The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
- St. Augustine
Zanzibar in itself is an adventure and the approach from the air sets even the experienced explorer's heart thumping. If we widen the nets and look at Tanzania and again on to East Africa then the adventures are boundless.
The Serengeti and The MaraSafaris in Kenya and Tanzania offer a wealth of topographical feasts such as the Serengeti plains and awe inspiring Ngorongoro Crater. Then we have the wildlife; the great migration, the bird life on the shores of Lake Navaisha and Lake Manyara, the Elephants of Tarangire national park and who could forget the Cats of the Mara.
The SelousFor those wanting a taste of the rustic safari experience without the limitations of the more travelled circuits in Kenya and Northern Tanzania, The Selous is just an hour's flight from Zanzibar and there are far fewer restrictions in the park with regard to routes and viewing points. Balloon Safaris are now operating in the Selous, Southern Tanzania as well as the traditional sunrise Serengeti and Masai Mara experience.
Sea SafariSea Safaris are plentiful in the Indian ocean and whether you choose to snorkel or dive, the waters offer rich viewing along the African continental shelf. By contrast to the coral islands such as Zanzibar, and for more experienced divers, Pemba Island, just 40km north of Zanzibar has a very different topography and offers vertical coral walls dropping over 300 metres with excellent visibility.
Climbing & SpaMount Kilimanjaro has long been a primary attraction to East Africa and those that conquer this majestic peak deservedly head out to the Kenyan coast or Zanzibar Archipelago for some well-earned R&R. The spas throughout the region cater for post climb fatigue, often with treatments created specifically to combat weary limbs and the effects of a week-long hike at altitude. Using plant extracts and aromatherapies from traditional Swahili practices, body and mind are refocused and refreshed in timeless African rituals blended with the practice of international massage and relaxation techniques.
Cultural ExplorationCulturally, more and more villages are open to visitors, to show how they live and to sell their beautiful crafted jewellery, art and keepsakes. To be invited into a Masai Boma off the beaten track and offered the best seat in the house is a privilege that sends your senses into overload as you adjust to the darkness and textures of the air and ground around you. Coastal fishing villages and farmers in the lusher regions on Zanzibar and in the Ngorongoro highlands welcome tourists with open arms and the interaction brings us closer to understanding a way of life long forgotten in the West.
Many guests of Africa enjoy visiting local schools with much appreciated gifts of coloured pens and teaching aids, some even teach or assist in a lesson. Every visit and every moment of consideration is appreciated by the children and teachers alike - imprinted on your heart for ever.
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