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Thursday Nite Live Feat, Jhikoman – from Tanzania, Nov. 26 2015 @ Choices – Baricho Road

TNL@C Jhikoman NOV 26
Date: November 26, 2015
Venue: Baricho Road
Time: 8-11 pm
No Cover Charge

November 19, 2015 at 3:51 pm 1 comment

Third Edition of Zinduka Festival, Nov. 23-28 2015 @ Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium, Arusha, Tanzania

Zinduka Festival
Dates: November 23-28, 2015
Venue: Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium, Arusha, Tanzania

November 17, 2015 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Travel: 72 Hours in Tanzania at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge and Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Located over 400 kilometers from Nairobi by road, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge is between five to six hours’ drive from Nairobi. The amount of time you will spend on the road will depend on a few factors such as; the time spent on the Namanga border crossing, this is the Kenya–Tanzania border point, the vehicle you are using to ply from Nairobi to Lake Manyara and the traffic along the Nairobi-Arusha road.

Getting there – Different Options
If you intend to use public means, there are a number of options to choose from, but the shuttles which operate between Nairobi and Arusha are the safest bet of getting you to Arusha. These shuttles can be accessed on Monrovia Street, opposite Jevanjee Gardens and for our trip we used Riverside Car Hire and Shuttle Services.

Most of these shuttles leave Nairobi at 8 am in the morning or 2 pm in the afternoon. It might be a little difficult to get a public service vehicle past 2 pm because on the Tanzania side, they do not allow PSV’s to operate at night.

The other option to get you to Lake Manyara would be through air, for this you would have to connect via Kilimanjaro International airport from either Wilson, through charter flights, and/or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Once you are in Kilimanjaro you can either connect by road or through a connection charter flight. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge has an airstrip which operates only during the day time.

If this is your first time in Tanzania, you will need to have a yellow fever certificate and your travel documents, either a passport or temporary permit for Kenyan’s. No visas are required for Kenyans to enter Tanzania.

Welcome to Tanzania | Photo by Njathika

Welcome to Tanzania | Photo by Njathika

Once you cross the border, it will take you almost one and a half hours to reach Arusha town. Arusha is a diplomatic hub since it hosts the secretariat of the East African Community and as such there are a number of nice places to visit. However, in our case we had a scheduled entourage to Lake Manyara, which is 124 KM’s from Arusha City.

The journey to Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge by road is quite fascinating, this is because you get to see, feel and experience the different landscapes. The road is quite impressive and as such, if you have some time, this mode is highly recommended.

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge | Photo by Njathika

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge | Photo by Njathika

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge is located on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment which gives it, spectacular if not, panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara.

Entry into the reception area | Photo by Njathika

Entry into the reception area | Photo by Njathika

The Lodge is grouped around a central ‘vanishing horizon’ pool, this highly unusual lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views of Lake Manyara National Park is the pool bar and observation point. Dotted around the grounds, all with views over the lake, are a series of circular two-storey ‘rondavels’, which house the rooms.

Designed, by PTA – Peter Thomas Associates, to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the architectural motif melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas’ , while the vibrantly coloured wall frescoes depict the colourful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.

Dining, Bar and Hospitality areas have these interesting chandeliers | Photo by   Njathika

Dining, Bar and Hospitality areas have these interesting chandeliers | Photo by Njathika

Activities and Cultural Interaction
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of safari opportunities, peace and tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. There is an unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, which include mountain biking – arranged/indicated in advance, archery and high altitude nature walks, while cultural activities include tours of the neighbouring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people.

There is also a dance troupe that comes to the lodge every day in the evening to entertain guests from 6 – 7.30 pm

a) Guided Nature Walks / Bird Watching

Yotham explaining something during the nature walk | Photo by Njathika

Yotham explaining something during the nature walk | Photo by Njathika

If you love nature, then a nature walk with Yotham – the resident naturalist should be something on your cards if you are visiting Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. These walks normally take place early in the morning from 9.30 am after breakfast and usually take two hours. During this nature walk, you will see unique flora and fauna found in that part of the world and Yotham will keep you engaged by asking you questions before sharing the facts. You will learn the history of the rift valley among other things.

Airstrip at the edge of the escarpment | Photo by Njathika

Airstrip at the edge of the escarpment | Photo by Njathika

The nature walk transverses around the Lodge and you will be able to see the airstrip, the escarpment and the lake from the edge of the escarpment.
Birds along the stretch of the nature walk. | Photo by Njathika

Birds along the stretch of the nature walk. | Photo by Njathika

b) Viewing the Lake / animals from the Swimming Pool Lounge
The swimming pool is the central and unique feature of the Safari Lodge and from the lounge pool you can view the landscape below, where you can view the Lake using the string binoculars available at the lounge area.

Mwirigi looking into the binoculars at the pool lounge. | Photo by Njathika

Mwirigi looking into the binoculars at the pool lounge. | Photo by Njathika

The pool also attracts a wide range of birds, which come to quench their thirst there and as such if you are a bird watcher, this is a unique place to view birds from.
Sunrise from the pool area. | Photo by Njathika

Sunrise from the pool area. | Photo by Njathika

c) Visit to the Lake Manyara National Park
A visit to Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge would not be complete without a visit to Lake Manyara National Park. The Park is synonymous with tree climbing lions, something that the lions adapted to due to the terrain over time. However, apart from the tree climbing lions there are other animals to view as well from a manmade viewing point, the hippo pool.

Birds at the Hippo Pool inside Lake Manyara National Park. | Photo by Njathika

Birds at the Hippo Pool inside Lake Manyara National Park. | Photo by Njathika

d) Visit to Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge sits on the northern tourist corridor and one of the top destinations by tourists from across the world is usually the Ngorongoro Crater. This is primarily because it has been listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

If you visit Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, and wish to visit Ngororo crater, a day trip can be organised for you by Mustafa – the Lodge Manager and his team, and Tarangire National Park.

Mustafa the Lodge Manager Lake Manyara Safari Lodge. | Photo by Njathika

Mustafa the Lodge Manager Lake Manyara Safari Lodge. | Photo by Njathika

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel, Arusha

On our way back to Kenya, we passed by Lake Duluti Serena Hotel for Lunch. The Hotel is 20 kilometers from Arusha and 60 kilometers from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Lake Duluti | Photo by Njathika

Lake Duluti | Photo by Njathika

The Hotel currently stands in what used to be coffee plantation and very impressive landscaping with a magnificent view of Lake Duluti which can be viewed from the main hotel and cottage-styled rooms.
Cottages overlooking Lake Duluti. | Photo by NJathika

Cottages overlooking Lake Duluti. | Photo by NJathika

If you are flying into Arusha through Kilimanjaro International airport, this is a perfect destination to cool off as you wait to transact business in Arusha and/or if you are on a layover.

The main attractions/activities one can indulge in, while at the hotel include; walking, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake, and trips to the nearby Arusha and Mount Meru national parks.

The Details
1. Information on the issuance of temporary pass, for those without passports to travel to Tanzania, from the directorate of immigration’s, Kenya.
2. Location of shuttles to Arusha, on Monrovia Street opposite Jevanjee Gardens.
3. Download Tanzania Road and Air Packages.

Disclosure: This trip was facilitated by TPS Serena Kenya and Tanzania

November 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Festival of Performance and Media Arts, Nov. 13-15 2015 @ Goethe Institut, National Museum & Oshwal Academy

Dates: November 13-15, 2015
Venue: Goethe Institut, National Museum & Oshwal Academy
Tickets: KES 500 at the Gate and KES 400 advance

This is a three day dance and music festival, with performances at Goethe Institut on Friday the 13th, Leaky auditorium at the National Museum and a music concert at Goethe Institut on Saturday and a final family evening at Oshwal Academy, on Sunday the 15th.

Come and see amazing performances from Kenya, Spain, Germany, Rwanda, Tanzania, Netherlands, Belgium and Madagascar.

To book your tickets: CALL/ BOOK AND MPESA TO: 0706607306/ 0726394565 or EMAIL:

November 11, 2015 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Tanzania at the Crossroads – Assessing the Oct. 25 General Elections, Nov. 3 2015 @ IFRA

with Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud & Murithi Mutiga

Date and Time: Tuesday November 3, 2015 at 4pm
Venue: IFRA

On 25 October, Tanzanian held its 5th general elections since the reintroduction of multipartism. If final results are not yet known at this time, it is clear that their outcome will be of tremendous importance for the future of the United Republic, which is considered to be one of the most stable countries of the region.

Several factors have made these elections the most competitive since 1992: the alliance of main opposition parties under the banner of Ukawa, the defection of former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa, the divisions among the ruling party CCM and the habituation to democracy of Tanzanian citizens.The demand for change, especially from urban and young voters, has constituted a serious challenge to the ruling party and has already lead to the defeat of high profile CCM parliamentary candidates ; on the other side, CCM has been able, with the reputation of its candidate John Magufuli, to campaign on a strong anti-corruption agenda, undermining a traditional advantage for the opposition.

This seminar will investigate the implication of the proceeding of these elections on Tanzanian political dynamics as well as for East Africa.

October 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: Voting Matters. Citizenship & Technologies of African Elections, Oct. 12 – Nov. 8 2015 @ Nairobi National Museum

Voting Matters
Exhibition Dates: October 12 – November 8, 2015
Venue: National Museum

Roundtable on: Technologies and Elections
An international conference on Voting materiality confronting academics, politicians, professionals of elections.

Date: October 14, 2015
Venue: National Museum
Time: 2-4 pm

Moses Bakari (CRECO/ELOG, Kenya)
Mohammed Bakari (UDSM, Tanzania)
James Mwirima (CEWARN, Uganda)
Tom Wolf (IPSOS – Kenya)/ IEBC representative (Kenya)

Contemporary elections involve ever-more modern technology. They are meant to protect what have become the fundamental principles of elections: the secrecy and singularity of the individual’s vote, the transparency of the ballot, the independence of the institutions supervising the elections.But these increasingly sophisticated elections come at a cost: when technology goes wrong, suspicions are quickly aroused.Have new technologies made elections more free and fair? Has this new apparatus transformed electoral behavior? The speakers on this panel, each one a specialist, will address these questions with regard to their own field of practice: from election polls, to electoral observation, to the organisation of elections.

October 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Rooftop Sundowner with Leo Mkanyia – from Tanzania, May 1 2015 @ Pawa 254 Hub Rooftop

Rooftop Sundowner

April 25, 2015 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

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