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Your 2019 East Africa Aspirational Travel Destinations
The holiday season may be over but it is never too early to start considering potential travel destinations for 2019. We have come up with four impressive, off-the-beaten track locations that you will definitely want to include in your travel list.
1) Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania
Located on the south western shores of Lake Victoria. Rubondo Island National Park is Africa's largest island national park. Three quarters of the park comprises equatorial forest, home to chimpanzees, elephants and the rare sitatunga. A visit to Rubondo offers the intrepid traveler the opportunity to go on a chimp habituation adventure as well as a chance to venture into the unexplored corners of the island by canoe or boat. Catch-and-release fishing is a fun activity as is watching the dazzling array of birds and butterflies which call the island home. Accommodation at the island can only be at the Rubondo Island Camp.
2) Akagera National Park, Rwanda
Akagera National Park lies north east of Rwanda, a short three hour drive from Kigali, the country's capital. The park comprises a remarkable number of habitats, from rolling hills of acacia bush to swamp-fringed lakes and thick forest. After many years of absence, lions were introduced back to the park in 2015 as were 20 eastern black rhino. Not to be missed is the magical sunset boat ride on Lake Ihema amid grunting hippos and basking crocodiles! Akagera is a great addition to a gorilla tracking adventure at Volcanoes National Park. Stay at the Ruzizi Tented Lodge or at the soon-to-open Magashi Camp.
3) Meru National Park, Kenya
Teeming with lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra among other species, Meru National Park is perhaps Kenya's most stunning yet under-rated national park. Once a celebrated game park, made famous by Born Free, a book and film on lion lover George Adamson's life, Meru went under the radar due to massive poaching in the '80s. The park is back to its flourishing ways with a thriving rhino sanctuary and more diversity in animal species than any other park in Kenya. Your stay will be at the elegant Elsa's Kopje Lodge.
4) Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
Popularly referred to as the Mountains of the Moon, Rwenzori is a rugged mountain range comprising over 25 peaks including Mt Margherita, Africa's third highest peak. With its rich and unusual flora comprising giant heathers and lobellas, as well as impressive glaciers and waterfalls, Rwenzori is one of Africa's most beautiful alpine destinations. Hiking the mountains is an experience like no other. As you ascend, you come across various biospheres each with its unique flora and fauna, and after 4,500 metres, the glacier adds a wondrous element to the atmosphere.
OPENING SOON: Asanja Ruaha
Asanja Ruaha, scheduled to open in May 2019 is located in the southern sector of the Ruaha National Park. The camp is located on the famous Ruaha River in between the Msembe / Jongemero Airstrip. The camp has eight guest tents each with a private verandah overlooking the scenic views of the Ruaha River. All the tents have en-suite bathrooms, an outdoor shower, a private plunge pool and a fire place. Asanja Ruaha is a three hour drive from Iringa. The closest airstrip is Msembe / Jongemero. Asanja Africa has two more properties Asanja Moru in central Serengeti and Asanja Grumeti in south central Serengeti.
OPENING SOON: Nimali Mara Camp
Set in the more remote area of Kogatende, in the northern sector of the Serengeti National Park, Nimali Mara Camp is a small camp with only 10 guest tents. The camp is located about 30 minutes from the Mara River in a small kopje, fitting naturally into its surroundings amongst the trees and boulders. Nimali Mara Camp is accessible via scheduled flight from Arusha to Kogatende, a one hour 15 minute flight, then a 35 minute game drive into the camp. It is scheduled to open in July 2019. This will be the third Nimali Africa camp in Tanzania; the other properties are located in Central Serengeti and Tarangire National Park.
NEW: Moja Tuu Luxury Villas & Nature Retreat
Moja Tuu is located in north-eastern Zanzibar, ensconced between the Indian Ocean shoreline and the Kiwengwa Forest. It offers a mix of villas and garden rooms with the ocean villas boasting infinity pools, rooftops lounges and garden terraces. Activities offered at the retreat include Swahili language and cooking classes, bicycle rides to Kiwengwa fishing village as well as excursions to Stone Town, Prison Island and Jozani Forest. Moja Tuu is situated 45 minutes drive from the Zanzibar Airport.
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Update
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge now offers guests the option to visit a Maasai village that will include lessons how to make fire the traditional way as well as a visit to a Maasai village school for the younger children.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is offering guests an opportunity to interact with KOPELion (Korongoro People’s Lion Initiative), a program that focuses on finding sustainable ways and means for coexistence between human and lions. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge guests are able to interact with the lion guardians to get a deeper understanding of the day to day operations. These experiences have to be booked in advance due to the availability of the teams on the ground and attract a donation towards KOPE Lion.
Coastal Aviation New Ruaha - Kilimanjaro Route
Effective 1st June 2019, Coastal Aviation will introduce daily flights between Ruaha/Iringa to Kilimanjaro and Arusha giving a more efficient connection between southern Tanzania and international points of arrival/departure.
The new look Singita Faru Faru Lodge
The revamped lodge has been furnished in a neutral colour palette of bone, ivory, nude and clay and is centred around the nearby waterhole. The main living and dining areas are more expansive, with new enclosed dining and lounge areas. An interactive kitchen has been added to the dining experience. New central areas, include the signature Singita ‘bar-deli’ with
views over the Serengeti.
Roving Bushtops Update
Roving Bushtops is currently in Kusini in southern Serengeti to give guests the opportunity to experience the wildebeest birthing season. The camp will be based in Kusini until end of April after which it will close for renovations in May before heading back to its base in Seronera in Central Serengeti from 1st June 2019 till end of November.
Construction of two more rovers (tents) is currently on-going and will be in operation by end of 2019 bringing the total number of tents to eight
Auric Air Adds Daily Flights to Mafia Island for Whale Shark Season
Auric Air will operate daily flights to Mafia Island for the whale shark season between October 1 2018 and March 31 2019. The route, which is currently serviced three times a week, will continue operating a Cessna Grand Caravan to and from the island, with a capacity of 13 passengers. Flight departs Dar es Salaam at 16h45 to arrive in Mafia at 17h15. The return flight departs Mafia at 17h35 to arrive in Dar es Salaam at 18h10. The island is known to have the longest whale shark season in the world. Whale sharks are common in the waters off Kilindoni in the west of the island between October and March.
Baggage Screening at Seronera Airstrip
From the 19th August 2019 all bags will be screened at the Seronera Airstrip, Serengeti for departure flights. Currently the x-ray machines have not been installed so all bags are being searched manually which can cause delays. Guests need to get to the airstrip one hour before their flight to ensure their bags are screened in time for departure.
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.
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