YOUR FREE PRECISION AIR MAGAZINE Issue 91, July - September 2018
Photographing East Africa
WITH ANDREW MORGAN / STAYING IN ENTEBBE / ISLAND IDYLLS / GEMSTONES / ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Idyllic Islands - Page 10
Issue 91, July - September 2018
Fun is the name of the game…
10 IDYLLIC ISLANDS
Five steps to heaven
34 PAA STAY
Park Inn by Radisson, Westlands
All things bright and beautiful
36 PAA DINING
20 ANDREW MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Why Andrew is such a happy snapper… 38
Grill House, Dar es Salaam
38 PAA MOTORING
24 DAY TRIP: KUNDUCHI WATER PARK
A symbol of our faith in the future
44 PUZZLE PAGE
Go wet and wild for a fun day out
26 STAYING IN ENTEBBE
Enjoy ‘the gateway’ in comfort and style
Precision Air Info Paa News
30 ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
45 Paa Royal Benefits
On top of the world…
Lights, camera – festival!
32 BUG REPELLENTS
43 Paa Meet 46 Route Network 47 Paa Contacts 48 Welcome Aboard Cover picture courtesy of: Andrew Morgan Photography
Foreword Precision Air Services Plc Diamond Plaza PO Box 70770, Dar es Salaam Tanzania Tel: +255 (0)22 219 1000 Fax: +255 (0)22 286 0725 www.precisionairtz.com Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager: Hillary Mremi Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Paa Tanzania Magazine is published for Precision Air by: Land & Marine Publications Ltd 1 Kings Court, Newcomen Way Severalls Business Park Colchester, Essex CO4 9RA United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1206 752902 Email: email@example.com www.landmarine.com ADVERTISING: Catherine O’Callaghan, Sales Manager Tel: +44 (0)1206 752902 Cell: +44 (0)7769 110343 (WhatsApp) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The contents and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the editor, or any other organisation associated with this publication. While every care is taken to ensure accuracy in preparing the magazine, the Publisher and Precision Air assume no responsibility or liability for any inaccuracies or omissions. All submitted material is accepted on the understanding that the material can be edited, amended or abridged for publication. ©2018 Land & Marine Publications Ltd
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A symbol of our faith in the future Greetings! Welcome aboard Precision Air and thank you for choosing to fly with us. On behalf of the Precision Air team, I would like to thank you, our esteemed customers, for your continued support and patronage. We really appreciate you, for without you we wouldn’t be here today. As one of the big stakeholders in the tourism industry, we have a big role to play in conserving the environment. That being said, our first Corporate Social Responsibility event of the year was at Ngarony Village in the Siha District Council between Kilimanjaro National Park and the village. At this event on 11 May we planted a total of 1,000 indigenous trees. The tree planting involved Precision Air staff together with the District Council and the local community. It is our hope that the trees we planted will have a long-lasting impact on the environment and the community at large for years to come. Precision Air has been operating into Kilimanjaro for 24 years, so this was our way of giving back to the society around Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the country’s key tourist attractions. On the other hand, we have recently launched our partnership with Maxcom Africa as our mobile payment aggregator. This partnership will give our passengers more options on how they want to pay for their tickets. Our passengers can now pay for their tickets via 16,000 MaxMalipo pay points across East Africa. Our aim is to increase efficiency in the ticketing process and improve the entire travel experience of our customers. Our aim is to ensure that you are always happy with our services, so please let us know if your recent experience has been anything short of excellent by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to register with our frequent flyers programme, Paa Royal, and take advantage of discounts at the best hotels and restaurants in town. Do also visit our website at www.precisionairtz.com for more updates and the best offers; and also connect with us on social media pages: Facebook – Precision Air Tanzania Twitter – PrecisionAirTz Instagram – precisionairtz
You Are Why We Fly. Sauda Rajab Managing Director and CEO Precision Air Services Plc
Latest from Tanzania’s leading airline Precision Air plants 1,000 trees around Mount Kilimanjaro
Precision Air Services Plc has played its part in preserving the environment around Mount Kilimanjaro. This was achieved by a tree planting activity involving Precision Air staff together with the District Council and the local community. A total of 1,000 indigenous trees were planted in Siha in an area between Kilimanjaro National Park and Ngarony Village. Commenting on the event, Precision Air’s marketing and corporate communications manager, Hillary Mremi, said the company felt obliged to protect Mount Kilimanjaro as it had a direct impact on its business.
Precision Air to introduce MaxMalipo payment platform Precision Air has announced a partnership with Maxcom Africa to provide a payment platform for electronic ticket purchases. This will give Precision Air customers the flexibility to buy their flight tickets conveniently through various payment platforms such as mobile payments, banks and MaxMalipo agents. Speaking at the launch, Precision Air’s managing director, Sauda Rajab, said: “The partnership came through as a result of continued efforts to improve the customer travel experience with Precision Air.” And she went on: “Now our customers will have more options on how they wish to pay for their tickets. Our company will continue to explore new, improved technologies that will enhance our customer journey experience and at the same time improve our business processes.” Commenting on the partnership with Maxcom Africa, the airline’s country director, Charles Natai, said that, as a result of this strategic partnership, Precision Air had become the first airline to offer more than 16,000 ticket pay points across East Africa. The partnership will allow Precision Air passengers to pay for their tickets through all mobile phone payment platforms, banks and through 16,000 MaxMalipo agents across East Africa.
“Mount Kilimanjaro is taking good care of us as a company and as a nation through tourism, so we all have the responsibility to take care of our mountain and the environment at large,” said Mr Mremi. Precision Air has been operating into Kilimanjaro for 24 years and, as one of the key stakeholders in the tourism industry, this was its way of giving back to the society around Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the nation’s foremost tourist attractions. Siha District forest officer Lazaro Mwaluko said Precision Air had set a good example for other stakeholders. “It’s time now we take concrete actions to protect our environment so that the future generation can equally enjoy the beauty of our country such as Mount Kilimanjaro and the rest,” said Mr Mwaluko. At 5,895 metres above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
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All images: Saagar Panara. Editing: Vibe Productions Ltd.
All images: Saagar Panara. Editing: Vibe Productions Ltd.
Fun is the name of the game…
Novel café has the perfect antidote to digital dinners
ow many times have you
to provide a platform for friends,
blankets for chilly nights on our
gone out for dinner or
families, workmates and all sorts of
drinks with friends and
social circles which encourages good
The handmade furniture and
ended up checking your phone
old-fashioned bonding. With the
vibrant soft furnishings help to create
throughout the evening? An
increasing integration of technology
a modern, stylish environment that
ingenious new café in Nairobi
in our lives, we felt that people had
is complemented by the ambient
called Bao Box is out to change
forgotten how to truly communicate
lighting and dark walls. A couple of
this, presenting the perfect anti-
and wanted to address this.”
large chalkboards display information
dote to a digital dinner by offering stacks of board games, card games
and party games to help you enjoy
And so Bao Box was born, with a
some old-school fun with friends
focus on face-to-face interaction
across dozens of board games along
Officially opened on 29 December last year, Bao Box is one of the newest
drawings in the entrance and behind Bao Box
New in Nairobi
the bar, setting the tone for a fun experience.
with tasty food. “The name stems from the
eateries in Nairobi and the first to
traditional game Bao and we have
combine board games with burgers
tried to be true to our roots with
(and many other tasty treats) to create
almost every element of the café
a cosy hangout space that appeals to
including our tables, kitchen and
people of all ages.
bar,” explains Vishesh. “Most of our
Vishesh Sonigra, co-owner of Bao
about Bao Box and there are quirky
seating has been handcrafted locally
Box, told Paa about the inspira-
and our pillowcases are made from
tion behind the café: “The idea is
kikoy. Additionally, we provide Maasai www.precisionairtz.com
Bao Box designed to be shared and can be enjoyed as a mid-game snack or as a meal. There’s no obligation to play any games at Bao Box, so you can just pop in for a bite to eat, although we do recommend playing a game or two for the fun factor. Guests can choose from ‘all day breakfast’ options such as pancakes, omelettes and an English breakfast; ‘munchies’ such as chicken or paneer tikka skewers, nachos, honey lime spicy wings and fries with dips; soups; salads; sandwiches; pizzas; and So how did it all start? “The team behind Bao Box consists of six individu-
only play one per table at a time.
mains such as a beef and cheese
The games menu is divided into
burger, lamb chops and spaghetti arrabbiata. There is a wide choice of
als from backgrounds including bank-
sections to help you pick from the
ing, manufacturing and even kitchen
wide selection available – party, family,
installations,” says Vishesh. “But there
strategy, strategy/family, adventure,
and milkshakes as well as wines,
were two common factors between
children and adult – with each game
spirits and cocktails for an alcoholic
us: a passion to create a unique space
classified as easy, medium or advanced
accompaniment to some of your
unlike any other in Nairobi, with a
so you know what you’re letting
childhood games or new favourites.
dream to provide a platform for people
yourself in for. As well as classics such
to form deeper connections; and a
as Cluedo, Jenga, Articulate and Ludo,
complete lack of knowledge of the
there are games like the adults-only
food and beverage industry!”
Cards Against Humanity, the Game of
The team spent a year planning the café, which finally opened its
Thrones board game and Jumanji.
doors in December last year to a
warm reception. “We have had an
The food and drink menu at Bao
overwhelmingly positive response to
Box features a selection of unfussy,
the concept and we have opened the
good-tasting dishes that are
drinks, too, including hot beverages
Contact details Visit Bao Box on the 8th Floor of Pramukh Towers (next to Standard Chartered Head Office), Westlands Road, Nairobi. Tel: +254 715 226 269 Email: email@example.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/baoboxcafe Instagram: @baoboxcafe
eyes of many non-gamers who now swear by our games,” says Vishesh. “The best thing about the concept is that we rarely see any phones being used as most people are engrossed in the games and don’t even realise the time is passing by.”
Unlimited For a price of KES 1,000 the whole table can play unlimited games from the café’s selection of over 200 – perfect for a group of you looking to build a real estate empire in Monopoly, take over the world in Risk or show off your general knowledge in Trivial Pursuit. Make sure you all agree on a game, however, as you can
The handmade furniture and vibrant soft furnishings help to create a modern, stylish environment that is complemented by the ambient lighting and dark walls www.precisionairtz.com
Five steps to heaven
Tanzania’s most idyllic islands We all know that Tanzania offers an array of tropical islands packed with some of the best beaches and activities in Africa – so it seems only right to draw your attention to the best of the bunch. Offering tranquil shores along with top tourist attractions, here is a list of our top five:
Changuu Best for: Wildlife and exploring historic ruins This piece of paradise lies about 30 minutes by boat from Zanzibar. It is often referred to as Prison Island as it was once home to slaves put there by an Arab trader to prevent them escaping. Today it is described as one of the most peaceful islands on earth thanks to its pristine waters and private white beaches. Changuu is popular among tourists, who appreciate the opportunity to see the peacocks and feed the local colony of giant Aldabra tortoises, some of which are over 100 years old. A guided tour of the historic prison is a ‘must’. 10
Best for: Marine life and quiet beaches
Best for: A private escape with outdoor activities
Mafia lies just 160 km south of Zanzibar and is the largest island in the Mafia Archipelago. Surprisingly, Mafia is relatively unknown to people outside Tanzania. It’s a quiet island with unspoilt beaches free of hustlers. The reefs around Mafia are teeming with over 460 species of marine life including whale sharks and sea turtles – ideal for snorkelling, diving or fishing. In the centre are the remains of an old lagoon that is now home to numbers of hippo. The smaller islands of the archipelago such as Bwejuu and Mbarakum are also fun to explore. These are full of ruins that are now home to a wide variety of animals including monkeys, wild pigs and fruit bats.
Located just 50 km from Zanzibar, Pemba can be overlooked by tourists because of its smaller size. The island has just a few hotels, so if you’re looking for a quiet getaway then Pemba is ideal. This hilly island is rich in vegetation, offering an ideal opportunity for a spot of hiking. The Ngezi Forest Reserve on the west coast has some wonderful walking trails with an entrance fee of US$ 5 to help conserve the rainforest. Alternatively, go diving in the Pemba Channel, between Zanzibar and Pemba, with opportunities for both experienced and first-time divers to admire the coral reefs and see the hammerhead sharks.
Tanzania’s best islands
A popular choice
Best for: A relaxing day at the beach
Best for: Tourist attractions and water sports
If you’re staying in or around Dar, then Mbudya, just a short journey by boat from Kunduchi Water Park or the Slipway Shopping Centre, offers a refreshing alternative for the day. Many local people visit Mbudya from time to time to escape the bustle of the city. The island is protected by the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve and for visitors from outside Tanzania there is a fee of US$ 10 for adults and US $5 for children. It’s well worth the small fee if you plan to spend the whole day here. As on most other Tanzanian islands, there are opportunities for snorkelling and hiking; but the beaches of Mbudya are so blissful that many people are happy to spend their time sunbathing on the white sand and cooling down in the clear waters. You can bring your own picnic food and drink to last you through day; while the island has an outlet selling fresh local lobster and chips as well as cool drinks.
Unguja, also known as Zanzibar Island, is Tanzania’s largest and most popular island. Offering much more than just a stopping point or even a day trip, Zanzibar is a complete destination in itself. There are numerous accommodation options and people often spend days at a time here. There are so many great ways to spend your time, from relaxing beaches to beautiful nature parks. If you’re someone who loves a busy itinerary, then you won’t be let down by the range of popular attractions Unguja has to offer. For animal lovers, there are community projects like the Cheetah’s Rock Conservation and Rescue Centre and the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre. Alternatively, head to one of the many museums or art galleries that dot the island. In terms of beaches, the island has plenty. Nungwi, at the northern end of Unguja, is a palm beach idyll where you can catch a glimpse of the hawksbill sea turtles in a tidal lagoon. If you’re into water sports, then Kendwa or Paje on the east coast are perfect for an afternoon of scuba diving, snorkelling or kite surfing.
Under the sea
All things bright and beautiful Gemstones of East Africa East Africa is well known as a major source of diamonds. Unbeknown to many, however, our region is a natural source for many other gemstones, too. Paa has put together a handy guide so that you can impress your friends and family with fun and informative facts about these precious jewels.
Colour: Blue to violet.
Colour: Rose pink to purplish red.
Type: A rock-forming mineral.
Type: A rock-forming mineral, part of the garnet group.
Colour: Usually blue, but fancy sapphires can be yellow, orange, green or even a mixture known as parti sapphires.
History and origin: Tanzanite is found only in Tanzania. The precious stone was discovered by prospector Jumanne Ngoma in 1967 in the Mirerani Hills near Arusha.
History and origin: Found mainly in Tanzania, Kenya, the United States and Brazil. It was first discovered in North Carolina in 1893.
Popularity: The second most popular blue-coloured gem after sapphire. Natural texture: Hard but can be scratched. Average price per carat: About US$ 425.
Popularity: Highly desirable and popular, particularly in the jewellery industry. Natural texture: Reasonably hard but with a tendency to split. Average price per carat: From about US$ 40.
Type: An aluminium and oxygen compound referred to as a corundum. History and origin: Found mostly in Tanzania, India, the US and Thailand. Sapphires were discovered in Montana in 1865. Popularity: The most precious and valuable blue gemstone to date. Natural texture: Extremely hard and durable. Average price per carat: From US$ 50 to over US$ 10,000 depending on the type. www.precisionairtz.com
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Ruby Colour: Pink, blood-red and purple. Type: An aluminium and oxygen compound referred to as a corundum. History and origin: The first recorded transport and trade of rubies occurred in 200 BC in China. Today rubies are mined in many countries including Thailand and Australia. They were discovered in Tanzania after the Second World War. Popularity: Very rare, highly desirable and the most valuable gemstone of the corundum family. Rubies are usually more valuable than diamonds. Natural texture: Extremely hard and brittle. Price per carat: From US$ 100 to US$ 1,000 for a light-coloured ruby and US$ 300 to US$ 3,000 for a bright-red to purple ruby.
Colour: There is a large variety of coloured and colourless zircon.
Colour: Large variety of colours.
Colour: Pure spinel is colourless but can also come in a variety colours, predominantly pink, red, purple and blue.
Type: A rock-forming mineral. History and origin: As the oldest mineral on earth, zircon can be found in Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. There are samples from Australia dating back over 4.4 billion years. Popularity: Zircon is often underrated as it makes an impressive diamond simulant. Bluecoloured zircon is the most popular. Natural texture: Fairly hard, but care must be given when wearing jewellery containing zircon. Price per carat: Dependent largely on colour. Top blue gems with fancy cuts can reach US$ 200 while cheaper colours and cuts can average between US$ 75 and US$ 150.
Type: Crystallised compound containing various elements, largely aluminium, magnesium and iron. History and origin: The most common variety of tourmaline, known as schorl, has been recognised since at least the 15th century. Today, multiple varieties can be found in Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Mozambique. Popularity: Very popular due to its wide range of colours. Natural texture: Fairly hard, uneven and brittle. Price per carat: Price varies tremendously depending on the variety and quality. ParaĂba tourmalines can reach tens of thousands of dollars, while cheaper cuts and colours are priced at between US$ 50 and US$ 750 per carat.
Type: A crystallised compound of magnesium and aluminium. History and origin: Spinel has been recognised since medieval times and was once known as the balas ruby or simply lal. Today, spinel can be found in Tanzania, Madagascar and Kenya among other places in the world. Popularity: Well-formed spinels are in high demand, particularly if they are red or blue in colour. Natural texture: Spinel is only slightly softer than a ruby. It is among the most durable gemstones to date. Price per carat: The deep-red variety, known as the ruby spinel, is the most valuable, followed by cobalt blue and bright orange. These top colours average about US$ 950, while cheaper colours range from US$ 200 to US$ 500 per carat.
Andrew Morgan Photography
Why Andrew is such a happy snapper… South African-born photographer Andrew Morgan has spent most of the past decade exploring East Africa with a camera in his hands, capturing unforgettable images of everything from Maasai herdsmen to romantic weddings to gourmet food at some of the region’s top restaurants. He tells Paa about being inspired by his father, his love of Tanzania and his top tips for taking your best-ever photo.
quality and definitely an award winner. It wasn’t until 2015 that I entered it into a competition and received third place in the cultural category in the ‘Nature’s Best Photography Africa’ awards. Q: What’s a typical day photographing a wedding? A: Well, the first thing I can say is that no two weddings are ever the same. But in general I will have all my gear ready and cleaned beforehand, but check it all again on the morning of the wedding to make sure everything is charged and I have my memory
Q: Tell us a little about yourself
ends as a sports photographer while
cards empty. I generally like to start at
A: I grew up in South Africa on
at university. In 2008 I left university
least two hours before the ceremony
a small farm surrounded by pine
to become a full-time sports photog-
to capture details like the dress and
forests, near a little village called
rapher, but it didn’t work out and in
jewellery and hair and make-up. I shoot
Haenertsburg. I couldn’t have asked
2009 I went back to work running a
most of the day with a documentary
for a more beautiful place to grow
logistics company. In 2010 I started
approach and carry this through the
up. I was brought up in nature, going
shooting professionally again, but
day with a few posed portraits like the
to game reserves on weekends and
didn’t go full-time again until 2011. I
group photos and couple shoot.
holidays and riding mountain bikes,
haven’t looked back since. Q: Is there a particular type of
motorbikes and water-skiing on the nearby dam.
Q: When and why did you move to
photography you prefer?
A: I love shooting weddings
Q: Your father was also a keen
A: I moved to Tanzania in 2009 to
photographer. How did this
run a logistics company after my first
attempt at being a full-time photog-
A: As far back as I can remember
rapher had failed.
my father was always interested in
and every wedding is a different Top shot
Andrew’s favourite and Paa’s cover
adventure. At the moment I am shooting a lot of lodges and hotels, though, which I’m really enjoying as it combines all sorts of genres. In a
photography. He was always taking
Q: What is your single favourite
hotel shoot I do portraits of the staff,
beautiful wildlife pictures on our trips
photo that you’ve taken?
architecture, interiors, landscapes
to the bush and later took photos of
A: I have so many different photo-
and, if it’s a safari lodge, then the
us playing sport, too. I think my inter-
graphs that are favourites for all
wildlife, too. So shooting lodges and
est in photography started earlier,
sorts of reasons, but I suppose if I
hotels is very interesting.
but it was in about 2006 that I first
had to choose only one it would be
borrowed my father’s film camera
a photo I took in 2010 of a Maasai
and lens to go on a safari. Then in
herdsman with his goat. It was taken
2007 my parents bought me my own
in the Ngorongoro Conservation
Area on my first safari in Tanzania with my fiancée. We stopped at a
Q: How long had you been taking
Maasai village on the way from the
pictures before going full-time?
Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti.
A: I started seriously in 2007 when
It was just a portrait of a man and his
I got my first digital camera and I
goat. When I showed my father he
started working part-time on week-
told me it was National Geographic
Q: Any top tips for amateur
yet seen. That’s where I want to
photographers looking to a full-
From birds to beaches
time career? A: I guess the biggest tip would be
Q: What equipment do you use?
to keep at it. It’s difficult to get ahead
A: A few years ago I was lucky enough
in photography these days with so
to become a brand ambassador for
many photographers out there and
Sigma lenses. The brand is incred-
so many people having easier access
ible and has some of the best lenses
to a camera. But the more you keep
available for all cameras these days. I
at it the more you will learn. One
have used a variety of different camera
great benefit in our modern world is
brands and at the moment I use Nikon
that there are so many places to find
but am just as comfortable shoot-
resources to learn and to get inspira-
ing with Sony or Canon. I also use
tion. Apps like Instagram, Pinterest
some other accessories, like a drone
and Facebook can be full of inspira-
and underwater housing, and at the
tion, as well as some websites that are
moment I am using a Godox lighting
fully dedicated to photography like
system for my off-camera flashes.
500px or MyWed. Q: Any particular place you would Q: Your favourite place in Tanzania
like to photograph but haven’t
had the opportunity yet?
A: Tanzania is such a beautiful coun-
A: As mentioned before, there are
try with so many amazing locations.
still many places in Tanzania I would
It wouldn’t be fair to choose only
love to photograph, but outside of
one. I think, instead, I would say that
that I would love to shoot more of
my favourite place to photograph
East Africa. I feel in my almost 10 years
in Tanzania is the place I’ve not yet
here I have seen so little and hope
been. Tanzania has so much to offer
that I will have the opportunity to
and there is so much of it I’ve not
Get in touch If you’d like to find out more about Andrew or discuss your photography requirements, you can contact him on: Tel: +255 (0)772 841 783 Email: photo@andrewTmorgan.com Instagram: @andrewmorganphoto Facebook: @AndrewMorganPhotography Web: www.andrewmorganphotography.com Web (for dedicated wedding photography): www.andrewmorgan.photography www.precisionairtz.com
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number of projects with several clients on the mainland and in Zanzibar. These clients include the Ministry of Education Tanzania, Parliament of Tanzania, Prime Minister’s Office of Tanzania, Ministry of Health Tanzania, TAMISEMI, Department for International Development (DFID), USA Development Gateway Inc., United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), USA Research Triangle International (RTI), United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UK Ecorys, AghaKhan Foundation, and many more. So if you are looking for a reliable and stress-free working partner for assignments of data collection and management in rural and urban settings of Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar, then DataVision International is your answer. For more information on DataVision International visit our website: www.datavision.co.tz or call us on +255 22 270 1845/6 or +255 754 869 302 www.precisionairtz.com
Go wet and wild for a fun day out Kunduchi Water Park
hat better way to cool down in the blazing sun than by going to a water
park? Located only half an hour from Dar es Salaam, the Kunduchi Water Park is the perfect place for a family day out, with slides, pools and activities galore to make for a memorable day. Spread across six acres and located right next to the beach, Kunduchi Wet ’N’ Wild Water Park is one of the largest entertainment and leisure complexes in the region, combining water attractions with sports facilities, go-karting, restaurants and more.
Slides The site has a multitude of fun water attractions to keep you entertained all day. There are more than 25 different slides including flumes, multi-row slides and smaller ones for younger guests. Many of the larger slides are high up with a chance for great views of the surrounding area before the
Cool down at Kunduchi
adrenalin rush as you hurtle down towards the splash pools at the bottom. If you’re feeling energetic, the Rain Dance stage gives you an oppor-
tunity to show off your best moves
slides or splashing in the pools, the
good time. The water park can also
with your friends. For a more gentle
park has a pool bar and a refreshment
be hired for events such as weddings,
experience, you can float along the
bar serving a range of soft drinks in
birthday parties, music festivals and
lazy Rufiji River in a rubber ring; while
the shade of a baobab tree. There are
fashion shows, making the most
the many pools offer a perfect place
frequent barbecues, too, for a variety
of the large space and well-kept
to relax with friends and family.
of freshly grilled meat dishes. A new
For younger visitors, the attractions
restaurant called Mbudya is due to
include a playground and sandpit as
open soon, specialising in grilled
well as a large climbing frame with
food. There will also be in a shisha
slides in one of the park’s many pools.
lounge and a sports bar.
There is also a go-kart track on site where you can round off a day of fun
with a thrilling race against friends
In addition to general admission, the
water park is available for hire. It can
The water park has various places
Wet ‘N’ Wild
Ready, set, go!
grounds for a noteworthy celebration or event.
be used to host groups and events
where you can grab a drink and a
for a memorable day with friends,
bite to eat to keep you refreshed
colleagues or classmates. For corpo-
throughout the day. For a relaxed
rate functions such as team building
dining experience, the main restau-
days, there is a dedicated team on
rant, Kambarage, overlooks the lovely
hand to help create a customised
gardens and serves Indian, Chinese
experience and to ensure that the day
and continental dishes à la carte. To
runs smoothly and that participants
quench your thirst after riding the
get to know each other and have a
Spread across six acres and located right next to the beach, Kunduchi Wet ’N’ Wild Water Park is one of the largest entertainment and leisure complexes in the region
Helpful information Weekday entrance fee: Adults TZS 12,000. Children TZS 11,000 Weekend entrance fee: Adults TZS 13,000. Children TZS 12,000 Public holiday entrance fee: Adults and children TZS 15,000 Opening hours: 9.30 to 18.00
How to get there From Dar es Salaam head north on Bagamoyo Road. Turn right opposite Haven of Peace Academy and continue for 1.6 km. Turn right at Mtongani Junction and continue for 2 km. Turn left and the entrance is 87 metres ahead. For more information, visit: www.wetnwild.co.tz www.precisionairtz.com
Staying in Entebbe
Beach break 2 Friends Beach Hotel
Enjoy ‘the gateway’ in comfort and style As the main point of entry for international flights into Uganda, Entebbe has a broad range of accommodation to suit the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the town each year or transit through Entebbe on their way to explore the wider country. Here are some of our top picks for places to stay in Entebbe.
A great place to visit
Transport yourself to a tropical oasis surrounded by lush greenery with views across Lake Victoria, all just 10 minutes from Entebbe International Airport. 2 Friends Beach Hotel is a popular choice for safari-goers on their way to or from a visit to Uganda’s wonderful national parks – and is also a good place to spend a few days enjoying the scenery and exploring what Entebbe has to offer. 2 Friends has 16 spacious and tastefully decorated rooms, including standard rooms, pool view rooms and lake view rooms as well as two rooms designed for guests with reduced mobility. All rooms at 2 Friends come with TV, fan, private bathroom, mosquito net and free Wi-Fi as well as daily housekeeping. The hotel also has day rooms for visitors – popular with guests travelling on late flights out of Entebbe or looking to relax on the shores of Lake Victoria while in town. During a stay at 2 Friends guests can enjoy a dip in the hotel’s pool; tuck into a tasty meal at the beach restaurant and bar, which also hosts barbecues and live music; or hire a bicycle and explore the local area. Nearby attractions include the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the Victoria Mall.
Image: Kevin Nicholson
Central and convenient Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe For those who like to be close to the action yet enjoy a tranquil getaway, Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe offers the best of both worlds. Located next to Victoria Mall, with plenty of shops and eateries as well as a 3D cinema, guests can make the most of the mall’s facilities or take it easy in the hotel and relax in the botanical gardens nearby. Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe has 51 air conditioned rooms, with all amenities for an enjoyable stay, whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, including tea and coffee facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi and in-room movies. All rooms come with a private balcony on which to enjoy the morning newspapers or an evening sundowner. Dining at the hotel takes place in the light and airy Garden Restaurant, with a fine range of international cuisine. A breakfast buffet is included in the room rates to give you the best start to a day of meetings or exploring. The onsite bar, The Ark, is well stocked with spirits, wine and beer and offers a cosy atmosphere in which to relax and toast the day.
Lake Heights Hotel
Consistently voted one of the best hotels in town, Karibu Entebbe has built a fine reputation and a loyal client base over its six years of operation. Guests can be sure of a friendly welcome and personalised service at Karibu Entebbe, which is a former presidential home with only seven rooms.
A good choice for business guests and tourists alike, Lake Heights Hotel offers guests a comfortable, clean and stylish stay in a peaceful location in Entebbe.
Owners Leslie and Kevin and the Karibu Entebbe team take pride in offering clean, stylish accommodation and good service throughout the hotel and restaurant. Leslie is also the head chef, serving up delicious Mediterranean-inspired food that uses ingredients grown onsite and purchased fresh from local markets. Guests can choose from lake view rooms or garden rooms, all of which are spacious and unique with hand-built beds. Lake view rooms offer the sight of wonderful sunsets over Lake Victoria, while garden rooms look over the lush greenery with its abundant birdlife (over 30 species have been spotted in or around the hotel gardens). In addition to the birds, the friendly resident dogs – Rocky, Rango and Bella – are part of the Karibu family and help keep the property safe and secure.
Lake Heights offers 33 individually designed rooms that feature everything you need for a ‘home away from home’ experience: DStv, desk, comfortable beds and fresh linen, air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities and complimentary toiletries. Guests have the option of standard, executive or executive self-contained rooms, in addition to superior suites. Wheelchair-friendly rooms are also available. The purpose-built conference room can be used for a variety of events, from intimate meetings to product launches to small conferences, all within easy reach of the airport and central Entebbe. Free parking is available at the hotel for all delegates along with free Wi-Fi, conference pads, pens and mineral water, flip charts, a screen and a podium for hosts. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, a gym, fitness classes and a spa offering a variety of massages. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant serves steakhouse-style cuisine with views over Lake Victoria for a memorable end to the day.
Lakeside luxury Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe A stone’s throw from the airport yet on the shores of Lake Victoria, the four-star Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe enjoys a privileged location combined with an elegant design. With a beautiful palm-fringed pool overlooking Lake Victoria, manicured gardens and ample facilities, Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe is a great place to relax and unwind. In addition to the pool, guests have access to fitness facilities, including cardio equipment and weights, and there are complimentary fitness classes. If you’re visiting on business, the hotel has four event rooms for up to 250 people and offers tailored group packages for conferences and events. The hotel’s 73 rooms and 12 executive suites are elegantly designed to harmonise with the warm, inviting decor of the hotel. Many rooms have views over Lake Victoria, while deluxe rooms and suites come with private balconies to make the most of these views. The hotel’s Tides restaurant serves delicious food à la carte as well as daily specials. The breakfast buffet is extensive and one of the best in the city, while main courses include specialities such as tilapia and Nile perch. To finish the day, the terrace is a great place to wind down and enjoy the ambience. www.precisionairtz.com
On top of the world… Zip line adventure offers a bird’s-eye view of the baobabs Ever wanted to soar like an eagle across the tops of baobab trees? Tanzip Zipline has made this possible with its eco-friendly new zip line experience. Situated in Mto wa Mbu village, the adventure site comprises five exciting zip lines and six unique eco-platforms, providing you with enough thrills to last the whole day. By Amy Laubach 28
ocated in the Arusha region,
the perfect addition. And so Tanzip
Tanzip Zipline excitingly
Zipline was created.
describes itself as the coun-
try’s very first zip line adventure.
Its founder, Lawrence Mafuru,
The zip line adventure park nestles at
came up with the idea of a unique
the base of the Great Rift Valley Wall
eco-adventure that would add a
on the northern circuit safari route,
new facet to Tanzania’s thriving
just a few minutes from the main
road that leads to major national
Lawrence grew up in the village
parks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro
of Mto wa Mbu and worked as a
and Tarangire. With breathtaking
mountain guide before starting his
views of the Maasai Steppe and the
own non-profit tour company in 2010.
Rift Valley as well as surrounding lakes
He always dreamed of offering more
and wetlands, it’s the ideal location
adventures to safari-goers in Tanzania
for a skyline activity like zip lining.
and this, combined with his experi-
The course has five exciting zips and
ence in the tourism sector, led him
six unique platforms providing a thrill-
to the belief that a zip line would be
ing adrenalin rush accompanied by
Preparing for the zip line experience: • Wear closed toe shoes (hiking boots are recommended) • Tie long hair back • Wear long shorts or trousers • Remove all items from your pockets and leave them at the secure Tanzip Zipline office • Heavy canvas or leather gloves are recommended – if you don’t have any, you can buy them for US$ 5 at Tanzip • Hats aren’t advisable as they could fly off. • For more information, visit: www.tanzaniazipline.com
spectacular views of the treetops.
the Tanzip office. The Maasai Boma
The tour begins at the office in
Culture Tour provides the oppor-
Mto wa Mbu, where participants
tunity to visit an authentic boma
are given a safety briefing and fitted
and learn about the Maasai tribe,
with a harness before venturing on
while the Mto wa Mbu Village Tour
to a scenic open-air ride through
consists of a walk along the bustling
the Maasai land and arriving at the
village streets, making banana
adventure park. After completing the
beer and visiting local artists, farms
course, participants can relax with a
and plantations before enjoying a
refreshing drink in the Viewpoint Bar
traditional Tanzanian lunch. Tanzip
before heading back to the Tanzip
also offers a bike ride to the shores of
office to view the photographs taken
Lake Manyara, a half-day hike to the
during their skyline adventure.
Rift Valley Plateau and a challenging
hike through Lake Miwaleni, with an optional waterfall trek.
If you fancy viewing the area from ground level, Tanzip also offers a couple of different tours starting at
Zanzibar International Film Festival
All images: Peter Bennett
Lights, camera – festival! As East Africa’s largest and longest-running film festival reaches its 22nd year, Paa takes a look at what we can expect to see at this year’s Zanzibar International Film Festival
he 2018 Zanzibar Interna-
in East Africa. DISCOP is a company
tional Film Festival will be
focused on bringing together buyers,
held in Stone Town and
sellers and producers of film, TV,
happen. Speaking up for others when
digital and video gaming content
we can no longer stay silent requires
surrounding areas from 7 to 15 July. As always, the nine-day annual
Returning for its 22nd year
injustice and cannot speak out themselves, perhaps for fear of what might
across Africa and the Middle East. By
courage, says ZIFF, and this year it
event will be packed with film screen-
hosting this event at its festival, ZIFF
would like to celebrate how the film
ings, workshops, concerts, exhibitions
hopes that African cinema will have
industry has changed the lives of
and press events.
the chance to be seen and heard –
many over the years.
In the wake of the festival’s landmark 20th anniversary a couple
hence the title of its theme.
of years ago, with its greater focus on
the topic of cinema, the theme for
Furthermore, ‘Speak Up and Be
this year’s ZIFF is ‘Speak Up and Be
Heard’ has a deeper meaning than
‘She Directs’ Workshop: 8 to 12 July
Heard’ (‘Sema na Usikike’ in Swahili).
simply bringing awareness to the film
This will be marked by the film festi-
industry. ZIFF believes that films can
val’s hosting of DISCOP Zanzibar in
give a voice to those who may be
an attempt to boost the film industry
crushed under oppression, power or
Acting Workshop with Jacky Ido and Bikiya Graham Douglas: 9 to 11 July ‘Imagine East Africa on Screen’: Three-day screenwriting workshop
This year the Ladima Founda-
Other activities include the screening
offer the winning film a distribution
tion and the Africa in Motion Film
of ‘Mossane’ (Safi Faye, Senegal, 1996)
contact for the African continent.
Festival (AiMFF) will present a variety
and ‘Fatma 75’ (Selma Baccar, Tunisia,
of programmes over the course of
1976) which have been restored,
ships, and with no shortage of
the nine days highlighting women’s
digitised and subtitled in English.
filmmakers, film-lovers and tourists in
contributions to film and filmmaking in Africa in an attempt to shed light
and correct the major gender imbal-
Among other awards, ZIFF will be
ances within the industry. Among a
partnering with the Robert Bosch
whole host of activities, the Ladima
Foundation and AfriDocs to award
Foundation will present its flagship
the Golden Dhow for best documen-
project, the Adiaha Award for Best
tary. This prestigious award carries
Documentary by an African Women
with it a scholarship to a top film
Filmmaker, presented annually at ZIFF.
school in Germany for the semester.
This award carries with it a cash prize
STEPS, the documentary production
and the winning film will be screened
company behind the innovative free
at AiMFF in Scotland later in the year.
streaming platform AfriDocs, will also
With so many awards and partner-
attendance, this year’s festival looks Talented
Women of film
set to be as spectacular as ever as it celebrates its 22nd birthday.
Visit www.ziff.or.tz to see the official selection of films for 2018 and to find out more about ZIFF. www.precisionairtz.com
A natural remedy to keep bugs at bay
he dry season is upon us, which means the cooler weather is officially here to stay. Although the weather in these months
consists of sunny days, cooler nights and very little rain, it also means that bugs, insects and creepy-crawlies can be found in every corner of the country. Paa has put together a guide to help you avoid those pesky bites, annoying flies and other nasty insects â€“ without having to cover yourself in sticky repellent spray â€“ by using the simple and natural remedy of plants. Having the right plants around can actually prevent
Lavender Basil Repels: Mosquitoes Houseflies Fleas Moth
Repels: Mosquitoes Houseflies
Why does it work?
overpowering scent that bugs dislike,
Although humans love the smell of
Why does it work? Basil contains strong oils and an
insects from pestering you while adding beautiful
lavender, bugs hate it and will do
colours to your home. Certain plants have essential
anything to avoid being near it.
oils, scents and chemical substances that act as a
How to use it effectively: Simply grow it in your garden, but
natural bug repellent, warning off unwanted pests
How to use it effectively
make sure the soil is well drained, as
like mosquitoes, gnats and flies.
Due to its sweet fragrance and
wet soil can attract gnats and plant
bug-fighting properties, lavender has
flies. Alternatively, combine fresh
been placed around the home for
leaves with water and vodka to make
hundreds of years to keep the insects
an insect repellent spray. It will have
away. Simply hang bouquets of laven-
little or no odour compared with the
der around the house where bugs
strong-smelling sticky sprays you can
could linger, or grow it in your garden
buy at the store, while also saving you
to keep the bugs at bay. Alternatively,
make your own lavender oil and add it to your pulse points or mix it with your favourite body spray for extra power.
Marigold Repels: Mosquitoes Aphids
Hated by bugs
Why does it work? Aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits are put off by the smell of marigolds. How to use it effectively Plant marigolds throughout your borders. Not only will they keep bugs away from all your plants, but marigolds also encourage other plants
to grow at a faster rate, especially roses. Furthermore, marigolds are an ideal plant to combine with others to keep the bugs away, Grow French marigolds with tomatoes to repel green and black flies.
Mint Repels: Mosquitoes Ants, Flies
Rosemary Repels: Mosquitoes Flies Why does it work?
Other tips • Use less perfume and body products when outdoors. • Up your Vitamin B intake. • Keep your house clean and free of food spills and crumbs.
mosquitoes, flies and even cats.
• Sprinkle cinnamon around likely points of entry for bugs within the house.
How to use it effectively
• Keep dryer sheets in your pockets when you go outdoors.
The strong aroma of rosemary repels
Grow it in containers yourself and use as a cooking ingredient in your home
Why does it work? Bugs dislike the
to keep the insects away. To make an
Why does it work?
strong aromatic oils contained in mint
insect repellent body spray, boil dried
It’s not exactly clear why bugs are
stems, flowers and leaves.
rosemary with water. Once cooled,
so repelled by bay leaves, but it’s
strain the liquid and keep it in the fridge
thought that their strong smell and
between uses until it loses its smell.
essential oils are what repels bugs
How to use it effectively Grow it at the bottom of your garden. Be sure to plant mint in pots rather than in the ground as it is an invasive plant and, once established in your garden, can be difficult to remove. Alternatively, combine peppermint oils with rubbing alcohol for a homemade insect repellent. Equally, spread dry mint leaves or mint tea bags around as a deterrent.
and even mice.
How to use it effectively
Repels: Flies Moths Earwigs Roaches, Ants
away quite effectively by placing
Both fresh and dried bay leaves will repel bugs. You can keep the bugs the leaves strategically around your house. This can also be effective for other common household pests like spiders and moths. www.precisionairtz.com
Colour, comfort and top tech By Kirsten Alexander
A top pick
Park Inn by Radisson
Park Inn by Radisson combines comfort and style to create a homely environment that doesnâ€™t hold back on eye-catching design features Paa Stay / Park Inn by Radisson, Westlands 34
Precision Air anytime soon,
comfort and style to create a homely
whether it be for business or
environment that doesn’t hold back
pleasure, a multitude of hotels
on eye-catching design features.
await you with styles, budgets and
While the colour palette might not
locations to suit your individual
be to everyone’s taste – think bold
preferences. One of Paa’s top picks
primary colours mixed with natural
for a stylish city hotel in a great
tones – it makes the hotel stand out
location that won’t break the bank
from the crowd and brings a lively
is Park Inn by Radisson, Westlands.
feel to the establishment.
f you’re flying to Nairobi with
The hotel’s striking exterior makes
Park Inn by Radisson combines
it an icon of the popular Westlands
district of Nairobi. Westlands is full
There are 140 rooms to choose from,
of hotels, restaurants and clubs so
each one spacious and designed with
standing out is a must – and Park Inn
the modern traveller in mind. Guests
by Radisson does just that.
can enjoy an interactive entertain-
Shaped like a tablet (of the
ment system, free Wi-Fi, in-room
technology kind), this hotel screams
dining and complimentary tea and
modernity before you even enter
coffee. There is also an accessible
the bright reception that welcomes
room, which features a roll-in shower
visitors, with the friendly staff and
and wider doorways for easier access.
with a drink or light meal. Next to Attic is the rooftop outdoor
Guests have two options for dining
pool, in addition to a fully equipped
at Park Inn by Radisson: the Live Inn
gym that can be accessed free of
Room Restaurant and the Attic Roof
charge by hotel guests. There is
First opened in 2016, Park Inn by
Top Bar. The Live Inn Room is the
onsite underground parking for up to
Radisson, Westlands has become a
hotel’s main restaurant and serves
200 cars and airport transfers can be
popular choice with business and
delicious local and international
easily arranged at reception.
leisure travellers alike, which is high-
cuisine, with meat, fish and vegetar-
lighted in the TripAdvisor ‘Certificate
ian offerings, as well as a barbecue
place to host meetings, conferences
of Excellence 2018’ award that the
on the terrace (weather permitting).
and events due to its excellent loca-
hotel received thanks to numerous
Located on the 11th floor of the hotel,
tion in Westlands and comprehensive
positive reviews from guests on the
the Attic Bar is one of the best places
in Nairobi to sit and enjoy the view
Park Inn by Radisson is the perfect
Free for guests
facilities. The hotel has five meeting rooms, ranging in size from 20 to 145 square metres, so it can accommodate anything from small, intimate meetings to conferences, events and cocktail receptions. In addition, the event terrace on the first floor, with a capacity of 260 people, is ideal for banquets or events.
Park Inn by Radisson Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi Tel: +254 70 9498 000 Email: email@example.com Web: www.parkinn.com/hotel-nairobi
Eat meat and be merry By Kirsten Alexander
f there’s one thing that unites
the finest ingredients, that will leave
East Africans it’s our love of
you longing to make a return visit.
meat – and lots of it. Whether
it’s nyama choma, mshikaki,
steak or chicken, we just can’t
Guests can enjoy a variety of steaks
get enough. So why not spend
including rump, sirloin, fillet, rib-eye
an evening enjoying some of the
and T-bone, all AAA-grade beef from
finest meat that Dar has to offer at
South Africa, as well as lamb and pork
Grill House on Haile Selassie Road?
chops, beef ribs and pork ribs. The
Grill House is a haven for meat
excellent combo meals are perfect if
Grill House is a haven for meat lovers, bringing together the best of Tanzanian and South African cuisine Even though Grill House specialTasty
ises in steaks, ribs and grills, there are
lovers, bringing together the best
you can’t decide between the huge
of Tanzanian and South African
variety of dishes, with options such as
bites, fish dishes and even vegetar-
cuisine with a varied and exciting
ribs and calamari, prawns and chicken
ian choices, so no one will be left
menu of delectable dishes and fine
wings, and sirloin and calamari. Each
out. From the classic fish and chips
wines. Specialising in the finest meat,
of these is served with Grill House
to the cauliflower and broccoli bake,
including matured AAA-grade beef
sauce, onion rings and a side of
vegetarian burger to vegetable
as well as lamb, pork and chicken,
your choice from the menu, which
skewers, even the fussiest eater will
Grill House knows how to conjure up
includes French fries, steamed rice,
find something to please his or her
mouthwatering dishes, made with
creamed spinach and green salad.
taste buds at Grill House.
Meat and more
Paa Dining / Grill House, Dar es Salaam 36
plenty of other options for lighter
The restaurant also offers an extensive house wine list, sourcing tipples from 20 regions to pair perfectly with
from across the world and can be accessed on request. If wine is not your thing, why not
your chosen dish. A lot of thought
enjoy a well-made cocktail from a
and care goes into selecting these
selection that includes such classics
wines, including red, white, rosé and
such as Cosmopolitan, Long Island
sparkling, to ensure they complement
Iced Tea, Old Fashioned and Marga-
the sumptuous Grill House cuisine
rita; or choose an ice-cold beer such
deep-fried ice cream served with
and make your meal a memorable
as Kilimanjaro, Tusker or San Miguel
chocolate syrup and whipped cream
affair. Various wines are available by
from Grill House’s local and interna-
– a dessert that just has to be tasted.
the glass, with a wider selection by
tional selection. In addition, there is a
wide selection of spirits available as
well as soft drinks. To finish off the evening – if you
In addition to the house wine list, the
have space left after your main
restaurant has a ‘reserve wine cellar’
course, that is – why not try one
with extra-special bottles which the
of Grill House’s tempting desserts?
staff will help you to choose. These
There’s a seasonal fruit salad for a
premium wines have been sourced
light bite, as well as an indulgent
tiramisu or chocolate fondant. But perhaps the star of the show is the
Grill House 1391 Haile Selasie Road, Dar es Salaam Tel: +255 765 222 701 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.grillhousedar.co.tz
If ever there was a new car ideally suited to East Africa then the Duster could well be it
By Sam Gimson
Riding high on a low budget
hen is a Renault not quite a Renault? Answer: when it’s built
in Romania by Dacia. And this is the case with
fairly limited new-car market. For those unfamiliar with the marque, Dacia has earned a reputation in Europe and North Africa for basic ‘low rent’ vehicles that appeal
Renault’s new-look Duster SUV,
primarily to the budget-conscious.
which is sold elsewhere as the
Thankfully, this downmarket image
Dacia Duster. The explanation
is fading, which is why Renault is
is that Dacia is part of Groupe
happy to sell Dacia cars under its
Renault and, I guess, it’s easier just
own brand name in certain non-
to rebadge a Dacia rather than try
to create a new brand in what is a
As a result, in addition to the
Paa Motoring / Renault Duster 38
A new-look SUV
Renault Duster, we have the Renault
automatic emergency braking. The
Logan and Renault Stepway – also
much better equipped E3 would
available to buy here in East Africa –
be the choice of many buyers. It
which are both Dacias in reality.
comes with goodies such as cruise
Here and elsewhere, the Duster is
air conditioning, electric windows
rugged, no-nonsense off-roader.
all round, reversing camera, central
And if you’re on a tight budget and
locking and tinted windows.
looking for a smallish, sturdy, high-
From Dacia to Renault
Dealers in East Africa CMC Formula, based in Dar es Salaam, is the Renault dealer in Tanzania, while in Nairobi there are two Renault dealerships, one on Waiyaki Way and the other on Mombasa Road, operated by Simba Caetano Formula.
control, seven-inch touch screen,
marketed as a competitively priced,
Rather unattractive 16-inch steel
riding town and country runabout
wheels are standard on the E1,
then the Renault Duster would fit
while 16-inch alloys are fitted to the
the bill. In fact, if ever there was a
E2 and E3 variants.
new car ideally suited to East Africa then the Duster could well be it.
With its 210 mm ground clearance
The Duster is offered in East Africa
and reinforced suspension, this
with three engine choices: a dCi 1.5
crossover SUV glides effortlessly
litre, 110 PS diesel engine fitted to a
over uneven surfaces and in 4x4
six-speed gearbox and four-wheel
configuration offers incredible
drive; and two petrol engines that
come in two-wheel-drive format
The Duster model has been
only: a 1.6 litre with a five-speed
around for a while now, but this
manual gearbox; and a 1.5 litre
latest facelifted version, launched
which comes as an automatic and is
at the Frankfurt Motor Show, comes
the same power train that can also
with key improvements on the
be found in much more expensive
original while retaining most of its
cars such as the Nissan Qashqai or
So what do East African buyers get
is a used Japanese import – and
for their hard-earned shillings? First,
who’s to say that a cherished and
they get a Renault badge rather
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Precision Air staff profile What is your name? Consolata Shonyela.
Where are you from? Mbeya.
Where do you live? Buza, Dar es Salaam.
What is your job title? Assistant accountant – sales and cargo accounting.
Can you give us a description of your job role? I receive sales returns, manual documents and refund reports, download and submit all electronic sales data files to ensure efficent processing and I receive the monthly Cargo Revenues Report. I also review, verify and validate all outward and inward billings and rejections from and to other cargo interline partners, ensure timely billing of cargo revenues and accounting of all cargo, courier and mail revenues. I will follow up with the stations and agent courier returns and documents not received to ensure completeness and accounting of all courier baggage vouchers (CBVs), reconcile the general ledger inward billing cargo control account and ensure resolution and closure of reconciling items for month closure. Lastly, I manage accountable passenger sales and courier revenue document stock.
How long have you worked for Precision Air? Four years.
My favourite Precision Air destination is Mwanza, not only because of the constant good weather but also for having a tourist attraction of hills, rocks and Lake Victoria
What is your favourite part of the job? Controlling and managing accountable passenger sales and courier revenue document stock to ensure stock availability and no revenue loss associated with stock out and unaccounted for utilisation.
Your favourite Precision Air destination – and why? My favourite Precision Air destination is Mwanza, not only because of the constant good weather but also for
having a tourist attraction of hills, rocks and Lake Victoria, one of the largest lakes in Africa. One of the most famous rocks in town is Bismarck Rock. [I like] the lovely jumble of rocks in the lake and the Jiwe Kuu or Dancing Rocks. You can also have a boat trip on Lake Victoria.
Do you have any hobbies? Watching movies, travelling, gardening and cooking.
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Paa Royal Benefits
Benefits that will make you feel like royalty Precision Air is always looking to give its customers an exclusive and memorable service experience; and the Paa Royal benefits programme is part of that mission. The membership categories* are as follows:
Jade Member benefits
Silver Member benefits
Upon enrolment, members will be given their unique Paa Royal number, which they must always show whenever they buy tickets as well as during check-in at the airport. After flying three times or more, members will be given a Jade membership card. With the card, they will be recognised as members of the Paa Royal Programme.
After attaining Silver membership level, the member will be issued with a Silver membership card which he (or she) must show at all Precision Air point of sales in order to receive the recognition that he deserves. Should a member book online by logging into Paa Royal Pages, he will automatically receive points earned to his account.
Other benefits of Jade membership:
Members will be entitled to special treatment and priority treatment whenever they travel.
• Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at the passenger’s arrival destination • An opportunity to get a free ticket within the Precision Air’s network after accumulating enough points in their account. *Please note that, in each membership category, if a member is unable to maintain the required number of flights in a year, he or she will be downgraded to their tier level achieved in that current year.
Other benefits of Silver membership: • Free 5 kg baggage every time member travels on a PW operated flight • Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s arrival destination • Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account • Priority telephone reservation in those times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line.
Gold Member benefits After attaining the Gold membership, members will begin to experience royal and exclusive treatment whenever they fly. Members will be opened up to a new world of opportunities and experiences and, of course, receive more rewards. Should a member book online by logging into Paa Royal Pages, he (or she) would automatically receive points earned to his account. Other benefits of Gold: • Free 10 kg baggage every time member travels on a PW operated flight • Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s arrival destination • Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account • Priority telephone reservation at times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line • Priority waitlist/airport standby each time you want to travel and your selected flight is full.
Tanzanite Member benefits When members reach Tanzanite member they attain ultimate royalty. We will always strive to give these royal members an exclusive and memorable flight experience. At this level, members will already be used to royal treatment; royalty will be their way of life. Other benefits of Tanzanite: • Free 15 kg excess baggage every time the member travels on a PW-operated flight • Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account • Confirmation on any flight if a member is prepared to pay Y class fare, regardless of the flight booking status • Priority waitlist/airport standby whenever you want to travel and your selected flight is full • Priority telephone reservation at times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line. • Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s destination.
Precision Air route map UGANDA Entebbe
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Seronera (Serengeti) Kilimanjaro Arusha
Mwanza Kahama Tabora
Dar es Salaam
TANZANIA Mtwara UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Your nearest Precision Air office anywhere in the world TANZANIA DAR ES SALAAM HEAD OFFICE
Diamond Plaza, 1st Floor, Plot no 162 / 38, Mirambo Street / Samora Ave, Dar es Salaam Tel: +255 (0)22 219 1000 Contact Centre (Reservations): +255 (0)787 888 409 / 408 / 417 Email: email@example.com
DAR ES SALAAM SALES OFFICE
NIC HDQ Building, Samora Ave / Pamba Road, PO Box 70770, Dar es Salaam Tel: +255 (0)22 213 0800 / 212 1718 Fax: +255 (0)22 211 3036 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(For users of VISA and MasterCard) Diamond Plaza, 1st Floor, Plot no 162 / 38, Mirambo Street / Samora Ave Dar es Salaam Tel: +255 (0)686 177 458 / (0)689 669 446 Fax: +255 (0)22 211 3036 Email: email@example.com
Boma Road, opposite TTLC, Safari Hotel Building, PO Box 1636, Arusha Tel: +255 (0)27 254 5489
Bukoba Office-GSA, Bukoba Machinery and General Supplier, Bukoba Centre Kawawa Road Tel: +255 (0) 28 222 0545 / 222 0204 Mob: +255 (0) 713 316 806 / (0) 787 616 806
KNCU Building, Ground Floor, Old Moshi Road Tel: +255 (0)272 753495 / 753498 Mob: +255 (0)787 800820
Tanu Road, Posta Building, PO Box 1066, Mtwara Tel: +255 (0)23 233 4116 Mob: +255 (0)787 818 442 / 767 818 442
Kivukoni Road PO Box 211, Musoma Tel: +255 (0)28 262 0713 Mob: +255 (0)787 792 336
Along Kenyatta Road, Plot no 002, Mwanza Tel: +255 (0)28 250 0819 / 250 0204 Fax/Tel: +255 (0)28 250 1054 Mob: +255 (0)784 402042 Sales Office Mobile: +255 (0)784 968427
Argentinierstrasse 2/4 A-1040 Vienna, Austria Tel: +43 1 585 3630 Fax: +43 1 558 536 3088
Suite 1302, 109 Pitt Street Sydney, Australia Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beechavenue 104 1119 PP Schiphol, Netherlands Tel: +31 (0)20 520 0280 Fax: +31 (0)2 6 23 0151
Bravo Murillo 101, Planta 6 Oficina 3, 28020 Madrid, Spain Tel: +34 (0)91 458 5560 Fax: +34 (0)91 344 1726
Park Hill, J.E Mommaertslaan 16B 1831 Diegem, Belgium Tel: +32 (0)2 712 0584 Fax: +32 (0)2 725 8392 Mobile: +32 (0)47 770 9971
NSSF Building, opposite CRDB Bank PO Box 858, Shinyanga Tel: +255 (0)282 763 737 Mob: +255 (0)282 763 737 Mlandege, Muzammil Centre PO Box 961, Zanzibar Tel: +255 (0)24 223 4521 Fax: +255 (0)24 223 4520 Email: email@example.com
Barclays Plaza, 7th Floor, Loita Street PO Box 50990-00100, Nairobi Tel: +254 (0)20 327 4282 / 4290 / 4297 Mob: +254 (0)724 76 0736 / (0)20 236 7684 / +254 (0)736 046 595 Airport: +254 (0) 733 934 795 / 731 530 000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OR Tambo International, International Departures Terminal A, AVIAREPS Counter Johannesburg, South Africa Tel: +27 11 783 6415
Rogers Aviation Tel: +269 (0)77 38799 Mob: +269 (0)333 9512 / 340 0279
C/o Kenya Airways IPS Building, Jubilee House Ground Floor, Parliament Square Tel: +256 (0)312 360 000 Fax: +256 (0)414 256 472 Mob: +256 (0) 782 992 911 / 725 99211 / 772 760 268
Precision Air, 11 rue Auber 75009 Paris, France Mob: +33 (0)6 21 824 908 Reservation: +33 (0)1 534 35397 Fax: +33 (0)1 5343 7919
Josephspitalstrasse 15 80331 MÃ¼nchen Germany Tel: +49 (0)895 525 3373 Fax: +49 (0)895 450 6842
Kaiserstrasse 77 60329 Frankfurt / Main Germany Tel: +49 (0)69 770 673 010 Fax: +49 (0)69 770 673 235
7 Stadiou Street Athens 10562 Greece Tel: +30 (0)210 9341 500 / 501 Fax: +30 (0)210 934 1620 Email: email@example.com
Precision Air GSA APG Ireland 27 Lower Ormond Quay Dublin, Ireland Reservations: +353 (0)1 804 5100 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Riddargatan 17 114 57 Stockholm, Sweden Tel: +46 (0)8 55 5 69100 Fax: +46 (0)8 24 1888
Badenerstrasse 15, 8004 Zurich Switzerland Tel: +41 (0)44 286 99 01 Fax: +41 (0)44 286 99 00
The Chrysler Building 405 Lexington Avenue, 26th Suite 2620, New York, NY 10174, USA Tel: +1 (0)201 484 8036 Fax: +1 (0)201 526 7846
APG Global Highbridge House, 581 Bath Road Longford, West Drayton Middlesex, UB7 0EW Reservations: +44 (0)844 482 2313 Email: email@example.com
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Safety and well-being on board PASSENGER SAFETY Precision Air takes passenger safety very seriously. Aviation safety isn’t just the pilot’s or the cabin crew’s job – it takes all of us. It is easy for our natural sense of caution to be dulled in our modern environment, where things don’t go wrong very often. Whether in the air or on the ground, your life and the lives of your family members could some day be saved if you make it a point, in every situation, to create a mental plan of action in case of emergency. Here are some important tips to help you enjoy your travel experience with Precision Air – in flight and around the airport.
EXIT ROW SEAT A passenger who is allocated an emergency exit seat: A. Must be both willing and physically able to open the exit doors in an emergency B. Must completely understand the printed emergency evacuation techniques C. Must be 16 years old and above.
PAY ATTENTION TO PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFING Although the information seems repetitious, the locations of the closest emergency exits may be different depending on the aircraft that you fly on and the seat you are in.
CARRY ON BAGGAGE There are strict rules about what you can bring on board an aircraft. Because:
Carry-on bags must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins. Please confirm with Precision Air rules before your travel to avoid delays. *Remember: All carry-on baggage must be left behind in an evacuation.
SAFETY ONBOARD Boarding and leaving an aircraft requires your full attention. As you move to and from the aircraft, you may be in a busy area with many other passengers and cargo, moving vehicles, other aircraft, slippery walkways and/or stairs.
RESPECT YOUR CREW AND FELLOW PASSENGERS Everyone has the right to safe and secure travel. That is why Precision Air employees and the aviation authority will not tolerate any behaviour that interferes with the flight or puts the safety of passengers and crew at risk.
SEATBELTS Seatbelts must be fastened during take-off, landing, during turbulence and any time the crew deem it necessary. Keeping the belt on when you are seated provides that extra protection you might need in case of emergency. If you are responsible for an infant or a child, you must first ensure that your own seatbelt is properly fastened, then secure the child and, if it is an infant, secure the child’s or the infant’s restraints.
A. Not all aircraft have space to store your carry-on baggage.
Important note: There are a number of events involving air turbulence that highlight the importance of keeping seatbelts fastened throughout the flight.
B. In an accident, baggage in the aisles makes it harder to get out of the aircraft quickly.
Though rare, in-flight turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to both passengers and crew.
It’s a good idea to keep your seatbelt fastened even when the seatbelt signs are not on.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND PREGNANCIES If you have a medical condition and may need assistance during your travel, kindly ask the Precision Air offices or agents about procedures before your flight. If you are pregnant, you will need to fill a Precision Air medical form, to be signed by your doctor, to confirm that you are OK for travel. For further details, kindly ask while booking your ticket from our sales offices and/or customer services.
PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES Use of portable electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, MP4 players, iPads, etc are not allowed during take-off, landing, taxiing, descent and climb. Precision Air prohibits the use of some electronic devices during flight because they emit signals that can interfere with the aircraft's instrumentation. Some of the items prohibited include cellphones, radios, remote-controlled games/toys, laser pointers, iPads or tablets that transmits frequencies, portable printers, walkie-talkies, scanners and laptops. These items need to be stowed away for these phases of the flight to avoid injuries in case of an emergency.
The inflight magazine of Precision Air. PrecisionAir is a public listed Tanzanian airline, which is a leader in providing scheduled flight s...
Published on Jun 26, 2018
The inflight magazine of Precision Air. PrecisionAir is a public listed Tanzanian airline, which is a leader in providing scheduled flight s...