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Family Southern Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 3,860 $ 386 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Combine beach and safari - walk on the white sands of the Indian Ocean in the morning, head out for a game drive in the afternoon.
  • Conservation - learn about their elephant collaring project.
  • Get closer to the wildlife - enjoy a relaxing canoe ride spotting wildlife in the backwaters of Saadani and take a boat trip on Lake Tagalala in Selous.
  • Big game - two game reserves in search of big game including lions, zebras and elephants.
  • Learn how to use camera traps - get some tips on how to set up the perfect camera trap, then compete to see who can get the best wildlife snap.

Short Description

Get away from the crowds of the Northern Tanzanian national parks on this family safari holiday with a difference. There can be few locations in Africa where you can combine a beach holiday with safari so effortlessly. Step out of your beach hut onto the tropical white sands of the Indian Ocean in the morning, heading inland by boat and safari vehicle in the afternoon to spot elephant, giraffe and buffalo. Spend time between Saadani National Park and the incredible Selous Game Reserve to the south, one of Tanzania's hidden wildlife jewels. The trip ends on beautiful Zanzibar Island.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Dhow Palace Hotel, Zanzibar town

Destinations

Tanzania

Cities & Attractions

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Age Requirement

11

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Trip starts in Dar es Salaam.

Description

Join the trip at the Slipway Hotel, set on the shores of the Indian Ocean, three kilometres from the city centre. The hotel features an excellent swimming pool overlooking Msasani Bay, together with shops and a choice of restaurants; it's an ideal location to relax after a long journey.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Drive up to Simply Saadani Camp on the Indian Ocean. Learn how to use camera traps.

Description

After a leisurely breakfast, drive north to Saadani National Park, enjoying our first wildlife viewings, perhaps elephants and Giraffe if we are lucky, as we drive through the park. Saadani is the only wildlife park in East Africa offering a unique combination of bush and beach in one destination, walk on the white sands of the Indian ocean in the morning and head into the African savanna in search of wildlife in the afternoon.

We split our four night stay in Saadani in two locations. Spend three nights in bandas, tastefully decorated tented huts on stilts that sit right on the beach front, with private views of the ocean from your veranda. The third night of our stay is spent inland at Babs camp, with its own viewing tower complete with crow's nest, ideal for sitting down with a drink watching elephants ample below you as the sun sets. By staying in two locations we get to maximize wildlife spotting opportunities.

After a late lunch and a short briefing, check into our rooms, later we get together for a short Swahili lesson and a talk on the camp's use of camera traps used to spot wildlife. Saadani camp has been using camera traps for many years to help track the movements of elephant and other animals within the park. They are a non-intrusive way of studying animal behaviours and has often produce footage which we would not normally see when out on foot or game drive.

In the late afternoon, for those that wish to, head down to the Mafui creek at the camp to glide down the narrow channels in a canoe, locally known as Mtumbwe. Birdlife is abundant with sightings of long-crested eagles, yellow-collared lovebirds, weavers, kingfishers and bee eaters amongst the species in the park. Alternatively, take a stroll along the beach or sit back and relax on your veranda with stunning views of the Indian ocean and deserted beach.

Dinner is served in the restaurant with the sounds of the sea gently breaking in the background.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Morning game drive in Saadani National park. Afternoon option to go birdwatching in the backwaters on canoes.

Description

This morning awake before dawn and head out into the park by open Land Rover for our first game drive returning to the camp for a late breakfast. With a slight chill in the air, anticipation rises as we speculate what we could spot made even better by the fact that unlike the more famous 'northern circuit' parks in Tanzania, Saadani National park is virtually void of other people; giving you an undisturbed and exclusive wildlife viewing experience. Look out for herds of giraffe, buffalo and elephant. The park also hosts a few lion prides as well as the elusive oryx, sable and kudu. During this mornings game drive, we will set out the camera traps.

After lunch relax at the beach or head down to Mafui creek to go birdwatching in the backwaters on canoes. Early evening we have an informal Swahili competition to test our language skills before settling down to a delicious dinner prepared by the camp's chefs.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Follow the footprints of game on a sunrise salt flat walking safari. Afternoon game drive to Babs Camp.

Description

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a guided walk up the beach to the local village of Mkwaja to visit a local school and meet the children. Mid-morning we will hold a talk on the endangered green turtle which breeds at the nearby Madete beach, a marine park within the Saadani National Park. This talk will take place at the Wildlife Research Centre, or, if turtles are hatching, the talk may be given at the breeding beach. If we are visiting during the peak season period of July to September, there is a 50% chance of seeing turtles hatching.

After lunch, drive to Babs Camp in time for lunch. Babs Camp is a small camp located right on the edge of the Saadani salt flats with a 20 metre high tower at its centre which has bedrooms, small restaurant, bar and even a crow's nest with 360 degree views of bush and beach making it an ideal location to view game from the comfort of your chair. Late afternoon, head out on a game drive ending with a night drive back to camp. During this game drive, we pick up the camera traps set on day three.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Walking safari tracking wild animals, afternoon boat trip on the Wami river.

Description

Awake early and head out of camp on foot, studying the masaic of animal prints on the salt flats. Our highly knowledgable guides have extensive experience of tracking game gained through conservation work over the past seven years; spend time learning how to identify animal prints.

After a late breakfast, head down to the Wami river. Saadani is one of just two parks in Tanzania that offers boat safaris, providing a very different experience from a traditional game drive. View hippopotamus, crocodile as well as a host of colourful birds as we gently make our way downstream on our motorized vessel with an experienced wildlife guide on board.

Taking our time to return to Simply Saadani camp, we enjoy a further game drive spotting wildlife along the way. Back at camp, we learn the camera trap photo winner before settling down to enjoy a pre-dinner drink in front of a camp fire before enjoying a delicious Swahili buffet with Maasai dancing.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Drive to Dar es Salaam train station, train into Selous Game Reserve.

Description

This morning, awake early for breakfast, heading back to Dar es Salaam to connect with the afternoon Friday train to Selous. Travelling by train in Africa offers fine views of the countryside and local life, taking just over four hours to travel the 200km from Dar es Saalam to Selous with the last two hours inside Selous reserve itself. Compete to see who can spot the first wild animal from the comfort of your seat. Drinks and food can be bought on the train. On arrival at Kisaki station, take the short 20 minute drive to Sable Mountain Lodge set over two small hills, featuring a freshwater swimming pool, treehouse, waterhole and a number of well-appointed tented rooms and stone cottages.

Since the Selous is a game reserve not a national park, there are fewer restrictions on wildlife-viewing activities and there will be opportunities for game walks and boat trips during our stay, in addition to the traditional vehicle safaris. Selous is also vast, 25 times bigger than the Masai Mara yet visitor numbers are a fraction of its northern counterpart allowing for wildlife viewing opportunities away from the mass of safari vehicles, uninterrupted and unhindered.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Full day in Selous Game Reserve in search of elephant, giraffe and cape buffalo.

Description

This morning after breakfast, visit a traditional Maasai boma, a small hut made of mud and cow dung, quick to construct and easy to maintain, allowing the Maasai village to move on quickly if necessary. This is a very personal experience where you will get to meet Saita, a long term friend of our local Tanzanian partners. Learn about medicinal plants still used today by the Masai.

After lunch back at the lodge, head out into Selous Game Reserve for an afternoon game drive. Covering an incredible 50,000 square kilometres of southern Tanzania, the reserve is named after Frederick Courtney Selous, the famous 19th century hunter and explorer. Selous has benefited from careful conservation management over the last two decades resulting in abundant wildlife with very healthy numbers of cape buffalo, wildebeest, African elephant, lion, leopard and giraffe as well as around one third of the world's population of wild dog.

Return to camp for a dip in the pool. Dinner is served either in the restaurant or under the stars.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Early game drive and boat safari on Lake Tagalala. This afternoon head to the waterhole.

Description

Depart the lodge early today with a packed breakfast for an extended day game drive and boat safari on Lake Tagalala. Selous is made up of Acacia savana, woodland and open grassland with the Rufiji River cutting through the reserve, with a network of lakes and channels criss crossing the open plains. This diverse ecology of the area offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities alongside upwards of 350 species of birdlife within the reserve. Combining a traditional safari drive with a boat trip on Lake Tagalala enables us to potentially see many of the major African mammals, including elephant, giraffes, lions, leopard and even the rare African Wild Dog.

Return to the lodge for a late lunch. Visit the treehouse for elevated views across the plains, our lodge also has a waterhole where animals often congregate in the late afternoon allow further wildlife viewing.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Transfer to the airstrip for a short flight to Zanzibar Island. Transfer to Stone Town hotel.

Description

Today after breakfast, bid farewell to Selous, driving to the local airstrip for a short flight to Zanzibar island. Taking off in a light aircraft from a remote grass airstrip in a game reserve is a truly memorable experience; no long check in queues here, instead you're more likely to get delayed whilst game is chased off the airstrip. After flying over the 40 km wide Zanzibar Channel we touchdown just outside of Stonetown and transfer to the Dhow Palace hotel.

The exotic spice island of Zanzibar, a land of sun-kissed beaches, Arabian dhows and swaying palms, where the rich smell of spice in Stone Town's old quarter mingles with colonial and Arabic architecture to create a perfect getaway island. Zanzibar's fascinating culture and remarkable history makes any visit to the island a captivating experience, with beaches and reefs to explore, plantations to wander through and a rich history of conquests, slavery and pirates to investigate.

<b>Dhow Palace Hotel</b>
Located only 2 minutes’ walk from the beach, the Dhow Palace Hotel is ideal for sun worshippers. The hotel is a restored Omani-style villa that has been beautifully modernised, whilst still keeping some traditional décor. The hotel also has its own restaurant, a courtyard with an outdoor pool, and a rooftop terrace with views of Stone Town.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 - Trip ends in Stone Town with the option to extend your holiday in Zanzibar.

Description

The trip ends after breakfast in Stonetown, alternatively extend your stay in Zanzibar at The Zanzibari boutique hotel in the north of the island at Nungwi.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Optional Excursions

A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family. Saadani National Park: Nature walk with your Explore Leader on days 3 and 5 (no fee) Canoeing along the local creek on days 2 and 3 (no fee)

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An Explore Leader is an integral part of any Explore trip and your trip will be led by one of our experienced Explore Leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Explore Leaders are the key to the success of our trips; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Explore Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this trip fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

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Min. Age: 11

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