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Safari, Sand and Spice

11 days from £2215pp 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 2 nights 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 the adventure of a train journey across Africa, and 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.  

Train from Dar to Selous on Tanzania budget safari holiday


Your African adventure starts as soon as you land in Dar es Salaam!  We meet you and take you to the railway station in Dar, stopping en-route at some shops so you can buy some snacks and drinks for the journey.  Not too long after pulling out of the station the city drops behind you and you're making your way through the wilds of rural Africa. After about 5-6 hours (Tanzanian trains aren't hugely bothered about schedules), you arrive at Kisaki Station. It will be quite late by now, but don't worry, we'll be there to meet you!  We drive you to the lodge where you'll have a late dinner before retiring for your first night in the wilds.

Elephant 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.

Hopps at Lake Tagalala in Selous


Today we will head off early again, but this time we'll take our breakfast 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.  We will return to the lodge in time for a late lunch in the mid-afternoon. Relax and enjoy the lodge for the rest of the afternoon. Full board.

Meeting children at the local Maasai village near Sable Mountain Lodge


If you fancy a bit of a different day today, you don't have to rush out of bed this morning.  After breakfast 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. (Should you prefer not to do this, you can take a wildlife activity instead). In the afternoon, take a safari to continue spotting the wildlife of Selous.  Full board.

Zanzibari hotel, Tanzania


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.

Zanzibari, Tanzania


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


This morning you will be collected after breakfast and driven the the main island town of Stone Town. Your 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.

Red Colobus monkey, Jozani Forest, Zanzibar


Today is 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 spice tour for you today, or perhaps 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. Breakfast.

Buildings in Zanzibar, Tanzania


Time to head home, and you will be collected in time for your flight and taken to the airport. 

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2215 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: £2,215, except 21 Dec to 4 Jan 2018 which is £2,355. If you prefer to fly from Dar es Salaam to Selous there is a supplement of £150.


Transfer from airport to Dar train station; Dar-Selous train; 4 nights in Sable Mountain Lodge (1 night dinner, 3 nights full board); safari activities at Sable Mountain (inc boat safari); visit to a Masai village (friends of the lodge); flight from Selous to Zanzibar; return transfer to Zanzibari; 4 nights at The Zanzibari (half board), 2 nights at Dhow Palace B&B, airport transfer. 


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 15th July to 31st August and 21st December to 4th January (which carries a supplement of £200 pp). Because of the train, this trip needs to start on a Tuesday or Friday.

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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