In order to offer you the best possible service before your journey and to secure that you feel comfortable during your holidays we have visited lots of countries and regions. The travel reports of our sales team will show you their personal recommendations and point out some highlights you don't want to miss during your trip!
After an exciting safari in Kenya the next destination is waiting for us: the spice island Zanzibar.
The island belongs to Tanzania and is a whole-year destination. The people there speak Suaheli, English is official language. In many regions you will also hear some Arabian. From Mombasa you fly about one hour and enjoy the views over the Kenyan coast until you reach Zanzibar
First we visit the island's capital Stone Town which can be comfortably discovered by foot and has belonged to UNESCO's world cultural heritage since the year 2000. The city is a melting pot of diverse cultures which have berthed here during the course of the years. This is why we feel Arabian, Indian and other Asian influences while we walk through the close lanes
Most of the houses were built about 150 years ago from coral stones, many of them have been beautifully renovated and restored. We visit the Anglican Church, the National Museum and the former slave chambers. Afterwards we walk towards the Old Fort, the "House of Wonders" and the residence of the last sultan. We feel placed into a world of "Thousand and One Nights"
Our hotel, the Zanzibar Serena Inn, is located directly at the sea, near the legendary Old Town. From the pool of the hotel we have a beautiful view to the town's harbour from where ferries and dhows leave towards e.g. Daressalam on the Tanzanian mainland and Pemba. The hotel belongs to the "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" and comprises two historic buidlings. Known as the best hotel in the city, it nestles up against the coastal landscape like a little palace. In the evening we enjoy fresh seafood in the restaurant with sea view.
Our next stop is the idyllic beach in the east of the island. The drive takes about an hour through green and copious spice plantations to the little village Bwejuu. Here we find the Club Breezes Beach****+. The milelong beautiful sandy beach invites to long walks and the turqouise sea to a refreshing bath. The coast is strongly influenced by ebb and flow. We are cordially welcomed and immediately enthused by the private and familiar atmosphere here. The club is furnished very individually and the wonderfull garden and pool area invites to relax. In the evening we enjoy dinner at "The Tides" in a pavillion directly at the beach.
Early the next morning we start a boat trip to the island world south of Zanzibar. The Indian Ocean is ideal for diving and snorkelling expeditions through the colourful underwater world. Here you will also find little coral islands. On one of these islands our boat crew serves a delicious seafood lunch. During our return we also visit a spice farm where we discover a unique palette of smells and tastes
We spend the remaining days at the wonderful beaches of the Indian Ocean before we fly back to Mombasa with Precision Air.
By now, Condor offers weekly direct flights from Frankfurt to Zanzibar. Additonally, Ethiopian Airlines flies to the island several times a week from Frankfurt via Addis Abeba
The costs for an overnight stay at Zanzibar Serena between June and October is at 139,- €/person in a double room with breakfast.
The Club Breezes offers an overnight stay e.g. in September for 109,- €/person with half board
During this unforgettable tour through southern Africa I collected tips and ideas for your next holidays. I tested different hotels, from the 5-star city hotel in Cape Town to the rest camp at Kruger National Park! Be excited!
Our tour startet with a South African Airways flight from Frankfurt to Johannesburg, for sure the most comfortable way to travel to South Africa. The service on board left nothing to be desired and we landed on time in Johannesburg.
Here we immediately startet our first hotel inspection: The InterContinental**** is located directly at the airport and is the ideal place for departures, arrivals or changes. Here you can relax and enjoy at the "Camelot Health Spa" before your trip continues.
Then we went went to Kruger National Park, the biggest game reserve in South Africa. Here we were welcomed very cordially at the Tinga Private Game Lodge****. The 18 chalets are equipped with lots of comfort and offer a terrace with a little pool and an amazing view over the savannah.
We also visited the Lion Sands River Lodge*****, a design lodge known from the TV series "The Bachelor", that is located at the Sabi Sands Wild Reserve.
A contrast was the relatively simple but tended Skukuza Rest Camp** which is ideal for round trips with a rental car.
A special tip is the Kubu Safari Lodge**** in Hoedspruit which is managed by a German couple. Here we discovered the nature during a game walk and got to know lots of interesting things about the ecosystem.
For the next night we went to Casa do Sol**** a lovely building amidst nature. Also in Hazyview you will find the Hippo Hollow Country Estate*** which offers unbelievable views over the nature around. Both are ideal starting points for the famous panoramic route. We followed it back to Johannesburg and Pretoria. There, in the Misty Hills Hotel, we found the famous Carnivore Restaurant. Just like in the original restaurant in Nairobi they serve meat specialties on a skewer, a very special experience.
The next day we flew to Cape Town one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
At the Desiger Hotel 15 on Orange***** we had a room with an amazing view over the Table Mountain.
We also visited the famous Table Bay Hotel***** at the V & A Waterfront. It is a hotel with a long standing tradition with lots of flair and direct connection to a shopping mall. In the evening we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the hotel Protea Fire & Ice***, a design hotel with lots of surprises!
Of course we enjoyed a drive to the famous Table Mountain as well as a visit of the popular Malai Quarter in Cape Town. We also explored the Cape Region with its vineyards, spectacular coastal streets and the beautiful nature.
A special tip for persons looking for relaxation near Cape Town is the Vineyard Hotel & Spa****+. At the foot of the Table Mountain you will find this cottage with a beautiful park that is managed by Rose with lots of care. It cuisine is excellent and the spa area really exclusive. The ideal starting point to explore the Cape region.
Also very idyllic is the Franschhoek Country House***** that convinces with its French charme. A wine tasting was the perfect end of our visit.
Also unforgettable was the visit at Stellenbosch. This little pictorial student town offers lots of cafés and restaurant with a great atmosphere. The Oude Werf**** is the oldest hotel in town but nevertheless offers lots of comfort.
Afterwards we drove back to Johannesburg and stayed overnight in the nice African Rock Hotel**** in the suburb Kempton Park. We were welcomed by contemporary architecture and African design. The nice tropical garden with swimming pool invited us to relax before we flew to Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls Airport, the next morning.
Today's destination was the Lodge "Stanley & Livingstone"***** in the Victoria Falls Game Reserve which is so rich in animals and located only 10 minutes from the famous Victoria Falls.
We discovered this natural wonder from air and enjoyed the wonderful views over the waterfalls in Zimbabwe and Zambia during a helicopter tour.
Of course we also visited some hotels: The traditional Victoria Falls Hotel**** offers the best view over the waterfalls while the Elephant Safari Camp**** impresses with its big tents.
The next day we headed for Botswana, the "pearl of Africa". Our first stop was the Chobe Safari Lodge***+, a classic lodge directly at the Chobe River. Then we drove through the Chobe National Park with its huge elephant herds and reached the Elephant Valley Lodge***+. The 20 comfortable safari tents offer a bathroom with bathtube or shower/WC. From the upper lounge area you enjoy a great view over a large waterhole.
A special tip at Chobe National Park is the Chobe Game Lodge***** from Desert and Delta. Even Liz Taylor spent her honeymoons here! From the viewing terrace you enjoy an unforgettable view over the river where elephants and hippos are bathing. Manager James was very cordial and happy to show us his little paradise.
We flew to the Okavango Delta with a bush plane the next day. Here we discovered the impressing nature during a mokoro cruise. The Pom Pom Camp***+ is the ideal starting point for game drives on the water or by safari vehicle. In the evening we even were so lucky to spot a leopard directly at the lodge.
With lots of unforgettable memories we drove to Maun the next day and flew back to Frankfurt via Johannesburg.
Our journey started with a comfortable flight with Ethiopian Airlines from Frankfurt via Addis Abeba to Kilimanjaro airport. On-board the cabin crew was very friendly and served us with the typical African hospitality.
We landed in Tanzania relaxed the next noon. After a short drive we reached the Kilemakyaro Lodge on 1100 m which is located beautifully amidst coffee plantations. The friendly round bungalows enthused us just like the wonderful view did.
The next day started with a delicious breakfast and the visit of the church in Kibosho for the Sunday Mass. It is a huge church amidst the banana plantatiions. We experienced a colourful and ceremonial church service under the curious eyes of the other visitors.
Afterwards we drove on to Tarangire National Park which took us about 3 hours. In the afternoon we enjoyed our first game drive in the scenically beautiful park. It is famous for its huge elephant herds which we could watch from close distance. We stayed overnight at the Elephant Safari Lodge.
During the whole next day we could discover the park. While visiting a local village we were told many interesting things about the traditional life of the local inhabitants.
We finished the evening at the campfire of the Masai Boma with a glass Amarula.
On the next day, the Serengeti with its breathtaking animal kingdom was waiting for us. From the Lobo Lodge we had an amazing view into the park and enjoyed exciting game drives. The highlight was the visit of the zoological station of Prof. Borner. Here we learned interesting things about wildlife conversation and the ecosystem of the park.
We stayed overnight at the comfortable Seronera Lodge.
After a delicious breakfast the next day we drove further on to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. A game drive in this 22 km crater which is located between 2200 and 260 m above sea-level was an unforgettable experience. Afterwards we drove to the beautiful Kudu Lodge in Karatu.
The next day we visited the snake farm in Mesarai as well as a Masai Museum. Afterwards we returned to Kilemakyaro Lodge and enjoyed the great nature of Tanzania for the last time.
With lots of new impressions, Ethiopian Airlines brought us back to Frankfurt.
14 days Kenya - from Mombasa to Masai Mara - this offers a lot of time in order to collect unforgettable experiences during safari but also to discover insiders' tips and first-class camps for you. Here you will find my personal recommendations for the respective region in Kenya. You will be surprised about what's to discover!
For travelling from Germany to Mombasa, there are different options: Besides direct flights from Condor there are also some scheduled flights. My flight with Ethiopian Airlines took me to Mombasa via Addis Abeba. A good service on-board, comfortable seat pitch and reliability and punctuality make it a good and cheap alternative.
After arrival we had several hotel visits during the first days and went to the North and South Coast of Mombasa. A special highlight at Diani Beach is for sure the Swahili Beach Resort. Nice rooms equipped in the authentic Swahili style, a good choice of restaurants and a beautiful pool landscape shaped like a terrace make the hotel a top-address for relaxing bathing holidays before or after your safari.
For the ones who love peace and exclusiveness there is the Afrochic Boutique Resort. The hotel only offers 10 rooms and can therefore care for each and every guest individually: Mealtimes or activities according to your wishes? No problem! The friendly team will care for your every wish. .
At the North Coast of Kenya - at Bamburi Beach, I recommend the Severin Sea Lodge. The hotel offers huge gardens with nice palms and 2 pools. A diving school just in front of the hotel cares for the needs of water sports enthusiasts.
Afterwards we headed for safari! Our first stop was at Tsavo East National Park: the Satao Camp is the ideal basis for a short safari from Mombasa. After a drive of about 4 hours you will reach the open camp which isn't fenced. Enjoy the view over the African vastness from the tent or the open restaurant - and with a little bit of luck you will see quite a few animals at the waterhole directly in front of the camp.
That same day we drove further on to Tsavo West National Park and stayed overnight at Severin Safari Camp. Here there is nothing left to be desired: comfortable and nicely equipped tents and suites, the inviting Spa area "Kenbali" with a big pool and a restaurant with excellent cuisine. When you sit down on your terrace in the evening and watch the animals passing by, you don't want to leave this little paradise.
But the next morning we had to continue our journey and drove to Amboseli National Park: We passed the lava fields at Chyulu Hills and arrived at the park at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. But this park has a lot more to offer than only the impressing panorama of the highest mountain in Africa: especially here you will see huge elephant herds. My camp recommendation for you: the Satao Elerai Camp! Spacious and comfortable tents with a wonderful view to Mt. Kilimanjaro and a cosy lounge area where you can spend the remains of the day in a great and relaxing atmosphere. From here you can enjoy exciting game drives through the national park and the private Elerai game reserve of the camp.
From Amboseli we drove further via Nairobi to Great Rift Valley with its beautiful lake landscape. Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha offer much more than only nice subject for photos; also as a safari tourist you will discover so special things. Especially in August, when hundreds of thousands of flamingos come here, you really have to visit Lake Nakuru during your safari. You can also watch rhinos and leopards quite often. I especially recommend the Mbweha Camp or the Lake Elementaita Serena Lodge.
After visiting Lake Naivasha our tour led us into the heart of the African animal kingdom - Masai Mara. It is especially famous for its "Great Migration" where huge herds of animals cross the Mara River on their way from the Serengeti in Tanzania - one of the biggest spectacles in the world. But also apart from the migration you will have the chance to see the Big Five here.
The ideal starting point for game drives through the Mara is the Mara Serena Safari Lodge. She is located on a hill and offers endless views over the plains of Masai Mara. Enjoy the panoramic view from the pool! Everyone who likes to stay overnight in a lodge instead of a tented camp will enjoy it.
For persons looking for a luxurious but authentic safari camp will love the Sanctuary Olonana Camp. 14 spacious and luxuriously equipped tents, all with their private verandah with view to the Mara River directly in front of the tent... Here, safari dreams will come true! The camp is located in a private game reserve and involves in environmental protection and projects for the local inhabitants.
If you have visited all these wonderful parks, you will for sure want to come back. We will be glad to advise you on your personal dream journey and will help you in finding the best route and camps and/or lodges. "Karibu Kenya! - Willkommen in Kenia!"
Mauritius is known as a beautiful destination for bathing holidays at the Indian Ocean - but this island has so much more to offer!
If you prefer kitesurfing or golfing; if you like relaxing at the beach or in a first-class spa; if you love exploring a market or go hiking: on Mauritius you can choose from all of this. I have visited the island in May 2011 and got to know different regions and hotels. I'm happy to give you some advice for your next holidays:
Even if most of the visitors come to Mauritius for bathing or sports - a visit of the capital city Port Louis should be a part of your itinerary: The newly formed Caudan Waterfront attracts with a great gastronomical offer from snack bars to top restaurants and lots of shops. The Central Market in historical market halls near the harbour offers a pulsating life with a huge offer of fruits and vegetable as well as handicrafts and textiles. The market has an exotic charme due to the typical and peaceful together of different cultures and religions. Here you will feel Indian, Chinese, Creole and European influences. And during a visit to the Historic Museum you can have a look at the original of the famous stamp "Blue Mauritius".
And for the ones looking for active holidays, Mauritius offers lots of possibilities: Nearly the whole coastline offers places for diving and snorkelling. The coast in front of the mountain Le Morne is really popular amongst kitesurfers and surfers as they will find the ideal conditions here. And also guided hiking tours on top of Le Morne are offered. Additionally Mauritius is a paradiese for golf lovers with first-class courses, e.g. at the South Coast where you will find the course of the Heritage Golf Club.
But of course you will especially love the wonderful beaches of Mauritius. About 160 km of sand border the island - the most popular beaches are located in the north, for example at Gran Baie. But also near Flic en Flac or at the South Coast you will find nice beaches, even if the coast at the south is a little bit rougher and in some regions you might need bathing shoes.
Of course I also have several hotel tipps for you:
I will be glad to advise you personally on my recommendations and arrange the perfect offer for your dream holidays on Mauritius - the paradisiac pearl at the Indian Ocean!
Unique ecosystems, fascinating game drives, first-class accommodations - you will find all that in Botswana. Our colleague Jeremy Kitchen visited some of the most beautiful regions during a round trip in November 2013. He is glad to tell you about his impressions and will be happy to advice you on great lodges and sites worth-seeing:
"Arriving in Botswana is easy by South African Airways via Johannesburg. From there you will find connections to Maun, Kasane or Gaborone. Many round trips to Botswana do also start in Livingstone (Zambia) and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe).
My tour starts in Maun which is great after the long flight as our hotel isn't far away from the airport. The Sedia Riverside Lodge is a quite simple accommodation and offers little bungalows as well as a nearby camping ground. Especially for young travelers on a camping tour it is a good start for an safari adventure.
The next morning, a Cessna brings us from Maun to one of the biggest wild reserves in Southern Africa: the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Even though the first rain has fallen in November, the area is still very dry. In the huge and nearly unaffected reserve, the animals are nearly undisturbed by tourists. Only 5 minutes after landing we see giraffes walking over the landing strip in the park. We even spotted the first elephants during the flight itself. During the game drives through the park we rarely see another car. But we discover a pack of wild dogs - really rare in Africa! No others tourists around us, we can enjoy this highlight all alone. This is what makes Botswana so attractive, also for the ones knowing Africa very well: it isn't run over, and so nature can be enjoyed unhurriedly.
The next day nearly is the same: We fly from Kalahari to Khwai and there as well we only see very few other tourists, most of them self-drivers with their pickups on a camping tour. During the flight we are near Okavango Delta - a unique landscape, especially from bird's eye view. As well as in Kalahari, we stay overnight in a mobile tented camp. The camp team arrived there earlier and everything is prepared: the tents, the "bucket-showers" and the tent's own toilette in a separate area next to each tent.
Even though November is considered a rainy season, it is a great time for safari: lots of animals give birth to their cubs, we especially see antelopes and elephants with their young ones quite often. The next highlight is waiting for us in Savute the next day: a pride of lions with their young babies playing in the shadow under a bush - this is pure Africa!
We stay overnight in the comfortable Camp Savute in luxurious tents with a huge bathroom with bathtub and outdoor shower. The camp is located directly at Savute Channel that after several rainy years carries water again. Therefore, lots of animals visit the channel in the evenings to drink, and during dinner we can hear the hyenas in close distance...
From Savute we drive via Linyanti through the Chobe National Park to Kasane, where we have the opportunity to visit some lodges during the next days. In Kasane itself, there are some lodges located directly at the Chobe River that are only a 15 minutes drive away from the national park. From such a lodge, e.g. Chobe Marine Lodge, you can start boat trips as well as game drives into the park. A special highlight was a short scenic flight over the park. The pilot is flying just 100 - 200 metres above the ground which ensures spectacular views over the animal kingdom and the river landscape.
After several safari days in Botswana I'm sure: I will come back! When are you going to come there?"
There is no other African country than Kenya that offers the perfect combination of bathing holidays and safaris in such a unique way. There are so many things to discover! During our journey through Kenya we also took part in the Magical Kenya Road Safari. A wonderful program to enjoy your first safari adventures.
In the early morning we were picked up at our beach hotel, Severin Sea Lodge. Our way led us through the bustling Mombasa in the morning, along huge sisal fields to Tsavo West. After entering the National Park we enjoyed our first game drive and saw giraffes, zebras and hippos. Afterwards we reached the first camp for lunch, Severin Safari Camp: It is a real paradise on earth and definetely THE highlight during this safari. You feel like being one with nature as the camp isn't fenced, so that the animals pass by without any boundaries. During lunch you enjoy the view far over the savannah and can totally relax.
In the afternoon we had another game drive in our safari jeep and amongst others visited Mzima Springs, a paradise for fishes, crocodiles and hippos. At nightfall we drove back to our camp where we enjoyed a delicious dinner. Afterwards we spent the remains of the day with a glass of wine at the campfire.
The next morning we took part in an early morning game drive. After breakfast at the camp we drove on to Amboseli National Park that is located in near distance to Mt. Kilimanjaro. On our way through the Masai area we had to pass a "little" obstacle. As the rain season had started early this year, the river we had to pass was abounding in water. Should we drive through or drive a detour of 200 km? After careful considerations and a little time of waiting, the crossing was a really unforgettable experience for us.
Check-in and lunch at the Ol Tukai Lodge. The rooms of the lodge are situated in little wooden huts (Chalets) and offer "Kili View" or "Elephant View" - a fantastic panorama! All rooms are nicely designed and offer a bathroom with view and an own teracce. Afterwards we started our afternoon game drive till nightfall and amongst others saw a hippo. Great! In the evening we enjoyed a delicious dinner buffet at the lodge.
We drove on in the early morning and saw lots of animals during this game drive - herds of buffalos, elefants, hyaenas and many more. After breakfast we headed towards Tsavo East National Park which is famous for its red earth and the red elephants. Directly when entering the park we saw huge herds of elephants. After this game drive, we continued to Ashnil Aruba Lodge for lunch. During the afternoon game drive we saw a young sleeping lion. The absolute highlight for us was the thunderstorm above us - savannah as far as you could see and the lightning above. Really beautiful and a great photo motif.
On the last morning it was our goal to again see some lions, and thanks to our great guides we really have. Afterwards, the guide discoverd the track of a cheetah and followed it. A few minutes later our "chase" was rewarded as three playing cheetahs crossed our lens. What more could one want? During breakfast in our lodge and the return transfer to our hotel we looked back to a wonderful time on safari and reached Mombasa at about 5 pm.
On the second day of my journey to Kenya I travelled to the South Coast and visited several hotels:
This hotel is located at a white and long beach of Diani and offers a huge pool landscape which is amongst the biggest in Kenya. There is a bar directly in the water - what else could one wish for?! The comfortable rooms are furnished in the typical Lamu style and either offer garden view or ocean view. The rooms with ocean view are situated in the first row directly behind the beach.
This beautiful boutique hotel definitely is my highlight in Diani. You will only be able to enter this pearl with an appointment or after having registered in advance. "Maji" means water - directly behind the hotel lobby you will find the spring of the ample swimming pool which is beautifully designed around the hotel. It is the perfect spot for relaxation! All 15 rooms have been designed with love to detail, no room looks like the other. The hotel attaches great importance to individuality. Full board is offered but there are no rules or fixed meal times. The experienced cooks will be glad to care for the individual needs and wishes of every guest.
The spacious hotel area has been built on a coral rock. The single hotel buildings are surrounded by beautiful gardens and the wonderful beach is located below the resort. For guests looking for relaxation there is a private beach area in a little bay (for adults only), the hotel offers lots of bars and restaurants. The Spa area is excellently equipped and offers privacy, as the area is located in a little sweet forest of the resort.
This hotel is supposed to be one of the most beautiful hotels in Diani and offers Arabian and Indian accents. Already the entrance area is greatly designed with a unique fountain and the beautiful pool landscape reaches through most of the garden. The wonderful beach with its upstream coral reef is located below the hotel. The rooms show a beautiful design, but the bathrooms are especially great. They seem to carved from only one stone.
One of the most famous hotels at Kenya's South Coast is the Baobab Beach Resort & Spa which is located on a rock. The ample hotel area has its name from the baobab trees that offer shadow amidst a tropical forest. And for the monkeys that are large in number. In the garden you will find four pools amongst them a wonderful infinity pool. The hotel also offers an amphitheater, so that animation is also cared for, for adults and children.