The Real Heart of Tanzania

When you ask people to think of Africa, you’re not surprised to hear they imagine vast landscapes, 4x4s and the long search for big game and lions. Of course, these things are synonymous with Africa and are one of the main reasons people visit the continent. Yet, there is so much more that is missed. The people, their lives and […]

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What is a Boat Safari?

Most people know and understand the concept of a safari but what is a boat safari?  Safari is a Swahili word that means journey, originally from the Arabic word safar meaning a journey. The word began to be used to describe overland journeys (hunting and exploring) in Africa from the early 1800’s, but it is now widely used to mean […]

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Natural Beauty – Tanzania

natural beauty Tanzania

When people talk about the natural beauty in Tanzania they usually mean the famous national parks teeming with wildlife, palm fringed beaches and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.  We agree, these are all beautiful but now there’s something new to add to the list… Afya Spa at The Old Boma Hotel has developed a new range of natural, effective, handmade skincare products that […]

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Tropical Paradise

Is Mikindani a Tropical Paradise? Our latest Trip Advisor review states we are “Paradise – pure and simple”,  but what makes a tropical paradise?  Everyone has different preferences for a perfect holiday – some like luxury, some like adventure, some like gourmet, but we meet the most common criteria for tropical paradise; palm trees, deserted beaches, clear turquoise water, and […]

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Explore Stunning Southern Tanzania

Some of the most famous Tanzanian tourist spots are in the north of the country, but what does southern Tanzania have to offer… Selous Game Reserve This is an important conservation area and the biggest protected wildlife reserve in Africa.  At over 54,000 square kilometres this expanse of southern Tanzania is larger than Switzerland!  Its 70,000 elephants represent approximately 8% of […]

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Diving in Tanzania

Diving in Tanzania Are you an experienced diver looking for an exciting new, undiscovered region to explore?  Do you love snorkelling and are looking for somewhere to take the next step to Scuba diving?  Mikindani offers beginners and advanced divers a truly magical underwater experience with a wide range of sites to suit individual preferences and personal interests.  If you’re […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Mikindani

Mikindani is a beautiful Swahili town with a unique history on the Indian Ocean but there’s even more to it than first meets the eye.  Here are 10 reasons to visit Mikindani, book your holiday now! Stay in a National Monument The Old Boma Hotel was originally a German fort built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It […]

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What is ‘sustainable tourism’?

One question often asked within the industry and by guests is ‘what is sustainable tourism?’  Different organisations define this differently, and not always very succinctly, but they all agree that sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make only a positive impact on the environment, society and economy. This is exactly what […]

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Lonely Planet: “Beautiful Hotel”

We’ve got another fantastic review, this time from the travel experts at Lonely Planet, who describe our beautiful hotel, The Old Boma, as a “beautifully restored building on a breezy hilltop overlooking the town and Mikindani Bay.  It offers spacious, atmospheric, high-ceilinged doubles and the closest to top-end standards that you’ll find in these parts.  There’s a sunset terrace overlooking […]

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Best Hotel in Southern Tanzania

It’s official, we’re the best hotel in southern Tanzania.  The latest edition of Rough Guide to Tanzania describes The Old Boma as “southern Tanzania’s best hotel by miles, with bags of atmosphere, outstanding accommodation, and a wide range of excursions“.   Thank you Rough Guide for recognising our high standards and well done to all our staff who work hard […]

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