Head off on this Selous safari before relaxing in paradise with a Zanzibar villa stay. Begin your holiday to Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam, before flying south to the Selous Game Reserve, where your safari awaits. Look for African Hunting Dogs in the wide savannah, spot crocodiles skulking in the wetlands and lions prowling the grasslands. Giraffes munch on acacia trees while leopard cubs play in the shade. After a spectacular safari, fly to Zanzibar, to finish your holiday in style. Soak up the rays on white sand beaches, taste delicious local spices and sail through the sparkling waters on a traditional dhow boat. If you want to experience a Selous safari, this is the way to do it.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, you’ll be driven back to the airport for your flight home.
Tanzania lies on the equator, so it has a pleasant, tropical climate all year round. It’s warmer on the coast than inland. They are too close to the equator to experience a real winter and summer but there is a pronounced dry season (between June and October) and wet season (between November and May). January and February are often the driest months of the wet season, but it’s always impossible to predict how long the dry spells will last.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.