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Classic Tanzania: Safari & Beach

12 days from £3,520pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Search for wild dog, lion, elephant and buffalo on game drives in Selous Game Reserve.

  • Enjoy a sunset boat trip along the Rufiji River, looking out for hippo, crocodiles and waders.

  • Follow animal tracks and learn about smaller wildlife species on guided bush walks.

  • Relax on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar and explore the island’s spice farms.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Dar es Salaam City
  • Selous Game Reserve
  • Zanzibar Airport
  • Zanzibar Island

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Dar es Salaam City.

Day 2 Selous Game Reserve

Day 2 Selous Game Reserve

Dar es Salaam City , Selous Game Reserve

Your safari starts with a light aircraft flight from the bustling metropolis of Dar es Salaam into the heart of the Selous Game Reserve. The flight is an hour but you will feel worlds away as you fly in over seemingly endless expanses of acacia trees, wide snaking rivers and golden savannah. The Selous is wild, remote and one of the largest protected areas in Africa. There are few camps and consequently you will encounter few other vehicles during your time here. You’ll be met by a driver at the airstrip who will take you to your camp to settle in. This afternoon you’ll be out on a boat safari, gliding over the water past enormous pods of hippo and huge crocodiles, enjoying the plethora of bird life and admiring the sky setting in a blaze of reds, oranges and pinks.

Day 3 Selous Game Reserve

Day 3 Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve

The Selous is bisected by the Rufiji River, Tanzania’s largest, and its many tributaries, channels and lakes create the varied landscapes that define the reserve. These waterways are lined by towering Borassus palms and forests of doum palms and are a good place to see unusually large groups of Masai giraffe and other ungulates such as buffalo, waterbuck, impala and zebra. Hungry lion lurk nearby, and there’s a chance of seeing hyena and leopard as well. Despite many years of poaching, elephant populations are growing and can now be seen in the reserve. On your first full day of safari in the Selous, whether you’ve chosen a bush walk, game drive, boat safari or a combination of a few, you’ll be in for some close wildlife encounters.

Day 4 Selous Game Reserve

Day 4 Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve

The Selous is an important sanctuary for the endangered African wild dog and is home to healthy populations, making for some spectacular sightings. Wild dogs are extremely elusive animals that move around constantly, making them almost impossible to track. The exception is when they are denning they remain in an area for a matter of weeks, however they often den in areas inaccessible to vehicles. Anyone who has a sighting of wild dog should consider themselves very lucky, and the Selous is one of the only reserves on the continent that you are likely to see them.

Day 5 Selous Game Reserve

Day 5 Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve

Not only is the Selous varied in landscape and in wildlife, it’s varied in the ways you can experience the bush as well. All of the camps offer game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris, and each experience will give you a completely different perspective of nature and the animals that survive in it. On game drives, you’ll cover the most ground and see a whole range of wildlife. Boat safaris get you up close to hippo and crocodiles, give you the best bird sightings (the Selous is excellent for birding) and show you the hauntingly beautiful surfaces of the waterways, dotted with smooth dead trees sticking out like inverted lightning strikes against the backdrop of a blazing sunset. Being on foot allows you to appreciate the smaller creatures and plants, and your proximity to big game will leave you with many stories to take home.

Day 6 Zanzibar Island

Day 6 Zanzibar Island

Selous Game Reserve , Zanzibar Airport , Zanzibar Island

Enjoy your final game drive on the way to the airstrip this morning, where you’ll catch your light aircraft flight to Unguja, the largest island of the tropical Zanzibar Archipelago, most commonly referred to as Zanzibar. You’ll fly over the impossibly turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean before landing on the island, a smiling and sunny place with palm-fringed white sand beaches and a mishmash of culture. Most of the best beaches are on the east coast, and you’ll pass vibrant villages and spice plantations on the way to wherever you’re staying on the beach. We recommend spending the rest of today recovering from your early mornings on safari.

Day 7 Zanzibar Island

Day 7 Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

There’s plenty to do and see while you’re staying in Zanzibar, but you shouldn’t miss spending some time lazing on the beach while you watch the fishermen head out to see on their wooden dhows, reading a book under the shade of a palm tree and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean (when it’s high tide). If you’re feeling more active, it’s easy to arrange diving or snorkeling as well as other water equipment like kayaks and paddleboards, or bicycles to explore the local fishing villages.

Day 8 Zanzibar Island

Day 8 Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar’s history was greatly shaped by its geography, the prevailing winds of the region placing it directly on the Indian Ocean trade routes. Trade of one kind of another is an intrinsic part of the island’s culture and has shaped its history for thousands of years. The abundance of valuable spices including cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg and vanilla made Zanzibar the hub of the spice trade for centuries, and today you can visit the spice plantations on the island. You will take a guided tour through rural villages as your guide picks leaves, fruits and twigs for you to smell or taste before guessing what spices they are.

Day 9 Zanzibar Island

Day 9 Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

Arabs had the deepest influence on Zanzibar, evident in the architecture of Stone Town, an old trade center now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No visit to Zanzibar would be complete without walking around the maze-like collection of forts, mosques and markets. A local guide will show you around and tell you about the town’s history. There are also dozens of restaurants and food stalls lining the streets, making this the best place on the island to try the local cuisine, which combines Arab, Portuguese, Bantu, Indian and British influences, as well as using the spices grown on the island.

Day 10 Zanzibar Island

Day 10 Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

Spend the rest of your time on Zanzibar as you please. You could visit the enchanting Jozani Forest in the south of the island, a tropical forest home to the endemic Kirk’s red colobus monkeys. There are walking trails through the forest where you can watch the Kirk’s monkeys as well as other species leap around the trees, and listen and look for the variety of bird life. You could head out on a boat cruise in a traditional wooden dhow, or have a meal at The Rock, a restaurant known for its extraordinary location perched on a rock in the ocean.

Day 11 International return flight

Day 11 International return flight

Zanzibar Island , International return flight

Say goodbye to Zanzibar today. You’ll be picked up and taken to the airport for your onward flights.

Day 12 International return flight

Day 12 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Alice
Audley Travel specialist Sabine

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