Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:08

The Zanzibar Collection - 2014 Rates

The Zanzibar Collection have released their 2014 rates 
 To receive rates please contact us at: Info@tsessabe.com

 

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African Hotels and Adventures (AHA), has been awarded the full management contract for Azanzi Beach Hotel in Zanzibar, marking the first step in the company’s stated intention of growing its portfolio of properties beyond the Southern African region.

 
Azanzi Beach Hotel is an all-suite boutique, beachfront hotel on the north-eastern shoreline of Zanzibar and comprises eight standard suites, 12 luxury suites, nine villas and six deluxe villas.  Each suite is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, a mini-bar, mini-safe and an air conditioner while the deluxe villas also include a jacuzzi and an outside shower. 

 
The hotel has conferencing facilities, a pool and pool bar, a dive centre and a deck that extends out onto Zanzibar’s silk-like white beaches.  Activities on offer include snorkeling or diving excursions, a dhow trip around the island, a trip to the historic Stonetown, spice tours, spa treatments and angling.

 For more information please contact:  info@luxuryrepcollection.com 
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Talking Stick Marketing are delighted to announce that Tanzania by Firelight www.firelightexpeditions.com  have joined the African portfolio.  Their top of the range tented camps in Serengeti National Park and Katavi National Park and open-air villas on a private Island paradise on Lake Tanganyika is the ultimate beach and safari combination.  Tanzania by Firelight is owned by Tom and Belinda Lithgow who started the company in 1989.

  • Lupita Island | Private island paradise on Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania ~ Eleven lavishly decorated, thatched-roof open-air villas and two family cottages that offer breath taking, uninterrupted views of Africa's second largest lake. Remote, exclusive, and incredibly romantic, Lupita Island is the ultimate private retreat.
  • Mwanga Moto | Luxury mobile tented safari camp in the heart of the Serengeti National Park ~ The ideal camp for a Serengeti safari, eight luxury East African-styled tents. This camp is repositioned three times a year within the Serengeti. Its mobility allows them to remain as close as possible to the Great Migration while limiting their impact on the environment.
  • Palahala Lodge | Luxury tented safari camp in Katavi National Park's unspoiled wilderness ~ Palahala's eight spacious octagonal-shaped tents are furnished with king-size beds, the finest linens, and goose down quilts, and include verandas that overlook the bush and river. Each evening, hot showers are prepared in the en-suite bathrooms
Choose from the all-inclusive safari itineraries or allow Tanzania by Firelight to create a custom safari tour. Either way, they will ensure that your safari holiday in Africa is the absolute best.

For further information on Tanzania by Firelight please don't hesitate in contacting :- 

David Reading david@talkingstickmktg.co.uk

Tele ; 01278 661 592
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Friday, 01 February 2013 17:14

SINGITA SERENGETI HOUSE HAS OPENED!

SINGITA OPENS SERENGETI HOUSE

Singita Serengeti House, an exclusive-use retreat designed for families and friends, has opened in the 350,000-acre Grumeti Reserves in the heart of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Located on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill with breathtaking vistas of the endless, open plains of the Serengeti, the lodge is Singita’s response to a growing demand from discerning travellers for privacy and flexibility.

Itineraries, activities and meals are tailor made and tweaked as guests dictate the day-to-day pace and rhythm of their vacation according to their interests and needs.  Early morning and late-afternoon game drives may be interspersed with vigorous swims or lazing around the pool with a good book, a game of tennis, a cooking lesson in the private kitchen from the resident chef, spa treatments or mountain biking. Making it up as one goes along is part of the magic of taking up residence at Singita Serengeti House. There is a waterhole right in front of the house, which is a favourite drinking spot for general plains game as well as a breeding herd of elephant. 

The house accommodates eight people in two suites in the main house and two further guest suites on either side of the main house, connected by pathways from a central pool deck with a 25-metre rim-flow lap pool. There is also a private tennis court, mountain biking and archery.

Refined yet comfortable interiors by Cécile & Boyd’s are complemented by a relaxed, unpretentious ambience and warm-hearted service, adding up to a luxurious home environment in the bush. It is a place that encourages a wealth of shared experiences – thrilling game viewing, memorable outdoor feasts, storytelling and impromptu celebrations – from which to shape priceless memories.

Throughout the house, ample indoor and outdoor lounging and dining areas, all with uninterrupted views, provide relaxing spaces for guests to truly immerse themselves in the beauty of the surrounding landscape while enjoying each other’s company. A cool neutral palette of subtle, sun-bleached colours mimics the Serengeti grass plains, bringing the outside in. Mirror is used throughout the house to maximise light and space. Humble materials – natural fibres, rattan, grass matting, polished cement floors, bleached, raw timbers and local stones – bring an honest, earthy feel to the understatedly glamorous, boldly proportioned, light-saturated rooms curated with a modern African art collection, artefacts and objects, and anthropologically relevant tribal sculpture. All the decorative pieces were designed and commissioned or sourced by Cécile & Boyd’s, including witty eye-catching paper-maché hunting ‘trophies’ and leather thong chandeliers inspired by Maasai skirts.

All the suites have spacious bathrooms designed as luxurious extensions to the bedroom and living areas, with outdoor showers and terraces. The private kitchen and resident chef caters exclusively to the needs of the party staying in the house, taking into consideration everything from individual food allergies to favourite cooking styles and flavours. Delicious food and an excellent wine cellar always forms an integral part of the Singita experience, and meals are carefully planned and orchestrated from candle-lit gourmet dinners to informal picnics in the bush.

The house may only be booked on an exclusive-use basis and includes all staff, a private vehicle and a safari guide. Besides guided game drives in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle, guests can also do guided walks and horseback safaris. At Singita Sasakwa Lodge, situated an easy 1.5km drive away, there is also a fully equipped gym, yoga room, spa, and the Singita Boutique & Gallery.

Rates, quoted on a single unit rate for the first four guests in high season range from US$8500 per night (thereafter US$1785 per adult per night and US$893 per child, 18 and under, per night), and in low season from $6800 per night and $1300 per additional adult (and US$650 per child, 18 and under, per night).  Rates are fully inclusive and include the use of a private vehicle for game drives, a private guide, house host, chef and dedicated house staff, all meals, beverages, laundry and valet service.  Children of all ages are welcome. (Excludes Government of Tanzania Wildlife Fees of US$50 per person per night).

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:00

SAA has an offer to Tanzania

Fly to Tanzania from £921

 

Visit Tanzania between 15 March and 30 September 2011 and you can fly from £921,-*.

3 good reasons to fly with SAA:

  • 10 weekly connections from Johannesburg to Dar Es Salaam:

One flight a day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday SA188 1455 - 1920 (local times)

Two flights a day on Thursday, Saturday & Sunday SA186 1020 - 1445 and SA188 1455 - 1920 (local times)

The duration of the flight is 3 hours and 25 minutes

  • Spacious Economy Class with 32-34 inch seat pitch
  • Book now and fly from London to Tanzania via Johannesburg from £921,-*

Book via flysaa.com or call 0871 722 1111 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

* price per person for a return flight in Economy Class including taxes, charges and fuel surcharges.

(as of 14th March 2011) subject to change. Changes permitted for a fee of GBP90.00 (subject to the same booking class being available). Maximum stay: 12 months.

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Renowned for its 5-star safari product, which has just earned it the coveted top spot as the World's Best Hotel in 2011 (Travel + Leisure Awards), Singita Grumeti Reserves has introduced an interesting new culinary option that integrates international cuisine with the authentic traditional foods of East Africa. Chief among the epicurean influences here is Swahili cuisine, featured on the new African Tasting Menu that is served at opulent, 1920's-styled Singita Sabora Tented Camp.

Here guests may savour tastings of local dishes that reflect a diverse range of flavours, including mtori, a thick, traditional soup from the Kilimanjaro region made from onions, green bananas and a little meat. A choice of mezze style platters is served in the traditional Swahili fashion, comprising dishes such as dagaa mchuzi, a delicious serving of dried fish cooked in peanut tomato sauce; mchicha, a wild spinach grown locally - either blanched or sautéd with sunflower oil, tomato and onion; and kitandu cha nyama, a meat stew cooked with bitter local greens, which have a unique sour flavour with fragrant undertones of lemon.

On the menu too are tasty staple foods that are ubiquitous to Africa such as ugali (known as pap to South Africans), but best described as a white ‘polenta' made from finely ground dried corn caked into a stiff porridge; and popular pilau and wali (rice cooked in coconut milk served with meat and stew).  Also featured is the ‘African red devil' piri piri (Swahili for ‘pepper') and nyama choma - a form of barbecued meat, traditionally the entree of choice in East Africa.

Offering guests a tantalizing taste of local fare at its best, typical Swahili spices and local honey are also used extensively in the cuisine at each of Singita's four lodges in the Grumeti Reserves. Manned by a team of expert chefs, each lodge boasts its own unique setting and quintessential charm, to combine the ultimate in savannah luxury with world-class service in a spectacular setting overlooking the plains along East Africa's world-famous wildebeest migratory route. In addition to Singita Sabora Tented Camp, the Singita portfolio includes spectacular flagship Singita Sasakwa Lodge (a Relais & Châteaux property), unique and eco-friendly Singita Faru Faru Lodge, and the latest Singita product - Singita Explore, offering the ultimate mobile safari experience.  

Tilapia, a local fresh water fish is another popular item on Singita's menus, as is chapatis, a type of roti, served with curries and coconut, and organic home grown vegetables sourced from surrounding villages as part of various community support projects run by the Singita Grumeti Fund. Rounding off the taste of indigenous culinary culture is a selection of local Tanzanian beers, among which Kilimanjaro, Tusker and Serengeti.  Local Chai tea and Kilimanjaro filter coffee feature among non-alcoholic beverages, as does the famous East African vodka, lime and honey cocktail, called a dawa.

Along with outstanding game viewing and highly skilled guides, as well as exceptional design and décor and its world class cuisine and wine offering, Singita Grumeti Reserve embodies the Singita ethos of Responsible Wildlife Conservation, combining low impact tourism with extensive community and conservation programmes that are both diverse and far-reaching. Funded by guest revenue, these projects underscore its status as an exemplary model for African eco-philanthropy.

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In August 2009 Singita Grumeti Reserves, located on the Western corridor of the Serengeti in Tanzania, opened an Environmental Education Centre (EEC) on site to educate youth from the surrounding communities about protecting communal lands and the Serengeti eco-system. As custodian of this magnificent wilderness that spreads across 340 000 acres (142 000ha) of game rich savannah, Singita is determined to play a significant role in ensuring the sustainability and protection of this vast, pristine wildlife area, by inspiring the local youth - and so encouraging a sense of responsibility towards the use of natural resources. 

Now, barely two years later, the positive effect of this training programme, which routinely ‘graduates' students with a newfound conviction and verve, can be seen in the communities surrounding the reserve, as a direct result of the increasing number of local children who have completed the training programme to date. 

A heartwarming story is that of six students from the Dr Nchimbi School, who, after completing the course, motivated the management of the school to the point where an Environmental Committee was formed at the school, which works to continuously improve awareness and implementation of sustainable practices here. Amongst these projects was to find a solution to soil erosion in the local area. They did this by planting grass, which was nurtured by a deliberate process of capturing rainwater, resulting in a new green footprint for the school, making it both a more attractive place to attend school, and a source of pride for the community. 

Approximately 25 5-day courses per year are conducted at the Environmental Education Centre, attended by 300 high school children from 26 secondary schools in the Bunda and Serengeti districts, bordering the Singita Grumeti Reserves. Each course is attended by 12 Grade 11 students from two different schools, accompanied by a teacher from each school.  The idea is to equip the teachers too to mentor their students, and to enable them to provide practical support once the programme is complete. Enrolled groups and their teachers are also accommodated at the Centre for the six nights of their training. 

Two full-time trainers manage the EEC project, with training focussing on the basic understanding of ecosystem functioning, and the identification of threats to the sustainability of the ecosystem. Learning is hands-on and practical, and includes projects, practical research, game drives into the reserves, group work and training sessions. On returning, the students are encouraged to create Environmental Clubs and to create projects of the own, and inspire their peers to participate in these projects and to adopt environmentally friendly practices.  

The project, which aims to encourage learners to adopt a lifestyle that is in harmony with their environment, is unique in Tanzania, both in its scope and in its practical implementation. It is endorsed by the Tanzanian Government, which has provided guidance in setting up the programme so that the course syllabus is in line with the approved Tanzanian school curriculum. 

Pam Richardson, Singita Community Development and Human Resources Manager says: ‘As an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, it is of utmost importance to ensure the sustainability of Singita Grumeti Reserves, given that the reserve was first proclaimed by the Tanzanian government in 1994 to protect the path of the great wildebeest migration, and the indigenous biodiversity within this vast ecosystem. In 2002 the Singita Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund (SGF) was granted the right to manage and conserve the reserve. Within a national context for Tanzania, this project is critical, as it reaches a large number of young people, among whom are future leaders of commerce, industry and government.' 

Singita Grumeti Reserves has funded the construction of the Environmental Education Centre, and finances the running and maintenance of the centre, which includes transporting the students to and from the centre for the programme; food and accommodation for trainees and teachers for the six days; as well as the employment of the trainers and support staff, and the provision of the equipment and materials they require for this learning experience.  

The project is supported by Funding Partners - Singita guests who are inspired by seeing the programme in action - who either sponsor the cost of a five day course for the 12 learners and two teachers ($2,000), or who sponsor a student for $150 for the 5-day course. Funds received enable the Centre to maximise the number of courses that are conducted and so maximise the impact of the programme on the preservation of the Reserves and of the community lands.

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