The wildebeest have arrived in the northern Serengeti and, although a little earlier than planned, Olakira was waiting for them complete with a brand new look for the 2016 season.
So what's new?
Olakira has always been our traditional, down-to-earth migration camp and rest assured - it still is! They have simply freshened up the interiors, replaced the canvas and added new softs, ready for another good few years of outstanding migration viewing.
The main area has a brand new canvas lounge and dining tent and the interiors have been completely re-designed including:
• New sofas, cushions and leather chairs in the lounge
• Foldable bar, library and coffee station
• New dining chairs and cushions
• New covered buffet station
• Brand new, in-room mosquito nets
• New day beds and armchairs
• Lighter, brighter softs including cushions, curtains, rugs and bed frames
• Painted, hanging migration maps
• Two interconnecting tents
• Shared bathroom between the two tents
We have been advised that entry will be denied to visitors who arrive at either Entebbe International Airport or the various land borders without having applied for and obtained an e-Visa in advance.
Cut off is 1st of August, when the parallel system of both e-applications and manual processing on arrival will cease. It appears that airlines have been told to deny boarding to any passengers heading to Entebbe unless they can show proof of having applied for a Visa and obtained one in advance.
A few days ago, Uganda reduced the visa fee for most tourism visitors to $50 per person from the previous $100.
As of the 1st of August will therefore all visa applications have to go through the online process and without exception. It is anticipated that airlines will refuse passengers to board without proof of the online visa duly completed in advance, due to the otherwise heavy fines levied on them for uplifting passengers with incomplete travel documents.
We are excited about the opening of the new addition to The Zanzibar Collection and we wanted to send out some information to all our agents which may help to promote it to potential guests.
Zawadi is a private, boutique and laid back retreat with the focus being the stunning views right from your bed, nature, gardens, the ocean and personalized service.
ZAWADI MEANS: GIFT
Zawadi has a stunning white sandy beach and you can swim and snorkel from the beach even at low tide!
A laid back beautiful boutique retreat for people looking to get away from it all and where children over 16 years are welcome.
Zawadi falls under the management of The Zanzibar Collection but the dedicated manager of Zawadi is Evelyn who is Canadian! She is passionate about Zanzibar and conservation & together with the rest of the team will ensure that your valued guests have a memorable stay with us.
If Zawadi guests would like to dine at one of our other resorts, they are entitled to a 20% discount voucher for dinner (Palms and Baraza) with the return transfer included. Please note that this must be booked in advance and is always dependent on the availability of the hotels
Zawadi has no spa, but instead our therapist will set up a massage bed on the guest's private terrace and they can enjoy a vast array of massages in an idyllic setting overlooking the Indian Ocean. Should they guests to use the Baraza spa, it is only at scheduled available pre booked times and is always dependent on availability, which is at the discretion of the Baraza management (ie not guaranteed).
Zawadi has two dining venues (one ocean front one with bar for breakfast and lunch and then a separate dining area for dinner). There is also an evening lounge and bar open in the evenings.
There is no dress code at Zawadi – it is laid back and relaxed luxury.
Sun loungers are located on each private terrace, by the pool and on our two raised beaches to guarantee complete privacy (please see photos above).
Kayaking and Snorkeling equipment are available at Zawadi free of charge. Scuba diving and Snorkeling safari by boat are available at a charge.
For guests wanting to use the spa, tennis court, watersports, or to visit the boutique at Baraza here is a free shuttle from Zawadi to Baraza: leaving at 9:30 a.m. returning drop off at 11:30 a.m. and the use of these facilities is available only with pre-booking and subject to availability. Any other transfers requested will be at a charge of US$ 20 one way. The other facilities such as the pool, bar and beach are not available for outside guests.
At Zawadi you can exercise with a twist - running along 1km long jogging track winding through the gardens and with our nature gym which offers outdoor weight training.
At Zawadi each villa has satellite TV and there is free WIFI in the property.
There is a nurse on call should you require anything.
Zawadi has a lovely boutique where gifts, handicrafts and anything you might have forgotten is available.
Their first guest checks in on 1st August!
With immediate effect, visitors from China are required to have valid yellow fever vaccination certificates. This is because China has been added to the list of countries endemic for yellow fever.