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The East African : Mar 9th 2015
The EastAfrican MAGAZINE MARCH 7-13,2015 III ≥elax as you soak in EA hospitality Hata≥i Lodge, A≥usha Hatari is Kiswahili for danger and the title of an enduring Hollywood classic. It certainly conjures up images of wild animals. Before the advent of camps and lodges, only the very brave ventured out for game viewing. Hatari Lodge is located at the edge of the Arusha National Park and overlooks both Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru. This is a luxury bush hotel built amid acacia woodland. The lodge has nine rooms, each with an open fireplace and decorated in retro 1960s and 1970s style, paying tribute to the era of Hatari! the movie starring John Wayne. Game drives, guided walks and canoe trips are laid on for the guests. Hatari has a game-viewing platform from which one can see buffalo, giraffe and other animals. If you are enamoured of the golden age of Hollywood, this is just the place for you this Easter. Kasha Boutique Hotel Across the water in exotic Zan- zibar, 11 luxury villas, each with its own swimming pool, form the Kasha Boutique Hotel. Built on a cliff, the hotel provides magnificent views over the lagoon of the Mnembwa Atoll coral reef. The white sandy beach can be accessed by a staircase during low tide, while at high tide a wooden Manta Reso≥t Still on Pemba Island, we find one of the most unusual getaways: Manta Resort. Set on a sparkling white beach, it overlooks the Pemba channel. There are six seafront villas, four superior garden rooms, seven garden rooms and a remarkable underwater room. This floating structure has a landing deck and an underwater bedroom. one of its kind in the world. It is worth a visit just for the sheer novelty of sleeping plank leads into the natural sea pool. The menu here quite rightly celebrates the spices of Zanzibar. The island is a gourmet’s delight and what better way to sample these than at this luxury boutique hotel. The Baraza Bar is a popular evening meeting place for guests. is a twin-gabled colonial era house with sweeping verandas. Located just 10 minutes outside Nanyuki town, (almost 200km north of Nairobi on the main NairobiThika-Nanyuki highway), Mukima House offers a commanding view of Mt Kenya to the east and the Aberdare ranges to the west.” ‘‘ Mukima House Mukima house For those willing to venture far- ther afield and still be within a fairly short distance from Nairobi, the Mt Kenya tourist circuit in Kenya, provides ideal places for a long weekend retreat. Mukima House is a twin-gabled colonial era house with sweeping verandas. Located just 10 minutes outside Nanyuki town, (almost 200km north of Nairobi on the main Nairobi-Thika-Nanyuki highway), Mukima House offers a commanding view of Mt Kenya to the east and the Aberdare ranges to the west. An interesting feature of Mukima House is the dam on its grounds. This provides a natural habitat for pelican, ibis, stork and other bird species. With its eight ensuite rooms, Mukima House can easily cater for 16 people. The establishment has a common swimming pool and a massage room for guests who need that little extra pampering. For those who enjoy a mild workout to stay fit, tennis and badminton are also on the cards, just as there is a dedicated games room with table tennis and darts. For those who enjoy the outdoors, there is a raft of activities that the management is happy to make arrangements. These include boating and fishing in the nearby lake, a hike up the mountain, visits to the nearby parks and game reserves and even a helicopter ride. An unforgettable way to spend the Easter break. Ki≥awi≥a Camp The Serengeti is understandably on among the fishes, as it were. The double bed surrounded by panes of glass gives one the chance to be Jacques Cousteau for a day. Guests can also take guided tours through the ancient Ngezi forest. The sea offers excellent diving for marine enthusiasts, with professional diving instructors to smooth the way. For privacy, romance and adventure, the Manta Resort is the place to be this Easter. many traveller’s bucket list. Brought to the world’s attention by the 1959 German documentary Serengeti Shall Not Die, this park continues to fascinate all those remotely interested in travel, wildlife or simply in a unique getaway. What better way to see this famous savanna than while staying at the Kirawira Camp. Run by the Serena Group, Kirawira is a high-end, colonialstyle tented-camp. It has 25 ensuite rooms and stands on a hill overlooking the fabled savanna. Game drives are arranged daily and the restaurant serves up five-course gourmet lunches and dinners.
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