Category Archives: Hotels & Accomodation

33 Sunset, Food, Books & Other Pictures from Around East Africa (…and Botswana)

It’s been a fun past three months for me on Instagram. In case you don’t follow me there, today I’d like to share some highlights from my Instagram gallery from that period. In this post, you’ll see 33 of my most liked Instagram pictures and videos from the last three months. They include sunset pictures, pictures of delicious and interesting food, as well as pictures of some great books I’ve read recently. I hope you enjoy them. With no further ado, here they are. 33. Food at the Swedish Community Lucia Celebration in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania On the morning of Lucia Day … Continue reading

Verde Hotels & Tanzania’s Bakhresa Group to Build Zanzibar’s Greenest Hotel

When you live in Tanzania, the Bakhresa Group and its products and services are everywhere you look. On any given day, you might eat Azam ice cream, use Azam flour, or watch Azam TV. You might travel on an Azam ferry to Zanzibar, or hear a news tidbit about the Azam Football Club. You might stop at an Azam bakery or drink an Azam juice, milk, soda or Uhai bottled water. The Bakheresa Group’s products and services in Tanzania are everywhere! And yet, there’s one sector where the Group has had no presence until now: hotels. That’s all about to change though. … Continue reading

Botswana: A Guide to Gaborone, the Capital of Botswana

Two months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Botswana for the first time. Not the Okavango Delta or Chobe National Park (the big safari destinations in Botswana) but rather the capital of Botswana, Gaborone. I was very busy right before the trip, so I didn’t get to do much more than a perfunctory online search of what there was to do in Gaborone (which yielded very sketchy information), but I tried not to worry about it, sure that I’d figure it out once my trip began. On the appointed day, I hopped onto a Fastjet flight to Johannesburg (I would connect to Gaborone … Continue reading

The Serengeti from Mwanza—Twitter Roundup

As those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter might know, I spent the end of last week visiting Northern Tanzania—Mwanza, Mara (including Butiama), the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Arusha. Because of the busy itinerary planned, I didn’t attempt to blog about the trip while on it but, rather, shared what I could on Twitter, saving the blogging for when I got back to Dar es Salaam. For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter (or for those of you who do but somehow missed my tweets), this first post is a … Continue reading

Be My Guide to Your East African City #5: Your Turn to Give Me a Hotel Review!

I love (nice) hotels! They make me happy. In fact, when I was younger, I hoped to grow up and get a job in a hotel that would require me to live in one (like two families that I knew of at the time). 🙂 Well, that hasn’t happened…yet, but this leads perfectly to the next thing I’d like to know about your city:

Kunduchi Beach Hotel, Kunduchi, Dar es Salaam

Kunduchi Beach Hotel & Resort 1 Mtongani Kunduchi, Dar es Salaam Website: www.kunduchi.com When people talk about going to the beach in Dar es Salaam, very often they mean heading out to Mbezi. I like hanging out in Mbezi, I really do, but sometimes I am in the mood for something a little more serene, far from the crowded, noisy beaches that are the norm in Mbezi, especially over the weekend. When I am in this mood, I head out a little further north to Kunduchi beach, more specifically, I head out to Kunduchi Beach Hotel.

Gilbey’s Gin vs. Gordon’s Gin: Which Do You Prefer?

In my early twenties, my drink of choice was a gin and tonic. I loved gin and tonics because they were so refreshing. Poured over a lot of ice, a cool gin and tonic went down smooth with just the right amount of fizz and caused me little trouble the following morning, what with gin being a white spirit (as the say: the darker the spirit, the worse the hangover). Whenever I would order a gin and tonic in Nairobi, though, I would often get asked a question that I was rarely clear on how to answer. The question was “What gin … Continue reading