Bramwel Safaris Travel Operator #tanzania #kilimanjaro #africa #safari #zanzibar

Bramwel safaris
We came across this group through google as well as tripadvisor for it’s ratings and reviews. When I travel, I rely heavily on word of mouth, Google search, trip advisor, travel sites (lonely planet, Conde Nast, fodor’s, etc). Climbing Kilimanjaro has been on my bucket list for the last 4 years. So, it was important to me that I have a travel crew who is accommodating and flexible and professional. Bramwel Safaris is just that. William helped us create a personalized itinerary with all the things we wanted to accomplish. First of all, we were interested in climbing the Lemosho route for Kilimanjaro. Secondly, I was amazed that we could get a personalized trip for such a reasonable price. William answered all of our questions leading up to the trip itself. We took care of our international flights to and from Tanzania while he handled all other transfers for us. In addition, we were interested in doing a safari after our climb and he was able to set us up with a detailed safari itinerary in the  time we planned. Lastly, after the safari, we wanted some R&R in Zanzibar. And he easily arranged this for us as well. Now, this is all pre-trip. When it came time for the actual trip itself… Weather would prove difficult and we had a full day delay in Amsterdam. Yet, we kept William updated with our updated travel plans and he accommodated the changes to the start of our climb with ease. His professional demeanor is top notch. I can’t say enough about him or his team at Bramwel Safaris. Originally, we were planning on doing an 8 day Lemosho route climb, however, given the travel delay… And our lost bags for another day… We quickly discussed options and his team took us on a waterfall hike (Materuni waterfall — highly recommended) which was stunning to help pass the time while waiting for our bags. Finally our bags arrived and we were ready to start our climb. We met with our climbing team (Mussa-guide, Abu-assist guide and porters) and after they deemed us “fit” we decided on a 6 day Lemosho climb with overnight stay in the Crater. It was incredible. Every step of the way, Mussa and Abu made sure we were feeling well.
After our climb, William stayed in contact with us in starting our safari. We opted for a 3 day safari and we couldn’t be happier. Our driver Elly is incredibly knowledgeable and led us to all the sights for the animals. We located the Big 5 and then some!
Our Zanzibar flights were arranged by William and he took care of all the details. Basically, we’re getting a car to discover the island as well as snorkeling and doing a tour.
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the flexibility, personalization, and professional demeanor of Bramwel Safaris. Because of this outstanding company, we had an incredible trip that went above and beyond our expectations. Thank you a million times over!!

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Africa: Kilimanjaro, Tanzanian safari, Zanzibar #africa #kilimanjaro #tanzania #safari #zanzibar #beach

Mon, Feb 16

9:50a KLM601 AMS → LAX 11:50A = 11H

1525P DL4504 LAX → SAN 16:17P

Highlights from the trip:

  • The 6 day climb up Kilimanjaro and the killer headache at crater camp.  The last day descent was treacherous on the knees!
  • Amazing safari! I’ll never forget the cute lil ecosystem of Ngorogoro crater.
  • Gorgeous beaches and fantastic pier of Nungwi, Zanzibar.

Things I would do differently:

  • Bramwel Safaris tour operator did an amazing job with the trip.  Not sure I would change anything!

Keypoints learned:

  • Climbing Kilimanjaro is tougher than you think (the last day is pretty rough!).
  • The Tanzanian people are incredibly generous and kind.  Wonderful hosts!
  • Don’t be scared to travel outside your comfort zone.
  • Pack minimally but purposefully.
  • Go with your gut.  Travel with people who are good travel companions or meet people who enjoy your company.
  • Regardless of the travel mishaps (delays, baggage issues, travel partner issues, etc.), enjoy the journey.

Here’s another 35 year old gal’s trek up Kilimanjaro

Zanzibar heading home #nungwi #zanzibar #africa #beach

Sun, Feb 15

15th – Zanzibar -> Arusha

Satellite Track My Journey

Leave the beach behind to Stone town and proceed to Zanzibar airport in time for your:

12:30pm flight to Kilimanjaro (Direct 1 hour flight) (PW 722), Relax at the Airport while

waiting to connect with your at: 9:30pm – Complete 

Stone Town, Zanzibar UNESCO World Heritage Site

21:50p KLM567 JRO → DAR 22:50P


23:59 KLM567 DAR → AMS 7:35A (Mon) = 9H 36M

As you know, there is minimal wifi on the mountain, so this post is posted on the proposed date of the climb (as well as subsequent posts).  I will have an update below for when we return with added tidbits.

Images above are from Google Images

**Update to go below**

Feb 15
Heading back to the states. It’s been a nice vacay.  Ready to get back to work and to just life in general. It’s true you can only depend on yourself for things. Happiness, love, career, these are things that are innately within your own power. I keep learning the tough lesson that if I had this or that or a circumstance was a certain way that things would be different. I think I’m finally starting to learn. Sometimes it takes a journey to figure out a lesson.

Zanzibar #nungwi #zanzibar #africa #beach

Sat, Feb 14

12th & 14th – Nungwi (B, L, D)

Satellite Track My Journey

Get lazy. Stop time. Forget days and dates. Forget the world. Collect memories and seashells. Only decision you need to make is what the next meal should be. Life is tough. Smile at each glance of the turquoise Indian Ocean, and each other. You are still in paradise – r e l a x e d .

Nungwi at the north tip of the island

Water Temperature in the Indian Ocean @ Nungwi, Zanzibar

As you know, there is minimal wifi on the mountain, so this post is posted on the proposed date of the climb (as well as subsequent posts).  I will have an update below for when we return with added tidbits.

Images above are from Google Images

**Update to go below**

Feb 14
Had an all day snorkel and boat to mnemba island starting at 9am and came back around 3pm. Saw some beautiful angel fish and wrasse. Some places had almost better clarity than the Great Barrier Reef.  It was nice and bittersweet seeing all the Valentine’s Day couples. Really made me miss my dad.

Zanzibar #nungwi #zanzibar #africa #beach

Fri, Feb 13

12th & 14th – Nungwi (B, L, D) –> The Z Hotel

Satellite Track My Journey

Get lazy. Stop time. Forget days and dates. Forget the world. Collect memories and seashells. Only decision you need to make is what the next meal should be. Life is tough. Smile at each glance of the turquoise Indian Ocean, and each other. You are still in paradise – r e l a x e d .

Wiki on Zanzibar

Nungwi

TripAdvisor Restaurant Ratings for Nungwi

Nungwi at the north tip of the island

Things to Do in Nungwi

TripAdvisor Activities in Nungwi

Lonely Planet Activities in Nungwi

Water Temperature in the Indian Ocean @ Nungwi, Zanzibar

As you know, there is minimal wifi on the mountain, so this post is posted on the proposed date of the climb (as well as subsequent posts).  I will have an update below for when we return with added tidbits.

Images above are from Google Images

**Update to go below**

Feb 13
All beach day. Walked all the way past the northern point of the island to a really nice hotel with pier. The pier was incredible.

Nungwi, Zanzibar #nungwi #africa #zanzibar #beach

Thurs, Feb 12

12th & 14th – Nungwi (B, L, D)

Satellite Track My Journey

Get lazy. Stop time. Forget days and dates. Forget the world. Collect memories and seashells. Only decision you need to make is what the next meal should be. Life is tough. Smile at each glance of the turquoise Indian Ocean, and each other. You are still in paradise – r e l a x e d .

Nungwi at the north tip of the island

10 Things to Do in Zanzibar on a Budget

10 Things to Do in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Water Temperature in the Indian Ocean @ Nungwi, Zanzibar

Wiki on Zanzibar

TripAdvisor Suggestions on Zanzibar

As you know, there is minimal wifi on the mountain, so this post is posted on the proposed date of the climb (as well as subsequent posts).  I will have an update below for when we return with added tidbits.

Images above are from Google Images

**Update to go below**

Feb 12
One last early morning game drive before our flight from Serengeti airstrip to Zanzibar.
Saw black backed jackal, African elephant, baby Pumba!
Took a flight from the Seronera air strip to Zanzibar in a twin prop engine plane that seats 11.  A lil bit scary.
Zanzibar:
Mostly Muslim country. Very busy and chaotic traffic. Visited stone town market and saw the various meats and veggies and spices. Then ventured to the Anglican Church which was the sight for the abolition of slavery. The lower floor used to be a holding cell for slaves. Small, dark, damp, dungeon with chains. Great lunch spot Lamann.  Excellent food.
So many alleyways within town.  Saw the Old Fort and the water front.  Headed to Spice Tour and saw all kinds of incredible spice sources. Cinnamon tree, nutmeg, vanilla bean, cardamom, ginger, pepper, just amazing to see all the real natural sources. After that checked into our hotel and hit the beach. Gorgeous white sands. Warm water. Indian Ocean is nice and warm. Came back and had dinner at the hotel. Gorgeous sunset.

Serengeti to Zanzibar #tanzania #africa #safari #zanzibar #beaches

Wed, Feb 11

11th– Serengeti/Ngorongoro (B, L, D)

Satellite Track My Journey

Wake up very early and move with the breakfast box, lunch and show your final respects to Serengeti (for this time) with a game drive this will be the last moment with your new fried (guide/driver) and he transferred you to Seronera airstrip for your afternoon flight to Zanzibar – Complete.

11th – Stone town (B, L, D -> Nungwi)

Your flight to Zanzibar gives you a great retrospective of the land you have visited. The turquoise bird view of Spice Island will not disappoint you either Meet and greet your Bramwel Safaris staff at the airport who will transfer you The Z – Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Stone Town, Zanzibar

The Z Hotel

The Z Hotel

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Tripadvisor Attractions for Stone town

Tripadvisor Restaurants for Stone town

As you know, there is minimal wifi on the mountain, so this post is posted on the proposed date of the climb (as well as subsequent posts).  I will have an update below for when we return with added tidbits.

Images above are from Google Images

**Update to go below**

Feb 11
Left early (6:30a) to see the animals. The evenings and mornings are cold.
Serengeti center (seronera):
Impala, CHEETAH!, lovebird, hippos,  tiny crocodile on Seronera River, banded mongoose, maribu stork, hammerkop nest (huge 100kg nest), dik dik, catfish, black faced monkey and fight, rock hyrax, Nile crocodile, cheetah and her cubs, cheetah count total: 5 cheetahs and 3 Cubs, leopard in tree,
The big 5: leopard, elephant, lion, water buffalo, black rhino — complete!