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Africa

2020


Alexander’s

Hotel

1216 Mary Knoll Ln, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel +255 754 343 834

https://www.alexanders-tz.com


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TEAM

CEO

Robert Bruce

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Katherine Lozell

ART DIRECTOR

Marcs Bacera

DIRECTOR OF SALES

Stanley Lucas

Contents

Serengeti, Tanzania

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Azim Aftab

SENIOR WRITERS

Tasmai Dave

Miltos Bakakis

SENIOR DESIGNERS

Hafiz Arslan

Ashwin Ramesh

BUSINESS

DEVELOPENT MANAGER

Peter Clement

AWARDS MANAGERS

Brian Anson

Adam Cole

Alice Smith

RESEARCHERS

Mukul Rehman

Asma Zulfqar

Criteria 6

South Africa 10

South Africa 12

Eastern Cape - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 20

Casa Mia Health Spa and Guesthouse 26

Mpumalanga - Home of the Kruger National Park 28

Tanzania 32

Tanzania - Iconic Africa 34

Dar es Salaam - Top 3 38

Alexander’s Hotel 40

Mbeya - Tanzania’s Hidden Gem 42

Tesha Home 44

Seychelles 46

Mahe - Waiting to be Explored 48

Chez Coco 52

Ghana 54

Ghana - The Super 6 56

Tamale - Capital of the North 60

Jeyads Lodge 62

Morocco 64

Fes - A Beautiful City 66

Agadir - A Lively Coastal Getaway 68


SERVICE

STYLE & DESIGN

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

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.

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 though its design and construction,

or offers a design that is sympathetic to the

natural surroundings of its location.

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.

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya


FACILITIES

MARKETING

DIVERSITY

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE

LOCATION

Award-winning guest rooms come in all

shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing

in common – a home-away-from-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.

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-todate

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.

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.

What better way is there to know about an

organization than by getting first hand reviews?

Customers are the best judges of any service

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.

It is of prime importance that an organization

has thorough industry knowledge. Without

knowing the nit-bits of the industry, 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 topperforming

organization.

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 location-based

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.


South Africa

Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa

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South Africa

South Africa, when it

comes to tourism is one

of the two African countries

that can truly compete on

a global level. The countries

infrastructure, climate, history,

natural beauty, language, size,

and accessibility means that

its fully equipped to welcome

travellers on a large scale.

There aren’t many places

that can offer adrenaline filled

adventure, big five safari, world

class wineries, exceptional

restaurants, pristine beaches,

lush forests, luxury resorts,

top-tier golf courses, skiresorts

and a unique heritage

dating back centuries. It is for

this reason that South Africa is

on the bucket list for so many,

simply put it’s a country that

has it all.

Let us introduce you to

South Africa by giving

you an overview of its

9 unique provinces.

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Eastern Cape

This province is known for its breath-taking

natural beauty. Here you’ll find rugged

mountains, pristine beaches, and lush green

forests. This picture-perfect province is

excellent for hiking, surfing, rock-climbing,

birdwatching, camping and even skiing. The

Eastern Cape is home to Tiffindell one of

only two ski resorts in all of South Africa.

It’s also the birthplace of many key figures in

South Africa’s recent history such as Nelson

Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Steve Biko.

Gauteng

The smallest of the new provinces but the most populous. This province

is famed for two cities, Pretoria, and Johannesburg. Both offer an

abundance of attractions and things to do. Our pick is the Voortrekker

Monument and Union Buildings in Pretoria. For Johannesburg we

recommend the Apartheid Museum and Cradle of Humankind.

Free State

This landlocked province is

known primarily as the farming

centre of South Africa. Don’t

let this put you off, the Free

State is home to the town of

Bloemfontein which has a

strong and fascinating history.

Free State is also home to

the impressive Golden Gate

National Park.

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KwaZulu-Natal

Known as the Zulu’s Kingdom,

it is here where many conflicts

took place between the Zulu,

British and Boers. As such

you’ll find many historical and

cultural attractions like the

blood river heritage site,

Colenso, Phansi Museum and

Empangeni Art and Cultural

History Museum. It is also here

that you’ll find the valley of a

thousand hills a region famed

for its ties with traditional Zulu

culture.

Mpumalanga

The big attraction in Mpumalanga is the

Kruger national park which it shares, with

neighbouring Limpopo province. The

Kruger National Park is one of the biggest

game reserves in Africa and has the

highest density of wild animals including

the big five: Lion, Leopards, Rhinos,

Elephants and Buffalos.

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Limpopo

Northern Cape

North West

Western Cape

Limpopo is the Northern most province and borders

Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Its famed for its

natural beauty, the Panorama route and is considered

a good starting point to explore other countries in

Southern Africa. Limpopo also has a smaller share of

the Kruger National Park and it remains one of the main

attractions in the province.

The largest and least populated province, the Northern

Cape is best known as the home of the famous red sand

desert, the “Kalahari”.

The Capital Kimberley is pleasant and full of interesting

attractions the most famous being the Big Hole, a handdug

excavation created when thousands of people

searched for diamonds at the end of the 19th Century.

In this province you’ll find two of the largest big five game

reserves the Madikwe and the Pilansberg National park.

However, the big attraction for a lot of visitors is Sun City,

South Africa’s answer to Las Vegas, with its casino, golf

course and theme park.

The Province is also home to Stelland, the “Texas of

South Africa” with some of the biggest cattle herds in

the world.

The beaming light of the country’s tourism scene, the

Western Cape province is by far the most visited and

exciting province. Here you’ll find the cosmopolitan

city of Cape Town, the rugged cable mountain, Robben

Island, and the Cape wine region, which ranks amongst

the finest wine producing areas in the world.

The Garden route, a 200 km stretch of coastline between

the Western and Eastern Cape makes for a superb selfdrive

experience with stunning vistas and panoramic

views offered along the way.

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Eastern Cape

Area of Outstanding

Natural Beauty

It is without a doubt that the

Eastern Cape is one of the

most beautiful and interesting

regions in all of Africa. The region

boasts a diverse landscape that

includes an 800km long pristine

coastline, distinctive mountain

peaks, a unique inland desert,

lush national parks, ancient

forests, and deep valleys.

We’ve put together a list of

our top 6 must visit natural

attractions of the Eastern Cape

province. The list wasn’t easy

to compile and there was so

much we missed out so we

have to give a special mention

to Coffee Bay, Tiffendel, Cintsa,

Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area

and the Karoo Heartland.

Mountain Zebra National Park

This park offers a chance to see

wildlife against the backdrop of

majestic mountain scenery and rugged

landscapes. The wildlife isn’t limited

to just Zebra, despite the name you’ll

find Cheetahs, Jackals, Lions, Cape

Buffalos and Springboks.

The best way to experience the park

and marvel at the scenery is on a guided

tour. Should you want to experience the

park at night, there are camp sites and

delightful cottages scattered around.

Addo Elephant National Park

This is the third largest park in South Africa and is located only a short

distance from Port Elizabeth. Because of its size you can expect a wide

array of landscapes, animals, fauna, and flora. The big attraction is of course

the elephants, the park is home to the biggest African elephant population

on earth.

The magnificent Zuurgberg mountains and glorious coastal sandy dunes are

perfect for a pleasant day hike.

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The Valley of Desolation

Located deep within the Cambedoo National Park

the valley of desolation is one of the most remarkable

natural features of the Eastern Cape. The trip to the

peak welcomes you with striking panoramic viewpoints

of the dolomite rock pillars, flat Karoo plains, distinctive

peaks of the Sneeuberg mountains, and the surrounding

countryside.

Best time to visit for a photo would be at sunset and

sunrise when the valley shines with a unique golden hue.

The Port Elizabeth Beaches

Port Elizabeth is the largest city and the

gateway to the rest of the region. However,

the town is not one to be overlooked on

the tourist scene and lies at the Eastern

end of the famous Garden route.

The magnificent beaches of Port Elizabeth

are clean, safe, and vibrant. Perfect for

watersports, surfing, fishing, and boat

trips to go whale watching.

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The Wild Coast

Much further along from Port Elizabeth’s beaches lies the

wild coast. This stretch of coast line consists of several

spectacular sights such as waterfalls, craggy sea cliffs,

subtropical forests, gorges, mangrove swamps, crashing

waves and diverse marine life. You can get around the

coast in a vehicle but a totally unique way to experience

the coast is via one of its many hiking trails that connects

village to village.

The Wild coast is also the ancestral home of the Xhosa

people so there are some cultural and educational

experiences to be had along the way.

Hogsback

Hogsback is an idyllic village nestled away

high up in the Amathole mountains. The village

overlooks three scenic peaks, picture perfect

forests, elegant gardens and boasts several

charming cottages to stay in.

There are quite a few hiking trails and paths

leading into the surrounding forests that lead

you to sparking waterfalls and panoramic

viewpoints.

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R336, Addo, Eastern Cape,

6105 South Africa

Casa Mia Health Spa

and Guesthouse

Eastern Cape - South Africa | Guest House

Tel +27 (0)42 233 0075

The Casa Mia Health Spa and Guest House is a beautiful Mexican-style

wellness retreat nestled in heart of South Africa’s stunning Eastern Cape.

Privately owned and managed, Casa Mia is famed for its Health Spa. The property

boasts six specialised treatment rooms, tropical shower room, multipurpose

studio, hydrotherapy bath and not one but 3 outdoor Jacuzzis. Beauty

treatments, massages, body wraps, skin treatments and Pilates are available, all

delivered by therapists dedicated to their craft. The signature Kalahari Botanical

Clay Body Mask is not one to be missed.

casamiaspa@algoanet.com

http://www.casamiaspa.co.za/

After rejuvenating at the spa why not

take in the natural beauty of the area.

Scenic walks, safari’s, canoeing and

game drives can be arranged as well

as trips to nearby adventure parks, golf

courses and the city of Port Elizabeth. If

you’d rather stay in worry not, the garden

is serene and beautiful the perfect place

to relax and the nearby orchard’s make

for a nice sport of fruit picking.

Guest rooms are luxurious, spacious and

colourfully decorated. Amenities include

tea and coffee, flat screen TV, minfridge,

bathrobes, complimentary wi-fi,

in room dining and bottled water. Those

looking for a more enhanced experience

can choose the superior rooms which

come the added benefit of a Nespresso

machine, private area with Jacuzzi and

a lounge with sleeper couch. A selfcatering

cottage located a few hundred

yards from the main property is offered,

ideal for that extra bit of privacy.

All in all, you’d be hard pressed to find

a better rural Wellness Retreat in South

Africa!!

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Mpumalanga

Home of the Kruger

National Park

The Kruger National Park is one of the

most famous and visited attractions

in South Africa.Travellers from all over

the world make the journey to the park to

enjoy its stunning natural scenery, catch

a glimpse of the big five and even hike its

vast plains.

The park stretches across two regions of

South Africa: Limpopo, and Mpumalanga.

Most of the park is in Mpumalanga, it

is where most visitors enter, home to

the best lodges and it offers the easiest

access into and around the park. Because

of this the park is generally viewed as the

major attraction of Mpumalanga.

The only way into the park is via road,

either a self-drive rental or personal driver,

through one of nine gated entrances.

Most international visitors fly into Kruger

Mpumalanga International Airport before

heading out on the road. However, there

are no direct international flights to this

airport all journeys from another country

require a change in Johannesburg,

Durban, or Cape Town

The recommended way to get

around the park is by car, most

common and easiest is a 4x4

however you may get away in a

normal modern car. The roads

inside the park are of a high

quality and are extremely safe

by South African standards. It

is possible to get around the

park on foot, but this should

only be undertaken through

a professionally organised

guided walk.

Before you visit its important

you learn the rules of the park.

For most visitors, the park is a

completely new experience so

it is worth remembering that

you must never leave your

car unless it’s a designated

viewpoint. You are not allowed

to drive when its dark and

always stick the speed limit.

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The main reason people

visit the national park is to

see the wildlife. There are

hundreds of species living

in the park including the big

five. Of the big five elephants

and buffalos are the most

common, rhinos and lions

are a little scarcer, the rarest

of all is the leopard. There

are also over 500 species

of birds in the park and over

100 reptiles.

Many visitors are surprised to learn that there

are cultural attractions located within the park.

The most common are the bushman rock

paintings which are scattered throughout the

park. The Masorini ruins offer a unique insight

into the history of the area especially around

the Iron age.

Additionally, the park boasts

stunning natural sites such

as Lake Panic, the Sabie

river, Crocodile River and

Khandzalive hilltop. The flora

of the area is brilliant, the park

has over 300 different types

of trees on site including

the southernmost naturally

occurring baobab tree in

Africa.

There are several on-site and offsite accommodation options open

to visitors. These range from camp sites for basic tents to bigger

glamorous luxury lodges. A lot of the camps have on site shops,

restaurants and some even have a golf course, swimming pool and

library. Within the park we recommend the Lukimbi Safari lodge and

Jock Safari Lodge, outside the park you can’t go wrong with the

Pestana Kruger Lodge.

Another option is to stay in the nearby towns of Nelspruit, Hazyview

and Malelane. All of which offer good quality accommodation and are

within easy reach of the park.

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Uhuru Peak, Tanzania

Tanzania

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Tanzania

Iconic Africa

Tanzania is famed as

the home of the great

African Safari where you are

guaranteed to see all sorts of

wildlife in their natural habitats

and against the backdrop

of beautiful open vistas. A

safari in Tanzania offers an

ample opportunity to see

and photograph the famed

big five animals and this is a

memorable experience that

for many is the sole reason of

their visit.

However, don’t be fooled into

thinking this the only attraction

Tanzania has to offer. Tanzania

is also home to vibrant cities,

beautiful beaches, majestic

mountain ranges, an exciting

culinary scene, an exceptional

wellness culture and the

unique shopping spectacle. All

of which are not to be missed

on a visit to the country.

Getting in and Getting Around

Tanzania is home to two international airports

one located in the capital Dar es Salaam called

Julius Nyerere International airport and the

other Kilimanjaro International airport. Both are

well served by European, Middle Eastern and

African airlines. If you’re coming in from Zambia,

then you can get a train from New Kapiri Mposhi

town to Dar es Salaam.

Driving in or getting a bus makes for a great

scenic route no matter where you depart from.

Tanzania is surrounded by Burundi, Rwanda,

Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, and

Zambia. Although Tanzania does border the

Democratic Republic of Congo, there is no

direct way in so the best option would be to fly

in or drive through Burundi or Rwanda.

The best way to travel around Tanzania is by

using the buses, hiring a private driver or selfdriving.

If you choose to self-drive then be

prepared for poorly maintained and littered

roads.

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Things to do and See

As mentioned, a wildlife Safari is the most popular thing to do in

Tanzania and if this is the main purpose of your visit then you’re in

for some world class reserves such as the Serengeti National Park,

Arusha National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Dar Es Salaam is one Africa’s buzzing capitals

and is worth a stay for a night or two. Be sure to

check out the national museum, the beaches,

night life scene and great restaurants. For a

spot of shopping nothing beats the Kariakoo

Market district, the perfect place to pick up a

Kanga. Or if you’re looking for a souvenir then

the Mwenge carvers’ market is the ideal spot

for handicrafts.

Kilimanjaro is probably Tanzania’s second

biggest attraction. It’s the highest mountain in

Africa and every year hundred of climbers visit

to summit this astounding mountain.

Dining

Tanzania has a diverse culinary scene. Along

with traditional Tanzanian food you’ll have no

trouble finding Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian,

Chinese and Ethiopian cuisine, especially in the

big cities.

As far as local cuisine goes the most common

food is Ugali, a tasty polenta-style dish made

with corn flour. To wash it down we recommend

a Chai Maziwa, a sweet tea, and for dessert

Mandazi, a sweet doughnut like fried bread.

Accommodation

World class accommodation can be found all over Tanzania, the

Serengeti is home to a stunning Melia brand lodge and the Tulia

Zanzibar is a unique beach hotel. In Dar Es Salaam we recommend

Alexanders hotel, a Travel and hospitality award winner. If you’re in

Mbeya city, a hidden gem of Tanzania, then Tesha’s home, a boutique

guest house is a great place to stay.

If you’d like a bit of sun, sea, and relaxation then you’re in luck. The

Tanzanian island of Zanzibar is a beach lovers’ dream. Here you’ll

find white sand beaches, world class hotels, great food, interesting

history, and beautiful coconut palms.

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Dar es Salaam

Top 3

Dar es Salaam is a vibrant African

capital, full of colour and a sense of

excitement. It’s the home of the country’s

main international airport so for most

the city is a short stop one the way to a

beach vacation in Zanzibar or a wildlife

safari. Many visitors to the country will

never get to explore or really experience

Dar es Salaam, however those that do are

in for a treat. We’ve picked out our top 3

attractions for those who decide to spend

a night or two in this wonderful city.

The National Museum and

House of Culture

The ideal place to learn about Tanzania’s

colourful past, the national museum and

house of culture originally opened as a

memorial to King George the fifth. Today

the museum is full of many interesting

and important displays such as fossils

dating back to the earliest human

ancestors, exhibitions on Tanzania’s tribal

heritage and a deep dive into the impact

of the slave trade and colonialism on

the country.

Azania Front Lutheran Church

This church was built in 1898 by

German missionaries and stands

as one of the iconic landmarks of

the city. The red-tile belfry glistens

in the sun and the surrounding

gardens are a great place to relax.

Today the church is a cathedral for

the diocese.

Mbudya Island

Located just a 15-minute

boat ride away in the Dar

es Salaam marine reserve,

Mbudya island is a great

getaway from the hustle

and bustle of Dar es Salaam.

You can expect white sandy

beaches, turquoise waters,

local seafood and huts

available to rent.

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1216 Mary Knoll Ln,

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel +255 754 343 834

https://www.alexanders-tz.com

Alexander’s Hotel

Tanzania | Unique Hotel

An Exclusive Family Owned Boutique Hotel in the stunning city of Dar Es

Salaam.

A totally unique hidden gem, Alexander’s hotel is one unlike any other in Dar Es

Salaam. Its family owned and operated, has an amazing outdoor pool, home to

one of the best wine cellars in the city and an amazing rooftop restaurant.

The rooms are designed to be spacious, elegant, and welcoming. Rooms

available overlook either a lush garden or the hotel pool. In the rooms you can

expect the all the usual amenities such as free wi-fi, air conditioning, mini bar

and flat screen TV alongside few traditional decorative antiques that only serve

to enhance your stay.

The main benefit of staying at Alexander’s

hotel is the convenient access to the world

class on-site restaurant aptly named

Alexander’s restaurant. Here you can dine

on the terrace in a contemporary and

comfortable setting. The delicious food

is served all day offering a wide selection

of dishes that comprise of only the best

and fresh local ingredients and produce.

The seafood in particular deserves to be

singled out for praise.

There is nothing better to with a meal than

a fine wine and at Alexander’s restaurant

you are spoiled for choice. The property

houses one of the finest wine selections

in Tanzania and you’ll be sure to find

something to suit your tastebuds. Whisky

drinkers, fear not, the owner’s Scottish

roots and love of whisky means you won’t

be disappointed should this be your drink

of choice.

On your next visit or business trip to Dar

Es Salaam be sure check in Alexander’s

hotel for a warm welcome, great service,

and good food!

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Mbeya

Tanzania’s Hidden Gem

Mbeya is often overlooked as a

tourist destination. For the most

part the city is a stop gap for travellers

going to Malawi or Zambia. If you scratch

beneath surface however and you’ll find an

authentic Tanzanian city full of welcoming

locals, good food, quaint guest houses

and beautiful surrounding countryside.

Getting into Mbeya is easy enough there

are several buses a day coming in from

Dar es Salaam and Iringa as well as a daily

flight from Dar es Salaam. Getting the

train in is another less common way to

reach the city, Mbeya is stop on the Dar es

Salaam and New Kapiri Mposhi (Zambia)

line that runs twice a week.

Mbeya’s unique location means its

surrounded by some stunning natural

scenery. The Loleza peak makes for a nice

photograph and a day hike. There is Mbeya

peak nearby which can also be hiked in a

day.

The Kitolu National Park is an excellent nearby

attraction. This is the very first national park in Africa

to be established to primarily protect its flora. The

Livingstone forest, located inside the park, is home

to some truly outstanding unique wildlife such as

the endangered Kipunji, that was only discovered in

2005, and Rungwe Dwarf galago.

For food there are plenty of choices you can find Tanzanian,

Indian, American and Mexican restaurants.

For accommodation we recommend two-time travel and

hospitality awards winner Tesha’s home. A great family run

guest house that will be your home away from home.

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Block T, Tanzania House 106,

Mbeya City, Tanzania

Tel +255 757 466 315

info@teshahome.com

Tesha Home

Tanzania | Guest House

Tesha Home provides traditional Home Stay accommodation located in the

centre of the vibrant Tanzanian city of Mbeya.

As a guest at Tesha’s home you’ll feel like a part of our family for the duration of

your stay. The staff at Tesha’s home are the perfect example of warm Tanzanian

hospitality. Guests have the unique opportunity to engage authentically in the

daily activities alongside locals.

Guest are encouraged to do a bit of gardening or strawberry picking, or even

popping to the local market to buy fresh produce and cook back at home.

Through cooking guests can expect to gain an understanding of local cultural

values, a bit of Swahili and tell their own stories.

On offer a 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

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Baie Lazare, Seychellen

Seychelles

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Mahe

Waiting to be Explored

When you think of some of the

wonderful places in Africa you

often think of Cape Town, the Serengeti,

Zanzibar, Cairo and even Marrakech. But

one place that’s making a name for itself

on the tourism scene is Mahe the main

Island of the Seychelles.

Of course, the Seychelles is a unique

touristic destination in its own right, the

country is famous for its extravagant

luxury resorts and private islands. But

many visitors are pleasantly surprised by

Mahe. The island is small but packs a big

punch, Mahe boasts has a long and varied

history, a fantastic foodie scene, some

unique architecture, and superb beaches.

Getting in Getting Around

Mahe is only accessible by plane unless you own

a private yacht. The Seychelles International

airport is well serviced with regular flights from

Europe, the Middle East, mainland Africa and

parts of Asia.

Getting around is fairly simply, the bus service

is cheap and accessible. If you are in the capital,

Victoria, then cycling is a good alternative. Taxis

are common although if you plan on exploring

the whole of Mahe, as most tourists do, then we

recommend a private guide or a self-driving.

Things to See and Do

Given its location in Indian Ocean, history, ideal climate, and biodiverse

landscape, there are plenty of things to see and do in Mahe.

It goes with out saying Diving is a major draw of visiting Mahe. The

crystal clear and calm waters combined with colourful and extensive

marine life means even a beginner can enjoy scuba diving off the

coast of Mahe with ease. We recommend going our with Big Blue

Divers, a 5 star rated PADI dive centre.

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Another great activity to do

in Seychelles is hike. The

unique landscape of Mahe

offers visitors a chance to

hike to areas of untouched

natural beauty. The highest

peak, Morne Seychellois, can

be hiked in a day and at the

summit you can expected

wonderful unparalleled

panoramas.

Mahe is home to one of the

smallest capitals in the world,

Victoria. Despite this the

city has a lot to offer such

as bustling markets, the Arul

Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar

Temple, the Immaculate

Conception Cathedral,

Botanical Gardens, the

Seychelles Natural History

Museum and even its own

replica of Big Ben aptly

named “Little Ben”

A tour of the Takamaka Rum distillery is

not to be missed. A tour of the distillery

is normally followed up by a tasting of

the products. Takamaka rum is the most

popular in the Seychelles so you should

have no trouble getting a hold of a bottle as

a souvenir. If rum isn’t your thing then you

may be interested in visiting a tea factory,

here you’ll discover how tea is made and

enjoy a few cups while overlooking the

stunning western slopes of Mahe.

Dining

In Mahe the Creole cuisine is fresh,

tasty and unlike anything you’ve

ever tried before. There are several

great restaurants where you

can tuck in, the Marie Antoinette

restaurant is extremely popular,

or you can try one of many food

stalls in the capital Victoria.

If you’re not a fan of Creole cuisine

then worry not as the island has

several restaurants that specialise

in all sorts of food such as Indian,

Italian, Spanish and American.

Accommodation

There are a few luxury resorts

on Mahe like on the other

Islands of the Seychelles

such as the Four Seasons

and Savoy. For a more local

experience you can find several

small boutique guesthouses.

Our recommendation is the

Chez Coco Self Catering

Accommodation, conveniently

located a couple of minutes

from the beach and right next

to the Takamaka Rum Distillery.

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E Coast Rd, Seychelles Tel +248 2 788 188 chezcocoseychelles@hotmail.com

Chez Coco

Seychelles | Apartments

Many of us dream of a beach front, paradise-like Seychelles getaway, for

guests of Chez Coco however this dream is a reality. For those planning

a visit, keep in mind Chez Coco offers an alternative from the common fivestar

Seychelles holiday. You can expect a more traditional self-catered island

experience.

Chez Coco is home to two lovely rustic style apartments, perfect for couples and

families alike. With bigger groups having the option of booking both, depending

on availability of course. Features on offer include air conditioning, spacious

bathrooms, flat screen TV, free wi-fi, private terrace, BBQ facilities and a wellequipped

kitchen.

Rum lovers are in for a treat with the

Takamaka Rum Distillery located right

next door and provides an excellent

opportunity to understand the craft

of rum making. Further afield from the

property, only ten minutes away, is

the world-famous Jardin Du Roi Spice

Garden. A historic hilltop spice plantation,

with a small furnished museum and

on-site restaurant. Perfect for a day of

exploring and taking in the beauty of the

area.

Chez Coco provides a great base to

explore Mahe Island, owners are more

than happy to arrange trips to nearby

walking trails, to go scuba diving, a spot

fishing or tee up at a golf course.

All in all, for a different kind of trip to the

Seychelles look no further than Chez

Coco. You won’t be disappointed!!

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Zuarungu, Ghana

Ghana

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Ghana

The Super 6

Ghana is one of the stars of Africa.

The country has a long history, a

strong connection with its heritage, a

joyful population, a long standing stable

democracy, a healthy economy and given

its location its considered an important

strategic point in connecting with the rest

of the continent.

If you are a first-time visitor Africa,

we’d recommend Ghana as the perfect

introduction. We’ve put together a list of

six places to visit. Ghana is a relatively

small country so getting around to the

different locations shouldn’t take too long

especially if you have a guide.

Accra

Accra is usually the first stop for any visitor to Ghana as

its home to the only international airport in the country,

Kotoka International airport. The city is full of character,

friendly locals, and some fantastic beaches, which for

most tourists is the main reason to visit. You can find

world class hotels, the national museum, historical sites,

incredible food and weirdly enough several coffin shops.

After all the city is the birthplace of the interned famed

dancing pallbearers.

Kumasi

Once the former capital and the seat of power of the might

Ashanti kingdom. Today Kumasi is Ghana’s second biggest

city and is the best place to shop for souvenirs. The cities

markets are filled with passionate traders selling Ashanti

artifacts, gold ornaments and jewellery. The Manhiya

Palace museum is a good place to visit if you’d like to find

out more about the history of the Ashanti Kingdom.

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Nzulezo Village

A unique place in Ghana, the name translates to “surface

of water” and this is what you’ll get a village built on the

water using stilts. The village can only be reached by

canoe or motorboat and makes for an excellent day trip

from Ghana. A great place to just laze around, take in the

sea views and spot wildlife.

Busua Beach

A beautiful beach that is popular among locals and

tourists. It’s the ideal place experience a bit of Ghanaian

culture and relax. At the beach you’ll find Ghanaian

musicians, locally prepared seafood, a relaxed vibe, and

souvenir stands. There are many luxury resorts located

nearby so you’ll never be out of options if you decide to

spend a few days here.

Cape Coast

Cape Coast is the former European colonial capital and

historically significant city. The city was once the largest

slave trading centre in Africa where slaves would be held

before being transported. Today Cape Coast is a small

fishing town, but remnants of its dark past remain. One

such place is Cape Coast castle, a 17th century castle that

has now been converted to a museum.

Kakum National Park

The Kakum National park is one of Ghana’s biggest

attractions. Visitors can expect to see African elephants,

buffaloes, meerkats, civets and several hundred bird

species. Within the park you’ll find a canopy walk set 30

metres above ground level and 400 metres in length but

for a deeper exploration of the park we recommend hiring

a ranger or guide.

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Tamale

Capital of the North

Tamale, the capital of the Northern

region of Ghana has benefitted greatly

in the surge of tourists to the country. Most

visitors head to Accra but are pleasantly

surprised when a visit to Tamale reveals a

culturally proud and soulful city home to

friendly locals and intriguing architecture.

Tamale Airport has up to 8 flights a day

from Accra and can be reached via the

road through a private driver or bus.

When you first arrive in Tamale the thing

that hits out at you straight away is the

unique architecture. In Tamale there is a

blend of the old with the new, traditional

mud houses near modern high rises.

The mosques in the area are unique, the

central mosques bright green dome is

famous and nearby Larabanga mosque,

built in the 13 th Century.

The Northern region of Ghana is

the most fertile and known as

Ghana’s breadbasket. So it’ll come

as no surprise the culinary scene

in Tamala is considered one of the

best in West Africa. Popular dishes

are Waakye, made from rice and

beans, and Chinchinga, tasty kebab

meat. Fresh locally grown yams are

a favourite of the city and Kosu, a

local snack made from deep fried

flour, will leave you wanting more.

For souvenir shopping we

recommend the national cultural

centre filled with a number of local

craft stores selling handmade

jewellery, crafts, instruments and

food.

Accommodation wise you can’t go

too far wrong with Jeyads Lodge,

a travel and hospitality award

winner profiled on the following

page.

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200 metres from the Vittin Police Barrier, behind Naagamni

(Legacy Service Station), Yendi, Salaga Rd, Tamale, Ghana

Tel +233 55 255 9442

info@jeyadslodge.com

Jeyads Lodge

Ghana | Lodge

For good quality accommodation in Ghana’s northern capital, Tamale, looking

no further than the impressive Jeyads Lodge. The property located on

the outskirts of the city is uniquely set up a serene getaway from the hustle of

Tamale where the only assurances are a relaxing and luxurious experience.

Rooms on offer are a standard, deluxe and executive. All rooms are spacious,

well designed and come with superb air conditioning, water heaters, fantastic

cable TV’s, personal fridge, free Wi-Fi, and luxurious queen-sized beds for an

unforgettable night’s sleep. The perfect complement to that sleep is a delicious

continental breakfast carefully prepared and available each morning.

Should you decide to stay in the hotel

will keep you more than entertained,

on site there is a fully equipped health

centre. Or if you prefer some good

food then the onsite restaurant will not

disappoint, here you can enjoy fresh

local and international dishes along with

a drink. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic

beverages are available.

Other services include laundry, tours,

a shuttle service, conference rooms,

business centre, car park and 24-hour

room service.

The crown jewel of Jeyads lodge is

undoubtedly the customer service. Staff

are highly trained, friendly, attentive, and

dedicated. Famous Northern Ghanaian

hospitality is guaranteed!!

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Telouet, Morocco

Morocco

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Fes

A Beautiful City

The medieval capital of Morocco and its

cultural epicentre, Fes is a city not to be

missed although it does often play second

fiddle to its much larger counterpart

Marrakech when it comes to tourists. In

Fes you can expect a vibrant atmosphere

and a colourful city complete with one

of the world’s oldest and largest Medina

(ancient walled city), which incidentally is

the world’s largest urban car free zone.

Fes is easily accessible by plane;

numerous airlines offer a service to Fes

Sais International Airport which is located

about 15km from the city. Trains and

buses also offer an inexpensive way to

reach Fes from other cities in Morocco

such as Marrakech, Tangier, Rabat and

Casablanca. Within the Medina you will

have no problem getting around on foot

but when you’re outside the city walls a

taxi or private guide is the best way to get

around.

In terms of historical sites and attraction, Fes is

jam packed. Bou Inania Madersa is a breath-taking

14th century religious school is well worth a visit.

The architecture, layout and history of the school is

beautiful, and you can easily spend half a day here.

Within the Medina the past is alive, and you’ll get a real sense of

what it was like in ancient times. You’ll find heaps of souvenirs,

carpets, leather goods, perfumes, handicrafts, and jewellery

that can all be haggled for with the thrilled traders.

The Merenid tombs, a set of

ruined monumental tombs

sitting on a hillside and

provide excellent panoramic

views of the old city.

If you want a break for the

hustle and bustle of the city,

then be sure to step in the

Jnan Sbil Gardens, a peaceful

retreat that comes complete

with water features, birds,

bright flowers and palm-tree

lined walkways.

The best way to end the

day is to watch a sunset

from one of the lovely

rooftop café’s and bars.

Moroccan architecture with

its flat rooftops makes for a

gorgeous viewing at sun set.

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Agadir

A Lively Coastal

Getaway

Agadir is Morocco’s premier seaside

getaway. It’s a charming modern

city that offers beautiful clean beaches,

an exciting promenade, excellent natural

scenery, five-star hotels, brilliant seafood,

and friendly locals.

Agadir has an international airport that

has direct scheduled flights from several

major European cities. There is no train

service to the city so if you’re coming in

from another part of Morocco a bus or

short flight is your best bet.

For a spot of history check out

Agadir Oufella, the ruins of

Agadir’s citadel dating back to

the 16th century. Located on a

hill, the journey to Oufella is mildly

challenging but once at the top

you’ll be treated to breath-taking

views of the surrounding bay.

Like any good Arabic city Agadir

has its own souk known as El

Had and it’s one of the biggest

in Morocco. Covering over 13

hectares the souk is built like a

fortress and attracts thousands

of visitors a day. The souk caters

to tourists and locals, so you’ll

almost certainly find anything you

are looking for.

So should you ever want to get

away from Morocco’s bustling

cities then Agadir is the place for

you!!

As you’d expect with a seaside resort

city the beach is the biggest attraction. It

stretches for miles and is the perfect way

to cool off in the hot Moroccan summer.

The beach is a great place to enjoy some

watersports, the surf scene in Agadir

is world renowned so should you ever

decide to take up surfing then this is the

place to do it.

Running parallel to the beach is Corniche

La Cote, Agadir Promenade, a lively and

atmospheric stretch of pavement perfect

for taking a leisurely stroll. The promenade

is lined with hotels, spa’s, nightclubs,

restaurant, food venders, tour companies

and surf schools.

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Casa Mia Health

Spa and Guesthouse

R336, Addo, Eaastern Cape, 6105 South Africa

Tel +27 (0)42 233 0075

casamiaspa@algoanet.com

http://www.casamiaspa.co.za/


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