10 DAYS SELOUS AND ZANZIBAR SAFARI

Price : $2730

This safari tour will take you on the traditional game drives of wild Africa as well as to Zanzibar Island for a relaxing beach getaway. You will tour through the largest game reserve in the world, Selous Game Reserve and go on game drives, walking safaris, and boat tours. In Zanzibar you will get the chance to learn about the historical background of the island and enjoy its beautiful beaches.

Day 1: Depart to Selous Game Reserve, Evening Boat Safari

Today you will be picked up at the hotel in the morning around 7:00 am. You will drive 5 - 6 hours to Selous arriving at lunch.

After lunch, go for an evening boat safari through the Rufiji River. Here you can experience the aquatic life: crocodiles and hippos. You will see plenty of animals at the river to drink water, and many of the 440 species of birds that live here. Enjoy a surely spectacular sunset in the reserve. Later you will head back for dinner and over night stay the night at Hippo Camp.

Day 2: Full Day Game Drive at Selous Game Reserve

Today you will have an early breakfast at 07.00 and then drive for 20-30 minutes into the Selous Game Reserve. You will have an all day game drive in a modified safari vehicle with a professional guide. You will see and learn about a large number of animals including all the great favorites: lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, and zebra. There is also a huge variety of bird species and wonderful scenery with varied topography: wetlands, dry grassland, light acacia forest and higher ground with views to far-off mountains. You will stop midday to enjoy your packed lunch and take some time to rest. Your guide will select a location with shade and water nearby to watch animals coming to drink. You will be back to the lodge by 6.30 for sunset and dinner at the Hippo Camp.

Day 3: A Full Day Game Drive at Selous Game Reserve

Today you will have an early breakfast at 07.00 and then drive for 20-30 minutes into the Selous Game Reserve. You will have an all day game drive in a modified safari vehicle with a professional guide. You will see and learn about a large number of animals including all the great favorites: lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, and zebra. There is also a huge variety of bird species and wonderful scenery with varied topography: wetlands, dry grassland, light acacia forest and higher ground with views to far-off mountains. You will stop midday to enjoy your packed lunch and take some time to rest. Your guide will select a location with shade and water nearby to watch animals coming to drink. You will be back to the lodge by 6.30 for sunset and dinner at the Hippo Camp.

Day 4: An Early Morning Walk Safari and fly to Zanzibar

Today you will have an early morning walking safari with a bushman to observe the reserve’s environment and learn about the different histories of the reserve including traditional trees used for healing and the animals which you cannot see in a game drive. Head back to the camp for breakfast and then fly to Zanzibar. Upon arrival you will check in and stay the night at Tembo Hotel.

Day 5: Stone Town and Spice Tour

Start with a morning tour of historical Stone Town. This tour takes you through the fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace) and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals, and countless mosques. After lunch, you go on an excursion to the spice and fruit plantations close to Stonetown for the famous Spice Tour. We have developed a special Spice Tour with in depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine, cosmetics, and cooking. After the tour we invite you for an opulent lunch at our guides’ home, where you can taste the spices and fruits. Head back in the evening and stay the night at Tembo hotel

Day 6: Jozani Forest and Dolphin Trip

After breakfast, you'll pass through Jozani Forest, the last habitat of the rare endemic Red Colobus Monkey. With a local guide you stroll through Jozani Chwaka National Park and look at the rare monkeys. If you wish you can even wander down the boardwalk to the fascinating Mangrove EcoSyste. After, break for lunch. Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins, which can be a very rewarding experience. We are doing this trip in the afternoon to avoid the crowds of tourists in the morning, which disturb the dolphins in big numbers. Head back in the late evening and stay overnight at Mnarani Beach Cottage

Day 7: Relaxation at the Beach

Relax, unwind, and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar. After breakfast, spend the full day relaxing at the beautiful beaches of the Nungwi strip. Here you can get the chance to swim at the beach or the cottage swimming pool. You can also do some water sports such as snorkeling. Head back at the cottage in the evening and spend the night.

Day 8: Relaxation at the Beach

Relax, unwind, and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar. After breakfast, spend the full day relaxing at the beautiful beaches of the Nungwi strip. Here you can get the chance to swim at the beach or the cottage swimming pool. You can also do some water sports such as snorkeling or fishing. Head back at the cottage in the evening and spend the night.

Day 9: Jambiani Village Tour

In the morning you will drive along the coast passing the fishing villages of Bwejuu and Paje. You will eventually reach Jambiani, a village on the East coast of Zanzibar. We offer a cultural village tour to visit villagers working in different professions. Our guide will tell you about the history of the village and later you will visit a traditional herbalist, who will show you the local medicines, herbs and their uses. You will see a local organic plantation on coral stone, where farmers cultivate under difficult circumstances, and seaweed farms run by women. This is a good chance to learn about the unique culture and the diverse environment of Zanzibar’s villages as well as an opportunity to meet the friendly Waswahili people. We will show you real life, not images designed for tourists. Return in the late evening and stay the overnight at Mnarani Beach Cottage.

Day 10: Depart to airport or seaport.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the seaport/ferry to catch your boat to Dar es Salaam. Then you will be dropped off at the hotel or the airport to catch your flight home.

INCLUDES:

  • Entree fees,
  • accommodation,
  • driver guide,
  • 3 meals per day,
  • water during safari,
  • Domestic flight if mentioned in the package.

EXCLUDES:

  • International flights and visa.