Tanzania Selous safari vacation & Zanzibar
One of our bestselling safaris combines a luxury Selous adventure with an island break on Zanzibar, staying in locally-run accommodations and actively supporting one of Tanzania’s least-visited reserves. Including bush walks and boat safaris for the ultimate wildlife encounters.
Dar es Salaam Selous Game Reserve three nights on safari Zanzibar beaches optional trips including to Stone Town or Jozani Forest option to include Mafia Island and Pemba Island
£2450 excluding flights
This itinerary is priced per person and designed to give you an idea of what can be included on your bespoke luxury tour of Tanzania and Zanzibar, tailor-made to suit your personal tastes and preferences.
Description of Tanzania Selous safari vacation & Zanzibar
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
8 Reviews of Tanzania Selous safari vacation & Zanzibar
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 08 Jan 2020 by Jerry LockspeiserFantatstic. It was a perfect balance of interest and environments for us. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2019 by Suzanne LyonsIt was a very memorable vacation and we wouldn’t have changed anything. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019 by Melinda ReesThe lagoon that surrounds the island is spectacular for making for the best sea vacation ever. All the staff and teams throughout our vacation experience have been absolutely exemplar. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Apr 2019 by Hanna NedrudWe loved every part of our vacation! Seeing all of the animals in The Naboisho Conservancy was incredible. Learning about Masai culture around the campfire from our guides was very meaningful. Ending our vacation at a small boutique resort on the coast was perfect. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2018 by Gordon HaltonThe people were so friendly helpful and could not do enough for you, seeing the animals in their habitat was amazing, the quality of the accommodation was out of this world...A vacation of a lifetime...I want to live twice so I can go again! Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2017 by Mark ThompsonThe safari in Selous was wonderful. Every day there was a surprise. The staff and guides are so friendly and the camp is perfect. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2017 by Ann EvansLake manze camp was the most memorable and exciting part of the vacation. It was absolutely perfect in every way. The variety and sheer number of animals and birds was beyond expectation, and all the staff we met, our drivers... Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jun 2017 by Paul RaeThe most memorable moments were the elephant walking past my tent most mornings. The friendly staff, the amazing views. Overall my vacation was amazing and I would recommend this trip to anyone. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetDuring your time on safari, you can rest assured that your visit will positively impact the environment in two key ways. Firstly, the conservation fees paid to the Selous Game Reserve will be directly invested into projects that enhance quality of life for wildlife, reduce poaching, and support the diverse activities that go on to ensure the Game Reserves remain a safe and abundant environment for its residents. Secondly, the accommodations chosen have been selected for their attention to their own ecological footprint, for instance paying attention to how they source energy and dispose of waste, as well as employing guides who are proactive and conscientious in ensuring that the highest standards are upheld whilst out exploring.
When you arrive in Zanzibar, our properties take a similarly conscientious approach to their operations, and further offer activities which are mindful of wildlife and respectful of their wellbeing. You can find readily available advice about which activities to avoid (for instance, some independent activity companies on the island offer the opportunity to swim with dolphins, which we strongly object to owing to its stressful and disorienting impact on the dolphins themselves), as well as which activities offer a great opportunity to learn about marine life in an ethical manner.
Our offices in the UK and in Bangkok take a leading role in setting the standard for an environmentally friendly work environment. Alongside ensuring that our waste is appropriately recycled, we have instituted a paperless work system, in which paper usage is kept to a bare minimum. We have also implemented a plastic ban in our offices, starting with coffee cups and single-use plastic drinks bottles, and expanding to encompass food packaging as far as possible. Each office has a designated ‘sustainability officer’, who helps to implement programmes and answer questions, whilst all team members are able to set the environmental agenda by highlighting their ideas on a specific sustainability channel in our internal communications network.
PeopleThe safari accommodations we promote all have a strong focus on recruiting staff form within their local communities: many aim for at least 75% of their staff coming from their immediate local community. This provides jobs and skills and is one of the most direct ways of positively affecting community development.
In Tanzania where we employ staff directly, we take great pride in paying fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travelers for livelihoods.
Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our vacations.
We encourage all our travelers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.
In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.
Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Tanzania and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travelers.