Tanzania is a wildlife lover’s paradise and safaris have been a way of life here for many decades. This family holiday combines a top-quality safari in the Selous Game Reserve, one of Tanzania’s relatively undiscovered wildlife areas, with a two-centre stay on Zanzibar, first to Stone Town and then to a beautiful beach resort on the island’s north-east coast. Expect a diverse safari experience packed full of a range of activities including wildlife drives, walking safaris (16 years upwards) and boat cruises.
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Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Dar es Salaam via Nairobi with Kenya Airways. (N)
On arrival into Dar es Salaam you will be assisted to the domestic airport for your light aircraft scenic flight to the Selous Game Reserve. On arrival into the Selous you will be met by a camp guide who will drive you to Selous Riverside Camp for a 3-night stay (two separate, en suite tents) with all meals and safari activities included. Each of the large, tented chalets is built on the water’s edge and offers a panoramic view over the Rufiji river. Join an afternoon safari activity, which may include a wildlife drive in an open 4x4 vehicle, a boat safari or a guided walking safari (16 years upwards). Wildlife that you may spot includes crocodiles, hippos, lions, leopards, wild dogs and a wide range of plains game and bird life. (L, D)
Enjoy two full days of wildlife viewing in the Selous, exploring the river, acacia and palm forests, marshlands and open grasslands. Usually you have the option of a morning and
afternoon activity, but if you prefer you can also go on a full-day wildlife drive with a picnic lunch to explore deeper into the reserve. (B, L, D)
Morning wildlife activity in the Selous before flying to Zanzibar. On arrival you will be met by your private guide who will drive you to the Zanzibar Serena Inn in Stone Town for a 2-night stay (two Standard rooms). Idyllically situated on the seafront and within walking distance of ancient Stone Town, the Zanzibar Serena Inn has a large pool, where you can sit and watch the dhows (African sailboats) drift past, and a superb rooftop restaurant. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
In the morning follow the trail of the sultans, slaves and explorers in the winding streets of Stone Town on a guided city tour. In the afternoon, sail from Stone Town to Prison Island, formerly a detention centre for rebellious slaves. See the giant tortoises, soak up some sun on the powder white beach or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters. Return to Stone Town late this afternoon. (B)
Zanzibar was once known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. Originally these spices were brought over from Asia and South America, where they flourished in the tropical climes. A guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you on a tour of a spice farm with an optional lunch (payable locally) at Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge, serving the seasonal fruit and spices introduced to you during the tour. Drive on to Pongwe Bay Resort for a 5-night stay (Sea View Suite). Pongwe is set on a sweeping beach beside a stunning coral lagoon. The Sea View Suites are set right on the beach with a beautiful outdoor area and a private plunge pool. (B, D)
At leisure or take a range of optional activities (payable locally) such as snorkelling, sea kayaking, reef walking, sailing and cultural visits. Pongwe is also well positioned for getting out and about around the island. A popular choice for families is a visit to Jozani Forest Reserve, which is home to red colobus monkeys. (B, D)
A day room will be held for you until early evening. Your guide will collect you and drive you to the airport in time for your overnight flight to London via Nairobi. (B, D)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.
Where indicated, the tour accommodation is in two-bedroom, shared accommodation for four people. Where two-bedroom accommodation is indicated, alternative, separate one-bedroom accommodation is also available.
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Pongwe Beach Hotel is set within a secluded bay on the east coast of Zanzibar. With just 16 traditional style cottages in a garden setting, the property has an intimate atmosphere. All cottages have en suite bathrooms with walk-in Morrocan-style showers and a private terrace. Furnishings are in traditionally Zanzibarian. The bay at Pongwe is protected by a reef, making it ideal for snorkelling and swimming, while Pongwe Beach Hotel also has its own traditional wooden longboat, which can take guests out beyond the...
Selous Riverside Camp is situated outside the eastern Mtemere Gate of the Selous Game Reserve. The camp is the only one on the south bank of the mighty Rufifi River and therefore feels a good deal more remote. The camp provides guests with tranquil lounging and dining areas and authentic, comfortable accommodation designed to mirror the natural surroundings and views of the river. Outside seating areas provide reclining colonial chairs, swaying hammocks and traditional benches at the side of the river. Dinner is served at different locations such as the dry river bed (during dry season), near the swimming pool, in the bush or in the dining area.
Activities include game drives, boat safaris on the Rufiji River, guided walks and village tours.
Features: 5 tents and 2 chalets, swimming pool and dining area.
Room amenities: Fans, double stone basins, outside seating...
The Serena is a refurbished historic building on the seafront in Stone Town, overlooking a sandy beach where fisherman ply their trade in traditional dhows. The Serena has been restored to the glory of its 19th century past, with traditional Zanzibari furniture. A restaurant and bar overlook the Indian Ocean and there is a secluded pool. The spacious rooms are air-conditioned and feature antique...
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