Serengeti, Selous and Zanzibar small group holiday

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26 Aug 2018
£ 3795
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16 Sep 2018
£ 3835
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16 Jun 2019
£ 3499
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28 Jul 2019
£ 3920
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15 Sep 2019
£ 3630
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06 Oct 2019
£ 3630
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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Serengeti, Selous and Zanzibar small group holiday

Environment

Wildlife
Designated protected areas make up 14% of Tanzania and by travelling on the Serengeti, Selous and Zanzibar trip, visiting the national parks, your money is supporting the conservation of wildlife, biodiversity and traditional communities. Conservation programmes within the Serengeti and Selous include anti-poaching initiatives and maintenance of park grounds and visitor centres. Perhaps, most importantly, there is also a lot work going into projects to educate and train local communities, helping them to understand what precious resource they live within, and their vital role in protecting what is around them whilst making a fair and safe living.

Energy and community
The SSZ trip stays away from the well-beaten track of the normal safari circuit and instead stays in small properties all run with ethics at the mind’s forefront. The camps are solar powered conserving energy wherever possible, and are run by friendly, welcoming staff from the local areas.

Community

Our operating partners for the Serengeti, Selous and Zanzibar trip pride themselves in working ethically, and improving the standards of living for their surrounding communities. Initiatives include gathering medical supplies from UK universities to give to small communities who do not access. Another project is based on funding dental training, focusing on emergent tooth extraction or pain-relieving procedures, to clinical officers in rural areas where dental care is absent.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our UK Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

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