Tanzania Selous safari holiday & Zanzibar

“A combined safari and island break, taking in one of Tanzania’s least-visited reserves, followed by a week on Zanzibar. A luxurious mix of game drives and beach relaxation!”

Highlights

Dar es Salaam | Selous Game Reserve | three nights on safari | Zanzibar beaches | optional trips including to Stone Town or Jozani Forest | option to include Mafia Island and Pemba Island

Description of Tanzania Selous safari holiday & Zanzibar

Team an unforgettable Tanzanian safari with a relaxing week on Zanzibar on this 11 day adventure. Begin by travelling deep into the heart of the magnificent Selous Game Reserve in the south of the country. The reserve is massive – the size of Switzerland – with fantastic wildlife, including endangered African wild dogs, limited tourist numbers and excellent levels of guiding, which means you’re sure to see and experience an incredible safari.

From Selous, you’ll fly to beautiful Zanzibar to relax and unwind. Stay on Zanzibar, where you can enjoy a tour of Stone Town, spice plantation trips, day visits to the Jozani Forest, snorkeling and diving, traditional dhow cruises and more. You may also like to include Pemba and Mafia Islands in this part of your trip, which all offer different experiences. Contact our Tanzania specialists to chat through what you’re interested in and design your tailor-made holiday.

You fly by light aircraft between Dar Es Salaam, Selous and Zanzibar, and stay in locally owned properties. This trip can be completely tailor made to suit your interests.

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

We work with selected safari accommodations who are committed to local conservation efforts which reflects our company ethos. On Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia we've also got great recommendations of hotels and lodges which act responsibly towards local marinelife in particular.

Many travel companies offer their customers the chance to offset the carbon emissions from their international flights too but we have gone a step further and offer to share this cost with you 50/50. If you select to compensate for your international flight emissions when you book with us then what you put in, we put in too!

To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This ‘work’ also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.

Community

The safari accommodations we promote all have a strong focus on recruiting staff form within their local communities: many aim for at least 75% of their staff coming from their immediate local community. This provides jobs and skills and is one of the most direct ways of positively affecting community development.

In Tanzania where we employ staff directly, we take great pride in paying fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travellers for livelihoods.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.

We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Tanzania and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.

3 Reviews of Tanzania Selous safari holiday & Zanzibar

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Reviewed on 09 Oct 2017 by

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


The safari in Selous was wonderful. Every day there was a surprise. The staff and guides are so friendly and the camp is perfect.

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


Don't trust Kenya Airways not to lose your bags, take a little of everything in your hand luggage just in case. The Rock restaurant near Paje is worth going to,
unique location and delicious food.

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


I think so. I don't think Selou gets as much press as some other reserves so it was definitely good for our guides. We went on a Blue safari which was run by a
local group of gentlemen who were keen to stress that a lot of the blue safari tours are not locally owned businesses (while the trip had a variety of things to
do, each of them was pretty crowded so I'm not sure we'd do it again).

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


It was amazing. Selou was great. We stayed in the Hakuna Majwe which was perfect for kitesurfing at Paje. Then we went to the Pongwe Beach hotel which is probably our favourite of all time, so relaxing.

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2017 by

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


Lake manze camp was the most memorable and exciting part of the holiday. It was absolutely perfect in every way. The variety and sheer number of animals and birds was beyond expectation, and all the staff we met, our drivers, the managers of the camp etc really went out of their way to do everything to delight us. It was a joy to be there, I only wish we could have stayed longer.

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


You don't need a fleece in Selous. It's warm, at least, in September! US dollars accepted everywhere. Don't bother exchanging for tanzanian schillings. Lake manze camp does not take credit cards. Nowhere takes travellers cheques. Lightweight trainers are fine for this holiday. Towels provided. Breezes hotel splendid, beach towels provided. Reef shoes useful but can hire for £1 a day. Excellent food and cocktails! Excellent massage at the spa facility.

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


Certainly of benefit to local people both in Selous and in Zanzibar. Lake manze staff all local and ditto Breezes, who told me the hotel was a good employer. Not sure about environmental impact, although both locations showed evidence of attempts to reduce effects by e.g. not renewing towels except when requested.

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


It simply could not have been better. Even Air France failing to get our luggage back from Paris to Heathrow on our return could not detract from the superb experience. (It was delivered to our house the next day).

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2017 by

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


The elephant walking past my tent most mornings. The friendly staff, the amazing views.

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


Budget for cab fares from pongwe beach hotel to do some activities.

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


Yes

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


Overall my holiday was amazing and I would recommend this trip to anyone.

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