Posts Tagged ‘Safari’

Pemba Island – A Wonderful Place to Visit

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

The Great Wildebeest Migration

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Experience the Spice of Life at Zanzibar

Monday, 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.

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

Friday, 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.

New in 2011! Corto to Open a Camp in Tarangire Park: Kanga Camp

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Corto will be launching in 2011 a new camp in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania : The Kanga Tarangire Camp.

This new camp will be joining the Family of Camps that Corto own and manage, including:

Check out the Page for our Tented Camps in Northern Tanzania here, and the page for the new Kanga Tarangire Camp here

You may also check out our Camp Pictures on Facebook here.

Have a look at its location on the map.

Tarangire National park was established in 1970 is today considered one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary in the country. It covers an area of 2,600 sq km ; an average altitude of 1,100 m and is particularly worth visiting during the months of September and October. It comprises of 9 zones of vegetation including acacia and baobab Tortillas. The Tarangire River that runs through the park never dries up and during the dry season all the animals of Maasai country come to drink from it. Several private camps and lodges located inside and outside the Park welcome visitors.

Serengeti Great Migration Update

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Serengeti Great Migration Pack has now clearly moved South, and it is time for our teams to dismantle our North Serengeti Camp and to move South, towards Piaya, near the Gols Mountains, and to prepare the new upcoming season with a new camp.

This new camp will be ready from the middle of December, to welcome our valued customers during this new phase of the Great Migration.

Every year, between January and May, the impressive mass of the Wildebeests and other herbivores gathers in the South-East of the Serengeti Plains, called by a very powerful animal instinct. It is during this time, and in a spirit of species conservation, that the females will give birth to their little ones, in group! This is to ensure the survival of the young ones, as they know the predators are there, ready to take any chance to snatch a young prey!

Click here for a full Safari program focusing on the Births of the Great Migration in Tanzania.

News Update on the Serengeti Migration

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Since early September, the Serengeti Great Migration pack of animals has already started its return South towards the Tanzanian plains. We have anticipated this natural movement and our camp, based on the Mara river since the end of June has been moved to Lobo. (see map on the left hand side).

The last Mara river crossings can still be observed from this base, within 1 hour drive, but here in Lobo, you will be at the heart of this natural animal movement during your Migration Safari in Tanzania.

Towards the end of October, early November, our camp will move southwards and will be operational at the end of December near Piaya, when the wilderbeests, zebras and other herbivores will have returned South to give birth.

Find out more about Corto’s Migration Camps in Serengeti, Tanzania.

Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Do you know the Great Rift Valley? No, not the Grand Canyon, but a huge geological trench spreading allover Africa. Its presence in Tanzania is the reason why we can admire here such wonderfully varied landscapes, such as the Kilimanjaro Mountain, the Mount Meru, lakes such as the Natron, volcanoes such as the Lengai, the Empakai and the famous Ngorongoro.

This trench is also located in the midst of the most popular Tanzanian National Parks, and has a very rich animal life.

For more information on this area of numerous eco-systems, see the Great Rift Vally on Corto Safaris’ website, the partner of your Tanzania Safari.