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Selous Safari and Zanzibar

Selous Safari and Zanzibar holiday 15 nights start from £3750 per person including scheduled flights and sharing a double room.

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Tanzania

Tanzania has more land devoted to national parks and game reserves than any other wildlife destination and historically has been one of the most pro active nations in setting aside land for wildlife conservation. With its superb game viewing and white sandy beaches, Tanzania safari holidays  are ideal  to combine game viewing with a beach holiday in Zanzibar.

This unique country has many natural wonders including Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa; the rich game sanctuaries of the Serengeti, Selous, and Ruaha reserves and the marine park off Mafia Island.

During May and June, you can see the annual migration of vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle trekking across the Serengeti Plains, an awe-inspiring spectacle and a highlight of many of our tailor-made Tanzania holidays. This continual quest for food takes them across the border into Kenya for four months only to return to the Serengeti Plains later in the year where they foal and breed.

Equally inspiring is the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken crater in the world, which forms a vast natural amphitheatre and is home to huge numbers of animals. Another unique safari sight on a Tanzania holiday are the tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park, which is also home to large herds of elephant, hippo and buffalo along with over 400 bird species.

Selous Game Reserve in the southern region of Tanzania  is the largest conservancy in Africa and ideal place to combine a safari holiday with a beach break on Zanzibar Island. Irrigated by the Rufiji River with its hippo and outsized crocodile, Selous is a haven for the endangered wild dog as well as a rich variety of wildlife and birdlife. The reserve offers excellent game viewing all year round, however the safari lodges are only accessible by light aircraft.

After the excitement of a safari in Tanzania, take time to unwind on a coral sand beach. The country is fringed to the east by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the idyllic islands of Zanzibar and Pemba.

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Day 1:                         Depart London for your overnight indirect flight to Dar es Salaam.  (Regional departures also available at a supplement).

Selous Game Reserve

The remote and little-visited Selous Game Reserve covers more than 5% of Tanzania’s total area and is the largest of its kind in Africa. At an unbelievable 55,000 sq km it is almost twice the size of Belgium and four times larger than the famous Serengeti in the North. The landscape here has remained almost as it was before tourism began and the massive park has only a few accommodation options.

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The Great Rufiji River and its tributaries are the lifeblood of the reserve, creating a network of forests and woodlands around the lagoons, sandbanks and lakes with tall palm trees adding to the scenic splendour. Because of its size and remoteness, the reserve has over 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephants, 108,000 buffalos and an estimated 1,300 of the worlds’ roughly 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs, giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt wilderness.  Boating, walking safaris and fly camping are all available in the Selous.

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Day 2-5:                      Selous Riverside Safari Camp, Selous Game Reserve

Full board is included.

Following your arrival into Dar es Salaam, clear customs and transfer to the domestic terminal for your scheduled flight to Selous where you will be met by the camp vehicle and transferred.

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Overlooking the Rufiji River, Selous Riverside Safari Camp consists of ten of the largest and luxurious tented chalets in Tanzania. Its spacious tents have been carefully placed to provide privacy and blend into the nature’s surrounding, overlooking the Rufiji River and its hippos and crocodiles.

Selous Riverside Safari Camp consists of ten spacious luxury tented camps, out of which five tents offer 4 x 6 twin beds and the other five tents offer 6 x 6 single beds all with en-suite facilities, decorated beautifully in African style. All tents are en-suite and are luxuriously equipped with comfortable beds, electricity and their own private verandahs. Each tent also provides an en-suite shower and toilet with all the pleasures of hot and cold running water.

Activities at the camp include a swimming pool on the deck, game drives in the open 4×4 vehicles, boat safaris on the Rufiji River, guided walking safaris through magnificent scenery conducted by experienced guides and cultural tours.

Zanzibar

Rising up from the Indian Ocean approximately 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, this idyllic archipelago consists of Zanzibar and Pemba islands as well as numerous smaller islets. Zanizibar Island (known locally as ‘Unguja’) is characterised by exquisite white sand beaches fringed by palm trees and lapped by turquoise waters lined with coral reefs brimming with an abundance of exotic marine life. This underwater paradise is a mecca for water sport enthusiasts who flock here for the excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing on traditional local dhows. The island’s cultural heart is its old city, Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa – with its maze of narrow alleyways, lively bazaars, mosques and ornate Arab houses. Whether you choose to spend your time: exploring the charming boutiques, bars and restaurants of Stone Town; lounging in a deckchair by the pool of a luxurious resort on the exclusive private island of Mnemba, or hopping from island to island to snorkel or scuba dive, there really is never a dull moment in the island paradise of Zanzibar.

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Day 5-16:             Diamonds La Gemma Dell’Est, Zanzibar

This property is fully inclusive including local drinks brands

You will be transferred to Selous airstrip for the scheduled flight to Zanzibar where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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Set within exotic tropical gardens and water features inviting guests to enjoy the pristine view over the Indian Ocean, Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est is located on the north-western shores of magical Zanzibar. This enchanting, luxurious and environmentally friendly resort has a total of 138 rooms, all with private terrace and sea view. The 4 restaurants, 3 bars and oriental café offer a vast array of international and local cuisine, combining notable service with culinary excellence. For the active guests or for guests mixing business with pleasure, the resort offers additional facilities: an international diving centre, a fully equipped water sports centre, an open air gym, the Spherique Boutique, the Baobab Congress Centre, and the Mvua African Rain Spa.

Recommended activities include:

Spice Tours: The history of Zanzibar is synonymous with the spice trade and the Sultans of Oman and slaves that went with it.  Tours to the spice plantations dazzle the senses, you will be amazed by the variety, their alternative uses and fascinated to see what cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and many other spices look like before they get to your kitchen.

Stone Town: Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Famous for its winding alleys, bustling bazaars, sultan’s palace, mosques, House of Wonders, Portuguese fort and gardens and the extravagant merchants’ houses with their remarkably ornate doors. Stone Town is home to 51 mosques, 6 Hindu Temples, a Catholic and an Anglican Cathedral.

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Day 16:                 Departure

You will be transferred to Zanzibar airport in the early hours for your return indirect flight to London to arrive later the same day.

Contact our expert staff for more information about Selous Safari and Zanzibar holidays or holidays to Tanzania, Tanzania Safaris, or Zanzibar holidays on 01444 225640 or e-mail us at info@visionsofafrica.co.uk