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This family activity holiday in Tanzania takes you right off the beaten track to see the real Africa, with wildlife safaris, bush walks, canoe trips and plenty of learning opportunities.

  • Spot incredible animals in the wild
  • Meet the Masai in their village
  • Follow a nature trail in Saadani
  • Ride on an old African train
  • Stay on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar

After arriving at Dar Es Salaam, head to Saadani National Park to explore the bush, nestled beside white sand beaches. Then travel on an African train venturing deep into the incredible Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa and full of wildlife. Learn about their elephant collaring project, enjoy a relaxing canoe ride, meet the locals at a Masai village and search for lions, zebras and wild dogs as well as the smaller wildlife to be found here.

Finally, a short flight takes you to the beautiful spice island of Zanzibar where you can explore the winding streets of Stone Town and enjoy some well-deserved beach time with the family. You may extend the trip with a few extra days on Zanzibar and enjoy its quiet beaches with beautiful views of the Indian ocean.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Dar es Salaam.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Dar es Salaam

    Arrive in Dar es Salaam and transfer to nearby hotel. 

  3. Day 3: Transfer to Saadani National Park

    Saadani National Park's unique location provides the opportunity for birdlife and wildlife viewing, alongside fabulous white-sand beaches. There is a variety of activities on offer, such as learning bush skills, tracking wildlife or making a fire with a park ranger. In the afternoon, learn how to set a camera trap.

  4. Day 4: Elephant collaring project

    After a morning game drive you can learn about the Saadani elephant collaring project and understand the lives and activities of these gentle giants.

  5. Day 5: Morning canoe ride; afternoon & evening wildlife safaris

    Take a relaxing morning canoe ride in the mangroves and look for birds and insects on a nature walk. Go on a late afternoon/evening game drive and enjoy dinner on the salt flats under the stars.

  6. Day 6: Transfer to Dar es Salaam

    Enjoy an exciting drive around the Elephant island private concession and a boat safari on the Wami River before leaving Saadani for Dar es Salaam.

  7. Day 7: Train to Selous

    Catch the TAZARA train to Selous and enjoy the passing rural landscape. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your lodge in Selous, where you'll stay in stone cabins with amazing views and a natural spring water pool. In the evening, climb up to a treehouse overlooking the watering hole to see elephant, buffalo and zebra as they come to drink.

  8. Day 8: Wildlife viewing, lake boat trip

    Set off on a full day game drive, including a boat trip on Lake Tagalala, looking out for hippo, crocodiles and the colourful birdlife – if you’re lucky enough, you may see elephants digging for water at one of the dry sand beds.

  9. Day 9: Morning walking safari

    Enjoy an early morning walking safari in the Selous Game Reserve, home to one-third of all the world's wild dogs, as well as elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo. After lunch there is an optional visit to the local Masai Village to experience rural Tanzanian life; alternatively, relax by the pool or visit the treehouse for some more fantastic wildlife viewing.

  10. Day 10: Fly to Zanzibar; free time to explore

    Take a short flight to Zanzibar and transfer to your hotel in Stone Town. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore your surroundings.

  11. Day 11: Morning free & depart Zanzibar

    The day is at leisure until a late afternoon transfer to Zanzibar Airport for your international flights home.

  12. Day 12: Arrive UK

You should note: You can extend this family holiday with an extra few days in Zanzibar, where the whole family can unwind at our hand-picked hotel set on a tranquil beach, or enjoy activities such as sea kayaking, snorkelling and forest treks.

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £2,499 per adult, £1,999 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £3,709 per adult, £2,949 per child

Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods.

Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.

Other information

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Ideal for ages: 7+
  • Itinerary type: Small group

Departure Guide

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  • Xmas

What’s Included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Accommodation

    Fixed camp x 3 nights, stone cottage x 3 nights, hotel x 3 nights
  • Meals

    9 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 6 dinners
  • Activities

    • Boat trip

    • Canoeing

    • Nature walk

    • Safari

    • Scenic train

    • Wildlife watching

Tailored for You

A private departure can also be arranged and tailored to suit your requirements. Contact our experts today.

Next Steps

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Our small group holidays require a minimum of just four participants to operate. Most of our holidays are also available on a private basis or can be tailored to meet your requirements.

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2019 14 Jul 23 Jul £2,499 £1,999 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 11 Aug 20 Aug £2,499 £1,999 Guaranteed** Book or Enquire
2019 22 Dec 31 Dec £2,499 £1,999 Available* Book or Enquire