Selous safari and beach holiday in Tanzania

“Split your time between safari camp and beach cottage on this 12 day tailor made tour that takes you by light aircraft from Selous Game Reserve to a private island in the Indian Ocean.”


Selous Game Reserve | Rufiji River | thatched en-suite safari tent | walking safaris and game drives | on-site swimming pool and safari activities | Indian Ocean island offshore from Dar-Es-Salaam | en-suite beach cottage | beach activities include: sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and guided nature walks |

Description of Selous safari and beach holiday in Tanzania

This 12 day tailor made safari and beach holiday takes place in one of Africa's largest national parks, Selous, where travellers will be invited to spend six days watching wildlife and generally making the most of rustic thatched roof accommodation set along the banks of the River Rufiji.

Your stone floored en-suite home is one of fourteen similar private quarters that make up a well-facilitated safari camp which comes complete with dining area, bar, lounge, library and swimming pool, in the shade.

This is the perfect base from where to conduct the safari section of this 12 day holiday in Tanzania prior to flying by light aircraft and travelling by boat to a private island from where to watch the sun set over Zanzibar, just offshore from Dar-Es-Salaam.

This 9km island getaway is the perfect setting for five nights on the beach where snorkelling, sunbathing and swimming in the pool call from the comfort of your en-suite beach cottage or gently swinging hammock

Alternatively, you can stay within Tanzania's Ruaha wildlife area or on Mafia Island for the beach section of the holiday.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The company that owns the camps that our guests stay at takes pro-active steps to ensure the properties and tourism activities are run in an environmentally responsible manner. This is important in protecting the fragile ecosystems of Selous and the islands that wildlife and local people rely upon for their survival.

The conservation of water is of critical importance in both beach and park environments, where many local people do not have ready access to safe, clean drinking water and droughts are commonplace. They conserve water through regular maintenance to reduce leakages, fitting flow restrictors on shower heads and taps where possible, watering our gardens and grass roofs at cooler times of the day, planting only drought resistant native plants where landscaping is necessary, and implementing a guest towel re-use and water conservation programme.

All waste water from the kitchens, guest bedrooms and staff houses is run into a sewage systems and biologically treated as it runs through natural sand filters. The water outlets are tested regularly. In this way they can be sure that they are not introducing harmful toxins into the protected environments in which they operate.

All of the waste produced is recycled, re-used or disposed of responsibly. They use recycled paper in offices and in brochure production, and recycle waste paper and cardboard through local community paper-making.

Park fees are paid which go towards conservation of the park, local guides are used on safari and all guests are instructed by the guide the proper way to view wildlife whilst on safari.

The Impacts of this Trip

All the camps support the villages close to the areas they are located in, but in 2005 the owners realised they could work with the resources they have and also the goodwill of many guests to create an NGO; Foxes Community and Wildlife Trust. The charity has become very successful with community projects like education, health and other necessary areas of support - as such there are blueprints in place to support other communities throughout Tanzania.

Since it's inception in 2005, the NGO has progressed from helping the local primary school, to establishing a Children's Village for Aids orphans, building dispensaries in the remoter regions of the District and establishing a Counselling and Treatment Clinic (CTC) in the local hospital for the administration of Anti retrovial drugs.

To achieve these ends, the NGO has been lucky to have the energy and enthusiasm of Geoff and Jenny Knight who joined the organisation in 2007 to manage the multiplying number of building projects and to oversee the running of the NGO. An important element of their work is setting up an Outreach Programme whereby orphans and families in extreme poverty can be helped to remain in the community living with relatives or foster families with the support of the NGO. This approach has proved successful throughout Tanzania.

They are further helped by a monthly visit by Dr Leena Pasanen who has worked in rural Tanzania for nearly 30 years. Dr Leena hold clinics in the various dispensaries and makes home visits to the most seriously sick.


2 Reviews of Selous safari and beach holiday in Tanzania

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The discovery of the diversity of wild animals in Nogorogoro crater and Serengeti.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The structure and flow of our trip was ideal for a first-time safari with Children. All enjoyed it very much due to the balance between safari and Zanzibar snorkeling.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Except for our last hotel in Zanzibar where developmental work with the local community was heavily advertized, we were not really told about how our holidy might benefit local people or the environment. Would be nice to know more about it, also ahead of the trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was amazing!

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The whole holiday was memorable but the icing on the cake was Zanzibar

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Ensure you have good walking shoes, all your bathing gear then enjoy every location you can.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

There is now a lot of tourism in Zanzibar, from when I last visited 20 years ago, I believe that they do benefit from tourism, and there is a tax that is now taken
from tourist and i would like to think that the government use this tax effectively to help the local communities and the infrastructure as the tax is labelled.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic holiday well planned and thoroughly enjoyed

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