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Monday, 06 May 2013 06:59

A Healthy and Fit Holiday

Written by Duara Safaris

 

Taking a holiday is one of the best things a person can do for themselves. This gives one a chance to relax and rejuvenate always from life’s daily hassles.

With the increase of personal health issues ad disease, there is a increase growth in spa treatment hotels and also yoga retreats where one can rest and exercise their way back to good health.

In Kenya, there are hotels that specializes in yoga holidays is the beautiful and secluded island of Lamu.

Lamu has the best and most beautiful warm beaches, in Kenya, and is one of the best places to go on a beach holiday while visiting Kenya’s coast. With its rich culture, tasty food and lovely accommodation options of all types, Duara Safaris highly recommends Lamu as a holiday destination.

Properties offering Yoga are Fatuma’s Tower and The Banana Yoga and Welllness Tower.

Fatuma’s Tower

The Fatuma Tower

Fatuma's Tower Guest House Lamu has five double bedrooms, an apartment, a garden cottage and a large yoga hall. The Sand Castle with a ground floor family apartment of three double rooms. The Garden Cottage has two double rooms both with bathrooms.

Fatuma’s Tower was voted one of the 150 best places to visit by Harper’s & Queen’s magazine.

Fatuma House offers personal yoga programmes that can be designed to suit you, or one has an option of joining the yoga retreat programmes.

Prices per night include:-Single Room (One Guests) 75 Euro and 95 Euro Double Room (Two Guests)

The Banana Yoga and Wellness House

The Banana House

Banana House is a boutique hotel on the island of Shela in Lamu with 16 rooms spread over three houses situated in a magnificent tropical garden. This property offers daily Yoga offers, massage and holistic treatments

Other techniques available include:_ aromatherapy, reflexology, body exfoliation and many more.

The Rates range from 115 Euro / night for a double room to 80 Euro / night for a single room.

All rates include breakfast.

For more information or bookings:-

Contact Duara Safaris on :-

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 07:52

The Spectacular Sound and Light Show

Written by Duara Safaris

 

Sound and Light ShowThe best way to learn about the history of Mombasa is to take go for the Sound and light show.

Visitors are welcomed into the Fort by guards in flowing robes brandishing flaming torches where they are lead to watch the show about Mombasa ad the struggle for Fort Jesus between the Portugese and the Omani Arabs and finally the British.

They are led to a specially designed and choreographed show that uses lights, sound effects and costumed actors to bring to life the long and turbulent history of the Fort.

At the end of the show a sumptuous five course dinner is served in the open courtyard of the Fort, under the stars.

The sound and light show can be combined with a sunset dhow cruise to the old port where you are  escorted into  Fort Jesus.

Rates

* Mombasa by Night Dhow Cruise Excursion is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

* Resident Rates /Prices 5000 Kenya Shillings Per Person and 125 $ for Non residents

* Tour Duration: 6 Hours Approximately

* Departure Time: 1700 Hours

Prices/Rates Include:

* Sound & Light Show

* Hotel pickup from/to your hotel

* Dhow cruise on the Tudor Creek

* Dinner in the inner courtyard of Fort Jesus

Prices/Rates Exclude:

* Gratuities (optional)

* Food and drinks, unless specified

Booking & Reservations

Duara Safaris

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Tuesday, 02 April 2013 07:41

A Yoga Holiday

Written by Duara Safaris

 

LamuTaking a holiday is one of the best things a person can do for themselves. This gives one a chance to relax and rejuvenate always from life’s daily hassles.

With the increase of personal health issues ad disease, there is a increase growth in spa treatment hotels and also yoga retreats where one can rest and exercise their way back to good health.

In Kenya, there are hotels that specializes in yoga holidays is the beautiful and secluded island of Lamu.

Lamu has the best and most beautiful warm beaches, in Kenya, and is one of the best places to go on a beach holiday while visiting Kenya’s coast. With its rich culture, tasty food and lovely accommodation options of all types, Duara Safaris highly recommends Lamu as a holiday destination.

Properties offering Yoga are Fatuma’s Tower and The Banana Yoga and Welllness Tower.

Fatuma’s Tower

Fatuma's Tower

Fatuma's Tower Guest House Lamu has five double bedrooms, an apartment, a garden cottage and a large yoga hall. The Sand Castle with a ground floor family apartment of three double rooms. The Garden Cottage has two double rooms both with bathrooms.

Fatuma’s Tower was voted one of the 150 best places to visit by Harper’s & Queen’s magazine.

Fatuma House offers personal yoga programmes that can be designed to suit you, or one has an option of joining the yoga retreat programmes.

Prices per night include:-Single Room (One Guests) 75 Euro and 95 Euro Double Room (Two Guests)

The Banana Yoga and Wellness House

Banana House

Banana House is a boutique hotel on the island of Shela in Lamu with 16 rooms spread over three houses situated in a magnificent tropical garden. This property offers daily Yoga offers, massage and holistic treatments

Other techniques available include:_ aromatherapy, reflexology, body exfoliation and many more.

The Rates range from 115 Euro / night for a double room to 80 Euro / night for a single room.

All rates include breakfast.

For more information or bookings:-

Contact Duara Safaris on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us on 0704-300-002

 

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 11:13

11 Things To Do In Zanzibar

Written by Duara Safaris

 

Zanzibar

1.            The Old Town

The old town showcases the lives of the Zanzibar people and their cultures which consist of a blend of various ethnic groups.

2.            The Slave market

The Stone Town was host to one of the world's last open slave markets, presided over by Arab traders until it was shut down by the British in 1873.

3.            The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum, also known as Sultan's Palace (Beit el-Sahel in Arab), is one of the main historical buildings of Stone Town, Zanzibar. The palace was built in late 19th century to serve as a residence for the Sultan's family. After the Zanzibar Revolution, in 1964 it was formally renamed to People's Palace and used as a government seat. In 1994, it became a museum about the Zanzibari royal family and was formally renamed again, this time to "Palace Museum".

4.            Beit-el-Amaan Museum/ House of Wonders

The House of Wonders or Palace of Wonders is a landmark building in Stone Town.

It is the largest and tallest building of Stone Town and occupies a prominent place facing the Forodhani Gardens on the old town's seafront. The palace was built in 1883 for Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar and was  intended as a ceremonial palace and official reception hall, celebrating modernity, and it was named "House of Wonders" because it was the first building in Zanzibar to have electricity, and also the first building of East Africa to have an elevator.

The design of the palace is attributed to a British marine engineer and indeed its form introduced new architectural elements into the Zanzibar repertoire, including the wide external verandas supported by cast iron columns, which allowed for uniquely high ceilings

 

5.            Old Dispensary

The Old Dispensary,is  also known as Ithnashiri Dispensary.The Dispensary is one of the most finely decorated buildings of Stone Town and a symbol of the multi-cultural architecture and heritage of the city with  wooden carved balconies, stained glass decorations and a lot of  Indian influence.

The main structure is built with traditional Zanzibari coral rag and limestone, but covered with stucco adornments of European neo-classical taste.] The inside of the building is just as sophisticated, with a covered courtyard and carved bridges connecting the floors.

6.            The Old Fort

The Old Fort is also known as the Arab Fort and in Swahili: Ngome Kongwe

I t was built in late 17th century by the Omanis to defend the island from the Portuguese, and it is known to have actually been used to repel at least one attack, from the Portuguese and their Mazrui allies. It was later used as a prison and as barracks. In early 20th century it was also used as a depot during the construction of the railway that connected Stone Town to the village of Bububu.

7.            Tippu Tip House

Tippu Tip was a Swahili-Zanzibari trader. He was famously known by the natives of East Africa as Tippu Tib after the sounds that his many guns made. A notorious slave trader, plantation owner and governor, who worked for a succession of sultans of Zanzibar, he led many trading expeditions into Central Africa, involving the slave trade and ivory trade. He constructed profitable trading posts that reached deep into Central Africa.

The Tippu Tip house was built by the renowned slave trader with the same name. It is not a traditional Arab house but still reflects the characteristic styles of other houses built in the late 19th century.

8.            Mambo Msiige Building

The Mambo Msiige is a building with a colourful past  built around 1850 by a wealthy Arab resident .The name of the building means 'do not imitate' - giving a hint of its stunning design and architecture. The building was later used both as residence for British representatives, as the Universities Mission in Central Africa, as a European hospital and is today a Government office.

9.            The Spice Tours

Zanzibar is also known as "The Island of Spices or simply Spice Island".

Zanzibar is synonymous with spices and the spice trade. A spice tour is a great way to explore the island and taste the various spices straight from the ground. A Zanzibar spice tour allows you to find tropical fruits, spices and other rare species of plants are among the different.

10.          Pemba Island

Pemba Island, known as "The Green Island" in Arabic. And is reknown for its beautiful beach.

11.          Stone Town

Also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for "old town") is the old part of Zanzibar City and former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate. The town was once a flourishing centre of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century.

 

Monday, 25 March 2013 07:09

The Tazara Express

Written by Duara Safaris

 

The Tazara Express train (TanzaniaZambiaRailways) connects Lusaka (Zambia) to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), 1800 km of tracks . The train (TanzaniaZambiaRailways) connects Lusaka (Zambia) to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania.

The Chinese government sponsored construction of the railway specifically to eliminate Zambia's economic dependence on Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa. Today this train carries out mainly traders and emigrates. The journey lasts around 70 hours.

Twice a week, the Tazara Express leaves Dar es Salaam for Zambia and takes  3 days  passing through the Selous Game Reserve,Mikumi national Park and the tow of Mbeya before arriving in Kapiri Moshi.

The trains have sleeping-cars and a restaurant car, and the journey is a great adventure.

1S = 1st class 4-berth sleepers;

2S = 2nd class 6-berth sleepers;

2 = 2nd class seats;

3 = 3rd class seats;

M = meal at seat service;

R = Restaurant car.

One of the two Dar-Kapiri Mposhi train sets is Zambian and called the "Mukuba Express" (= 'copper' in the Bemba language), the other is Tanzanian and called the "Kilimanjaro".  You have a 50:50 chance of getting either trainset.

Fares

The fares are one way per person.For ordinary train fares are around 20% less.

Dar es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi  VIA Mbeya:

1st class 70 $ US

2nd class 50$ US

3rdclass 30$ US

On Tazara, Children under 7 travel free, under 15 pay half fare.

Bookings

Bookings are open 1 month in advance.

The sleepers are single sex, so men and women will be in separate compartments unless your party books the complete compartment.

To book a tour on this train or for further information contact Duara Safaris on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us on +254-704-300-002

 

 

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