Reefs and Reserves of Tanzania

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What we came up with

The classic bush and beach combination with a twist - explore the lesser visited Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, sandwiched between two coastal retreats: a hidden gem on the mainland, and one of our favourite island escapes.

— Isabel, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

  • Ras Kutani - 3 days
    Enjoy miles of unspoilt white sand beaches, within easy reach of Dar Es Salaam - the perfect spot to unwind after the long journey. Barefoot luxury and total relaxation are very much the order of the day at Ras Kutani, where days can be idled away swimming in the clear turquoise waters, strolling along the beach or enjoying a therapeutic post-flight massage. Alternatively, relax in a hammock in the shade of a palm tree with a good book and a cool drink and watch the dhows drift by. For the more active guest, kayaking, snorkelling, volleyball and boogie boarding are all on offer, whilst travellers visiting between July and October may even spot migrating humpback whales off shore.
  • The Selous - 4 days
    Four times the size of the Serengeti, the Selous game reserve is the largest in Africa. A remote wilderness of jungle, 'sand rivers' the vast Rufji River, volcanic springs, deep gorges and dry savannahs - the landscapes of the Selous are almost as varied as its wild inhabitants. Speaking of which, expect to see lion, wild dog, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, zebra and wildebeest in their droves. Hole up at luxurious Siwandu, on the banks of Lake Nzerakera, and search for wildlife on morning and evening game drives, boat safaris and even walking safaris, with the option for fly camping, for the really adventurous safari-goer.
  • Pemba - 7 days
    For the ultimate Robinson Crusoe experience, Pemba Island is the place to go, with just three hotels and a daily diary that reads something like: swimming in the gin clear ocean; a spoiling massage; idling hours hammock bound; meals based on delicious fresh seafood, caught locally and served under the stars in the evenings. Guests of the wonderful Fundu Lagoon should dip under the waves too - Fundu Lagoon is privy to world class diving, and boasts a PADI dive centre to make sure guests can get the most out of their underwater adventures, in search of a rich variety of marine life, from colourful reef fish to dolphins, turtles and whale sharks. Those who prefer to keep their heads above water can indulge in wind-surfing, fishing, wake boarding and water skiing, as well as village visits and sunset dhow cruises.

A rough idea of price

A similar itinerary would cost in the region of £4,350 per person which includes all flights, hotels, transfers, full-board and organised trips.

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

Key Stats

June - October
Couples & Honeymooners
Price PP (Inc Flights)


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