Pongwe Beach Hotel
Africa, Review, Tanzania, The World Beyond

Pongwe Beach Hotel and Room Review

Most importantly – Does the hotel and room do what it’s supposed to do?

Yes. The Pongwe Beach Hotel delivers what their name promises: Pongwe Beach. Whilst we have seen many beaches around the world, this is one of the most beautiful beaches that we have found.

The Pongwe Beach Hotel is a mid-range hotel which offers a taste of the famed Zanzibar magic at affordable prices.

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Zanzibar, Nungwi, Essque Zalu, Tanzania, Per aqqum, luxury
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A Sneak peak at Zanzibar’s next Super Hotel

Zanzibar already boasts some of the worlds most spectacular hotels, form the underwater rooms of The Manta Resort, to the garden paradise of the Tulia Unique Beach Resort.

Maybe the most iconic all these is the Essque Zalu, known for its’ iconic African thatch hut entrance, endless infinity pool and romantic pier.

We were invited to visit the Essque Zalu resort and jumped at the opportunity. Little did we know that we would be treated to a sneak preview of the next evolution of the hotel as it hurtles towards a merger with another icon of Indian Ocean luxury hotels: the PER AQUUM group.

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Zanzibar, Nungwi, Essque Zalu, Tanzania, Per aqqum, luxury
Africa, Review, Tanzania, The World Beyond

Essque Zalu Zanzibar Hotel and Room Review

Most importantly – Does the hotel and room do what it’s supposed to do?

The Essque Zalu Hotel delivers 5 star luxury in an idyllic setting on the northern tip of Zanzibar. The beach is so picture perfect it looks photoshopped and the hotel provides a variety of local and African themed entertainment, food and spa options meaning you can get a taste of Zanzibar without leaving the luxurious and safe confines of the hotel.

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Zanzibar, Stone Town, Swahili House, Tanzania, Meat market, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Forodhani Gardens, Darajani Market, spice market
Africa, Misadventures, Tanzania, The World Beyond

Getting lost in Stone Town

Most travellers visit the paradise island of Zanzibar for the world famous sandy beaches and opulent 5 star hotels. However, you can’t touch down at Zanzibar airport and bypass the legendary city of Stone Town. So we postponed our new jobs as professional tanners to get acquainted with the city’s narrow and winding streets.

We explored the tiny back alleys, moving from one to another, and potentially back to the same one and then another, until we reached one that we’d definitely seen before. We tried to head back but then ending up somewhere else entirely, then backtracked again. We explored the city like it should be explored:

We got completely lost.

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Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation
Africa, Review, Tanzania, The World Beyond

Planet Lodge, Arusha

Does the hotel do what it’s supposed to do? 

Yes. Planet Lodge is based in Arusha, one of the biggest cities in northern Tanzania. Many travellers pass through Arusha for two reasons: as a base to visit and climb nearby Mt Kilimanjaro or for a stopover on the way to and from the Serengeti.

Planet lodge is a clean, comfortable and relaxing place to stay on your journey to explore the marvels of Tanzania.

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Lake Manyara, Africa, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tanzania
Africa, Day Trips, Tanzania, The World Beyond, Uncategorised

A visit to Lake Manyara

Somehow we had reached our final day on safari and after yesterday’s epic journey to Ngoronogoro Crater we decided on a more relaxed day at Lake Manyara National Park. Situated beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment on the edge of the Rift Valley it boasts breathtaking views, a variety of bird and animal life and is also famed for the tree-climbing lions. We hoped to catch a glimpse.

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Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tanzania,
Adventure, Africa, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater

Blindly following the dirt track, the thick veil of cloud slowly thinned as we crept to the edge of Ngorongoro Crater. Other vehicles eventually came into focus as we started to descend to the bottom of the basin in an ant-like convoy.

Ngorongoro Crater, also known as the cradle of life is the place to visit if you want to see a lot of Africa’s wildlife in one place. Perfect for those on tight time budgets like us.

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