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TRAVEL &

HOSPITALITY

AWARDS

AFRICA 2019

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TEAM

CEO

Robert Bruce

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Katherine Lozell

ART DIRECTOR

Marcs Bacera

DIRECTOR OF SALES

Stanley Lucas

AWARDS DIRECTOR

Brian Anson

EDITORIAL LIAISON MANAGER

David Hyde

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Azim Aftab

SENIOR WRITERS

Tasmai Dave

Jacqui Irvine

Joseph Wilton

SENIOR DESIGNERS

Antoine Jackson

Hafiz Arslan

AWARDS MANAGERS

Adam Cole

Joseph Malabanan

Zach Ford

Peter Clement

Joyce Lee

Contents

CRITERIA 6

MOROCCO10

Morrocon Wine13

Domaine de Baccari 14

Taroudant, Morocco’s Hidden Gem17

GHANA 20

Ghana, An Introduction23

Accra25

Tamale29

Jeyads Lodge32

NIGERIA 34

Cultural Experience 37

TANZANIA 40

Adventure Holiday43

Mbeya City47

Tesha Home48

Dodo Group Tanzania Ltd.50

SOUTH AFRICA 52

The Big 5 55

The Stunning Eastern Cape59

Casa Mia Health Spa and Guesthouse 60

SEYCHELLES 62

Beach Lovers Paradise65

Sail Seychelles69

MAURITIUS 70

Top 3 Things to do 73

RESEARCH MANAGERS

Jerald Jaime

Mukul

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Tracy Morgan

Joseph Malabanan

Aisha Ahmed

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CRITERIA

Excellence in Service is an important category, as customer

service can often be responsible for having guests return

year after year. We look for the hotels and tour operators

that go out of their way to please their guests, those that

provide a personal level of service and take the time to

get to know each visitor so that they might anticipate their

every need. This can be something as simple as a 24-hour

concierge desk, a hotel manager who offers a personal

greeting or a tour guide who is happy to create bespoke

private tours – but whatever it is, we are always pleased

when we encounter staff that have been trained in the art

of customer satisfaction.

SERVICES

It is no question that style and design plays a big part in

selecting our awards shortlist. A guest will form an opinion

about a hotel as soon as they arrive so it is important

to us that all our winners make those first impressions

count. We’re certainly not partial to a particular period of

architecture – but whether we’re judging a gothic castle or

an environmentally friendly lodge, the criteria remains the

same. We consider factors such as architectural features,

use of materials, creation of spaces, décor and the overall

feel. We love it when we find a hotel that tells a story

through its design and construction, or offers a design that

is sympathetic to the natural surroundings of its location.

STYLE & DESIGN

Knowledge of the local area is essential for any

organization, be it a hotel or a tour operator. The quality

of services takes a great hit when the quality of this

element is not up to the mark. Quite a few of our winners

in this category are because they have displayed excellent

knowledge about the surrounding areas. The criteria for a

hotel is slightly lenient compared to a tour operator, as the

latter is expected to have thorough knowledge of the area

in order to provide good services.

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LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

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FACILITIES

Award-winning guest rooms come in all shapes and sizes,

but they all have one thing in common – a home-awayfrom-home

feel. The comfort of the facilities on offer are

of vital importance; we look for luxurious linens, stylish

bathrooms and a coordinated colour scheme that work

together to create a cohesive sense of relaxation. Additional

touches, such as complimentary toiletries, free wi-fi or tea

and coffee making facilities are always a bonus in making

us feel welcome. We’re always impressed to find hotel

rooms that embrace technology and offer amenities like

tablets or smart thermostat systems, but this does not

always necessarily trump the traditional – four poster beds,

ornate fireplaces or antique furniture can add a touch of

decadence to a hotel stay.

LOCATION

Location is one of the most important factors, but also

one of the most subjective, as the ‘ideal’ is very much

determined by the type of visitor and the type of hotel

itself. However, there are a few factors we take into

consideration when determining the winners of locationbased

awards. The first is convenience; that is, hotels that

are easy to travel to. Many of our winners in this category

are in convenient locations, such as adjacent to airports,

close to beaches or found in the heart of easy-to-navigate

cities. We are always impressed when hotels go the extra

mile to take the hassle out of traveling and offer such

additional services as airport shuttles or car hire services.

However, we’re always excited to come across a hotel

that is, to use a familiar phrase, off-the-beaten-track. A

hotel that can offer something a little different, in terms of

natural surroundings, can make the difference between a

good holiday and an incredible one.

In today’s modern age, a hotel or tour operator cannot

rely on word of mouth to get their message out into the

world. As social media has become a vital part of everyday

life, we like to see companies that go the extra mile to

engage with their guests, both past and future. Attractive

and informative websites and engaging and honest

content are what we look for when judging a company’s

use of marketing; how well they display their services, how

up-to-date their content is, how well they get their brand

message across, and, most importantly, how well their

marketing can tempt us to go and see what they have to

offer for ourselves.

What better way is there to know about an organization

than by getting first hand reviews? Customers are the best

judges of any service out there as they are the ones who

experience them and can assess whether they were up to

the mark or not. Considering reviews from hundreds of

customers gives us a fair idea about the general pros and

cons of any organization and also gives us valuable inputs

for the other criteria as well.

MARKETING

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Diversity is one important aspect that needs to be taken

into consideration when in the travel and hospitality

industry. It is essential to have staff that has varying diversity

to ensure that the organization can properly connect with

their guests. Diversity is taken into account in terms of

gender, nationality as well as languages spoken among

other factors. Not only do we take the diversity of the staff

into account but even that of the facilities and services

offered; a hotel or tour operator providing a better range

of services is preferred over those that do not.

It is of prime importance that an organization has thorough

industry knowledge. Without knowing the nit-bits of the

in, it is difficult to flourish and provide services which are

a class apart. Before any organization ventures into the

industry, it is essential that they know how the industry

is moving and how they should make changes to their

methodologies in order to remain relevant and also be a

top-performing organization.

DIVERSITY

INDUSTRY

KNOWLEDGE

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MOROCCO

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Morrocon Wine

Although one might not necessarily associate Morocco with winemaking, prior to

it becoming an Islamic nation in the 7 th century, the country had a history of wine

production that predated the Roman Era. Following the French colonisation in the 19 th

century and Spanish influence in the beginning of the 20 th century, Morocco began to take

wine production more seriously.

Under the influence of two successive Kings, foreign investment in production has

increased considerably and in the last two decades or so, Moroccan wine has been

building a strong international following. It is currently the second biggest producer of

wine in the Arab nations, after Algeria.

Château Roslane in Meknès is a

favourite with wine connoisseurs. It

spreads over 700 hectares of vineyards,

gorgeous bio gardens with fountains

and a seating area and it contains a huge

wine cellar. Make a reservation for an

unforgettable experience of lunch with

wine pairing and a tour of the vineyard

and herb garden. There are excellent

varieties of bold, superbly oaked and

fruity red wines. Try the great texture of

the dark fruity Premier Cru Rouge.

Despite Morocco being a very hot country,

the majority of vineyards are located in

the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and

so majorly benefit from the breeze of the

nearby ocean. The climate here is relatively

stable and this helps the production of

balanced wines.

Three quarters of the wines made here are

red and traditionally the grapes belonged

to the Carignan, Cinsaut and Grenache

variety. More recently, improver varieties

such as Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet

Sauvignon have joined the production.

Approximately 20% of wine produced

here is Rose and Vin Gris and there is

only a minuscule amount of white wine

production.

There are 5 main wine regions in Morocco:

the East, Meknès/Fès region, the Northern

Plain, Rabat/Casablanca region and El-

Jadida region. Within these regions there

are 14 Appellation d’Origine Garantie

(AOG) areas. Some of the most common

appellations include Guerrouane and

Beni MTtir in the Meknes religion, which

in fact account for approximately 65% of

Moroccan wine production.

For a more relaxed wine tour, opt for

Le Val d’Argan, only a 20-minute drive

from Essaouira. This is a smaller vineyard

with a very personal feel to it. It started

as a tiny 5-hectare field and currently

measures over 55 hectares. The lunch

contains many vegetarian options and

wine tasting takes place underneath the

olive trees. There is unlimited wine of

numerous varieties, try any of the Roses

for subtle bursts of flavour.

Another one worth visiting, also in the region of Meknès is the Volubilia-Domaine

de la Zouina. It offers a beautiful, picturesque vista of the countryside and the staff is

remarkably friendly here. They specialize in the Syraz and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties

and the delicious lunch is paired with 5 different wines. The owner Muhammad is a very

friendly and gracious host and takes his time explaining the history of the vineyard.

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Morocco

DOMAINE

DE BACCARI

The Award for Excellence in Service

Close to Meknes,

at the heart of

Morocco’s winegrowing

region since ancient times,

Domaine de Baccari is

located in a serene setting

with hilly terrain and natural

beauty. At an altitude of

650m, Domaine de Baccari

nestles on the foothills of

the Middle Atlas mountain

range. It sits on fine, red

clay and a soft limestone

under soil. The combination

of this generous country

and a sunny, if cool, climate

produces a soil ideal for

growing wine with a strong

identity. For the sake of

biodiversity, we also grow

cereals, almond trees and

olive trees; the Meknes

region is widely known for

its famous olive oil and

almonds.

Morocco ♦ Tel +212 668125017 ♦ domainedebaccari.com

The winery operates by applying

sustainable agriculture methods,

respectful of the land, plants, the

environment and people, with the

aim being to produce high-end

Moroccan wines which meet the highest

international standards. Additionally,

Domaine is also into organic conversion.

The Domain’s grape variety is composed

of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and

Cabernet Franc for red wines, Cinsault

and Grenache for rosé. The Cabernet

Franc has shown itself to be perfectly

suited to the soil and the production of

balanced, delicate, fresh and complex

wines. This grape variety, emblematic

of limestone soils, perfectly matches the

desired style of wine.

The winemaking in Morocco goes back to the ancient Phoenicians and Greeks, and owes

its development to the colonization by the Roman Empire. The wines produced in this

region had a strong reputation. The wine tradition prolonged throughout the centuries

and reached its flourishing success in the 20th century during the French Protectorate.

The proprietors of this family-owned land, since generations, have embarked with energy

and passion on this exciting adventure, devoted to preserve this noble heritage, with

an innovative and ethical spirit, respecting nature and humans, in permanent quest for

excellence, to produce the best Moroccan wines.

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Taroudant, Morocco’s Hidden Gem

Spending any time in Taroudant makes you truly feel like you’ve gone back in time.

It is a small city nestled in the Sous Valley of Southern Morocco. Ramparts that were

built in 1528 under the Saadi Dynasty specifically to attack the Portuguese fortify the area.

The entire city is contained within these walls, which are 7 kilometers long. Taroudant is

often referred to as “Little Marrakesh’ and was in fact once the Capital city of the country,

albeit for a very short while.

Taroudant is full of charming souks and squares bathed in the magical Berber culture. The

town is small enough and it is worth exploring it on foot, getting lost in the little alleyways.

It takes roughly an hour to walk the length of the entire town.

Unlike exceptionally busy Marrakesh,

hawkers and touts are not a common

feature here, although you can still try out

your haggling skills in one of the markets.

In fact, this is one of the major pastimes for

tourists visiting the area. The town is known

for its two markets, mainly catering to local

people. A variety of items are on offer

here, including beautiful jewellery, silver

and carpets so visitors are unlikely to leave

empty-handed.

Large orchids and palm trees add to the mythical feel of this quaint little town, with the

Atlas Mountains towering in the background.

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The former home of Spanish Artist

Claudio Brave has recently been

turned into a stunning museum full

of interesting artefacts and is fast

becoming one of the area’s most

popular attractions. There is even the

option for being served tea in the

gardens of the Pavilion overlooking

the lake.

Taroudant is usually an

overnight stop for travellers

on their way to Agadir or

Marrakech. However, it is also

a great base for exploring the

nearby Atlas Mountains and

there are tour companies that

arrange a variety of exciting

treks and hikes. There are

some virtually undiscovered

areas and some of them only

a 45-minute drive from the city.

Head for the Afensou/Mentaga

Valley, for a magnificent hike

through wild argan forests

and river pools suitable for

swimming.

Venture even further for a

breathtakingly scenic trek of the

palm-filled gorges of the Anti-

Atlas Mountains. And for an

even grander day trip, Tafraout

is a tiny oasis in the central part

of the Anti-Atlas Mountains

certainly worth exploring.

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GHANA

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Ghana, An Introduction

Ghana is known as the ‘golden child’ of West Africa. This is due to its successful

democratic constitution and steadily growing economy. The country first began

establishing trade with Europeans in the 15th century when it was known as The Golden

Coast because the abundance of gold that was found on its land.

One of the most stable countries of West Africa, Ghana is a popular tourist destination.

Situated right on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana’s tropical climate means there is

warm weather all year round. The country has an incredibly diverse wildlife and multiple

national parks and gardens filled with exotic flora. It also boasts many miles of white sandy

beaches.

After a lengthy period of

colonisation by the British, the

country declared independence

in 1957 and named itself Ghana,

literally meaning “Warrior King’.

Ghana’s population is multi-ethnic

and rounds up to nearly 31 million

people, the vast majority being

Christian of various denominations.

English is widely spoken across

the country, as are many different

languages and dialects.

In a 2011 Forbes survey, Ghana was ranked the friendliest country in all of Africa and the

11th friendliest country worldwide. This is largely due to the vivacious, colourful energy

of its people and the cultural diversity of this beautiful country. It is very common for

complete strangers to greet you in the street and there is a widespread ‘sharing is caring’

attitude that extends to foreigners or ‘oburani’, as they are amicably known.

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Accra

Accra is Ghana’s splendid capital and it will likely be your first point of contact with

the country. Accra is hot all year round, with a couple of short rainy seasons; one

between April and mid-July and another one occurring in October. When it does rain, it’s

not usually a lengthy downpour but rather short bursts of intense rainfall, gladly welcomed

by the locals due to the levels of humidity in the area.

Over the last 2 decades, Accra has developed considerably. It has a great selection of

shopping malls, brilliant nightlife choices and ample opportunities to sample delicious

Ghanaian cuisine. Because of its rich history, Accra offers a range of options for culturehungry

visitors.

Getting around in Accra is pretty easy,

despite regularly congested traffic. There

are various intercity bus routes that cover

the entire area and taxis are literally

everywhere and cheap enough. You can

also easily get an Uber. For a truly local

experience, hop on a tro tro, a shared

minivan that follows a specific route in and

around the city centre.

Make sure to taste kelewele (caramelised

plantain), a local delicacy you can find almost

everywhere. Many snack bars prepare authentic

local cuisine at very cheap prices so allow

yourself to be immersed in the warmth of the

local hospitality. Coffee culture is a big thing in

Accra with hip and quirky coffee shops popping

up all around the city, frequented by cool youths

eager to share their latest escapades with you.

Accra hosts numerous art exhibitions

and there are various galleries to

visit if you are an Art enthusiast.

Tiga African Art Consultancy houses

remarkable paintings and sculptures.

The Artists’ Alliance Gallery features

excellent items to buy at considerably

reasonable prices, including wooden

carvings and curious artefacts and

local souvenirs.

Though Accra is a coastal city with

long sandy stretches, it’s worth

venturing a few kilometres west to

find Bojo, one of the most glorious

and pristine beaches of the area.

Far quieter and cleaner then its main

competitors, this is a lovely spot for

relaxation, swimming and sunbathing,

suitable for the entire family. To get to

the actual beach you board a little

boat and pay a small entrance fee- all

worth it just to be able to lie one the

unspoiled sandy beach and get lost

in the clear blue skies. There is also

a restaurant that sells fresh food and

drinks.

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Ghana

GREENCOURT

Apartments

Independence Arch is 11 km from the

apartment, while Wheel Story House is

3.8 km away. The nearest airport is Kotoka

International, 13 km from Green Court, and

the property offers a paid airport shuttle

service.

The accommodation offers a children’s

playground. A car rental service is available

at Green Court.

Green Court Off Tenth Street, Tesano, Tesano, Accra, Ghana

Located 9 km from Kwame

Nkrumah Memorial Park, Green

Court provides accommodation with

a shared lounge, a garden and a

shared kitchen for your convenience.

Both WiFi and private parking are

available at the apartment free of

charge.

Certain units are equipped with

air conditioning, a flat-screen TV,

washing machine and a kettle,

completed with a kitchen.

Guests at Green Court can enjoy a

continental breakfast.

Couples particularly like the location —

they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.

We speak your language!

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Tamale

Tamale is one of Ghana’s fastest growing cities and the third most populous area of

the country. Although Ghana has become a popular tourist destination in the last two

decades, Tamale is still relatively unknown and remains well off the beaten path. This is

what makes this city so unique: it’s an authentic introduction into the remarkable North

Ghanaian culture and hospitality and genuine snapshot of the West African way of life.

Tamale has been consistently voted

the cleanest city of the country by the

Ghanaian Government. It has a distinctive

architecture that combines modern highrise

buildings with traditional mud houses

and an array of intricately designed

mosques. The city is easily explored by

bicycle and bike tours are the best way to

get lost in the humble neighbourhoods.

Located in the northern region of

the country, the city’s population is

predominantly Muslim. Praying is an

important requirement of the Islamic

faith and the Call to Prayer can be heard

echoing through the city 5 times a day.

Tamale’s Central Mosque is the most

popular one, a humongous and imposing

structure with tall minarets and emerald

domes, right in the centre of the city.

It is a well-known fact that people in Ghana

are extremely friendly and approachable;

the same goes for Tamale. Locals simply

love to get to know visitors and will

frequently start conversations in order to

know more about you but also share their

own stories and wisdom. Language is not

a barrier as English is widely spoken. With

their warm attitude and eagerness to

help, the locals will easily win your heart.

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Strolling around the local markets should probably be number one on visitors’ lists. The

National Cultural Centre is the place to go for cheap souvenirs and original traditional

crafts. Some days, later in the evening when the weather cools down, you can enjoy

and even take part in traditional Ghanaian dances and cultural performances.

One of Tamale’s greatest attractions can be found 120 kilometers west of the city.

Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest wildlife conservatory and is certain to be an

unforgettable experience. Here you can really experience elephants in their natural

habitat as well as spot antelopes, vultures, beautiful birds and monitor lizard to name

just a fraction of the incredible fauna of the area. There are various safari tours that can

be arranged for different times of the day. The park is never very busy and there are

options to go for day excursions or stay over night in one of the hotels, if you’d prefer

to take your time exploring the Ghanaian Savannah.

As Ghana’s most fertile area, Tamale is an agricultural heaven and offers some of the

greatest produce in the country. This means that local restaurants cook delicious hearty

meals at very reasonable prices. There are also various tours you can join, from cotton

spinning to traditional food cooking as well as spending time with local families and

learning about how the locals live, earn a living and have fun.

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Ghana

JEYADS LODGE

Lodge

Yendi, Salaga Rd, Tamale, Ghana ♦ Tel +233 55 255 9442 / +233 243337288 ♦

www.jeyadslodge.com

Jeyads Lodge has a serene environment where you are assured of good relaxation, comfort

and luxury. All of their rooms are well ventilated with air conditioning, water heaters, cable

TV, fridges and free Wi-Fi. Your health as lodgers is their priority, hence the fitness bay, which

offers you the opportunity for good exercise at all times. The chefs are experts in continental and

local dishes. The bar is also well stocked with an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The staff is well trained, hospitable, friendly and will provide you with great memorable service

you will always want to come back. Great Ghanaian and northern hospitality is assured during

your stay with us.

Each and every room is fitted with queensized

beds, large enough for occupancy

of two guests per room, with private

washrooms. Enjoy a delicious breakfast

too, as it is served to you each morning.

The staff and reception are always on

stand-by to attend to every guest’s needs

24/7 in order to make your stay at Jeyads a

memorable one. The facility also provides

laundry services to guests; ranging from

washing, dry cleaning and ironing. As a

convenience to guests, they provide free

shuttles to/from Airport and Transport

Stations. Before you touch ground, the staff

will be there to pick you up. The amazing

restaurant provides continental and local

dishes with a well stocked bar with an array

of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

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NIGERIA

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Cultural Experience

With over 200 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country of the continent

and thus nicknamed the ‘ Giant of Africa’. The country has phenomenal cultural

diversity, with over 250 different ethnic groups that altogether speak approximately 500

different languages. There is an abundance of historical sights of interest making this a

culture-rich travel destination.

Nigeria was colonised by Britain by the beginning of the 20 th century. Under British rule

in 1914, the northern and southern parts of the country were joined in what was known

as the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria. The country gained independence from the

UK in 1960 and has since gone on to become one of the fastest growing African nations.

Being a coastal country, its stunning

beaches attract flocks of tourists each

year. But by far the most enticing

advantage of Nigeria is its vast cultural

mixture and associated customs and

traditions. The three most prominent

ethnic groups in the country are the

Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo. They each

have their own caste systems and

administrative policies as well as differing

political and religious ideologies.

One of the most popular destinations in

Nigeria can be found in the ancient town

of Abeocuta. Olumo Rock stands tall at

137 meters above seal level and was

once used as a fort and watchtower. The

area is full of unusual trees and mystical

monuments and once you reach the

very top you are treated to a panoramic

view of the surrounding city.

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The megacity of Lagos, the country’s financial

hub and former Capital, is a melting pot of

cultural traditions. This is one of the best

places to visit in order to savour the incredible

cultural diversity Nigeria has to offer. Lagos

acts as a microcosm of the entire country,

representing customs and ideas from a wide

range of tribes.

There are plenty of impressive galleries

where one can learn about arts and crafts

and multi-functional concept spaces that hold

numerous recreational events each season.

Nigerian artists often get their inspiration

from the country’s rich history. Some

artists integrate Nsibidi symbols, a type of

indigenous scripture, in an attempt to honour

and preserve bygone eras.

Fashion is fast becoming a huge industry here and there are regular displays that showcase the

country’s vivacious colour palette. Nigerian fashion is really unique, with elements of traditional and

pre-colonial dress styles mixed with modern materials to produce show-stopping pieces.

The more time you spend Nigerian people,

the more likely it is that you’ll be lucky

enough to encounter some of the unusual

traditions that are the trademark of Nigerian

culture. For example it is imperative that

natives who choose to get married have

not one but…three weddings: a traditional

one, one at the town hall and then one

more at the church or mosque. Other

quirky customs include ‘showering’ people

with money at various events as an act of

appreciation and….ensuring you never

extend your left arm to greet, eat or in

fact do anything at all whatsoever as this is

highly frowned upon!

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TANZANIA

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Adventure Holiday

Some of the world’s most famous sights and wonders are located in the mountainous

and densely forested plains of Tanzania. Serengeti, Mt Kilimanjaro and the

Ngorongoro nature reserve are amongst some of the most visited destinations. Tanzania

is filled with abundant wildlife, captivating cultures and some of the world’s most revered

safari experiences. It is not by chance that the country’s name translates as ‘Sail in the

Wilderness’

With a combination of stunning natural beauty, unusual rocky formation and endless

magnificent woodlands, Tanzania offers a variety of adventurous and challenging hiking

trails.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is Tanzania’s best-known mountain and the world’s tallest freestanding volcano.

For many, climbing Kilimanjaro is fulfilling a major life goal and thousands of people each

year make the pilgrimage to the top. This climb is not for the faint hearted but with right

physical and mental attitude this iconic peak can be conquered.

The mountain is vast so there are numerous routes to choose from, each going through

a variety of landscapes. Some are a lot more demanding than others and more suitable

for super fit and experienced hikers. Fitness levels aside, other factors to take into

consideration are acclimatisation profiles, accommodation preference and seasonal

restrictions. It is especially important to become familiar with the symptoms of altitude

sickness and definitely inform your guides immediately if you start to feel unwell.

Here are 2 of the most popular routes to the top:

Machume Route

Probably not for beginners, this route offers outstanding views of the Lava Tower and the

Barranco Wall. Parts of it are highly strenuous so this is it a tough hike with steep trails

for long distances. The route is best done in 7 days to account for acclimatisation. This

in fact increases the chances of successfully reaching the summit

Rongai Route

This trail has overall great success rates. The ascent is very steady and the route is far

less crowded that the main competitors due to it being more expensive. It is moderately

difficult and therefore more suitable for less experienced hikers. The Rongai route is

thought to be less scenic than some of the other main routes but it makes up for it by

allowing for encounters with wildlife (antelopes and elephants make regular appearances)

map from www.media.followalice.com

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Other points of interest

Beyond hiking Kilimanjaro, there are a variety of lesser-known trails worth pursuing.

Olmoti Crater Walk

Located near the Ngorongoro Nature Reserve, this hike is perfect for beginners who

want an easy, pleasant trail without missing out on gorgeous vistas of the surrounding

plains. The gentle ascent through lush greenery and rocky formations finally lead to

some spectacular views of the volcanic crater and the Munge Waterfall.

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Located in Southern Tanzania, this is another top destination for hikers who love trails

filled with wildlife and crystal clear plunge pools. Trails here range from short walks to

longer 2 to 3 night hikes offering the chance to encounter species endemic to this area.

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Mbeya City

Mbeya is a small city in Southwest Tanzania surrounded by a range of high

mountains. Virtually unknown before the 1930s, the city then became popular

due to the nearby gold deposits. It currently functions as a business hub for the

surrounding countries. Mbeya is the quintessential ‘off the beaten path’ destination in

Tanzania, surrounded by stunning natural wonders and beautiful scenery. You can fly into

Mbeya easily from Dar es Salaam or get there by bus if you don’t mind the long journey.

Though Mbeya’s centre is rather unassuming, the surrounding area has been called

‘the Scotland of Africa’, with heather and bracken cloaking the hillsides. The region is

mountainous, with Loleza mountain towering over behind the town. There are over 10

dormant volcanic craters located in and around Mount Rungue, the tallest mountain in

the area.

For outdoor enthusiast’s, Mbeya will not disappoint. There are numerous natural reserves

and national parks to visit and plenty of available tour operators that can arrange day

excursions and hiking trips. Witness the cosmic wonder of the Mbozi meteorite, one of

the largest to have been found on earth weighing 12 metric tons. Get lost in the scenic

fields of Kitulo national park and take in the view of the endless plains full of exquisite

flowers and wildlife. A visit to Mbeya wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Ngozi crater

lake, for a picnic looking over the captivating beauty of this ancient crater

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Tanzania

TESHA HOME

Guest House

Block T, Tanzania House 106, Mbeya City, Tanzania ♦ Tel +255 757 466 315 ♦ teshahome.com

Tesha Home provides traditional Home Stay accommodation located in the centre of

Mbeya, a city in Southwest Tanzania.

Guests at Tesha home become a part of our family for the duration of their stay. We love

to show them what true Tanzanian hospitality feels like. Our guests have the opportunity to

engage authentically in the daily activities alongside locals.

Enjoy gardening or strawberry picking, or even popping to the local market to buy fresh

produce and cook back at home. We love explaining our cultural values and we like to teach

Swahili as well as hear our guests’ own stories.

We offer 3 very comfortable rooms with a

uniquely traditional atmosphere. All rooms

have en-suite bathrooms with hot shower

facilities- perfect after a long day’s hike.

Breakfast in included in the price and the

House offers free WIFI connection.

Completely untouched by the madness

of modern tourism, Mbeya has a lot to

offer our guests. The surrounding area is

literally a hiker’s paradise. Go on day hikes

up mount Rungwe at an altitude of nearly

3000 meters. Get up close and personal

to the numerous volcanic craters or have

a picnic over looking the breath-taking

beauty that is the Ngozi Lake Crater. The

rural landscape is filled with incredible

nature and wildlife and thus has earned this

area the nickname “Scotland of Africa

We have our own local guide who enjoys

yoga and hiking. You can join one of his

yoga classes for free and heal your mind

and body.

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Tanzania

DODO GROUP

TANZANIA LTD.

Tailor Made Tour Company

P.O.BOX 6850 KILIMANJARO-TANZANIA ♦ Tel +255 754 537 513 ♦

Cell +255 (0) 674 517573 ♦ www.dodogrouptz.com ♦ e-mail: info@dodogrouptz.com

Facebook.com/dodogrouptz ♦ Twitter.com/dodogrouptz.com ♦ Skype.com/dodogrouptz

In addition to wildlife safaris and treks,

Dodo Group offers exclusive helicopter

tours to the summit and around Kilimanjaro

region. Don’t miss out on their selection

of handpicked beach holiday tours that

let you experience the best of the Indian

Ocean. Adventure enthusiasts can also opt

for bike tours across Tanzania and other

parts of Africa.

Tanzania, with its endless savannahs and mesmerizing national parks, is a mecca for

wildlife enthusiasts. Its exquisite wildlife, comprising the renowned “big five” game,

draws tourists from all across the globe. Its rich natural beauty is perfectly complemented by

the secluded beaches of Zanzibar. If you want to plunge into the depths of Tanzania’s vast

wilderness, make sure you book a tour with Dodo Group Tanzania Limited.

This tailor-made tour company is located in Moshi, home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mt.

Kilimanjaro. From jeep safari tours in Serengeti National Park to gorilla tours in Uganda - Dodo

Group offers a plethora of customized packages to choose from. Moreover, they organize treks

to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru as well as day trips to the major attractions of Tanzania. The

best part is that all these tours are tailored according to your preference and budget.

Whats sets this tour company apart is its

team of experienced travel consultants.

Apart from customizing the tour according

to your needs, they also ensure that you

make optimum use of your time there.

Dodo Group also has a power-packed

group of trained safari guides and climbing

specialists who speak multiple languages

including English, French, and German.

They work round-the-clock to ensure that

your tour is of impeccable quality.

The company provides high-end camping

equipment to ensure that your safety is

never compromised with. Wildlife safaris

are organized in luxurious SUV Land

Cruisers equipped with comfortable

seats, refrigerators, WiFi, GPS tracking,

and charging points for phones/cameras.

In addition to airport transfers, they have

a dedicated Airport Team to assist you as

soon as you arrive.

However, the most remarkable aspect of

Dodo Group is that they strive to protect

the environment and develop a sense

of community. Their team works hard to

ensure that the tours don’t have an adverse

effect on the natural surroundings. In

addition, part of their profits is donated

for the upliftment of orphans and disabled

children in Kilimanjaro Region. In an age

when tour companies are becoming

increasingly commercialized, Dodo Group

promises to breathe new life into the

tourism industry.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Image by: Finding Dan dan

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The Big 5

A

trip to South Africa wouldn’t

be complete without a

carefully planned expedition to

catch a glimpse of five of the most

majestic animals in the South African

jungle. Lions, Leopards, Rhinos,

African Elephants and Cape Buffalos,

nicknamed ‘The Big 5’, are known

for being extremely dangerous to

hunt on foot. National Geographic

has termed them the must-see list

of iconic ‘mega fauna’. The Big 5 live

amongst hundreds of other beautiful

species in national parks and the wild

terrains of Botswana, South Africa,

Kenya and Tanzania.

When to Go

Seeing any of the big 5 is an

unforgettable experience and safari

enthusiasts are known to get up at

the crack of dawn in order to increase

the chances of witnessing these

creatures in their natural habitat. It is

widely thought that the best time of

the year for spotting them is during

the dry season from July to October.

As rivers dry up, animals are forced

to group together to drink the

remaining water. Thinner flora and

folliage during dry season means the

animals are more exposed, less able

to hide therefore easier to spot in

some areas of South Africa.

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Popular Spots

There are numerous excellent areas for safaris all

around South Africa and researching thoroughly is

highly recommended. Not all 5 animals may make

an appearance and that shouldn’t detract from the

overall experience. However, there are some places

where, with the aid of a good guide and a little bit of

luck, you may be able to see all 5 of them.

South Africa

Kruger National Park

Kruger Park prides itself for all-year-round Big 5

sightings. It has great infrastructure and facilities

include wheelchair accessibility, WIFI spots and both

walking as well as driving safaris. There are plenty

of accommodation options to suit all budgets and

tastes as well as the choice of private reserves with

far less crowds, making the experience even more

unique.

Most companies organise 3-5 day tours, with

optional extra activities. Some organise longer,

7-day treks. It is not guaranteed that you will spot all

5 in one day or even throughout the duration of the

safari, but the breathtaking beauty of the wilderness

and the numerous other animals roaming free will

more than make up for it. Make sure to check the

weather for the particular area you are visiting as

weather can be quite unpredictable. It gets quite

cold during dry season so pack appropriately!

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The Stunning Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape offers some of the most spectacularly diverse landscape in all of Africa.

It includes stunning ancient forests, a seemingly endless, untouched coastline and

the untamed beauty of multiple nature reserves. The province also has the only ski and

snowboarding resort in South Africa, operating all-year-round, earning it the nickname of

‘National Treasure’

The enormous variety of things to see and do is sure to satisfy the needs of even the most

demanding traveller. Visitors come to Eastern Cape precisely because of the abundant

wildlife and biodiversity. The area is popular with outdoor enthusiasts, adventurous

travellers and those who like to immerse in deep cultural experiences.

Hiking Trails

Blessed with such gorgeous countryside, trekking and hiking are very popular choices

and trails range from easy to extreme. The Otter trail is quite possibly one of the most

famous in the world. The route follows the Eastern Cape coastline with magnificent views

over the Indian Ocean and it takes 5 days to complete. The Chokka trail takes visitors

through picturesque fishing villages, endless sand dunes and includes a visit to a penguin

rehabilitation centre.

National Parks

Coastline Magic

The Wild Coast is a long expanse of

beautiful coastline filled with rocky

headlands, massive cliffs and an indigenous

forest full of rare flora. It is also the official

home of the native Xhosa people. One

of the most fascinating sights in the area

can be found at Coffee Bay, a small beach

town on the wild coast. Apart from being

a surfing hotspot, this is where you can

start your hike to the ‘Hole in the Wall’. As

the name suggests, this is a natural arch

that has been carved by waves crushing

through the freestanding island.

If you are keen on safaris and close encounters with the Big 5, there are plenty of parks to

choose from. Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve is a Malaria-free zone and offers amazing

opportunities to spot fascinating wildlife including cape buffalos, lions and rhinos. Visitors

can explore the park in their own car or choose one of the experienced operators for a

guided tour. Mountain Zebra National Park offers visitors the chance to track the elusive

mountain cheetahs on foot, an unforgettable, adrenalin-pumping experience.

What ever your choice of activity when in Eastern Cape, there are many different

accommodation options available; from chalets, to mountain cottages or simple oldfashioned

camping facilities.

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South Africa

CASA MIA

HEALTH SPA AND

GUESTHOUSE

Guest House & Spa

R336 from Addo to Kirkwood ♦ Tel +27 (42) 2330075, ♦ www.casamiaspa.co.za

If you are looking for country

charm, natural areas and

a sense of tranquillity, a mere

45minutes drive from Port

Elizabeth, you will find Casa

Mia Health Spa & Guest House

nestled among citrus trees on

a working citrus farm. We are

just 15km from Addo Elephant

National Park on the R336 to

Kirkwood.

Casa Mia Health Spa & Guest

House is privately owned and

managed. Here guests will

find genuine hospitality. Enjoy

our trademark of personal

attention, friendly service and

consistency to deliver high

standards of service to ensure

total relaxation. We are wellknown

for our encouraging

respect for the environment

and nature. We offer 6

spacious, en-suite luxury guest

rooms all with double showers

and baths. Non- Smoking

Guest Rooms. All amenities in a

phyto-effective product range.

– Member of Health Spas Association.

– 4 Star Tourism Grading Guesthouse.

– Best Value Establishment 2018 Afristay

– Sanlam Top Destination Awards Nominee 2018

Travel & Hospitality Award Winner, Eastern Cape, 2019

Travelmyth Top 5, 2019 – Accommodation for

Honeymoon, Addo

– Superhost, Airbnb, 2019

Suzette Meyer

Spa Owner

Two of our luxury guest rooms are filled

with personal touches:

– King Size Bed with fine linen

– Private area with jacuzzi and sun loungers

– Nespresso coffee machine (Guest room 3)

– Lounge area with sleeper couch (Guest

room 3)

The Spa boasts 6 specialized treatment

rooms, a Couple’s room, Sauna, Tropical

shower room, Vichy shower, Pilates Studio,

Pool, Hydrotherapy Bath and 3 outdoor

Jacuzzi’s.

While each of our guest rooms are

individually styled and decorated, they

all have some features in common:

– Complimentary Wi-Fi

– Flat-screen TV

– Air-conditioned rooms

– Breakfast included

– Tea and Coffee Facilities

– Fridge

– Hairdryer

– Bathrobes and slippers

– Bottled Water

We offer self -drive Game drives, Bird

watching, Scenic walks, tours to Scotia

Safari and Elephant Back Safaris are nearby.

Transfers to and from Port Elizabeth airport

can be arranged.

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SEYCHELLES

Image by: Alin Meceanu

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Beach Lovers Paradise

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands located off the east coast of

Africa and surrounded by the Indian Ocean. 44 of theses islands are inhabited

and are collectively known as the ‘Inner Islands’. The picture-perfect landscapes radiate

impressive exotic vibes that make this place one the most photographed areas in the

world. The Seychelles is the perfect destination for tourists who love to unwind on white

sandy beaches or swim in the warm and tranquil emerald waters.

Mahe

Mahe is the nation’s cultural and financial hub and

all visitors’ first point of contact. Approximately

90% of the population lives here and is a place

that is ethnically diverse, and its people hail from

many different corners of the earth. With almost

40 beaches to choose from, there is something in

Mahe for everyone.

The northern part of the island

is also the busiest one. Beau

Vallon is Mahe’s most popular

beach. It offers calm waters for

swimming and is a hot spot for

snorkelling and diving owing

to the crystal clear water. Anse

Major is considered one of

the most beautiful secluded

beaches of the island. This is

not an easily accessible beach.

The fact that you can only get to

it either by boat or by following

a hiking trail means that this

part of the island is completely

unspoiled. Further down, Anse

Takamaka is the perfect place

to relax and unwind far from the

madding crowds of the north.

The majority of visitors stay in one of

the 3 most popular islands: Mahe,

Praslin and La Digue. These are

highly developed and home to

the nation’s best accommodation

facilities. Mahe Island is the

biggest one, measuring 28

kilometers in length, with 38

beaches. Praslin is a medium size

island with 22 beaches and La

Digue is famous for being one

of the most magnificent islands

in the whole of the Seychelles.

All three islands offer amazing

opportunities for boat tours of the

surrounding islands.

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Praslin

Praslin is a magical paradise that is home to UNESCO Heritage site Vallee de Mai. The

island is covered in a jungle with rare species of flora and fauna and it is home to 2

beaches that have consistently appeared on the Top 10 list of the world’s best beaches:

La Digue

This gem is famous for its breath-taking beaches. Anse Coco is reminiscent of the

scenery in the old classic Blue Lagoon. Perfect calm sea, clean sand and a backdrop

of lush greenery make for a very tranquil and otherworldly landscape. Anse Source

D’Argent offers yet another slice of paradise. Get lost in the majestic ocean in the

background of granite boulders and swaying palm trees.

Anse Lazio is the perfect Seychelles post-card beach. With a very long stretch of fine

white sand and deep turquoise water, this is what dreams are made of. It is exceptionally

well maintained and child friendly with a lifeguard on site.

You can enter Anse Georgette via the adjacent golf club. This is a more secluded

beach and therefore ideal for romantic getaways. Friendly vendors on the beach offer

coconut water and other refreshments.

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Sail Seychelles

The Seychelles islands are the glorious

paradise on everyone’s bucket list.

They are the epitome of the idyllic holiday:

turquoise seas, white sandy beaches and

luxury resorts surrounded by graceful palm

trees gently swaying to the cool breeze of the

Indian Ocean. It is a tropical oasis with great

weather all-year-round and has been a major

tourist destination since the 1970s.

The Seychelles archipelago is made up of 115

islands. It is hardly surprising then, that visitors

ache to discover their beauty and witness for

themselves some of the most photographed

scenery on Earth.

Numerous tour operators offer day boat trips

and excursions and the fleet and prices vary.

Snorkelling is a must as this particular spot of

the Indian Ocean offers a spectacular view of

some of the most rare species of aquatic life,

including the nearly extinct Hawksbill Turtle,

which comes to nest only in this area. From

Praslin island, you can follow the footsteps of

Robinson Cruise aboard a modern catamaran,

following a carefully designed multi-stop

route.

Kayaking allows visitors to explore the

majestic landscape and underwater life in a

more eco-friendly way, whilst also keeping

fit. Island tours can be combined with fishing

experiences. Seychelles is a rare fishing

destination so expect unusual catches of the

day!

One of the most popular activities particularly

favored by honeymooners is of course a sunset

cruise. Glide down the Indian Ocean as the

sun starts to set and make a toast while you

take in the unforgettable scenery: a perfect

end to a perfect day.

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MAURITIUS

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Top 3 Things to do

Located off the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius is an island paradise encircled by

the deep turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. With a tropical climate all year round

and no actual Monsoon season, Mauritius is the perfect hotspot for sun and sea lovers

alike.

1. Savour the Gorgeous Beaches

The island is famous for its spectacular beaches. Stunning blue water, long stretches

of white sand and fresh sea breeze make this a magnificent destination for a holiday.

There is no shortage of beaches to choose from and most are surrounded by coral

reefs that burst with aquatic life.

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2. Visit Blue Bay

Blue Bay is one of the

must-see places of the

island. It is located in the

south and though famous

with tourists it is still

relatively undeveloped

compared to the northern

part of the island. Blue

Bay’s fantastic underwater

life makes this a perfect

spot for snorkelling and

scuba diving.

3. Water Sports and Boat Tours

Catamaran tours are a great way to discover the nearby islands that make up the rest of

the country. Sail along the Indian Ocean, snorkel above the reefs and try the delicious

lunch and BBQs on offer aboard the boat.

Dolphin and whale spotting is another very popular choice. And weather permitting, you

can even jump in the warm sea for a swim alongside these majestic giants. For even

more adventurous types, the island offers plenty of water sports opportunities including

windsurfing and parasailing.

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