Safari, Sand & Spice
A best-selling safari and beach adventure using some of our favourite value-for-money properties.
Safari, Sand & Spice
10 days from £2,350 pp plus international flights.
Quintessential safari and beach with the thrills of wildlife encounters and the lazy charms of Zanzibar. See a mighty bull elephant up close, watch giraffes break into a gallop and experience your first spine-tingling lion sighting, then relax by the Indian Ocean and explore the famous Spice Island.
A proven favourite, this holiday is the classic blend of safari and beach. Ideal as an introduction to African safaris, it won’t break the bank either.
Start your adventure in Selous Game Reserve, less visited than better known parks so there are fewer vehicles and you often have sightings to yourself, adding a real sense of privilege to your safari. Your lodge is just outside the northern boundary of the reserve (which makes the price keener than those in the middle) but it’s a quick trip into Selous for your game drives. Selous has populations of elephant, zebra, giraffe and many species of antelope, with predators including lion and leopard. As well as 4×4 safaris you have a boat trip on a lake to spot birds, crocs and maybe hippos, and nature walks in the bush, all led by enthusiastic expert guides. It’s exciting and addictive – you have been warned!
After all this safari drama you’ll appreciate lazy days by the sea. Within a short flight you are on the famous island of Zanzibar, and heading for your charming small hotel on the north coast. Enjoy the simple pleasures of life as you stroll in the flower-filled gardens, gaze out over the Indian Ocean, sip a chilled drink, cool off with a swim in the pool and treat your tastebuds to deliciously fresh seafood. You have several days to explore the island as well as to unwind, all at your own pace.
- One of our most popular trips.
- Great value, yet with excellent guiding and good accommodation.
- 4 nights exciting wildlife viewing in Selous Game Reserve.
- Boat safari on Lake Tagalala
- 4 nights in a Zanzibar beach resort
- 1 night to explore Stone Town.
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DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DAR AND FLY TO SELOUS
We will meet you off the international flight (we’ve assumed an early morning arrival for this description) and transfer you to the domestic terminal. Here you board a flight to Selous. You’ll get great views down onto the landscape and wildlife of the Selous. Arriving at the airstrip, a guide from the lodge will meet you and taken you to Sable Mountain Lodge for lunch. Get aquainted with your surroundings and take in the sounds, sights and smells of the African bush. Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2: ON SAFARI IN SELOUS
Welcome to the African bush! For the next 3 days you'll have the opportunity to explore this less visited part of the world together with an experienced guide.
Early this morning you'll set out on a game drive, a great introduction to the flora and fauna of Selous. You return to the lodge for breakfast and time to take in your surroundings. In the cooler late afternoon you head out on another game drive, no two drives are the same. You can expect to see elephants, giraffe, sable, kudu, impala and lion. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 3: SAFARI IN SELOUS AND VILLAGE VISIT
An early start, before the heat of the day sets in, you are invited on a guided walk. It’s a gentle pace, and the chance get closer to the smaller animals, insects and flora that form part of this fantastic park. Lunch is followed by a visit to the local Maasai village which has close links with the lodge. This is a chance to sample day to day Maasai life and learn about the culture. You'll return to the lodge for another delightful evening under the stars.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 4: ON SAFARI IN SELOUS
Have a full day on safari, setting off in a 4x4 vehicle for a game drive, stopping to watch wildlife and take photos. You arrive at Lake Tagalala around lunchtime, and swamp the jeep for a motorboat as you tour the lake known for its hippos, crocodiles and fish eagles. Enjoy a packed lunch then it’s a game drive back to the lodge.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 5: FLY TO ZANZIBAR
After breakfast you transfer to the airstrip for the flight to the island of Zanzibar. From the airport you are whisked up to the north coast and your home for the next 4 nights, The Zanzibari. This small hotel is in attractive gardens, complete with an outdoor pool, that overlook the beach. Take it easy this afternoon, adjusting to the slower pace of island life, and tonight you have dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Breakfast, dinner.
DAY 6: AT LEISURE ON ZANZIBAR
Treat yourself to a lie in, well deserved after early safari mornings, and breakfast as you mull over the options for the day. You might want to stroll to nearby Nungwi village which has a collection of shops bars and restaurants, or relax by the pool topping up your tan and taking in ocean views. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 7: AT LEISURE ON ZANZIBAR
The Zanzibari can arrange various island excursions as well as snorkelling and diving trips should you wish to see more of the Spice Island. If you prefer to stay put you can enjoy a massage or beauty treatment at the spa, or take a stroll in the gardens.
DAY 8: AT LEISURE ON ZANZIBAR
The hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from a turtle sanctuary. These animals have in the past been hunted for their shells and are sometime caught in fishing nets, and the sanctuary works to protect and conserve the species. In the late afternoon, as an optional extra, you could board a traditional sailing dhow for a sunset cruise complete with sundowner drinks.
DAY 9: SPICE TOUR AND STONE TOWN
Time for a change of scene as you’re driven the hour or so to the capital, Stone Town. On the way we’ll take you for a Spice Tour. Arriving later at your simple hotel, the Dhow Palace, cool off with a swim in the courtyard pool then set of on foot to explore the nearby streets. In the evening join locals and visitors in Forodhani Gardens with its many food stalls, then head to a local restaurant for dinner. Breakfast
DAY 10: EXPLORING STONE TOWN OR ZANZIBAR
Walking among the alley is a great way to soak up the atmosphere of Stone Town. There is no shortage of shops for some last-minute souvenir shopping, and bars and restaurants for much-needed refreshments. Alternatively, you could opt for an excursion to Jozani Forest to see colobus monkeys or a boat trip to spot dolphins. The choice is yours.
We will collect you from your hotel in plenty time to get you to Zanzibar airport for your flight home. Breakfast.
2022 guide price pp based on two sharing excl. international flights:
2022 prices from £2350, with a supplement of £175 pp for any high season stays.
Note: A child under 12 yrs sharing with 2 adults will be discounted by approx. £700. Please check with us.
Includes: 4 nights Sable Mountain Lodge (game package), 4 nights The Zanzibari (half board), 1 night Dhow Palace plus a day room (breakfast) all on a twin share basis, all transfers as per the itinerary, game drives and park fees, boat trip and village visit in Selous, spice tour in Zanzibar, flights from Dar to Selous and Selous to Zanzibar, meals as shown.
Excludes: International flights and taxes, domestic departure tax, visas, travel insurance, meals not listed as included, drinks, personal expenditure, tips
Start planning your tailor-made holiday to Tanzania.
Tell us what you want, and we will tailor make your perfect trip.
Call: 01473 599084