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Cairo to Tanzania: Our Guide to the East African Paradise

Cairo to Tanzania: Our Guide to the East African Paradise
    written by
    Dalia El Fiki

    This East
    African country offers white sandy beaches, with impeccable sunsets, top-notch
    safari services and mesmerising markets all offered by one of the friendliest
    populations on earth. Take a deep breath; and jet towards Tanzania.

    Tanzania
    has a lot to offer for the unconventional traveller. We’d recommend heading to
    Serengeti for a safari, then unwinding on the heavenly beaches of Zanzibar,
    while taking in the beauty of Stonetown, and finally heading towards the
    capital city, Dar Es Salaam for a final taste of what Tanzania has to offer.

    Serengeti: For All the Animal Lovers

    Serengeti
    offers a wide variety of options for travellers, so whether you’re a luxury
    traveller who loves that little extra bit of pampering or an adventurous soul
    who loves to rough it out, you’ll find what you need in Serengeti. In terms of
    top-end hotels, the Kempinski Bilila Lodge
    (
    3874LE per night for a standard room, plus 298LE per night per person for the Serengeti park
    entry fees) is situated in the heart
    of Serengeti National Park.

    What to Do: The hotel offers a spectacular view from the
    infinity pool, main foyer and both restaurants of a watering hole that is
    frequented by animals including elephants, zebras and warthogs. The hotel also
    offers private game drives (1192LE per person for a full day) where you can see a
    vast array of wild animals. A must visit while at the Serengeti is the Ngorongoro
    Crater, where you can see black rhinos amidst a stunning view of a volcanic
    crater.

    How To Get There: To reach Serengeti you can catch a light plane
    flight from Kilimanjaro or Dar Es Salaam airport to Seronera airstrip with
    Coastal Aviation or
    Tanganyika Flying Company (average 2086LE per
    person return- excluding airline tax).

    Zanzibar: Pure Bliss

    Anyone who
    says Zanzibar is overrated hasn’t experienced the bliss and tranquillity that The Residence has to offer. Tucked away on the beautiful Kizimkazi Island, this hotel
    definitely goes by the ‘you get what you pay for’ motto. Paying between
    4261LE to 10,340LE
    per night for a basic villa is definitely not possible for the average
    traveller.

    However,
    for those how can afford the price tag, the staff at the Residence will ensure
    you don’t have to lift a finger; from your private butler who offers a packing
    and unpacking service, to the daily fumigation and the hotel golf car that is
    happy to drive you to your room if you’re too tired to ride the complimentary bike

    What to Do: The hotel’s beach is private and therefore,
    hawker-free. The crystal clear waters merging into aquamarine skies are enough
    to make any person swoon at this heaven on earth.

    If the
    fresh air of the residence isn’t enough, you could organise a dolphin tour with
    the hotel, or a visit to Jozani Rainforest (approximately fifteen minutes from
    the Residence), where you can visit the fiery orange and grey Colobus monkeys.
    The entry fee for Jozani Forest is 149LE per person.

    A trip to Zanzibar isn’t complete without a
    walking tour of the narrow alleyways of Stonetown.
    Stonetown’s charm lies in the fusion of the Omani and Indian influence,
    especially magnificent wooden doors, patiently crafted by Zanzibarian
    carpenters. Amidst the wooden masterpieces, lie quirky boutiques filled with
    East African artwork, attire and accessories.

    Queen and Freddie Mercury
    fanatics should watch for Mercury House, the house where Freddie Mercury was
    born. The important thing is to watch out for pickpockets, and to remember that
    Zanzibar’s street sellers are more persistent than Cairo’s. 

    If you have
    time, pass by Bait Al Ajyib (House of Wonders); the only museum in Zanzibar. If you want to embrace more of what Stonetown
    has to offer; head towards Darajani Fish
    and Fruit market for the real hustle and bustle of Zanzibarian life. If you’ve
    got another half-day to spare, and would like to feed some of the world’s
    oldest giant tortoises, head towards Prison Island by Dhow.

    Dar Es Salaam

    While Dar
    Es Salaam doesn’t match up to the mesmerising tranquillity of Zanzibar, nor the
    natural beats of the Serengeti, you cannot leave Tanzania without passing
    through.

    What to Do: The best thing to do is to head towards Slipway
    market for some more arts and crafts, and then drive down Tourre towards the
    Golden Tulip hotel, where non-guests can use the infinity pool overlooking the
    Indian Ocean. The entry fee varies depending on the season, so it is best to
    check ahead of time. Another market worth visiting while in Dar is the Slipway
    market, the main area for crafts shopping in Dar. A local drink that you must
    try is Tangawize; a mixture of a ginger, lemon and soda all fizzing in
    perfection in a glass bottle, and costing about 5000 Tanzanian Shillings.

    Finally, what’s a visit to Tanzania without picking up a precious stone? Head
    towards the Moevenpick in Dar Es Salaam where a specialised jeweller has the
    best available prices for real certified Tanzanite (range between
    3,874LE to 5,066LE per
    carat).

    How to Get There: A number of airlines offer daily flights to
    Dar Es Salaam, including Egypt Air, Ethiopian airways and Kenyan airways.
    Flights cost between
    2682LE and 5960LE, depending on transits
    and airline.

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