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Safari, Sand and Spice

10 days from £2575pp plus international flights.

This is an exciting, good quality Tanzania safari and beach holiday which won't blow your budget. We love it, and it consistently proves hugely popular with our travellers.

We've made this holiday to offer you a really great experience in southern Tanzania at a very good price.  You have 4 nights on safari in Selous, and in Zanzibar you have 4 nights on the beach plus a night in Stone Town.

We've arranged some lovely accommodation for you even though this could be classed as a budget safari holiday.  In Selous you'll be staying in the gorgeous tented bandas of Sable Mountain Lodge just on the outskirts of the reserve, on the beach you're in the comfortable Zanzibari, and in Stone Town it's the simple but friendly Dhow Palace.

In Selous you'll have a great chance to go on safari to spot the diverse species that abound in this wonderful reserve. From elephants to lions, wild dogs to hippos, fabulous birdlife and beautiful scenery, a safari in Selous is less busy than in the northern areas, plus you can go on a boat safari as well as on foot and on jeep game drives. 

When you combine this great wildlife experience with time to relax on the beach plus some time to explore the characterful streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town, this becomes a holiday which will be loved by anyone looking for a great African holiday.

It's good for children, perfect for honeymooners and couples, and would also make a good trip for a group of friends.  

Itinerary
Fly to Selous

DAY 1: ARRIVE. FLY TO SELOUS

Your African adventure starts as soon as you land in Dar es Salaam. (We've assumed an early morning arrival for this description).  We meet you and transfer you the short distance to the domestic terminal, where you board a light plane to Selous. So your first sight of Africa is from the skies, and how gorgeous it looks from this perspective. After lunch, you can head out on your first game drive. Lunch, dinner.

Hopps at Lake Tagalala in Selous

DAY 2: WILDLIFE VIEWING IN SELOUS

Today we will head off early, and we'll take our breakfast and lunch with us. We game drive in the park and take a boat safari on Lake Tagalala too. Selous is know for its rivers and lakes, and it's great to have a boat safari for a different way of enjoying the wildlife. This will be a fabulous day in the wilderness of Selous. Full board.

Elephant in Selous

DAY 3: WILDLIFE VIEWING IN SELOUS

This morning you will be awoken early for a morning foot safari. It's great to head of into the bush on foot with a knowledgeable guide. You will be focusing on the smaller things and it's fascinating to start to open your eyes to the African bush, and enjoy the smell of the earth and the plants.  After a late breakfast, you can relax at the lodge until lunch, then we head off on safari again.  This time it's on a game drive. Your guide will aim to find some of the many exciting species which live here, so you'll hopefully spot elephants, antelopes, zebras, buffalo, lions, hyenas ...   Full board.

Meeting children at the local Maasai village near Sable Mountain Lodge

DAY 4: SELOUS SAFARI, AND MEET THE MAASAI

After breakfast today you have another exciting morning game drive. Returning to the lodge for lunch, this afternoon we will take you on a fascinating visit to meet a friend of the lodge, a Maasai chief called Saita.  This is a very non-commercial experience, so it's a lovely and relaxed way to find out a bit about the Maasai culture and way of life in this region. Full board.

Zanzibari hotel, Tanzania

DAY 5: TO ZANZIBAR

Today you will fly over to the island of Zanzibar. Take the morning flight and you will be in Zanzibar by late morning, and we will then transfer you to your beach resort in time for a late lunch. The Zanzibari is in the north of the island and is a great place to chill out. Breakfast, dinner.

Zanzibari, Tanzania

DAYS 6 - 8: ZANZIBAR

You have three full days to relax on the beach or by the pool, or perhaps to explore the neighbouring village of Nungwi. If you want pampering, a range of spa treatments are available, and you could also consider the yoga or reiki. For the more active, try snorkelling or kayaking perhaps, and there is a PADI dive centre close by. 
Breakfast & dinner. 

Dhow Palace in Zanzibar

DAY 9: STONE TOWN, ZANZIBAR

This morning you will be collected after breakfast and driven the the main island town of Stone Town. On the way, we'll take you for a Spice Tour to see one of the things that the islands are famed for. Your simple hotel, the Dhow Palace, is centrally-located in the old town, so it's a good place from which to explore the narrow streets, shops and markets. Yo have the afternoon free. Breakfast.

Red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest

DAY 10: STONE TOWN, AND DEPART

Today is your last day, and depending on your flight, another day to explore the old town. Have a look out for the colourful 'tinga-tinga' paintings, and it's a good place for antiques. If you like, we can arrange a trip into the Jozani Forest to see the endemic red colobus monkeys, or maybe you'd like a marine boat trip to try to see dolphins. There are some great restaurants to eat in here too, so all in all your last day in Tanzania should be memorable.  Whatever time your flight, we will take you to the airport in time for your journey home. Breakfast.

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2575 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing: £2,575, except 21 Dec 2018 to 4 Jan 2019 which is £2,720.

Includes: 

Transfers as shown; flight from Dar to Selous; 4 nights in Sable Mountain Lodge (game package); safari activities at Sable Mountain (inc boat safari); flight from Selous to Zanzibar; return transfer to Zanzibari; 4 nights at The Zanzibari (half board), 1 night at Dhow Palace on B&B (plus day use on second day), airport transfer. 

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; visa; insurance; drinks; meals not shown; optional safaris and activities; tips; personal expenses. 

Getting there: This trip starts in Dar es Salaam and ends in Zanzibar. Various airlines service this region, but Kenya Airways is the best option for this routing. Flights will cost from around £700 pp depending on season and availability. 

Departure dates: This is a private tailor made holiday which you can take at any time. Peak season is from 21st December to 4th January (which carries a supplement of £145 pp).

places you will see

places you will see

Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve
The second largest game reserve in Tanzania yet much quieter than the northern parks, with tremendous game viewing. Large numbers of giraffes, wild dogs, big herds of buffalo, elephants and predators.
Zanzibar Island (Unguja)
Zanzibar Island
The main island of the Zanzibar archipelago is called Unguja, but is usually referred to simply as Zanzibar!
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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time: Flights from UK to Tanzania take about 9 hours direct or 10-11 with a brief stopover en route if from Europe.

Language: Kiswahili and English are Tanzania's official languages. Although most people in the cities speak some English, a few phrases of Kiswahili are useful in more rural areas.

Visas: Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.

Health: Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.

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