Itinerary in brief:
- 1 night Dar Es Salaam
- 3 nights Selous National Park
- 6 nights Zanzibar
Day 1: UK to Dar Es Salaam
Depart the UK from your chosen airport. On arrival, you’ll be met and taken to your hotel in Dar Es Salaam. Enjoy dinner tonight, excited for your Selous safari to begin tomorrow.
Included: International flights, transfer, 4* hotel
Day 2: Travel to the Selous Game Reserve
Early this morning you’ll be taken back to the airport for a short light aircraft flight to the Selous National Park. On arrival, you’ll be driven to your lodge and settle in for three nights. As you’ve arrived early, there’s plenty of time to enjoy a couple of game drives today.
You’ll be staying at Sable Mountain Lodge, set in the beautiful Beho Beho hills. Each little room is set apart from each other, with a refreshing swimming pool available to relax in the heat of the day. In the evening you can enjoy dinner under the stars or indulge in a G&T at the Land Rovers Return bush pub!
Included: Internal flight, transfers, breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives
Days 3 & 4: Selous Game Reserve
The vast expanse of the Selous Game Reserve is almost the size of Switzerland. It has significant concentrations of elephants and lions, just some of the fascinating wildlife you’ll set out to spot on your twice daily game drives. It’s also a fantastic place to see African Hunting Dogs, which were almost extinct in the 1980s. The population is now growing steadily, so you should feel honoured if you spot one of these beautiful animals.
You’ll embark on a few different types of trip, including walking, boat and jeep safaris. The Selous is especially good for boat safaris – floating quietly along the river looking for yellow storks amongst the reeds or hippos lazing about in the shallow water. The Selous is also a lot quieter than many of the more northern parks like the Serengeti, so you are much less likely to see other vehicles and people throughout your day. For a remote and wild safari, Selous is a great choice.
Included: Game drives, breakfast, lunch, dinner, transport, Sable Mountain Lodge
Day 5: Fly to Zanzibar
After one final game drive this morning, you’ll head to the airstrip to fly from the Selous to Zanzibar. On arrival you’ll be driven to your hotel in Stonetown, where you’ll check in for one night.
Included: Game drive, transfers, internal flight, 4* hotel
Days 6 - 11: Stone Town & beaches
This morning we’ve included a tour of Stone Town, where you’ll learn about the history of this spice port. The interior of the island is full of nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper plantations, and Stonetown is where merchants would come to trade along the African coast. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the different cultures that have gathered here for centuries.
And relax! After all that exploration on safari, you deserve some beach time! These four days are for you to relax; whether you want to snorkel in the crystalline waters or simply laze on the beach under the warm African sun. We’ve included a day tour sailing on a traditional dhow, exploring the Tanzanian spice islands up close and personal. Look for dolphins, indulge in some delicious local food on board and enjoy the flavours that make Zanzibar famous.
However you fill your days, you can end each night with a romantic seafood dinner under the stars – this is truly a paradise island.
Included: Kisiwa on the Beach, breakfast, dinner
Day 12: Depart Zanzibar
After breakfast, you’ll be driven back to the airport for your flight home.
Included: Breakfast, transfers, international flights
Day 13: Arrive UK