel blog to get updates regarding covid-19

Maura HomeStay

Maura HomeStay

Maura HomeStay

Maura HomeStay modest rooms in a down-to-earth B&B featuring a cozy lounge & organized excursions.

For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Arusha, The guest house is the perfect choice. Situated 2km from Arusha clock Tower city center, guests are able to reach the town’s attractions and activities. Maura Homestay is accommodation that allows guests to rent a room or entire family house and experience the genuine local lifestyle in Arusha, Tanzania.

Here, guests stay in a home in a very informal setting and more family-orientated environment. Facilities also cater for students, backpackers, and leisure travelers who want to experience travel instead of rushing to the next destination. Maura Homestay is your complete one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Arusha, Tanzania.

What You Get
At a glance:

Lovely home, close to public transport. Has a BBQ area, three bedrooms and fully equipped kitchen.

Uniqueness:

Short and Long Term Stays.

Privacy:

Renting a home or an apartment means freedom from having to deal with hotel staff—or anyone else, for that matter.

Comfort:

Vacation rentals offer many of the conveniences you’re used to at home, including more space to spread out.

A kitchen:

You don’t have to use it, but it’s nice to have if you want to save some money and be able to invite new friends over for your famous paella.

Value:

Vacation rentals can offer great value for the money. For instance, you can usually find one that will accommodate a large group for much less than a hotel.

We offer 24/7 support and that means ease and convenience for you. Even if a booking request comes through at the last minute, we will be here to help.