|Day 1:||Dar Es Salaam. When you arrive in Dar we will pick you up and take you to the railway station for your afternoon train journey to Selous. (Note: This must be a Tuesday or Friday). The journey takes roughly 5 hours and once you leave the surrounds of Dar es Salaam, you're out into rural Africa. You will be met off the train and taken back to the lodge for a late dinner before bed.|
|Day 2:||A walking safari is a great way to start attuning your senses to Africa. You will head off from the lodge on an early morning walk for about 2 hours. It's not arduous and you will be focusing on the smaller things. When you get back to the lodge you'll be ready for a hearty breafkast, then you can chill out (perhaps by the pool) until lunch. Then we head off on a game drive. Your expert guide will get you as close as possible to many exciting species which live here, such as elephants, antelopes, zebras, buffalo, lions, hyenas ... Full board.|
|Day 3:||Today we're going to take you off on safari again, but this time with a picnic breakfast to enjoy out in the bush. Again you get the chance to see some wonderful wildlife in this beautiful reserve, and we'll also take you on a boat safari on Lake Tagalala. Crocs, hippos, terrapins and lots of birdlife will be seen on this trip. We return to the lodge in time for a late lunch in the mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to relax and maybe have a few drinks in the quirky bar here! Full board.|
|Day 4:||If you want to experience something of traditional rural life in Tanzania, today we'd suggest you have a little bit of a lie-in (even 7-8am is a lie-in on safari!) before breakfast. We'll then take you to meet a Maasai chief and his wife (Lightness!) who are friends of the lodge, and who will be delighted to explain some of their life and culture, and let you see around their village. You can also visit Kisaki village nearby and perhaps have a look around the school and clinic as well as wandering around having a chat to people. It's a very non-touristy experience. Should you prefer not to do this, we can arrange another wildlife viewing activity instead. Full board.|
|Day 5:||Today you will fly from Selous over to the island of Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam. You will be in Zanzibar by late morning, so after a road transfer to your beach resort you should be in time for a late lunch. The Zanzibari hotel is in the north of the island and is a great place to chill out. Breakfast.|
|Days 6- 8:||You have three full days of doing not very much! Relax on the beach, swim in the pool, maybe take a walk to the neighbouring village of Nungwi. If you feel in need of a little TLC, arrange a massage or another spa treatments, and you could also consider the yoga or reiki. If you're still up for more activity, try snorkelling or kayaking perhaps, and there is a PADI dive centre close by. Your hotel is right on the beach. The 8 stylish rooms have sea views, and there is an infinity pool. Breakfast & dinner.|
|Day 9:||After breakfast today you will be driven to the main island town of Stone Town. Your hotel, the Dhow Palace, has a good central position in the old town, so it's a good place from which to explore the narrow streets, shops and markets. Breakfast.|
|Day 10:||You have another day to explore Stone Town today. If you want to do a specific excursion, such as a Spice Tour or a trip to Jozani Forest, this can be arranged for you. Alternatively, have a wander through the narrow streets and do a bit of shopping perhaps. Colourful 'tinga-tinga' paintings are a popular souvenir, and it's a good place for antiques. There are some great restaurants to eat in here too, so all in all your last day in Tanzania should be memorable. Breakfast.|
|Day 11:||Head for home. We transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home. B.|
The company that organies this holiday is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism.
The lodge in Selous has extremely good eco-credentials in terms of their environmental policies (eg solar power ).
Carbon Offsetting: The tour operator is a multi-award winning responsible travel company. Every person that travels with this company automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest. The Travel Forest plants indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on holiday. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and also aims to combat environmental degradation
The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).
Your holiday can include a visit to the Kisaki hospital project near Selous, which benefits from your visit.
The lodge in Selous has community responsibility. The local community land owners are given bednight fees and lease payments for the Selous lodge. The owners are also very committed to the welfare of staff and the local community. For example scholarships have been provided for some local children to go to secondary school.
In terms of information, all travellers are given guidelines on Travelling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment. For any community-owned or run project, they also have an Community Tourism Information sheet for travellers to help explain how to get the best from the experience, and what to expect (good and bad). For trekkers, the company have a Porter Policy in place, a copy of which is given to clients. They are also have a Responsible Wildlife Viewing guide too. For anything more specific, eg rules about visiting gorillas, this information is also given to clients. In addition, they offer more information about the native people and cultures in a destination country, which all adds to a traveller being more aware.
The company works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have eco-rated about 300 properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues.
They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.
The company backs a charity with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.
Tailor-made, authentic, remote safari and islands
From £1600 - £2850 11 days excluding flights