During this exciting holiday you’ll fly on light aircraft between locations; stay in one of the newest camps in the Selous, Selous Wilderness Camp, on the south bank of the Rufiji River close to the eastern gate; you will be accommodated at the The Swahili House in the heart of historic Stone Town before finally visiting the west coast of Zanzibar staying at the highly rated Fumba Beach Lodge.
This version of our Selous Safari and Zanzibar holiday is based on good value accommodation and is ideal for couples and private groups. If you’d prefer more or less time in either the Selous, Stone Town or at the beach, or have alternative accommodation in mind, just contact us for a tailored quote.
This Selous Wilderness Safari and Zanzibar holiday departs every day throughout the year (subject to availability) except during the long rains of April and May when lodges in the Selous close. This itinerary operates on a private departure basis with a minimum of 2 people enjoying an exclusive Selous Wilderness Safari and Zanzibar holiday experience.
Day 1: Arrive Dar es Salaam; short flight into Selous Game Reserve. Your safari starts with a short flight aboard a light aircraft into the Selous Game Reserve. You will get a bird’s eye view of the lush wilderness and wetlands of the Rufiji River before landing in Africa’s largest Game Reserve. Greeted by staff from your camp, you’ll then transfer across the Rufiji River by boat to the Selous Wilderness Camp, set in an exclusive location on the south bank of the river. Here you’ll spend your nights in comfortable safari tents equipped with private bathrooms and veranda facing the river. This afternoon you’ll head out on your first game viewing activity – a leisurely boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River. Accommodation: Selous Wilderness Camp. Includes: (L, D).
Days 2-4: Choice of game viewing activities in the Selous. During your next three days in the Selous you’ll enjoy a variety of game viewing experiences with a choice of boat, foot or vehicle-based activities available. You can arrange your final schedule with camp staff but a typical day includes a morning game viewing activity followed by lunch back at camp (and a siesta!), then a late afternoon activity, sundowner and dinner. On each activity you’ll be accompanied by a highly experienced game ranger/guide.
Game drives are extremely popular and typically last for a half day, however full day safaris can be arranged locally and will take you deeper into the Reserve. From the Sand River and Selous' Grave to Lake Tagalala and hot volcanic springs, the destinations within the Selous are quite varied. The Selous is blessed with a wide variety of wildlife habitats, including open grasslands, acacia and miombo woodlands, swamps and riverine forests. In the Selous there is such a variety of environments that in a single day it’s possible to pass from the bush to open savannah, to the Borassus Palm of the more temperate riverbanks. Accommodation: Selous Wilderness Camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Fly to Zanzibar Island; transfer to Stone Town. Arriving at Zanzibar airport after an hour's flight from the Selous you’ll be met and transferred to the Swahili House Hotel, a recently renovated heritage hotel in the heart of Stone Town. Known locally as Mji Mkongwe, Stone Town is the cultural and historical centre of Zanzibar. Consisting of narrow alleyways, ancient houses, shops, museums and mosques the town is an eclectic fusion of African, Indian, Arabian and European influences. Gazetted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Stone Town is rich in history, atmosphere, architecture and Arab tradition. One of the popular ways to find your bearings and get to grips with the backstreets and attractions of Stone Town is on an optional walking tour with an experienced guide. Perhaps head up to the rooftop terrace of your hotel this evening to watch the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. Accommodation Swahili House Hotel. Includes: (B).
Days 6-7: At leisure in Stone Town; optional Spice Tour. Stone Town is a fascinating place to spend a day soaking up more local attractions and watching daily life unfold. You also have time today to enjoy an optional half day ‘Spice Tour’ of the island. Spices have been at the very heart of Zanzibari commerce since the abolition of the slave trade. The huge variety of different spices highlights Zanzibar’s important strategic location as well as the depth of cultural interaction. Another popular option is a boat ride to the infamous Prison Island - now a retreat for a hideaway lodge and the home of some very old residents - a family of giant tortoises. Accommodation: Swahili House Hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Transfer to Fumba; at leisure. This morning you’ll be met and transferred south from Stone Town to Fumba located on the pristine Fumba Peninsula. The next few days are spent at Fumba Beach Lodge. Situated on one of Zanzibar’s most beautiful and secluded beaches, the lodge is a comfortable and peaceful hideaway, offering a perfect blend of casual elegance and friendly service with peace and tranquility in a tropical paradise setting. Three naturally formed coves protect the beaches around the lodge.
In the open air restaurant you can enjoy fresh seafood along with an inviting array of international and local dishes. For day time excitement the dive centre offers diving and dive courses, with snorkeling, windsurfing and kayak rentals also available. Or just relax at the swimming pool or on the beach under the branches of the baobab trees and do nothing. At the Zanzibar-style ‘Baobab Spa’ you could pamper yourself with a massage, feet or hand beauty treatments, a Jacuzzi or henna painting. Accommodation: Fumba Beach Lodge. Includes: (B, D).
Days 9-11: At leisure at Fumba; optional dhow trip, snorkeling or diving. On one of your days you could choose to explore the Menai Bay Conservation Area and enjoy Zanzibar’s breathtaking coastline and aquamarine waters on an all day dhow safari. The bay has a number of beautiful uninhabited islands and sandbanks and is frequented by humpback and bottle nose dolphins. A voyage across Menai Bay is very much a relaxed affair with a stop for snorkeling off sandbanks and a traditional Zanzibari lunch on a desert island. Alternatively just spend some lazy days lounging by the pool, on the beach or in a hammock. Accommodation: Fumba Beach Lodge. Includes: (B, D).
Day 12: Fly to Dar es Salaam where holiday ends. Your Specialist Tanzania holiday ends today after check-out from your accommodation and a short flight to Dar es Salaam airport. Includes: (B).
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