Classic Tanzania safari and beach holiday
Description of Classic Tanzania safari and beach holiday
This tour of Tanzania is the perfect combination for those who would like to visit this amazing side of the world. This tour will allow you to experience the ultimate safari adventure searching for the big cats, elephants, and the beauty the Serengeti has to offer. This country is filled with unique nature, colourful landscape, warm sunsets and old traditions that will will certainly show you Africa at its best. However, we know that once in Tanzania, you cannot miss the relaxing beauty of Zanzibar! With the intention of creating the perfect holiday, after an adventurous safari, you will enjoy the Indian Ocean experience. You can explore the beautiful beaches while soaking up some sun with the chance to snorkel, dive or simply just relax.
1 Reviews of Classic Tanzania safari and beach holiday
Reviewed on 11 Jan 2018 by Luis Boavida
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
I really liked the wildlife diversity that Tanzania Parks can offer. Especially in some areas, it was great to be able to be so close to the wild animals.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
I would have spent more time in Serengeti National Park, because of the vast area I believe I didn’t take the most of it…I stayed just one night. I would reccomend at least one night tented camp experience.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Benefits to local people – Yes. Most of the camps use locals as employees.
Reduced environmental impacts - This could be improved, for instance with the use of electrical power vehicles.
Conservation support – Yes, if park entries fees are used in research and parks' preservation (but I believe this could be better communicated to visitors).
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
This type of holiday is an unforgettable lifetime adventure that everyone should experience at least once in life.
Read the operator's response here:
PlanetHaving travelled extensively ourselves and witnessed first-hand how tourism can have either positive or negative effects on local communities and the environment, we always striveto leave a positive mark on all places we send clients to as well as promote awareness of the local environment.
Tanzania has an incredible value when it comes to environment and natural conservation. With their huge range of animal and plant species, this country is rich with eco-systems which must be protected. It is important for us that our guests are well instructed and educated about the behaviour required in the areas such as the Serengeti. Similarly, we also ensure that safaris are guided by professional guides who recognise the importance of preserving the parks. Especially in particular habitats, animals such as the black rhinos are in endangered species and it is fundamental to take responsibility and act in a sustainable manner.
Many of the places included in this itinerary are unspoiled and sometimes untouched by human kind. Therefore, travelling in small groups and with the right knowledge, this will allow travellers to enjoy this unique and beautiful land without leaving behind negative impacts.
• Where we stay: As a boutique travel company, we strive to offer unique and authentic travel experiences in line with sustainable accommodation. Many of the resorts and operators we work with are eco-friendly and run their businesses in a more environmentally friendly manner. For instance, guests are offered free drinking water refills to minimise wastage of plastic bottles. While in remote areas, we carry rubbish with us and ensure we do not disturb anything in the natural environment.
• While we are there: We ensure that our clients are given the correct guidance while visiting protected areas and/or heritage sites in order to minimise impacts on the environment and respect the natural wonders of the area. We collaborate with guides who are local to the area and have been trained, bettering their communities.
• As a company: We strive to operate as a paperless company as far as possible, and recycle wherever facilities are available. We use toxic-free fair trade products whenever we can.
PeopleOur tours are designed with the intention of maximising the benefits that our guests can have on the host community. This is the reason why we strive to follow responsible guidelines and teach guests about responsible tourism in order to encourage them to be mindful of the environment and respectful of local people and culture. With all our tailor-made trips we enjoy offering new and different routes and encourage travel to areas that are not on the main tourist trails and which further support smaller, local communities.
It is important to remember that national parks, and in particular the Serengeti National Park are not only a natural heritage for the humanity but also the land and home of communities such as the Maasai. These ethnic groups of semi-nomadic people have been living in the lands of Tanzania for many years and tourism has the right of respecting and establishing a positive legacy.
Maasai are known for their friendliness and hospitality towards tourists who want to visit their village and experience their culture, traditions, and lifestyle. Nevertheless, due to profound socio-economic differences that exist between Maasai and tourists, we also encourage our guests to have a more easy-going and sensitive approach with the aim of avoiding any adverse effect and establishing a more human based relationship.
• As A Company: We believe in the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs and try to emphasis this in the way our tours are arranged. Where possible we aim to create a relationship between staff and traveller so our clients gain insight into the real life of local communities. We endeavour to keep our groups small, minimising the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination. Through travel with us, we aim to help meet an important local need by contributing to the area’s economy, creating jobs and by eating locally sourced food and using locally sourced products.
• Where we stay: As a boutique travel company we search for authenticity and uniqueness from the local suppliers and whenever possible, encourage our travellers to stay in privately owned accommodation. We believe that working with hotel/accommodation owners who source staff, products, services and produce from within the community gives the local people an opportunity to gain from the increase in tourism to the area.
• While we are there: As previously mentioned, we work in partnership with locally employed guides who having been professionally trained and they can provide insight into the local culture. We encourage interaction with local communities, however we keep our group sizes small and provide advice during the trip to ensure our impact their way of life is minimised. Typically these areas also ask for a fee to appreciate the protected area, which go to aid conservation, employment and infrastructure efforts which directly support the local community and the surroundings. We also encourage our clients to support the livelihood of the local community by purchasing locally produced crafts wherever possible.