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Latest News from A&K Tanzania
NEW: Hot air balloon safaris in Ruaha National Park
Serengeti Balloon Safaris is scheduled to start hot air balloon safaris in Ruaha National Park from 15 June 2018. Located in the southern part of Tanzania, Ruaha is East Africa's largest national park and is characterized by a baobab-studded landscape and huge herds of elephants. Contact us to include a thrilling, early morning balloon ride to your client's itinerary.
Sanctuary Swala suspends walking safaris
Sanctuary Swala Camp in Tarangire National Park has suspended walking safaris until 15th July 2018. This is as a result of heavy rains that in turn has lead to very long grass that makes the walks unsafe and uncomfortable. The camp shall advise if there is any change in the opening date.
Opening Soon: Lemala Mpingo Ridge
Lemala Mpingo Ridge is aptly named after the ridge upon which it stands. From this vantage position, it affords beautiful views of the valley and Tarangire River below. Scheduled to open in July 2018, it is set to open with just 10 spacious tents with another 5 to be added in August. Each tent is en-suite inside and also has an outside shower and bath. From each tent's sunken lounge area, one can enjoy stunning views of Tarangire National Park.
Camp amenities include a large lounge and bar, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a spa and swimming pool. Sundowners, early morning walks and game drives are some of the activities guests can look forward to during their stay.
NEW: Serengeti - Kigali - Serengeti flight
Tanzania-based airline Auric Air has added Kigali, Rwanda's capital in its growing list of destinations. Passengers can now have an early morning game drive in the Serengeti before departing for Kigali at 0915. The return flight from Kigali leaves Kigali International Airport at 1055 to arrive in the Serengeti at 1355 in time for an afternoon game drive.
The flight will service the following airstrips in the Serengeti: Fort Ikoma, Grumeti, Kogatende, Lamai, Lobo, Sasakwa, Seronera, Mwiba, Ndutu and Serengeti South.
For more details about this new flight, contact us.
Opening Soon: Forest Chem Chem
Forest Chem Chem is a new, exclusive-use camp scheduled to open along the Tarangire River in Tarangire National Park in June 2018. With just three vintage tents (including one 2-bedroomed family tent), Forest Chem Chem is ideal for families or a small group of friends travelling together. Guests can look forward to big game safari walks, day and night game drives, a sunrise hill climb and private dining. Forest Chem Chem offers privacy and the opportunity to experience Africa at your own pace.
NEW: Constance Aiyana, Pemba, Zanzibar
On 1 January 2018, Constance Hotels & Resorts opened Constance Aiyana on the island of Pemba in Zanzibar. Located on the extreme northern edge of Pemba Island, Constance Aiyana comprises 30 villas that range from prestige to the presidential villa. All the villas are sea-facing, feature high ceilings, are furnished in minimalist decor around fragrant gardens. Facilities at the hotel include a main restaurant that serves a fusion of Zanzibari and international flavors, three bars, one main swimming pool, a spa and plenty of water sports. To book the new Constance Aiyana, email us.
Introducing Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp
On December 2nd 2017, Sanctuary Retreats will unveil their new camp in the Serengeti, Sanctuary Kichakani. The elegant camp with a classic look, boasts of ten luxurious tents furnished with furniture reminiscent of a by-gone era. Kichakani which means “bush” in Swahili, will follow the Great Wildebeest Migration in three areas in the Serengeti. Southern Serengeti between 2 December 2017—31 March 2018; Central Serengeti between 26 May 2018—15 July 2018, and Northern Serengeti 29 July 2018—15 November 2018. Sanctuary Kichakani replaces Serengeti Migration Camp in the Sanctuary Retreats portfolio.
Four Points By Sheraton Arusha, The Arusha Hotel
The Four Points by Sheraton brand made its debut into Tanzania through the opening of Four Points by Sheraton, Arusha in October. The brand took over the legendary The Arusha Hotel which is located at the heart of Arusha town and is considered one of the oldest hotels in East Africa. After extensive renovations, the new Four Points by Sheraton Arusha boasts of 106 guest rooms and suites. Amenities include an outdoor pool, an all-day dining restaurant, a lounge and two bars. Four Points by Sheraton is Arusha’s first internationally branded hotel. Contact us to include Four Points by Sheraton Arusha to your client's itinerary.
Buffalo Luxury Camp re-brands to TASSA Safari Lodge
On 16th October 2017, Buffalo Luxury Camp re-branded to TAASA Safari Lodge. Perched on a scenic escarpment on Loliondo Hill overlooking Lobo Valley, TAASA comprises 15 luxurious split-level suite tents with a separate sitting area and a raised bedroom space with twin or double beds. The en-suite bathrooms, aside from the usual amenities – double sink, shower etc, has a bath tub. Great for relaxing and reliving the days wildlife experiences. TAASA Safari Lodge is located just outside the north-eastern boundary of Serengeti National Park. Guests are therefore able to go on night game drives and walking safaris not permitted within the park. Other activities include bush meals, cultural interactions at a Maasai village and balloon safaris. Email us to book TAASA Safari Lodge for your clients.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement
The Tanzania Government wishes to advice that yellow fever vaccination is mandatory to travelers arriving from yellow fever endemic countries.This requirement also applies to travelers subjected to long flight connections (transit) in yellow fever endemic countries for 12 hours or more.
The vaccination which is given as a single dose should be administered ten days before entering the mainland Tanzania as well as Zanzibar. Failure to produce a valid Yellow fever vaccination certificate may lead to refusal of entry. You can get vaccinated upon arrival at a cost of USD 50. A government receipt shall be issued for the vaccination charges paid. For a list of endemic countries, click here.
NEW: Ehlane Plains Camp
Ehlane is Zulu for wilderness and an apt name for Ehlane Plains Camp that opened in January 2018. It is located in Soit le Motonyi region in the remote Eastern Serengeti. This newly accessible area teems with big game—lions, cheetah, leopards, hyenas as well as herds of elephant, giraffe and zebra.
Ehlane’s eight canvas tents feature a lounge area, a king size bed, and a bathroom space with a shower, double hand basins and a full length wall mirror. Two inter-connecting tents can accommodate up to five family members and have a lounge where parents and children can kickback and relax together. The dining and lounge tent are located at the centre of the camp. There are two star domes—tents with open roof tops where guests can recline on large cushions and gaze at the night sky with its glittering stars and flickering planets. Game drives, balloon safaris and guided walks will also be available at camp.
OPENING SOON: Zuri Zanzibar
Opening in 1 May 2018, the exquisite Zuri Zanzibar will offer guests uniquely designed accommodation combined with a 350m private beach only an hour's drive away from Stone Town. Accommodation at Zuri will comprise a mix of stand alone bungalows, suites and villas. All rooms have a partial or full view of the sea. An infinity pool overlooks the pristine beach and for the ultimate relaxation, a Wellness Sanctuary will offer soothing spa treatments. A lush garden and an array of watersports will be available at the hotel.
Sanctuary Retreats Refurbishment Closures
Sanctuary Retreats have announced the closure of its camps in Tanzania for refurbishments as follows:
|Camp||Provisionally planned closure*|
|Sanctuary Swala, Tarangire||1 April to 31 May 2018|
|Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp||12 November to 1 December 2017|
|Sanctuary Kusini, Serengeti||1 April to 31 May 2018|
|Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp||1 November to 15 December 2018|
*The closure dates are provisional and may be subject to change. Contact us for any inquiries.
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