There are many reasons I love working in travel. Not only are the people in our “travel trade community” fantastic – but planning holidays is one of the true joys in life! And where better to promote than Africa – my birthplace and passion. The other perk is that sometimes I get to travel myself and stay at amazing places – like Tanzania and Zanzibar!
In March this year Ethos and Planet Destinations joined forces and Sophie and I jointly hosted a group of 9 agents/operators on a fantastic fam trip to one of the remotest game reserves in Tanzania – The Selous, followed by 2 days of beach bliss on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.
Our group included Shelley Phillips (Africa Collection), Anthony Bowler (Virgin Holidays), Abby Cherry (Trailfinders), Melissa Pereira (Infinity/Flight Centre), Jeanette Redshaw (Mahlatini), Harriet Spicer (Hayes & Jarvis), Gavin Dixon (Freedom Destinations), Jenn Hillyar (Tropical Sky) and Prity Meisuria (Alpha UK)
We travelled with Ethiopian Airlines and stayed at the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel, Serena Mivumo River Lodge and Bluebay Beach Resort . We also enjoyed a lunch stop at Zanzibar Serena Hotel and a guided walking tour of historical Stone Town.
Highlights included an all-day safari in the Selous with a picnic lunch stop at the scenic Lake Tagalala and a galawa dhow race to the coral reef and back (although I must confess to being rather green around the gills) and an unforgettable seafood beach barbeque at Bluebay.