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There’s never been a better time to escape to Africa.

Sunday, 19 April 2015 Kenya

A safari in Africa is a perfect opportunity to get away from the stresses of daily life and enjoy a slower pace of life in one of the world’s most spectacular natural setting.  While every day on Safari in East Africa is a great escape, some of our favorite safari destinations are completely and truly off the grid.

Where to take your kids in Africa this year

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 Kenya

While a safari in Kenya or Tanzania is possible for children of any age, we have a few favorite experiences best suited for pre-teen and teenage children. And with more special offers and incentive pricing than we’ve ever seen before, this summer is the perfect time to bring your kids on safari in Africa.

#WhyILoveKenya

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 Kenya

Travel writers share why they love Kenya

For countless travelers around the world, Kenya occupies a special place in their heart. There’s something about the people, the expansive vistas and the magnificent wildlife that many people struggle to put into words.

We’ve asked some of our favorite travel writers to share their thoughts on why they love Kenya.

Best Hotels in Stone Town Zanzibar

on Thursday, 12 February 2015. Posted in Tanzania

At The SAFARI Company we love hotels. We get excited about hotels of all shapes and sizes, at a range of price points, in a variety of destinations. 

And you know what we get really excited about? Small, intimate hotels. Little gems with only a few rooms, with staff that make you feel like family and truly personalized service. 

While we recently named our favorite beach hotels in Zanzibar, it’s only natural for us to share our top picks for Stone Town Zanzibar as well. In Stone Town we have a range of small, boutique hotels to suit every budget and taste. Overall, hotels located right in Stone Town offer extraordinary value for money.

Stone Town Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage Center, is East Africa’s most well preserved example of a coastal Swahili trading town. Stone Town has retained its bustling urban atmosphere almost entirely over the years, bringing together the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India and Europe as it has for more than a millennium.

Our guests almost always spend a night or two exploring Zanzibar’s Stone Town before heading to one of the amazing beach resorts on the island. Sites like the Old Fort, Palace Museum, House of Wonders and Forodhani Gardens are all well worth exploring to best understand the historical and cultural significance of the island.

Here are our favorite Stone Town Zanzibar hotels. 

Jafferji House

The high-end, boutique hotel Jafferji House with antique furnishings perfectly typifies the Stone Town Zanzibar experience. We love the  Zanzibari furnishings, which perfectly set the atmosphere as if you’re stepping back in time.

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When traveling as a couple, consider splurging on the honeymoon suite. Rates for a standard double room start at only US $80 per person per night.

Emerson Spice Hotel

The Emerson Spice Hotel is another fantasitc 5-star Stone Town Zanzibar hotel experience. The managers here go out of their way to make you feel at home. Built in a historic 19th century Sultan’s palace, the Emerson Spice Hotel oozes romance luxury of bygone days.

We loved that every single one of the rooms has a verandah, which is so important in Stone Town, so you can catch an overhead view of the action of the city, enjoy views of the water, and enjoy a breeze as you relax outside your room.

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The food here is perhaps the star of the show. Enjoy a gourmet, 5-course meal outside on their rooftop patio while watching a beautiful sunset after a long day of sightseeing in Stone Town.

Rates at The Emerson Spice Hotel start at US $88 per person per night.

Mashariki Palace Hotel

With a more modern, simplistic design, the Mashariki Palace Hotel is another great option in Stone Town Zanzibar. This historic building was recently renovated, so you’ll find plenty of stylish accents and comfortable, open sitting areas throughout the property. 

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Every room at this boutique hotel has air conditioning, a small refrigerator and tea kettle. Be sure to request one of the sea-view rooms during your stay. Mashariki Palace Hotel also has a lovely rooftop dining area with sea views. Rates start at US $115 per person per night.

To get started planning your Zanzibar getaway, contact us now!

 

Best Beach Hotels in Zanzibar

Friday, 06 February 2015 Tanzania

Best Beach Hotels in Zanzibar

For travelers around the world, the word “Zanzibar” conjures up visions of pure white sandy beaches, flavorful Swahili food, intriguing history and pristine coral reefs.

Fostering An Elephant On #WorldElephantDay!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 Kenya

The SAFARI Company foster a baby elephant from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Fostering An Elephant On #WorldElephantDay!

A few weeks ago, in celebration of #WorldElephantDay, Hen and Anne visited The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to foster an orphaned baby elephant for The SAFARI Company! 

Getting To Know Us

Friday, 16 May 2014 Rwanda Ethiopia Namibia Mauritius Tanzania Uganda Kenya Sudan

Our staff's travel dreams.....

Getting To Know Us

Have you ever wondered what our travel highlights and dreams are? Read on for more - perhaps you could join us.......

Kenya and the British Royal Family

Friday, 11 April 2014 Kenya

So, what exactly is Kenya’s royal connection?

Kenya and the British Royal Family

Kenya has close ties with Britain, not least due to our colourful shared history. Some of the older generation, in particular, seems to have a soft spot for the royal family and the Commonwealth.
However, these feelings of endearment seem to have faded with time. It appears that today's generation is definitely not as enamoured with 'Queen and country'. There is, however, still some attachment, as entrepreneur Agwingi Argwings-Kodhek explains: "We have great affinity to the Queen. The institution represents order, grandeur, stability and tradition. It represents everything that was good about old Kenya."

International Day of Forests

Monday, 24 March 2014 Kenya

The beautiful and secret forests of Kenya!

International Day of Forests

Last week the world celebrated The UN's International Day of Forests. As the UN explains on their website, on this day countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organise activities involving forests and trees in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests throughout the world.

The Forgotten War

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 Tanzania Kenya

Remember the World as well as the War

The Forgotten War

With the centenary of the First World War approaching in a few months the British Council has released an interesting report "Remember the World as Well as The War", based on research carried out in Egypt, France, Germany, India, Turkey, Russia and the UK.

Whale Shark Season in Kenya is Back!

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 Kenya

Book your family holiday in Diani & enjoy amazing whale shark excursions.


News has come in from Diani that the first ‘Papa Shillingi’, as the whale sharks are known locally, translating as shark covered in shillings, was sighted off the Diani beach.

Ecotourism Kenya

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 Kenya

The SAFARI Company is now a member of Ecotourism Kenya.

Ecotourism
According to The International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is; “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people”.

 

 

 

Kirurumu Under Canvas

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 Tanzania

Over 20 years of hospitality experience working hand in hand with local communities

Rupert in the TSC Office


We would like to thank Rupert Finch Hatton enormously who visited us in the office to discuss the Kirurumu Under Canvas Portfolio.

Eclipses

Monday, 16 September 2013 Kenya

The Forthcoming Total Solar Eclipse

Eclipses

On the 3rd of November, Northern Kenya will fall directly in the path the next solar eclipse and we have put together a spectacular five day itinerary to experience this unique phenomenon form one of the world's most dramatic and wild landscapes.

Tribes of Kenya

Monday, 12 August 2013 Kenya

The Gabbra

Tribes of Kenya

Did you know that in Kenya there are some nomadic groups that wander across borders in search of pasture and water? And no, they are not the Maasai but the Cushitic people known as the Gabbra.

Exercise Galore!

Thursday, 16 May 2013 Tanzania Kenya

Fitness challenges and a safari at the same time.

Exercise Galore!

Did you know? ... that in we have four major fitness challenges that take place annually in Kenya & Tanzania?

Mount Kenya

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 Kenya

The Shining Mountain

Mount Kenya

First ascended in 1899 by Halford Mackinder, a geographer and director of the London School of Economics, Mount Kenya, or Kirinyaga, is Kenya's highest mountain and has three separate peaks – Batian, Nelion and Point Lenana – of which, at 5,199m (17,057ft), Batian is the highest. It is also the second-highest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya sits just south of the Equator, in central Kenya, around 150km north-east of Nairobi – and was the source for the Republic of Kenya's name.

Poaching versus Tourism

Friday, 15 March 2013 Rwanda Ethiopia Tanzania Uganda Kenya

Should tourists still visit Africa whilst poaching is this rife?

Poaching versus Tourism

 This guest blog is very kindly written by Jared Crawford. Jared worked in environmental education with WWF, CARE, CITES, IUCN and AWF (amongst others) for decades before joining the safari world and so he speaks from both sides of the fence.

With the dramatic and well publicized increase in poaching I'm often asked if it is a wise or politically correct time to visit Africa on safari. 

Ten things you probably didn't know you can do in Kenya

Friday, 22 February 2013 Kenya

Why stop at safaris when you can get married like a Maasai warrior, take part in a bone-rattling road rally and kiss a giraffe?

Ten things you probably didn't know you can do in Kenya

Beasts of the Serengeti, exchanging pleasantries with the Maasai, camping out in the bush amid the acacias and elephant dung.

When it comes to activities in Kenya you might think you’ve heard it all before

Unlikely.

Funky Shopping in Nairobi

Friday, 22 February 2013 Kenya

Do you want something different to take home with you after your safari?

Funky Shopping in Nairobi

So, the safari is over, you have checked the animals off the list and now you have a day in Nairobi to spend at your leisure. By this time you have bought all the typical souvenirs on your way around the country and now you’re looking for something unique even for Kenya! Here are some very different places and things to shop for…

Sporting Kenya

Monday, 11 February 2013 Kenya

Safaris for the adrenaline junkies out there......

Sporting Kenya

Kenya has a great variety of activities to occupy even the most ardent adrenaline-junkie, from white-water rafting to skydiving. What's your fix?

The Amazing Birds of Kenya

Sunday, 13 January 2013 Kenya

A safari doesn't have to be about the animals, there are some fabulous birds to spot too......

The Amazing Birds of Kenya

Kenya has an amazing array of avifauna with over 1,132 species recorded, including at least twenty species of eagle and twelve species of heron alone. Here are a few of the wonderful specimens you may encounter on a Kenyan safari.

Ride off the Christmas Excess......

Sunday, 13 January 2013 Kenya

Need to work off that Chrismas Pudding or New Year's Eve Indulgence? why not start training for the 2013 SAX 10to4 Mountain Bike Challenge?

Ride off the Christmas Excess......

The 10 to 4 is a downhill mountain bike challenge and fun ride that takes place annually on the slopes of Mt Kenya.
It raises funds for local communities and conservation efforts on Mount Kenya.
The SAX 10 to 4 Mountain Bike Challenge will take place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February 2013.

Christmas Traditions in Africa

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 Rwanda Ethiopia Tanzania Uganda Kenya

Some Christmas traditions from Africa that you may or may not know about.

Christmas Traditions in Africa

Traditionally Christmas is celebrated throughout the African continent by Christian communities large and small. There are approximately 350 million Christians in Africa. On Christmas day carols are sung from Ghana on down to South Africa. Meats are roasted, gifts are exchanged and family visits made.

Eastern Africa down to South Africa are celebrating their summer, so it is beautifully warm. The safari lodges and beach accommodation generally provides you with a traditionally international (British usually) Christmas, consisting of a roast turkey, Christmas decorations (generally tinsel and a Christmas tree), a gift, Christmas carols and Christmas drinks from Mulled / Gluhwein to Christmas cocktails.

Unless you're in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, there's little chance of anyone enjoying a white Christmas in Africa.

Undiscovered Kenyan Parks

Thursday, 13 December 2012 Kenya

Tired of the crowds and minivans in the more popular parks, here is our very own list of some of the great lesser known National Parks in Kenya, also well worth a visit.

Undiscovered Kenyan Parks

So you are planning your holiday to Kenya however as Kenya has such a large tourism industry many of its parks have become overpopulated – here is a list of parks & reserves that have been less focused upon and therefore less populated by tourists and somewhere that you can have an enjoyable, relaxing holiday.

Private Conservancies or National Parks?

Thursday, 13 December 2012 Tanzania Uganda Kenya

Which one of these would you opt for whilst travelling on safari? There are benefits to both - read on.....

Private Conservancies or National Parks?

Including private conservation areas on any safari itinerary provides visitors with a more balanced view of conservation and tourism while also allowing them to be more active and engage their environment on a personal level. We can all agree on the enduring value of traditional parks and reserves. They have secured Africa's largest and most critical ecosystems for more than half a century. However, even the largest cannot reach out to cover all migration routes and dispersal areas nor can they cover entire ecosystems.

Including private conservation areas on any safari itinerary provides visitors with a more balanced view of conservation and tourism  while also allowing them to be more active and engage their environment on a personal level.  We can all agree on the enduring value of traditional parks and reserves. They have secured Africa’s largest and most critical ecosystems for more than half a century.  However, even the largest cannot reach out to cover all migration routes and dispersal areas nor can they cover entire ecosystems.  

Funky different things to do on the Kenyan Coast

Monday, 26 November 2012 Kenya

Looking for something different to do at the coast?

Funky different things to do on the Kenyan Coast

So the holiday is booked and the bags are packed and you are looking forward to a lovely vacation on the Kenyan Coast with the sun, sand and sea for company. However as we all know there comes a time when sun bathing gets a little dull so here are some cool things to do and experience on your holiday...

Funky different things to do on the Kenyan Coast

A Gamewatcher’s Guide

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 Kenya

The Tallest, Largest, Fastest and Strongest

A Gamewatcher’s Guide

Have you ever wondered, whilst on safari or just at home, which animals fill these criteria - here is a brief glimpse at some record holders of the African bush.

Extinction for the King of the Jungle?

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 Kenya

“Kenya’s Lions could be extinct in the next two decades."

Lioness at sunset, taken during EGGS 2012 on LUMO Conservancy, Tsavo.  Hosted by Lions Bluff Lodge

A friend of Pippa's has just started working for the Kenya Wildlife Trust and one evening over a couple of drinks she was telling her about some of the facts and statistics about the Kenyan Lion population. Throughout the conversation Pippa became more and more astounded at what she was saying – the fact that our Rhinos and Elephants are being killed at an excessively high rate has always been publicized and well known. However the fact that we only have 2,000 Lions left in the country hit herlike a hard ball in the gut and she then asked her to write about it so that we could help, in some small way, to make people the world over more aware of this horrifying situation and hopefully help us all come together to try and rectify this tragic series of events.

Some Things to Do and See in Nairobi

Monday, 22 October 2012 Kenya

Ever wondered what to do before or after your safari?

Some Things to Do and See in Nairobi

Many safaris start and end in Nairobi and people are left wondering what to do?  There doesn't need to be a dull moment if that is the case, there are so many amazing things to do and see - our latest blog documents some of the options mostly in the Karen and Lang'ata areas.  So, read on.....

"A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” - Moslih Eddin Saadi