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Located on the northern edge of Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania, Constance Aiyana is the newest addition to the Constance family. Designed with simple luxury in mind, the hotel opens out onto the beach and ocean beyond.
Often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and around 300,000 zebra is a natural phenomenon like no other. Following the rains, the wildebeest and zebra travel in search of lush grass and grazing lands whilst moving in a clockwise rotation up through the Serengeti. They will spend a couple of months in the Masai Mara before heading back to Tanzania in time for calving season – all whilst trying to evade the many predators en route.
During a recent stay at Selous Impala Camp in the Selous Game Reserve, Matt was lucky enough to spend some time with one of the region’s finest guides – Gerard Mwakila. They took some time to discuss the area’s uniqueness and the importance that tourism plays in protecting the wildlife. Here’s what Gerard had to say…
Whilst Tanzania's blockbuster sights attract the lion's share of its safari visitors, it is still possible to find your very own corner of this incredibly vast and varied country. Venture away from snow capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sweeping plains of the Serengeti and the palm fringed coastline of Zanzibar, and you will discover a Tanzania much less travelled. We've handpicked our favourite spots which take you unequivocally off the beaten track in Tanzania.
Deciding whether to go on safari in the north or south of Tanzania very much depends on what you’re looking to get out of your trip – the two areas offer vastly different experiences but both have so much to offer. We've broken down what to expect where on a safari holiday in Tanzania.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
Best for: Beach, Diving, Family
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel is a simple but immensely charming shabby-chic beach hotel set on a gloriously pristine beach on Zanzibar’s northern tip. With incredible diving available and a super-relaxed ambience, Ras Nungwi is an absolute steal.
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Ras Nungwi is currently closed due to a fire in February 2017. The hotel is going to be rebuilt, but in the meantime please speak to our Africa specialists for alternative properties in Zanzibar.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel sits at one end of a glorious stretch of pristine beach on the extreme northern tip of Zanzibar. Ras Nungwi Hotel is built from hand-cut coral limestone and other natural materials. There are 32 rooms furnished with handcrafted four-poster beds, mosquito nets and local décor.
All the rooms at Ras Nungwi are air conditioned and have en-suite facilities and a veranda. Lodge rooms have a garden view and both types of chalet room, superior and superior deluxe, have a mini-bar and sea view, with proximity to the ocean being closer the higher the category. The superior deluxe chalets also have a music system and other special extras.The hotel’s one bedroom ‘Ocean Suite’ offers great privacy and luxury. It comes complete with handcrafted wooden furniture, a king-size four-poster bed, music system, breakfast-bar and a well-appointed bathroom. It also has a plunge pool and private access directly onto the beach.
The number and variety of the reefs surrounding Ras Nungwi make it a perfect diving holiday destination. The Hotel has a fully equipped dive centre, professionally run to international PADI standards. Dive adventures are available for all experience levels including beginners who can be trained to full PADI certification by a resident instructor. Aside from sea based activities, the Hotel also has mountain bikes for hire, there is a large outdoor pool, and there are a number of other small facilities, such as table tennis, pool, darts, board games and a TV room.
When to go
Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal holiday weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.
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Things to do
Prison Island visit
Prison Island lies just off the coast of Stone Town, and was one where rebellious slaves were exiled to. Today it is home to endangered Aldabra giant tortoises with a small beach and reef for snorkelling - a half day here will allow you to explore.
Beach Bars in Kendwa
In the lively bars in Kendwa, northern Zanzibar, enjoy local cocktails and watch the sunset as a mix of traditional African and reggae music plays.
Diving in Zanzibar
Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar and discover what the crystal blue waters have to offer.
Shopping in Stone Town
Stone Town, Zanzibar Town's old quarter has an abundance of local shops selling a wide variety of antiques, textiles, and jewellery. Spend a whole day wondering through the narrow streets and pick up some truly unique finds.
Historic walk through Stone Town
Visit Zanzibar Town's old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.
Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar is the best way to view the island's coastline. Take a private cruise in a dhow whilst sailing in the late evening to watch the sunset in Zanzibar, a beautiful island destination.
Jozani Forest, in the forested interior of Zanzibar, is home to the rare red colobus monkeys. A visit here is an excellent half day visit which offers a chance to not only see monkeys but also a lot more too!
Spice Plantation tour
Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island and a tour of a plantation is an interesting way to learn more about this industry and sample fruits, spices and other plants.
Snorkelling in Zanzibar
Pick up a snorkel mask and head off into the azure blue ocean to explore the reefs and coastal line of Zanzibar. See how many of the colourful fish and different types of marine life you can spot hiding below the waters.