Family learning wildlife holiday - The Young Safari Guide Tour
There comes a time for that special family
holiday, perhaps when the kids are still young or just before they fly the nest. It needs to be special. Safari & beach offer a superb family safari
and beach experience where you can create life-long memories and get close to
nature away from the wifi for a while.
This tour can be tailored to suit the age of the kids from setting camera traps to learning about our wildlife conservation work to heading out on safari to letting rip along the beach before leaping into the Indian ocean. A tour in the south is great for families as it allows you to get out of the safari vehicle on foot safari to learn about animals prints, jump into a boat for a thrilling boat safari on river and lake but come back to a beach in the evening.
The African wildlife on this safari tour is abundant with great elephant herds, giraffe, zebra, lion prides, hippos, crocs, wild dogs, antelope and even endangered green sea turtles that hatch on nearby beaches in Saadani from July through September. All of this adventure ends on the spice island of Zanzibar by the pool, exploring the UNESCO world-heritage site of Stone Town, swimming in the warm waters of the Indian ocean or enjoying world-class diving and watersports. This tour has something for everyone.
Arrival into Saadani national park
On arrival at Zanzibar international airport you’ll be met and transferred to the domestic terminal to join the schedule flight to Saadani National Park. The short 20-minute hop across the Zanzibar channel takes you to East Africa’s only coastal wildlife park where you’ll game drive to the beautiful Simply Saadani camp.
at Simply Saadani camp
Enjoy a morning walk northwards along the beach after breakfast until you reach the local fishing village of Mkwaja. Here you’ll be guided around the village to experience local life here on the Swahili coast. After lunch back at camp, head down to the wildlife research centre to learn about the camp’s conservation projects from collaring elephant and zebra to our work with the marine park to protect endangered green turtles.
Game drive & Boat safari
After breakfast head straight to the Wami river for a fantastic boat safari stopping en-route to set a camera trap with your guide. Spend a few hours on the river amongst superb hippo pods and crocs. Sadaani is one of only 2 parks in the whole of Tanzania where boat safaris are permitted, the other park being Selous Nyerere national park. Game drive back to camp arriving at last light. You will stop on the way and learn about animal prints on the salt flats with your guide.
Beach & Safari
This morning, relax at the camp, swim in the ocean, walk the deserted beach, explore the colour-coded nature trails around the camp, enjoy a local canoe ride along the creek or visit our wildlife research Centre. After lunch and a rest, head out for a late afternoon game drive returning back to the camp just before dark. When on game drive you’ll collect the camera trap you set a few days ago and once back at the camp, check what has been caught on camera.
Mountain road to Selous Nyerere
Depart after an early breakfast by car to the UNESCO world heritage site of Nyerere National Park (Selous Game Reserve), the largest reserve in Africa. It has fabulous elephant herds, giraffe, zebra, impala and larger antelope such as Sable, Hartebeest & Kudu and healthy lion prides as well as plentiful hippo and crocs out on the lakes.You’ll be travelling for the day along roads with some breath-taking scenery passing through local villages along the way. Arrive at Sable Mountain Lodge for dinner.
Foot safari & Maasai village
Awake early to explore the surrounding area on foot. You will also visit the tree-house en route back to the lodge to check if anything is drinking at the waterhole. Enjoy a sumptuous brunch before maybe a dip in the freshwater pool before heading out to our Maasai friend Saita’s village to meet his family and learn about the Maasi way of life.
Selous nyerere safari
You’ll head out after an early breakfast into the reserve for a full day game drive. You’re likely to see elephant, lion, hyena, zebra, giraffe, many antelope, buffalo and large hippo pods and Nile crocs on the lake. You will also be looking out for signs of wild dogs as this park is the best place to see them. This evening you’ll arrive at Nyamiruba camp, a satellite camp to Sable Mountain in the heart of the park situated next to a stunning lake full of hippo and crocs. Sit by the campfire before dinner listening to the animals cries of the bush.
Tagalala boat safari & Zanzibar
Game drive to lake Tagalala for a fabulous early morning boat safari in Selous Nyerere national park. Afternoon flight to the spice island of Zanzibar. You’ll transfer to Nungwi in the North of the island by road where The Zanzibari boutique hotel is located. The hotel is close to the Mnemba atoll, famous for its diving. Settle into the hotel this afternoon and explore the beach.
Relax by the beach
Relax at The Zanzibari hotel. You can opt to go on any number of excursions from the hotel (extra cost) including a Dhow sunset cruise, a snorkelling trip, world-class diving and a whole raft of other watersports. You may choose to go on a guided tour of the nearby fishing village of Nungwi with Nzori, “the man who knows everybody” and who also happens to be one of our managers.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for onward journey.
Your Journey at a glance
Ideal duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Price: Adult US $4370 / Child US $3115
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Browse a selection of hotels, for a flavour of where you stay on this trip.
With 700 metres of pristine beach along its front and wonderful array of Tanzania’s wildlife nearby, Simply Saadani is more than the perfect lodge to start or finish a safari holiday.Explore
Now 23 years old, Sable Mountain Lodge is at one with its surroundings and wildlife. With breath-taking views to the Uluguru mountains, across verdant forest, it is a wonderful spot from which to explore Selous/Nyerere NP.Explore
Relaxed and quiet, just 15 minutes’ walk outside of the bustling Nungwi village, The Zanzibari Hotel offers the perfect beachfront retreat to unwind after a safari holiday in Tanzania.Explore