Posts Tagged ‘Tanzania’

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.

Zanzibar – An Exotic Must Visit Country

Monday, 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!

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 school opening donated by Corto Safaris

Monday, December 13th, 2010

New school opening for the Masai people living around the camp

New school for the Masai people living around the camp

A very exciting day was had by all when many of the Corto Safaris employees gathered together on November 28th 2010 to inaugurate the new Oremiti tented lodge on the shores of Lake Manyara.

The Oremiti Lodge takes its name from the tree that serves both as toothpaste and toothbrushes to the Masai and gives them their legendary radiant smile. This occasion included the opening of the new school which was proudly donated by Corto Safaris to the Masai people living around the camp.

The Masai women and their tribal songs

The Masai women and their tribal songs

As part of the fun activities on the day everyone was taken on a short safari Game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park, upon our arrival to the village which is the home of the local crafts association, the Masai women welcomed the group with the sounds of their tribal songs, here they proudly displayed their local crafts and offered gifts of beaded coloured jewellery

Local dignitaries gave their speeches – in particular the mayor, governor, and Masai community leaders – thanking

Speaches about eco-tourism in Tanzania

Speaches about eco-tourism in Tanzania

the involvement of Corto in taking part in the development of the community and the importance of eco-tourism in this Tanzanian Region.

After all the speeches were given, songs sung and a small show organized in our honour was finished, the dignitaries headed to the classroom to unveil the plaque and cut the cord as a sign of symbolic inauguration, a few words of mutual congratulation were exchanged before we headed out doors to where trees were planted around the school

New School Opening

New School Opening

where once grown this will provide a little shade to generations of school children.

The aroma of delicious cooking filled the air and so it felt like a long wait before the moment arrived and all were invited to a giant barbecue which was organized by the cooks at Corto Oremiti Tented Lodge. By late afternoon our bellies were full and the rains came, bringing good luck to the newly planted trees.

Celebrations of the new Oremiti tented lodge

Celebrations of the new Oremiti tented lodge

The beautiful day ended with the promise of a bright future of cooperation and mutual assistance between Corto Safaris and the surrounding Masai community.

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.

Kilimanjaro Porters – Our Policy

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

We have recently updated our website with information on our relationship with our Kilimanjaro porters.

As members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project – KPAP we have a duty to act responsibly and we hope the information below will convince you that we are a serious partner when it comes to Treks on the Kilimanjaro.

Our Porters

The Price difference you will notice between all the different Kilimanjaro operators in Tanzania are very often due to the differences in the way companies treat and pay their porters and guides during your journey. At Corto, we have been leading the way for many years in terms of fair treatment and responsible tourism.

Porters Salaries

We have been KPAP members (see Responsible Tourism paragraph below), and as such, we respect the rules. Whereas the average salaries paid to porters by the tourism outfitters in Tanzania is 6220 TSH/day, we actually pay them a daily salary of 10 000 Tsh, and we pay them directly on their return at Mweka by one of our office workers. Each porter must show his porter’s card and signs a list when he receives his pay.

Tips for Porters

During the briefing, we give each client a tipping sheet prepared by KPAP and we ask that they use it to spread the tips equally and openly accross the whole team. It is up to our clients to follow this sheet or not.

Porters Equipment

Even though they are not permanently employed by Corto, we have our team of faithful porters. For each climb, we send out a list of porters that the guides must follow. This procedure ensures that the porters can not bribe the guides to be hired. This practice is unfortunately still taking place with other guides and companies. Porters are not authorized to begin the climb unless they are properly equipped for Mountain climbing. The guides are responsible for performing this check. For information, the city of Moshi has a very large second hand clothes market. This allows the porters to equip themselves against the cold with mountain clothing at very low prices.

Further details about our porters Working Conditions

  • For every trip, there are between 3 and 5 porters by customer (see table below).
  • They receive 3 full meals a day.
  • They can carry a maximum of 20kg each plus 2kg for their own equipment.
  • They sleep in a tent suitable for mountain climbing.
CLIENTS Head Guide Assistant guide Cook Assistant Cook Porters
1 1 1 4
2 1 1 1 10
3 1 1 1 12
4 1 2 1 17
5 1 2 1 20
6 1 2 1 24
7 1 2 1 26
8 1 3 1 1 28
9 1 3 1 1 29
10 1 3 1 1 31
11 1 3 1 1 35
12 1 3 2 37
13 1 4 2 39
14 1 4 2 41
15 1 4 2 44

Number of Staff for Kilimanjaro Climbs (except Marangu)

Responsible Tourism

CORTO Safaris is involved in responsible tourism, by respecting the local populations and the environment.

Our teams are paid in excess of the rates recommended by the Park Authorities.
We care about our teams working conditions, Transmission of knowledge, and Traveler Information and Awareness.

We have developed a special partnership with the NGO “KILIMANJARO PORTERS ASSISTANCE PROJECT” -www.kiliporters.org – which is an initiative launched by “THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN EXPLORERS CONNECTION” - www.mountainexplorers.org

Training and Prevention programs are run during our Low Season :

• English Language Courses
• First Aid Courses
• Information Seminaries on HIV / AIDS

Please visit our partner’s websites for more information.

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.

Sauti za Busara ‘Sounds of Wisdom’ Music Festival in Zanzibar

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Corto, the Partner of your Safari in Tanzania, is very glad to share with you the list of Musicians who will be performing this year at the African Music Festival, Sauti za Busara 2011.

This very unique Festival is both a real Musical and Cultural Feast.

Visit our web page for more infos:

http://www.cortosafaristanzania.com/zanzibar-music-festival.php

Link to the Festival’s website:

http://www.busaramusic.org

Provisional Line Up

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)  Blick Bassy (Cameroon)  Cheikh Lô (Senegal) Otentikk Street Brothers (Mauritius)  Kassé Mady Diabaté (Mali)  Kwani Experience (South Africa) Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania)  Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar)  Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar)  Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar)  Sukiafrica Sukiyaki Allstars (Various)  Yaaba Funk (UK)  Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal / Sweden)  Sinachuki Kidumbak (Zanzibar) Swahili Encounters Group (Various)  Les Frères Sissoko (Senegal)  GEATA (Ethiopia) Djeli Moussa Diawara (Guinea)  Groove Lélé (Reunion)  NEWS Quartet (Various)  Vusa Mkhaya & Band(Various)  Nomakanjani Arts (Zambia)  Maureen Lupo Lilanda (Zambia)  Les Go de Kotéba (Cote d’Ivoire) Djaaka (Mozambique)  Muthoni The Drummer Queen (Kenya)  Lelelele Africa (Kenya)  Bismillahi Gargar (Kenya)  Atemi & the Ma3 Band (Kenya)  Black Roots (Zanzibar)  Sauda (Tanzania)  Tunaweza Band (Tanzania)  Wanyambukwa Artist Group (Tanzania)  Tom Diakité (Mali) and more.

The Festival in Video

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.