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The East African : Mar 9th 2015
The EastAfrican II MAGAZINE MARCH 7-13,2015 cove≥ sto≥y This Easte≥ plan to get away and Few holidays excite the imagination mo≥e than Easte≥, simply because it is the fi≥st majo≥ b≥eak of the yea≥ fo≥ most people in the ≥egion afte≥ the long Ch≥istmas holiday, and it ma≥ks the end of the fi≥st qua≥te≥ of the yea≥. With tou≥ism in East Af≥ica expe≥iencing mixed fo≥tunes— t≥avel adviso≥ies against Kenya in majo≥ ma≥kets, low a≥≥ivals in Tanzania despite assu≥ed secu≥ity, a slow beginning fo≥ Uganda and Rwanda — The EastAf≥ican has compiled an exciting list of tou≥ist destinations f≥om a≥ound the ≥egion fo≥ a unique Easte≥ getaway fo≥ ≥esidents and visito≥s alike. Ou≥ w≥ite≥ set out to explo≥e the hidden gems, and some not so hidden, both at the coast of Kenya and Tanzania, as well as bush safa≥i destinations whe≥e you can ≥elax with family and f≥iends on the extended Easte≥ weekend. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and neithe≥ a≥e the facilities ≥ated. By JOHN SILENCE Nai≥obi Tented Camp The intrepid East African visiting Nairobi for the first time can be assured of rest and relaxation over the holiday by making wise choices. The Kenyan capital city being the region’s business hub means that the hospitality industry offers a diverse choice for both residents and visitors. Nairobi has many attractions that are not immediately evident to a first-time visitor. A must-do this Easter for those with no time to get out of the city is a weekend spent game-viewing. This could be the city’s best kept secret, there is accommodation right inside the Nairobi National Park, the Nairobi Tented Camp (run by the Kenya Wildlife Service) and it would make for a unique Easter getaway. Nairobi Tented Camp, set inside Macushla House Nairobi is also home to small, luxuri- the riverine forest in the park, is a few minutes drive from the city centre, a mere hop from the Wilson Airport and a 20-minute drive from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on a good traffic day. Nine guest tents (each sleeping two in a twin or double bed) provide for ensuite safari living complete with hot showers, if needed. Dining and lounge tents make perfect winding-down common areas to recap on the game-viewing during the day. Leopards, giraffe, rhino and lions abound and there is no better way to view these than taking an early morning game drive. This is a popular safari venue with foreigners and locals alike, and early booking is recommended. Macushla House in Karen, Nairobi. Picture: Martin Mukangu Ta≥angi≥e T≥eetops Located on the boundary of Tarangire National Park in Manyara Region in northern Tanzania, is the Tarangire Treetops. It comprises 20 elevated rooms, affording an incredible view above the baobab and marula trees. A rather special feature of the lodge is the size of the bedrooms: each measures 65 square metres and comes complete with an ensuite bathroom. Poolside dinner by candlelight is recommended as you watch animals come to the lodge’s waterhole for one last drink. This is a great spot to view elephants. Oryx and lesser kudu also call this park home. The lodge is an hour’s drive from Kuro airstrip, which is in Tarangire itself. ‘‘ ous getaway spots that even the locals, outside the travel aficionado, are unaware of. Macushla House is one such rustic lodge style hotel. Located in the posh Karen suburb, south of Nairobi, Macushla (Gaelic for “my beloved”) is a 20-minutes drive from the city centre. The sylvan setting of the house keeps activities to a minimum. There is a restaurant, bar and study to while away the hours and a swimming pool to work up an appetite for the fresh home-cooked meals. Having only six bedrooms (each sleeping three), this is your perfect home away from home this Easter. The Ret≥eat Selous The Retreat Selous is a remote sa- fari camp in the Selous Game Reserve 216km west of Dar es Salaam, a three hour’s drive. This game reserve is the largest protected game reserve in Africa. The retreat is a 12-suite exclusive Nairobi has many attractions that are not immediately evident to a first-time visitor.” hideaway that lays emphasis on the spiritual aspect of relaxation. While game-viewing receives its fair due, this is more of a retreat in the classic sense of the word: A peaceful and beautiful environment in which to relax, enjoying spa treatments with the occasional safari. Lying on the banks of the Ruaha river, The Retreat offers complete isolation and is the perfect venue to recharge a tired body and mind.
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