Tanzania holidays, Selous, Zanzibar & the coast

“Everything on this trip is served with a twist. You'll travel by train and boat; visit Selous, not the Serengeti; and spend as much time meeting people as encountering wildlife.”

Highlights

Scenic light plane flights | Walking and boat safaris | Selous Game Reserve | Game drives | Visiting a Maasai village | Zanzibar | Beachfront hotel | Stone Town | Optional: Jozani Forest, Spice Tour, spa treatments, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving

Description of Tanzania holidays, Selous, Zanzibar & the coast

This is a really special bush and beach holiday in Tanzania. You’ve got time on safari in the very special Selous Game Reserve, and you’ve also got time to relax on Zanzibar, however we’ve also added in some special experiences which make this trip a bit different from a standard safari and beach holiday. There is a boat safari, a visit to a rural village, and even the light plane flight from Selous to Zanzibar is a treat too, as you watch the patterns of African from the air.

Firstly you fly on a light plane from Dar to Selous, arriving at an airstrip near Selous and your lodge on stilts!

One of Tanzania's largest reserves (much larger than the Serengeti) Selous Game Reserve is far less visited than the parks in the north. It has a varied landscape, from mountains to valleys, rivers and lakes, so not only does this make for a wonderfully scenic safari, but it also means that there is a great variety of wildlife. There are thousands of elephants, buffalos and antelopes, huge numbers of hippos, wildebeest, giraffe, zebras, and even the endangered wild dogs are doing extremely well here.

While you’re at the lodge, which is just outside the park in a beautiful area of hilly miombo woodland, you will get a chance to visit a couple of villages which the lodge is closely linked to. At the Maasai village you can get a non-touristy experience of what Maasai life is like (though you will be shown crafts just in case you want to buy any as this is how the women make some money). At the village of Kisaki you can visit the school and clinic and see what life is like in an ordinary rural Tanzanian village.

End your holiday by flying to the spice island of Zanzibar, where you'll stay on the north east coast in a small friendly hotel on a really lovely beach for 4 nights. Go snorkelling or diving, or you could just enjoy the sunshine and friendly people! A night in Stone Town completes your exciting safari and beach adventure. It’s a really varied and good quality African experience, for a truly superb price.

Featured activities:
- Wildlife viewing
- Swimming
- Snorkelling
- Cultural tours

Best time to go: The dates given for this trip are good times to go. We avoid the particularly rainy months of April and May. November could possibly be a bit rainy, but it's only the short rains so still quite a good time to come.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made and departures can be arranged all year. The sample itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination
Our top tip:
Bring snacks - and loo roll! - for the train journey. 1st class in Tanzania is comfortable but not luxurious.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Small, locally owned safari lodge and hotels.
Included:
Accomm., listed activities, transport inc. local flights, guides.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners.
Vouchers
Accepted

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.

Environment
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.

Environment:
The lodge in Selous has extremely good eco-credentials in terms of their environmental policies (eg solar power ).

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

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).

As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.

As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. The company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.

Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.


Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Community:
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.

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Reviewed on 12 Sep 2016 by

11 out of 10. The holiday provider went above and beyond and made our holiday perfect. Our guide was fantastic, all of the lodges were unbelievable, and the itinerary was perfect. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2015 by

It's actually pretty hard to describe this trip in a few words - it was truly magical and inspirational! Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2014 by

Way better than I ever could have imagined. I will be going again! Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2014 by

Absolutely amazing. The most memorable holiday ever. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2013 by

Interesting, exciting, very comfortable! We would like to recommend everyone! ! Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2012 by

We had a great time and we will definitely recommend this holiday! Read full review

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