Safari, Sand & Spice

A best-selling safari and beach adventure using some of our favourite value-for-money properties.

Safari, Sand & Spice

11 days from £2,830 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 Saadani where bush meets beach.  Continue on to Nyerere National Park (previously the 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 Nyerere for your game drives.  The park 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 a couple of 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.
  • 4×4 and boat safaris in Saadani.
  • 3 nights exciting wildlife viewing in Nyerere Game Reserve.
  • Boat safari on Lake Tagalala
  • 3 nights in a Zanzibar beach resort

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When you arrive in Dar es Salaam, you'll be met by a driver who will whisk you off to your hotel.  The hotel Mediteraneo overlooks the beach and has an inviting pool. It's the perfect place to spend your first night in Tanzania. Relax and recover from your long flight, you can explore if you wish, or stay in the hotel.

Simply Saadani banda

Time to leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind.  After breakfast you'll be collected by your driver and driven to the beautiful coastal area of Saadani, a magical place where safari meets beach.  Before arriving at Saadani you'll be able to enjoy an amazing boat tour and then a 4x4 safari which will end with a warm welcome to your home for the next two nights, Simply Saadani.
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The beach at Simply Saadani

It's an early start to the day with a cup of coffee before setting out to explore in a 4x4 vehicle for a game drive. When you return to camp a late breakfast will be served and you can relax in camp until the afternoon. You may want to take a wander down to the research centre and learn about the conservation projects that the camp is involved with, it makes for an interesting afternoon.
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After an early breakfast, you bid farewell to Simply Saadani and start the drive to Mikumi National  Park and Vuma Hills Tented Camp, where you will spend the night.  It's a scenic journey passing through the town of Morogoro. You will arrive at Vuma Hills Tented camp early in the afternoon and you can sit down to a delicious late lunch.  This afternoon you can relax in camp, or perhaps enjoy a drive in the area.
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Bags packed and farewells said, you are on the road again, your destination is Sable Mountain Lodge and Nyerere National Park. The landscape changes as you travel. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a picturesque spot and stretch your legs.  Late afternoon you'll arrive at your accommodation to a warm Swahili welcome. There will be time to unpack and freshen up before joining the other guests for dinner.
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Welcome to Nyerere National Park! For the next 2 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 Nyerere, taking your lunch with you. No two drives are the same. You can expect to see elephants, giraffe, sable, kudu, impala and lion. Another exciting activity to enjoy is a boat safari on Lake Tagalala. Nyerere is well known for it's rivers and lakes and a boat safari will give you a different perspective of the park.
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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.
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After breakfast you transfer to the airstrip for the flight to the island of Zanzibar, it's time for some R&R after a hectic few days of safari. From the airport on Zanzibar you are whisked up to the north coast and your home for the next 3 nights, The Zanzibari. This small hotel is in attractive gardens, complete with an outdoor pool, that overlooks 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.
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Treat yourself to a lie in, well deserved after early safari mornings. At breakfast you can 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 the stunning ocean views.
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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.
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All too soon it's time to pack your bags but first enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a walk along the beach or purchase some last minute souvenirs.
We will collect you from your hotel in plenty time to get you to Zanzibar airport for your flight home.

2024 guide price pp based on two sharing excl. international flights:
From £3,470 (supplements may apply for any high season stays eg. Christmas and Easter)

2024 guide price pp based on two adults and two children under 12 sharing excl. international flights:
From £2,830 (supplements may apply for any high season stays eg. Christmas and Easter)

Includes: 2 nights at Simply Saadani (game package), 1 night Vuma Hills Lodge (full board), 3 nights Sable Mountain Lodge (game package), 3 nights The Zanzibari (half board), all on a twin share basis, (family rooms where available),  all transfers as per the itinerary, game drives and park fees, boat trip and village visit in Nyerere, flights from Nyerere to Zanzibar, meals as shown.

Excludes: International flights and taxes (from approximately £800 pp subject to availability and season), domestic departure tax, visas, travel insurance, meals not listed as included, drinks, personal expenditure, tips

Tanzania Specialists

Start planning your tailor-made holiday to Tanzania.
Tell us what you want, and we will tailor make your perfect trip.

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