12 days from £5375pp plus international flights.
At Azura Selous you'll have your own tented suite, air-conditioned naturally, with stylish furnishings, a private terrace, plunge pool and your very own 'Jeeves', to boot! Not forgetting the safari - game drives, boat trips and guided walks will provide you with a rounded view of the flora and fauna of this reserve, as well as filling your camera memory card.
After the excitement it's time to chill. And where better than a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean. Pemba, with its powdery beaches, lush forests, intriguing ruins and charming villages, is all that an island escape should be. To cap it all you're staying at Fundu Lagoon, an imaginatively conceived and designed boutique hotel by a deserted beach. Creature comforts and smiling service are a winning combination and you won't want to leave. Spend days lazing by the pool, exploring the island, diving or snorkelling in the warm waters and enjoying sundowners on the beach.
It seems almost too good to be true (we had to double check it to make sure!), and this is offered on a first come first served basis, so act quickly to bag yourself a real bargain.
Your holiday begins at Dar es Salaam airport, where you'll be assisted to the flight to Selous, one of the largest game reserve in Africa and your safari destination. You'll be met as your plane touches down and driven to Azura Selous, a luxury camp by the Ruaha River and your home for the next 4 nights. Your tented suite comes complete with a private terrace and plunge pool - you may have to pinch yourself to make sure it's for real! Chill out with a drink as you get to know fellow travellers, and later sit down to a 4-course dinner. It's been a long day and you'll sleep well tonight. Dinner
Safari time! This morning you can head out into the reserve in a 4x4 vehicle, as you train your eyes to search for signs of wildlife. You shouldn't have long to wait. Selous is blessed with large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and plains game. You should also spot the graceful outlines of giraffes. Predators are never far away, so keep a look out for lion and leopard. Your guide knows this area well and will amaze you with his knowledge and skilful tracking. You'll return to camp for lunch and a siesta, enjoying another safari later in the afternoon, followed by sundowners at a scenic spot. Full board.
Today you might opt for a walking safari. This offers the chance to see the natural world up close and really feel a part of it. You'll be able to take your time, pausing to examine plants and insects, no less fascinating or important to the ecosystem than the big game, and to observe and interpret tracks and spoor as you build up your bush knowledge. This afternoon you might want to go bird watching by the river, where fish eagles, Goliath herons and African skimmers are often seen. Fishing is another popular option, and you may even catch your dinner! Full board
Today you'll continue your Selous experience. As well as game drives and walking safaris, when the water levels permit you'll be able to explore by boat. From the water you can spot herds of elephant patrolling the banks, and may catch a glimpse of lions and wild dogs. Back in camp you can treat yourself to a massage on the spa, and this evening you can enjoy a special dinner in the bush, the perfect way to round off your safari. Full board.
Today you'll say goodbye to the staff at Azura Selous as you travel back to the airstrip for the flight to Pemba, via Zanzibar. Pemba Island is smaller and quieter than its better known neighbour, making it a superb getaway where you can cast off any cares and worries and simply relax. Fundu Lagoon, with just 18 rooms, is on the unspoilt south west coast, and from your personal deck you'll have views of the Indian Ocean and a plunge pool where you can cool off. You have 7 nights here, ample time to take advantage of the many activities and enjoy all the facilities. Full board.
Wake to the sound of the breeze in the trees as you recall your surroundings. Enjoy a tasty breakfast, as you look forward to the day ahead. The clear waters here are perfect for diving and snorkelling. Waterskiing and windsurfing are available, and the hotel has canoes you can use to explore the mangroves. Between times you'll be served delicious food combining Swahili, Arabic and Indian influences, and at dusk head to the Jetty Bar to savour a sundowner. Full board.
Another day in paradise! Today you can explore the island, maybe taking a trip to Jambangome, once the bustling island capital and now atmospheric ruins where you can see intricate carvings that denote former grandeur. You might visit Ngezi Forest in the north of the island, known for its abundant birdlife. If you like you can make a day of this excursion, accompanied by a guide and taking a picnic lunch with you. Back at Fundu Lagoon you can take advantage of a free massage at the spa or simply enjoy some time on the beach, before looking forward to dinner under the stars. Full board.
Take life easy today, as you opt for a day 'at home', sunbathing by the pool before enjoying a refreshing swim, and sampling a chilled drink and freshly prepared snack from the bar. From this vantage point on the hill there are panoramic sea views you'll never tire of. Later you can stroll along the jetty to the bar for a thirst-quenching drink, as you watch the occasional dhow sail by. Full board.
Today you might want to take a boat trip out to Misali Island in the Pemba Channel Conservation Area. This is a beautiful place with pristine white sand beaches favoured by turtles, plentiful bird and marine life. Your guide will lead you on walks round the island, and you can go snorkelling to witness life beneath the ocean surface. Full board.
Two more whole days on Pemba Island. You can opt for activity or rest, or a blend of the two. There's no pressure to do anything other than enjoy your surroundings and let the friendly staff spoil you! One thing not to be missed is the sunset dhow cruise, sipping a cocktail as you sail along the coast and watch the magnificent colours of the setting sun. Full board.
All good things must come to an end (though you can stay longer if you wish!), and today, having enjoyed breakfast overlooking the ocean, it's time to pack your bags and set off to the airport for the flight back to Dar es Salaam and your onward travel arrangements. Breakfast.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £5375 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: March, 15-30 June, Nov-23 Dec £5,375 (saving £2000). 5 Jan-28 Feb, July-Oct, 24-27 Dec £5675 (saving £2130 pp)
11 nights twin share accommodation comprising 4 nights at Azura Selous in an air-con villa and 7 nights at Fundu Lagoon in a hillside room.
International flights and taxes
Getting there: This trip starts and ends in Dar es Salaam. British Airways have direct flights from Heathrow and Kenya Airways fly via Nairobi. Flights will cost from around £700 pp depending on season and availability. We usually book these flights for you.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor made safari which you can take at most dates to suit you.
LOW SEASON is March, 15-30 June and Nov-23 Dec 2017
HIGH SEASON is 5 Jan-28 Feb, July-Oct, 24-27 Dec 2017
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