Pemba Island – A Wonderful Place to Visit

March 25th, 2011

The Zanzibar Archipelago located in Tanzania is a treasure trove for tourists and locals alike.  It offers a wide range of activities and sites that will surely quench the thirst of anyone up for some adventure and thrills.  Not only will you get a good dose of history from the quaint towns but the appeal of Zanzibar will captivate you once you get a taste of its hidden treasures, let’s start with Pemba Island.

Natural Beauty

When it comes to natural beauty, Pemba Island definitely does not disappoint here, abounded with lush forests and small scale farms, you will get more out of your trip than you ever expected.  The island boasts of their large production of Cloves, an aromatic spice which is often used in cooking and as a natural herbal medicine for common ailments such as toothaches etc, or immerse yourself in the breathtaking beaches that Pemba has, perfect for that time out you have been planning!  At Pemba Island, the unique mix of nature and simple living might make you want to stay just a wee bit longer!

Water Sports and More

If you enjoy your water sports then Pemba Island will not disappoint you as you can participate in water activities with the beauty of your Tanzanian backdrop.  Aside from the obvious fact that Pemba is surrounded by water, the list of activities will make any water lover’s head spin.  From diving to snorkeling, Kayaking to leisure fishing, Pemba will quench your thirst for that water action.  Rest assured that all of these activities come with able staff and reliable equipment.  These are just some of the many things you can do on the island.  Even something as simple as walking along the beach will give you some time to relax and be one with the sea.

Mud

One of the unique attractions that Pemba offers is its famous Mud Bath.  This may sound a bit weird to those who have not tried this sort of thing yet, all you have to do is let loose and release that inner kid in you.  This activity does actually have some health benefits for you, for starters, the mud is rich in minerals and nutrients that will not only remove toxins from your body but also release some if not all of the stress you have hidden within.  So aside from healing yourself you actually get to enjoy the process as well, a double win for Pemba Island.

Pemba Island is indeed a wonderful place to visit since it has all the things that a tourist might want.  Enjoy nature’s best while immersing yourself in the simple life unique to Zanzibar’s Pemba Island.

Come to Mafia Island

March 23rd, 2011

Although the name may sound a bit intimidating, there is certainly no need to worry as Mafia Island offers the best activities and tours for whatever adventure a tourist may crave.  Come to Mafia Island and see for yourself what this hidden beauty has to offer:

Corals, corals and more corals!

When it comes to biodiversity and marine tourism, Mafia Island has one of the richest collections of marine life species including corals.  The Zanzibar archipelago is actually a collection islands, but Mafia takes the top award when it comes to marine biodiversity, making it the perfect place for divers to go and explore the world underneath.  The booming industry of deep-sea fishing is a testament to the abundance of marine life in the area and among the things you will see in these waters are the adorable manatee and the gentle giants – the green sea turtles which have nesting sites on the island, even the non-divers will enjoy a trip out to sea since there is a lot to see and do while out on the water.  You can snorkel or just immerse in Mafia’s cool, clean waters.

Birds!

Since the island is relatively new in Tanzania’s tourism scene, it has an ‘untouched’ appeal to its landscape making it ideal for tourists who just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life or just relax and lounge about in a resort or lodge on Mafia Island.  Another quiet and more passive activity you can do on the island is go bird watching, the lush forests and plains of Mafia is an ideal nesting ground for birds and the best times to go bird watching is at night were the rare and exotic birds come out to feed and play.  Here you will see unique courtship displays and mating rituals that will surely awe you Mafia Island is indeed the ultimate bird watcher’s paradise!

The Easy Life

Mafia Island is the perfect go-to place for those who are in need of some peace and quiet it can be your own private getaway when you book your stay in one of the inns, lodges, or resorts that are present on the island.  Accommodation is well-equipped with whatever amenities that a tourist may need, while providing a relaxed atmosphere environment.  Stress and all the things that have been worrying you will be forgotten once you immerse yourself in Mafia Island’s solitude.

These are just a few examples of the things that you can do while staying on Mafia Island.  Boredom is non-existent here, and surely everyone will find something to do on this island.

Zanzibar – An Exotic Must Visit Country

March 21st, 2011

Zanzibar may be a relatively new African tourist destination, but when it comes to lodging it definitely has lots to boast about.  Hotels and lodges which offer quality service can be found here.  From the lone traveler to a family of tourists, Zanzibar is sure to have some place cozy for you.

The inhabitants of the country are melting pot of cultures both modern and ethnic. Hadimadu ethnic group is considered as majority. It is noted however that in addition to Sunni Muslim Zanzibaris, there are also those who are Hindus. While lesser percentage is Christians. But despite the differences of cultures and ethnicity in the land, its unique mix complements the Zanzibari culture as a whole. And it is by its culture that its famous festivals are so lively and displays a fun environment to be in.

When you find yourself planning to visit yet don’t know what to do and what places to visit, it is a wise choice to pick a dedicated and trustworthy tourism firm or a tour-guide to assist you in your visit. Not all people have the luxury of time to spend weeks or more in the island. If you’re one of those vacation-seekers, it’s best to avail of the services of a guide. You’ll need it because in Zanzibar there are so much places to visit and attractions both for its natural heritage and cultural heritage.

One of the top of the list is the coastal shores. This part is easily notable for its clear waters and beautiful beaches especially if you arrive at Zanzibar via ferry. Its coastal tourism is boasts abundant marine life while in places that are more remote such as Mangapwani, the environment is more tranquil and peaceful.

The island takes pride in three of their forest reserves, the Jozani forest reserve, the Ngezi forest reserve, and the Kiwenga forest reserve. Wildlife and plants are in such an array that the biodiversity is high in these areas. Exotic trees tower over the forest while some of them are considered to be unique to the place in such as they are no found anywhere else. While nature tripping and viewing may be what you like, you must also take part in the Spice tour experience. Tourists are guided to visit plantations of spice and the places where it is processed into medicines, beauty products, food spice, and as dye as well.

Zanzibar is truly the tourist’s dream for a tropical tour in the Indian Ocean.  From lively festivals to unique culture, and its natural environment, this place indeed has something for everyone!

The Great Wildebeest Migration

March 10th, 2011

In the animal kingdom, migration is just a natural part of some species’ lives.  Migration happens for a lot of reasons; it can either be caused by the scarcity of food.  Harsh weather conditions or changing seasons, lets look at birds, they travel almost the span of the globe just to avoid the winter frost.  Another common reason why some animals prefer to travel across wide distances is to avoid their natural predators, such as the great wildebeest migration, this is a breathtaking site that happens yearly in Africa around the same time and is a great safari holiday to experience.  Another huge factor is the intervention of humans, with the development of land being re-zoned into industrial or residential often forces some of the natural inhabitants to search for another home, displacing a species or worse, causing their number to dwindle.

On a lighter note, let us focus on the wildebeest migration that always attracts and gathers a lot of interest. The Wildebeest are a common sight in Africa and they rarely travel alone unless sick or dying but rather they travel in groups, and by the word ‘group’, we mean this might reach up to a million in number!  Of course the wildebeest is well known for this yearly migration so what makes their migration so unique?  For one, they travel by the million, so you can just imagine that huge number of buffalo-like animals travelling in a group it really is a breath taking sight to behold!  Your view is filled with the mass movement of wildebeest, sounds of thousands calling to each other and dust billowing into the air from them all moving together in a mass spotting other animals that may travel with them such as the zebras and gazelles that are also traveling to literally greener pastures in search of more food.

Wildebeest are the so-called nomadic animals where the famed wildebeest migration is already part of the African savannah.  It is their way of adapting to Africa’s harsh conditions which entails that they constantly change location every time the food in an area is scarce for the large number of the group.  Wildebeests are also a favorite of one of Africa’s great predator – the Lion.  Lions are very able hunters, but have a hard time catching wildebeest as they travel in a huge pack. So it takes a lot of lion’s, strategy and patience to single out a wildebeest from the group and is nature’s way of culling out the week and sick.

Witnessing an actual wildebeest migration isn’t so hard to do since they are constantly monitored; it is known where they are along Africa’s savannah. All you have to do is book your migration safari with us and prepare for to witness one of the animal kingdom’s greatest travelers, the wildebeest.

The Basics of African Elephant Migration

March 8th, 2011

When thinking about Africa, one of the first ideas that pops into our mind is a safari, many people tend to associate Africa with adventure-filled safaris and exotic animals. Nothing seems more exotic or African than the giant gentle elephants.  Although elephants are not only found in Africa, it has come to be one of Africa’s well known symbols as they roam over many African forests and deserts freely.  Elephants are known to live in groups or herds; they do almost everything in groups, one of the habits that Africa’s elephants are known for are their migratory travels. Here are some basics of the African elephant migration:

The group is usually led by the oldest female or the matriarch; she guides the group on where to go and what do and is constantly on guard for whenever a threat to the group’s safety is detected.  She sees to it that the little ones are kept well fed and safe and that the group remains intact.

African elephants are natural travelers. They love to travel with their group over large distances in search of a land where there is plenty of food. Elephants are herbivores and can live on chewing grass of the ground and leaves from the trees, but with the African weather or low rainfall, it means that plants don’t grow quickly enough where it can feed a family of elephants for very long without having to change location, thus the great African elephant migration.

Although migration is not a new thing for elephants, there can also be a time that unnatural circumstances may be the reason for an African elephant migration.  There are a lot of factors that could cause elephants to move to another location.  For starters, a lack of food due to human expansion may be a cause for elephants to seek safer and more peaceful lands; drought and fire are other reasons why a herd moves on.

Although thankfully to a lesser degree now the Ivory trade and human’s greed was also another reason for an African elephant migration to happen. It used to be that an elephant’s tusks were valuable, especially in the black market now it is illegal. There had been a time when almost two-thirds of Africa’s elephant population was wiped out due to massive poaching and it was only when the Big Ivory Fire was done that poachers started to think twice before doing any ivory harvesting.

The beauty of the African elephant migration is something that should be enjoyed; it should serve as an example of what we could miss if we keep on doing what we do to destroy mother earth.

Tanzania’s Natural Beauty Attracts Animals And Tourists Alike

February 10th, 2011

Because of its natural beauty, Tanzania is becoming one of the most popular tourist spots in the world. In addition to the wild life sanctuaries in the north, there are many more sights Tanzania has to offer to the tourists.

Most trekking and tour packages include the awe inspiring animal migration from Kenya to Tanzania. As tourism increases, there are growing ecological problems too especially at Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro. So the government is taking steps to divert the tourists from these places to other destinations in Tanzania. There are wild life sanctuaries in the northern part of Tanzania where animals from Kenya migrate every year. The migration of wild animals on such a large scale is not found anywhere else in the world.  The region of Ngorongoro Caldera is so beautiful and it can be seen from crater edges where most tourists camp for the night. Tarangire is a thickly forested area whereas Serengeti is an open plain land. The peculiar tree climbing lions are found around the Lake Manyara and this area is suitable for adventure tourism.

Tanzania offers a lot more than merely Serenegei and Ngorongoro Crater safaris. We also travel over to the traditional western Tanzania, home to the wonderful Katavi National Park. Any time you really want to experience the African continent such as the original explorers did long ago then this is where to go. You will find the Selous Game wildlife reserve in the Southern region which is large, even though more obtainable compared to Katavi. The restrictions on no permanent structures means that the wildlife in the reserve is undomesticated they are yet to get used to people as well as the sounds of automobiles.

There is a long list of places to visit in Tanzania. It’s just a matter of finding your own adventure!

Experience the Spice of Life at Zanzibar

February 7th, 2011

Have you ever felt that you have heard and seen everything? Your bored with your usual holidays?  How about a safari for a change? Take a venture to Eastern Africa and arrive at Zanzibar.  Here is where you get to experience the spice of life at its best.  Where else can you find lush and white sandy beaches coupled with fun-loving people?  You will find that and much, much more at Zanzibar.

So what makes Zanzibar enticingly different?  For starters, Zanzibar has an annual music festival called Sauti za Busara held in Stone Town the historic Old Fort.  It is a time when musical enthusiasts, artists, or just about anybody looking for their fair share of fun on this side of the globe all gather for five days of nonstop fun and exposure to the culture of Zanzibar.

This has to be one of the best five days of your life as you get to experience a huge dose of great music and culture.  Not only will you get first hand experience but you can ejnoy the local cuisine as well.  Street parties, seminars, workshops, film viewing, carnivals, and street parades are just some of the activities lined up for those who want to pay a visit to Zanzibar during this 5-day event.

Aside from the musical festival, Zanzibar has lots of other activities to offer to the eager tourist.  Discover the ‘spice of life’, literally.  Zanzibar keeps true to its reputation as a spice island as it abounds with lots of spices which are both rich in color and taste.  Your visit to Zanzibar wouldn’t be complete without exploring and smelling the fine spice produce.  Renowned for aromatic spices such as cinnamon and cloves, your nose is sure to be delighted with what the island offers.

Once you have finished with music festivals and spice tasting why not have a go at diving at Prison Island.  Despite its rather gloomy name, Prison Island is a haven for diving enthusiasts and for those who want to chill and relax.  Who knows?  You might even spot a giant tortoise or two.

With so much to see and do we believe you would have the time of your life by experiencing the ‘spice’  or dive in Zanzibar. It’s a wonderful mix of culture, music, and people this is what makes Zanzibar one of the prime spots to visit in Africa.

Enjoying Mount Kilimanjaro to the Fullest

January 21st, 2011

For those who are adventurous and want to have the time of their life during their vacations, Africa is the perfect place to visit. Africa has everything for the outdoor fan. But a visit to Africa is not only about the much talked about safaris. You can go further than that with even more fun and adventure. You can book a climb Mount Kilimanjaro with us.

It is the tallest mountain in the whole continent at 19340 feet above sea level and it is also the world’s highest free falling mountain and is located in Tanzania! What is wonderful about this mountain is that it has within it all the five major eco zones: heath, rainforest, glacier, moor land and alpine desert. Imagine going to a mountain where you can experience all of this at the same time! It even has 3 volcanoes which you may visit during your climb there. For the adventurer in you, this is the mountain climb of a lifetime.

What makes this mountain climb more memorable is that you can bring along your children with you (above age 12, that is the limit set by the Kilimanjaro Park authorities). The whole family can have an adventure together, one that they will talk about for the rest of their lives. The children can also enjoy the safari trip incorporated with this climb. You need not leave them at the camp but instead let them have an experience that they will learn from and remember.

Corto Safaris is your reliable guides who will help you on your mountain expedition. Corto is staffed by locals who are trained to give you the best experience for your trip. They are multilingual who can speak English, French and the local dialects. They could even answer any question you might have about your climb. They arrange for you suitable lodging and include the necessary equipment required for your trip. If you want a have the best vacation, book with Corto who has the reasonable prices. For what is included on your climbing expedition please refer to our Climbing Kilimanjaro page

African safari holidays are one of the most family friendly travelling encounters available

January 14th, 2011

Family Safari with Masai and baby goatAfrica safari holidays are one of the greatest holidays on most families list and provide an excellent possibility to be closest to the largest wild animal reserve in the world to observe wildlife within their natural habitat.  Numerous parents who may have never considered taking African safari holidays with their children, you could possibly be amazed to find out that family safaris are among the most popular kinds of vacations for children, from the age range of four years old to eighteen.

Child with Masai Boy and GoatsYou will find different holiday packages readily available and that we can assist you to plan your African Safari to your preferred African Safari destination.  Corto Safaris offer you family African safari tours to

Your family safari could be enjoyed in variety of different wildlife areas and with several different accommodation choices take a look at the family safari accommodation available.

Family in a 4x4 during a game drive

Your African family safari can be something that your family will never forget.  The advantages of a safari include things like observing amazing wild animals within their natural habitat, looking at stunning sunsets, and experiencing the breathtaking scenery and surroundings discovered only in Africa.  Even though famous for its great adventure, Africa family safari is just a thimble of the list of exciting and enjoyable activities in Africa.

Children friendly camps provide activities for the entire family.  Children understand more about care and conservation of wildlife.  Children act as if they’ve seen everything, and in lots of ways they may have, most have watch tv loop, sought out You Tube video clip, seen the amazing things of nature in HD-clarity on Planet Earth Dvd videos, read items and studied wild animals in school however the experience they’re going to have to be on ground level with Africa’s wild beasts is definitely an adventure they are going to relive and tell for a lifetime. The secret to touring with kids on the family holiday would be to engage all of their senses.

African Safari with your Family

An African family safari may bring family members a great deal closer when they experience the safaris alongside one another and without the children realizing they discover more about Africa as well as wildlife that roams around them. Also for the children they’re going to discover how to be environmentally responsible and socially responsible as they are exposed to the simple lifestyle of Masai people.

Families which enjoy viewing the wildlife documentaries could possibly find that organizing an African family safari could be the experience of a lifetime, or Families with small children who love watching the Lion King could possibly discover that planning their Africa family safari is making the lion king a reality, in either case kids age vary widely in their maturity and levels of interest in Africa and its wildlife.  This marvellous and fascinating combination means you have a wide selection of choices when it comes to planning your holiday to Africa.

African family safari vacations becoming increasingly popular, it might sound adventurous or seem like a totally different world. Well, both are right and that’s why it’s worth considering, contact us today and let us help you plan your family adventure in Africa.

Twas the night before Christmas when all through Africa Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

December 20th, 2010

Well okay not quiet but this is our African Christmas….

Africa suddenly stops and forms a huge “human migration” for the Christmas and New Year period.

Just as the great animal migration swarms so does the African population (that is we should say for those who are not in the tourism industry) so hordes of children, parents, grand parents, elders & warriors migrate to various villages in Africa.

Public transport suddenly becomes crazy as prices go through the roof, seats become rare to the point that these African busses become incredibly over crowded (and also sometimes dangerous) all in an effort to get to their villages.

December 25th is usually a fun filled day, beginning with church events for the Christian population, families gather in the sun and heat (you won’t find a chubby father Christmas in red suit and snowy boots here!) children having fun and laughing playing games.

They gather together to slaughter a goat then to share a meal with traditional Pilau Rice, but this is done is sobriety, without the excessive consumer society tricks.

The average families will not have 5 presents per child under the Christmas tree, instead the day is filled with typical African music, enough food and meat to fill up the tummies of everyone there, with a soda to wash it down, it is this togetherness that will certainly put a smile on the little faces, being together, dancing, chatting and sharing is the African Christmas day.

Of course not everyone celebrates this way, for us in the Tourism trade, it is not a time to stay at home and enjoy this relaxed time, oh no for us it is the peak season.

All of our teams are deployed, on the Kili, the National Parks into camps and lodges, where it is now nearly impossible to book a hotel in Zanzibar at this time of year!

For us the spirit of Xmas is for our guests to enjoy!