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5 East African World Heritage Sites to add to your bucket list

We love Africa and we’re extremely proud of all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites found all over the continent. If you’ve ever wanted to travel to Kenya or Tanzania, here’s a few places you should add to your bucket list. 

Plus: win a two-night stay with Sure Travel and City Lodge Hotel Group! More details below.

1. Stone Town, Zanzibar

When people think of Zanzibar, they automatically imagine stunning beaches and 5-star resorts. There is that side to the famous island but that’s not all it has to offer.

Since 2000, the capital city of Zanzibar, Stone Town, has been protected because of its historical and traditional importance. The town is one of the best examples of a Swahili trading town and has been a hot spot for trading along East Africa for hundreds of years! 

Where to stay

City Lodge Hotel Dar es Salaam is just a 10-minute drive from the Zanzibar ferry terminal — a convenient place to stop over if you’re heading to the island and already had a long day of travel. The city itself is an interesting melting pot of cultures and is great fun to explore.

Save up to 25% on your stay when you book City Lodge Hotel Dar es Salaam with Sure Travel! Valid for stays until 31 December 2019. Rate includes bed, breakfast and all taxes. Additional Ts & Cs may apply.


2. Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park

Did you know that two of the world’s most beautiful World Heritage Sites are next door to each other? The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater have been drawing tourists from all over the world for decades, and for good reason. 

Let’s start with the Ngorongoro Crater. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1979 because of its huge biodiversity, Maasai culture and the crater itself, found in the remnants of a volcano. It’s the largest caldera in the world! 

The Serengeti National Park has been on the list of World Heritage Sites since 1981 because of its world-famous migration of zebra and wildebeest. Every year herds of these species follow the rains and migrate to new areas in search of food and water.

This epic trek is where you can find some of the most dramatic natural dramas playing out every day. From crossing crocodile-infested rivers to being followed by packs of hungry lions, the great migration is the most action-packed game viewing in Africa.

Go there with Sure Travel

Our helpful agents know the best times to book a trip for the Great Migration and can customise your itinerary, flights and accommodation according to your preference and budget. Contact your nearest agency for a quote, or call +27 (0)861 47 48 49. 


3. Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, towering 8,895 meters above the Tanzanian savannah. Unlike most of the world’s highest peaks, Kilimanjaro isn’t part of a mountain range. It’s a free-standing volcanic peak, which rises out of a grassland. The result is that it’s one of the most photogenic and iconic mountains in the world. 

Adventurers from all over the world make the climb to the roof of Africa. The popularity of the climb has led to multiple routes being developed for hikers of different skills and fitness levels. Even if you’re not the exploring type, there’s an easier route that makes the peak accessible to most able bodied tourists.


4. Lamu Old Town

Heading to Kenya? Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Lamu Old Town. It’s been a World Heritage Site since 2001 because it’s the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in the whole of East Africa. 

Where to stay

If you’re heading to the island of Lamu via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and need a place to stay, we’ve got your back with a selection of great hotels to suit your required comfort level and pocket. Contact your nearest Sure Travel agency to book a stay at Fairview Hotel, City Lodge Hotel at Two Rivers Mall or Town Lodge Upper Hill

Feel the warm East African welcome when you check into Town Lodge Upper Hill in Nairobi, your gateway to Kenya's incredible World Heritage Sites. Photo courtesy of City Lodge Hotel Group.

You'll save up to 25% if you book City Lodge Hotel at Two Rivers Mall with Sure Travel! Valid for stays until 31 December 2019. Rate includes bed, breakfast and all taxes. Additional Ts & Cs may apply.

It's comfort without borders at Fairview Hotel in Nairobi. Photo courtesy of City Lodge Hotel Group.


5. Lake Turkana

High in Northern Kenya you’ll find one of the world’s saltiest desert lakes! Lake Turkana has been a World Heritage Site since 1997 because of its outstanding animal and plant life research opportunities. 

The lake is a yearly stop over for huge flocks of migrating birds and is the breeding ground for crocodiles, hippos and — wait for it — venomous snakes. But don’t let that deter you from visiting! The colour and saltiness of the lake have led to it being nicknamed the jade lake, and it’s absolutely stunning. 


Ready for your East African adventure?  

We’ve only touched on the tip of the iceberg when it comes to worthwhile sites to see and visit. 

Contact your nearest Sure Travel agency for more ideas and special deals on trips to one of the most beautiful corners of the continent. Here are a few of our favourite places to stay overnight: 


Comfort without borders

The City Lodge Group of Hotels was born and bred in Africa — and we love their commitment to staying local! With 60 hotels all over Africa — including South Africa, Dar es Salaam, Gaborone, Windhoek and Nairobi — you're guaranteed the comfort and reliability you’ve come to expect from the hotel group. 

Save up to 25% on your stay when you book City Lodge Hotel Dar es Salaam or City Lodge Hotel at Two Rivers Mall with Sure Travel! Valid for stays until 31 December 2019. Rate includes bed, breakfast and all taxes:

Don't compromise on all the comforts of home when you stay with City Lodge Hotel Group. Photo courtesy of City Lodge Hotel Group.

City Lodge Hotel Dar es Salaam:   

Midweek: from USD $145* (from R1,855 per person sharing) 
Weekends: from USD $130*

City Lodge Hotel at Two Rivers Mall, Nairobi  

Midweek: from USD $145* (from R1,855 per person sharing)
Weekends: from USD $130*

*Terms and Conditions: Midweek: 15% discount off rack/walk-in rates (Monday to Thursday) Weekend: 25% discount off rack/walk-in rates (Friday to Sunday). Offer not to be used in conjunction with any other specials or negotiated rates. Offer is subject to availability.

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Book a stay at one of City Lodge Hotel Group's stunning East Africa properties between now and 28 June 2019, and be entered into Sure Travel's lucky staycation prize draw. You could win a 2-night stay with breakfast (for two) at any City Lodge Hotel in South Africa! See additional Ts & Cs below.

Book a stay with City Lodge Hotel Group and Sure Travel for a chance to win! Photo courtesy of City Lodge Hotel Group.

1. Contact your nearest Sure Travel agency to book your stay at one of City Lodge Hotel Group's East African hotels in Kenya or Tanzania today and stand the chance of winning a 2-night stay for two (with breakfast) at a City Lodge Hotel in South Africa. Email bookings@suretravel.co.za or call +27 (0)861 47 48 49.

2. Once you've made your booking, enter our lucky draw by clicking HERE and filling out the form. Competition closes at 17h00 on 28 June 2019. 

3. The winner will be announced on the Sure Travel's Facebook page on Monday 1 July. Please read the full competition terms and conditions below prior to entering.

Good luck!


Competition terms and conditions

The promoters of this promotion are Sure Travel and The City Lodge Group of Hotels.

1. Employees or agencies of the Promoters, affiliated companies or family members, or anyone else connected with the Prize Draw may not enter the Prize Draw. 

2. Entrants into the Prize Draw shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions. 

3. The closing date for entries into the Prize Draw is 17h00 on 28 June 2019. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered. 

4. One winner will be chosen from of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The judges’ decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered in to. 

5. The promoters accept no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize. Prize includes bed and breakfast only, any other ‘extras’ such as, telephone calls, beverages etc. must be settled in person prior to departure. 

6. If the winner does not respond to the promoters by 1 July 2019, then the winner's prize will be forfeited. If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner's prize will be forfeited and the promoters shall be entitled to select another winner. 

7. Only City Lodge bookings made by a Sure Travel agency between 16 May 2019 and 28 June 2019 are eligible for entry. This prize is valid for six (6) months from date of issue and shall not be extended beyond the validity period.

8. The City Lodge Group of Hotels will issue accommodation and breakfast vouchers to the winner. This prize includes accommodation for two persons in one room and is subject to availability — reservations must be made in advance. Valid in South Africa only. 

9. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. 

10. The City Lodge Group reserves the right to limit the availability of complimentary rooms during peak season and over ‘special events’ periods. 

11. To book, contact the hotel of your choice directly. Upon check-in at the hotel of your choice, the original trade coupon must be presented. Failure to do so will result in the full room rate being charged.

12. The Promoters retain the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available. 

13. The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Prize Draw and the winner shall participate in such activity on the Promoters reasonable request. The winner consents to the use by the Promoters, both before and after the closing date of the Prize Draw for an unlimited time, of the winner's name for publicity purposes, in any medium, on the internet, including any websites hosted by the Promoters and its related companies and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the Prize Draw, all entrants consent to the same. 

14. The Promoters accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize.

15. Sure Travel’s standard terms and conditions apply. View full Ts and Cs here.

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