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Gran Melia Arusha opening in June 2019
Scheduled to open in June 2019, Gran Melia Arusha is the third of Melia Internationals hotels in Tanzania. The hotel is set out on 18 acres of coffee and tea plantations in Arusha, a 50 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Gran Melia Arusha features 171 rooms in Standard and Red-Level categories. The Red Level rooms include junior, grand and presidential suites. All the rooms enjoy views of either Arusha city or of Mount Meru. The hotel has a variety of dining options including Saba Saba, the all day dining restaurant, Yellow Chilli, a speciality restaurant serving Hindu cuisine and the Rooftop, which offers Peruvian - Spanish gastronomy along with high energy cocktails. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and a spa.
Serengeti Balloon Safaris Fly in Northern Serengeti
The Serengeti Balloon Safaris have obtained permission to fly their balloons in the Northern Serengeti for the migration season. This is our preferred balloon company in the Serengeti.
Tanzania bans plastic bags
Single use plastic bags have been banned in Tanzania. This includes duty free bags – please advise guests that they should take their goods and receipt out of the bad and place it in their luggage before disembarking. The excludes Ziplock bags which are allowed into the country.
Coastal Aviation New Ruaha - Kilimanjaro Route
Coastal Aviation has introduced daily flights between Ruaha/Iringa to Kilimanjaro and Arusha giving a more efficient connection between southern Tanzania and international points of arrival/departure.
The airline has re-instated the Serengeti - Nairobi via Musoma flight in order to offer a direct route to those travelling to Kenya and beyond.
Zanzibar - Arusha - Seronera - Zanzibar - The airline has increased capacity for this routes by sub-contracting a 30 seat Embraer 120 departing Serengeti at 10:45 to arrive Zanzibar at 12:15.
Namiri Plains Upgrade
Namiri Plains will relaunch later this year following upgrades to its accommodation and experiences.
New decks and viewing areas will be added to maximise wildlife sightings. The rooms will have sliding doors that run the full length of the room and open on to a full-length viewing deck. Bathrooms will also offer full views of the seasonal riverbed from the shower, through large glass sliding doors that open on to the deck, where guests can relax in the outdoor bathtub.
Other features include a new camp library, and an information centre that offers guests a variety of informative artifacts, in-depth information about the area, as well as maps highlighting areas of interest. The addition of a spa adds some indulgence to the safari experience, and is situated behind a grove of acacia trees for quiet and privacy.
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.
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.
INSIDER ACCESS: Cultural Walks and Scenic Sundowners
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area that surrounds the Ngorongoro Crater is an area of outstanding natural beauty and one that many visitors are only allowed to drive through. Now, with Abercrombie & Kent’s exclusive Insider Access activity, your guests will be able to walk through this magical area after their game drive in the crater and gain a deeper understanding of the people, and wildlife, that call it their home.
The walk will begin at four in the afternoon once your guests have completed their game drive in the caldera. The walk will take them through the Masai villages where they get to meet some of the inhabitants. Their guide will enlighten them on the Masai culture and a particular talking point will be how the modern world is affecting their ancient traditions and how this will change their culture and way of life. This is a truly authentic experience and your guests will be able to interact with the Masai as they go about their daily lives. After about an hour and a half they will come across an idyllic ‘sundowner’ spot which has been set up for them with chairs, side tables and a miniature bar that contains their favourite drinks. Your guests will then be able to sit and admire the beauty around them, sipping on a cold drink, and watch the sun go down before returning to their property for dinner.
Contact us to include a cultural walk to your client's itinerary.
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
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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