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Holiday Title: An Epic Tanzania Adventure
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Tanzania for 12 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: An Epic Tanzania Adventure
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way to the Arrivals Hall where you will be met by your transfer driver who will be holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be transferred to Arusha where you can relax before beginning your safari adventure in the morning.
Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, the Arusha Serena Hotel stands amid coffee plantations overlooking the tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, the hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds.
You will be met after breakfast by your safari driver-guide and driven to the Tarangire National Park in your private 4x4 safari vehicle, which has a pop up roof for easy game viewing and photography opportunities. The drive is about 3 hours on a tarred road. You will arrive in time for lunch at your first safari camp.
Tarangire Simba Lodge borders the Tarangire National Park and wildlife is constantly on the move, passing through the grounds, with elephants often visiting the swimming pool. Giraffe, zebra, warthog and more delight guests from the viewing platform and tent verandahs.
Tarangire National Park
After lunch you will depart on a game drive in the Tarangire National Park. Tarangire National Park is a gem on the northern safari circuit. Teeming with wildlife, especially in the dry season, this area is a safari-goers dream.
Depart after an early breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara. The drive will be about 2.5 hours on a tarred road. The Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for its excellent bird-watching opportunities in general, as more than 400 different bird species have been recorded. Other wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, cheetah, hippo, Masai giraffe, wildebeest, impala, zebra, warthogs, large troops of baboons and the legendary but rarely seen tree-climbing lions. You will stop at the picnic area for a packed lunch midway through the day before continuing with your game drive to see what else you may spot amongst the trees. You will then depart mid-afternoon for the 20-30 minute drive to Karatu, which is situated a few kilometres from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Main Gate.
Situated deep in the farming area of the Karatu district and nestled right alongside the Ngorongoro Forest, Karatu Simba Lodge is situated approximately 4 km off the main road to the entry of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Accommodation is in cottages or rondavels with canvas walls and solid attached bathroom and shower, all simply decorated.
Depart after an early breakfast for the 20-30 minute drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Main Gate. Your driver will need to fill in some paperwork, so while you wait for him you can visit the small information centre. You then drive up the narrow, winding road through magnificent trees and foliage to the Crater rim itself, stopping at the view point to take in the most amazing view across the entire Crater. The road continues around the Crater rim to the descent road down into the Crater and within 90 minutes you will be on the Crater floor itself. The Ngorongoro Crater is on many peoples bucket list of places to see and visit. This natural wonder is the largest unflooded, intact volcanic caldera in the world. The actual crater is about 20 km across, 600 meters deep and covers 300 sq km. Within the rim there are an estimated 30,000 animals, making this one of the densest concentration of wildlife within Africa. Stopping for a packed lunch midway through the day, you will explore every inch of the crater floor before departing tired but happy back to your lodge.
After an early breakfast you will depart for the long drive to your next safari camp in the Serengeti National Park. You will firstly cross the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and your driver-guide will need to stop to fill in paperwork again at the Main Gate. The drive from here onwards is long, dusty and bumpy, as the roads are not paved - they are more 'corrugated' which means the ride sometimes is not very smooth. You will also stop at the Serengeti Gate while your driver completes more paperwork, so you may have time to take the walking trail up the hill to view the surrounding plains. You will then continue with the drive to your camp, arriving in time for a late lunch. If you see anything of interest along the way your guide will stop so that you can take a photo.
Located on the eastern edge of the central Serengeti and far away from the noise and disturbance of other well-travelled tourist circuits sits Sametu Camp. The camp boasts quiet seclusion, panoramic views of the wide open savannah plains and the Ngarenanyuki River meandering near the edge of camp.
Once fully rested you can go out with your driver-guide to see what wildlife you can spot near the lodge. The Central Serengeti is home to the beautiful Seronera Valley where several rivers run through it enabling many resident animals to thrive year-round. The combination of location and resident prey attracts the largest populations of predators in Africa including lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas. Since many of these carnivores are themselves residents (lions maintain their territories throughout the year), excellent encounters are available year-round regardless of the season.
Depart with a packed lunch box on a full day game drive. The Serengeti is probably one of the most famous safari destinations in the world and offers what many people consider to be some of the best game viewing in Africa.
After breakfast, you will depart for the 5 hour drive up through the Serengeti to your next camp, arriving in time for lunch. Large herds of buffalo, antelope such as eland, impala, gazelles, topi and kongoni, rhino and family groups of giraffe may be spotted along the way. If you see anything of interest your guide will stop so that you can take a photo and you should arrive at your next camp in time for lunch. This tented camp offers quick access to viewing the spectacular drama of the wildebeest river crossings during the long dry season months of July through to October.
After a siesta you will depart for an afternoon game drive across the Northern Serengeti Plains. All year long the Mara River attracts numerous resident wildlife big and small such as large herds of elephant, eland and buffalo. Antelopes of many kinds also enjoy the grazing, and lions, leopards and cheetah maintain their territories here throughout the year too.
Depart with a packed lunch box and head to the Mara River, where if you are patient you may be lucky to witness a river crossing, where literally thousands and thousands of wildebeest surge through the waters in a continuous line. The lucky ones make the crossing unscathed, the not-so-lucky ones encounter one of the huge crocodiles who lie in wait for an unsuspecting wildebeest to stray out of the line.
After breakfast you will be driven to the Kogatende Airstrip where you will board your flight back to Arusha.
Auric Air (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kogatende Airstrip to Arusha (ARK) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be assisted with the connection onto your flight across to Zanzibar.
Tropical Air (Light Aircraft): Fly from Arusha (ARK) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
Upon arrival into Zanzibar Airport and having collected your luggage, make your way through the Arrivals Hall and exit the terminal building. You will be met outside by your driver holding a sign with your name - there is normally a mass of drivers waiting so be prepared to search for the right sign board. You will then be transferred to your beach hotel.
Sunshine Marine Lodge offers peace and spectacular views of the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and Mnemba Atoll, one of the most bio diverse coral reefs on Zanzibar. Guests also have exclusive access to a private beach area on Muyuni Beach. This private beach features a restaurant and beach bar as well as umbrellas and sun loungers and is reached by foot on a 700m walk during low tide or by boat. It is a perfect get away for those who would like to relax away from the crowds.
You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.
Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, the Arusha Serena Hotel stands amid coffee plantations overlooking the shores of the tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, the hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid landscaped grounds.
The hotel features a stone-built reception with adjoining lounge, library, restaurant and boutique shop. Imposing in stature and spacious in concept, the design of the building echoes the hotel's original incarnation as a working coffee farm dating back to colonial times.
Both the bar and restaurant offer blazing log fires, lake and garden views, and an elegant yet relaxed ambience. Cuisine includes local and international dishes and weekend buffet events are held on the broad open-air terraces. The hotel also offers a range of acrobatic and cultural shows for guest's entertainment on certain evenings.
Guests can enjoy a broad range of activities at an additional cost, which include massage treatments, guided walking trails, mountain biking, and canoeing on the lake. If you have time to explore Arusha itself, the hotel can arrange a trip for you. The streets here jostle with safari vehicles, market traders, and Masai warriors in traditional dress. Curio markets offer the opportunity to buy good quality crafts and gifts at reasonable prices.
The rooms and suites are presented in the style of stone-built cottages, which are grouped in clusters around a flower-filled central ‘village square'. Spacious and elegantly presented in classic country-house style, they feature marble bathrooms, leaded windows and double French doors giving way to tgarden and lake views, a stylish work or vanity area, and large comfortable beds.
The hotel is approximately 20 km from Arusha and 40 km from Kilimanjaro Airport.
|Room:||1 x Cottage|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
The Tarangire National Park is the 6th largest Park in Tanzania and is especially renowned for its large herds of elephants. It is estimated that the Park is home to the largest elephant population in northern Tanzania and some elephant herds can be as large as 600 strong.
Also on game drives you may spot giraffe, waterbuck, impala, warthog, kudu, dik dik, pods of hippo and troops of baboons and vervet monkeys, along with lion, spotted hyena, cheetah and leopard - and last but not least, tree-climbing pythons.
The Park takes its name from the Tarangire River that crosses through the Park, and which is the lifeblood for the wildlife that flock here during the dry season months (June to September), making these months splendid for game viewing. Huge herds of antelope, zebra, buffalo and wildebeest amass along the river banks and graze on the Park's fertile plains.
Located close to Tarangire National Park near the Sangaiwe Gate, Tarangire Simba Lodge is situated in a wildlife-rich area with unhampered views to the beautiful Lake Burunge. Bordered by the Park and a Wildlife Management Area, the setting is stunning.
The main guest areas include a swimming pool, a reception area and a separate lounge and dining room - all connected by wooden walkways. In addition, there is a deck for outdoor dining, plus a ‘tree-top’ viewing platform built in a stately acacia tree to facilitate wildlife watching and star gazing. Afternoon tea is on hand from 15:30 and there is also a fully stocked bar with wine list featuring South African wines.
Elephant, buffalo, ostrich and giraffe frequently pass through the camp, while the birdlife is prolific and vibrant. During the dry season, the small waterhole located in front of the lodge is often visited by a variety of wildlife, and guests can enjoy watching the animals gather to drink from their rooms or the viewing platform.
The accommodation is in 16 classic canvas safari tents constructed on wooden platforms each with en-suite facilities as well as an outdoor shower, and a private veranda with views over the bush. All of this is topped with a thatched roof, complementing rather than intruding on the natural environment. Solar power provides both electricity and hot water. Furnishings are handcrafted from African hardwood decorated with local fabrics.
There is also a family tent.
|Room:||1 x Standard Room|
|Includes:||All meals and the Wildlife Management Area fees are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Karatu Simba Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge situated deep in the farming area of the Karatu district. Located about a 30 minute drive from the gate of Lake Manyara National Park, and approximately 4 km off the main road to the entry of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area , the lodge is situated next to the Ngorongoro Forest.
Both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara are worthwhile additions to any Tanzania safari circuit.
The Ngorongoro Crater is on many peoples bucket list of places to see and visit. This natural wonder is the largest unflooded, intact volcanic caldera in the world. The actual crater is about 20 km across and 600 meters deep, and covers 300 sq km. Within the rim there are an estimated 30,000 animals, making this one of the densest concentration of wildlife within Africa.
The Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for its excellent bird-watching opportunities in general, as more than 400 different bird species have been recorded. Other wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, cheetah, hippo, Masai giraffe, wildebeest, impala, zebra, warthogs, large troops of baboons, and the legendary but rarely seen tree-climbing lions.
Karatu Simba Lodge is a welcome retreat after a long day on safari. On arrival you’ll receive a warm welcome from the lodge staff, a refreshing drink and a towel to rinse away the dust of your journey. Take a swim in the pool with its views over fields and forest, or take advantage of the complimentary Wi-Fi to keep in touch with friends and family. The only sounds are the distant whistling of the boys herding their cattle, and the chatter and twittering of birds. After dinner, huddle around the campfire at nightfall and see the Southern Cross suspended in the sky over the distant Mbulu Hills.
Accommodation is in individual twin, double or triple cottages or rondavels with canvas walls and a solid attached bathroom and shower, tastefully and simply decorated with hand made furniture of African hardwood. Each unit has its own deck with safari chairs for relaxing and enjoying the views.
Please note: this lodge is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or who are wheelchair bound.
|Room:||1 x Standard Room|
|Includes:||All meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Located on the eastern edge of the Central Serengeti Plains, far away from the noise and disturbance of the well-travelled tourist circuits, sits the secluded Sametu Camp.
Situated near the legendary Sametu and Barafu Kopjes, the camp has panoramic views of the wide open savannah plains and also of the Ngarenanyuki River which meanders nearby. The river attracts wildlife year round, and guests can be assured of excellent game viewing due to the resident populations of large herds of plains game (giraffe, zebra and antelope), which in turn attract predators to the area such as lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Elephants are also frequent visitors to the riverbanks, as are hippo.
Twice a year the area plays host to the great wildebeest and zebra migration, offering guests staying over this time a truly unforgettable safari experience.
The camp features 10 canvas tents including 2 family tents. Each tent has a private verandah and an en-suite bathroom with running water from a marble-topped single basin vanity, a separate hot shower area elevated on teak wood flooring and an enclosed private flush toilet. Each tent is also furnished with a comfortable sitting area complete with a hand-carved solid wood coffee table, cosy upholstered side chairs and a quaint writing desk for journaling about the day’s events.
The family tents consist of two separate en-suite bedrooms.
The main guest areas consist of a dining tent, and a relaxing lounge and bar area - all located in the center of the camp. The firepit is where all guests gather as the sun goes down to enjoy a sundowner drink around the blazing fire and reminise on their day's adventures.
|Room:||1 x Tented Room - Full Board Package|
|Includes:||Full Board Package: Serengeti National Park fees; all meals; and tea/coffee are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Deep within the northern Serengeti's prime wildlife area, within the Tanzanian corner of the Mara Triangle, Mara Under Canvas offers the perfect setting from which to witness the Great Migration and to explore the more remote corners of Tanzania’s oldest and most famous National Park. An area of lush rolling grasslands, rocky outcrops and tree-lined watercourses, your game viewing will be complemented by some of the most beautiful scenery that the Serengeti has to offer. To fully appreciate the scenery, a balloon safari can be arranged during your stay here (additional cost), which take place in the early morning as the sun rises.
The camp is only open from June to November. During these months, vast herds of wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle, impala and eland move north from the southern plains in search of food and water. They are followed by an array of predators including lion, cheetah and hyena. The Mara River provides the migration with its largest obstacle and many animals fall prey to hungry crocodiles.
The camp has 10 spacious safari tents each with a double bed and en-suite bathroom. A team of friendly and attentive staff ensures that guests enjoy absolute comfort while experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush. There is also one family tent which can sleep up to 2 adults and 3 children in two interconnecting tents with a shared bathroom.
There is a dining tent and a separate lounge tent with comfortable chairs and a choice of board games and books to enjoy during rest periods between game drives. The camp is ecofriendly and runs on solar lighting.
In the evenings, guests can sit around the fire with a sundowner, the perfect opportunity to recount their safari highlights of the day
|Room:||1 x Safari Tent|
|Includes:||Serengeti National Park fees; camping fees; all meals; tea/coffee, mineral water, soft drinks, and house wines are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.
Sunshine Marine really is a perfect get away for those who would like to relax, be active and explore away from the crowds.
Located on the north-east coast of Zanzibar and situated on a beautiful cliff, away from other hotels, guest can enjoy total peace as well as spectacular views of the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and Mnemba Atoll.
About 700m from the lodge there is Muyuni Beach - one of the last undeveloped and unspoiled beaches of Zanzibar. This beach can be reached on foot (during low tide), by bike, boat (high tide) or car - the lodge provides free transfers to the beach all day long. The transfer takes around 10 minutes by boat or car.
Diving here offers you a stunning underwater world with schools of tropical reef fish, turtles, dolphins, and beautiful hard and soft coral formations. Dive Point Zanzibar is a small and friendly PADI dive center situated at Sunshine Marine Lodge, who offer daily diving and snorkelling trips to Mnemba and north-east coast reefs. Dive trips include beginner dives for those wishing to discover scuba diving as well as a wide range of PADI diving courses.
The main lodge has a swimming pool and nicely arranged areas with sun beds or hammocks, ideal for sunbathing or reading a book in a shade of an umbrella. The restaurant and bar serve a wide variety of delicious fresh food and drinks.
In every en-suite room you find a comfortable queensize bed with large mosquito net, a ceiling fan, a safe deposit box, and a spacious balcony or veranda.
The Garden Retreat Room has a garden view and small patio area, and is ideal for those travelling on more of a budget. The Garden Suites are perfect for fans of nature, as they all overlook the lush peaceful gardens. The Sunshine Suites are spread out on a gentle hill and surrounded by the gardens, and the Blue Wate Suites are situated right on the ocean front on the edge of the cliff. The Blue Breeze Suites are slightly larger, still situated on the ocean front but a little bit away from the other rooms, making these ideal for anyone preferring a little more privacy. The Panorama Suite has 2 bedrooms and as the name suggests, offers superb ocean views.
|Room:||1 x Garden Suite|
|Includes:||Half Board basis. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes the US$1 per person per night Infrastructure Levy - this is payable directly to the hotel upon check out. IN ADDITION: For stays over Peak Period (20 December - 10 January) there is a minimum 5 night stay and Half Board is mandatory.|
Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.
For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:
UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania
It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of South Africa deems it safe to do so.
Normally, holders of the following passports require a visa to enter Tanzania when travelling as a tourist:
United Kingdom; United States of America*; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain; Ireland.
If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Tanzania High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements or check this website which lists countries whose nationals are NOT required to apply for a visa to enter Tanzania: http://immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/services/visa-information - so if your nationality is not listed, you will be required to obtain a visa.
Visas are issued online via the Tanzania Immigration website https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/ or single entry visas can be obtained on arrival. You cannot get a multiple entry visa on arrival.
* American nationals applying online MUST select Multiple Entry Visa type.
Please note that getting a single entry visa on arrival can take a substantial amount of time and if possible, we would advise getting your visa online prior to travel IF YOU ARE ARRIVING INTO TANZANIA via the following international airports/border posts – Kilimanjaro (JRO), Julius Nyerere/Dar es Salaam (DAR), Zanzibar (ZNZ), Namanga Border Post (road border between Tanzania and Kenya) and Tunduma (road border between Tanzania and Zambia). NOTE: Zanzibar Airport is referred to as Abeid Amani Karume International Airport on the online visa application.
Other entry ports/border posts are not currently equipped to validate online visas, so if you are entering Tanzania via any other border post (such as Tarime – between the Mara and Serengeti) then obtaining the visa ON ARRIVAL is still recommended.
Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania, so the same single entry visa can be used upon arrival at Zanzibar.
Single entry visas obtained at port of entry currently cost USD 50 per person (but USD 100 per person for US nationals) - costs all subject to change - and the cost is payable in USD cash only. We recommend small denominations of dollars as officials are not in the position to give change. You must also bring 2 recent passport size photographs of yourself if getting the visa on arrival.
Online visa applications for minors under 18 years travelling alone or with only one parent/legal guardian must also be accompanied by a consent letter, jointly signed by both parents or legal guardians approving the travel.
Please note that if you are applying online, you need to allow 2-3 weeks to receive your visa.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Tanzania and have sufficient blank pages for entry/exit stamps (AT LEAST 4 consecutive pages).
PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.
You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Tanzania.
To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled. To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.
There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Tanzania and Zanzibar - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.
Tsetse flies are found throughout most of Tanzania's Northern and Southern Parks, especially in wooded areas. There have been some cases of sleeping sickness occurring after a tsetse fly bite, although these are mainly amongst farmers/locals who have repeated exposure to bites. However, the fly can still deliver a painful bite, so it is advisable to take necessary precautions - don't wear dark colours, especially black and blue (including denim), wear long-sleeved clothing/trousers, and don't walk through bushes during the hottest part of the day.
Tanzania is not listed as a yellow fever endemic country, however, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Tanzania requires all travellers over one year of age to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate on arrival if:
They are arriving from a yellow fever risk country
They have been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of a yellow fever risk country
They have left the airport whilst on transit in a yellow fever risk country. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via this website http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1
PLEASE NOTE: Although Tanzania is not listed as a yellow fever endemic country, Zanzibar immigration officials MAY ask to see yellow fever vaccination certificates or exemption certificates upon arrival from the Tanzania mainland. We would therefore suggest that if your holiday includes both mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, each traveller considers getting/travelling with a Yellow Fever certificate to avoid any complications upon arrival at Zanzibar.
Kiswahili is the official language of Tanzania. However, English, as the second official language, is the spoken commercial language and is widely understood.
We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:
Loud and aggressive behaviour, drunkenness, foul language and disrespect, especially towards the older generation, is likely to cause offence. Kissing in public or display of affection is not customary to Zanzibar. Drinking alcohol in public places (outside of clubs/restaurants) may offend the residents.
As over a third of the population in Tanzania is Muslim, it is important to dress modestly out of respect for the Muslim culture.
On the beaches and within the confines of hotels/beach resorts, normal swimwear is acceptable but nudity/topless sunbathing is not.
Away from beach resorts, women should avoid walking around in public areas (especially in Stone Town) displaying their legs, midriff and shoulders - ‘short’ shorts, miniskirts, vests and tank tops are viewed as a sign of disrespect.
A dress code in public places (such as the airport, Stone Town, markets and shopping centres) has now been introduced and ALL tourists must now cover their bodies from shoulders to knees in public areas. The authorities will penalise visitors for inappropriate appearance and penalties and fines will be given out - depending on the severity of the offence, the fine could be up to $700 or more.
Homosexuality is illegal on mainland Tanzania and on the island of Zanzibar. Many of the local communities are also very traditional and conservative, and whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients (and this includes members of the LGBT+ community as well as members of the heterosexual community) to refrain from overtly public displays of affection which may cause offence to some local citizens and in some cases public displays of homosexuality such as kissing in public or holding hands could even lead to an arrest and imprisonment.
You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph. Military and security sensitive areas cannot be photographed.