Bush & Beach in Tanzania
Tanzania is one of the best places in Africa to enjoy a 'bush and beach' holiday, otherwise known as an 'I want it all' trip. On this nine day trip to the Serengeti and Zanzibar you can enjoy some serious safari AND high quality beach time beside (or in) the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean while staying in a beautiful lodge on Zanzibar.
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Day 1: Serengeti
Upon arrival into Dar es Salam, you will be met by a representative of your lodge and escorted to the light aircraft that will take you around two hours northwest to the heart of Serengeti National Park.
You will land on one of the many airstrips in the park - quite an experience in itself - and be met by a driver from your lodge.
Days 2-3: Serengeti
The Serengeti is one of the most famous National Parks in the world, in large part thanks to the famous wildebeest migration that happens in the north every year between July and October.
This vast and wild landscape is not only home to wildebeest but a whole host of other African animals - elephants, rhinos and lions, to name drop just a few.
With expert rangers on hand to find you the best spots, spend the next two days giving your camera a workout on twice daily game drives. Since these will be early morning and evening that leaves plenty of time in the day to enjoy the luxury of your lodge, the epic views and a spot of pampering in the spa. Depending on which lodge you choose there are usually a range of other activities to choose from, so if you want to try your hand at bird watching or visit a local village then this is your chance.
Day 4: Serengeti – Zanzibar
With one last early morning game drive and your camera's memory card now bulging at the seams, it's time to say goodbye to this wild and wonderful landscape.
After being driven to the airstrip by your ranger, you'll catch a light aircraft flight back to Dar es Salam, and then another very short one over to Zanzibar.
Days 5-8: Zanzibar
With endless miles of white sandy beaches and azure sea lapping its shores, it's not hard to fall in love with Zanzibar; spend four days here with sand under foot and a sea breeze in your hair.
Aside from a serious dose of relaxation you might also want to try your hand at some watersports, from kitesurfing to water skiing there are a huge range of options available, and with its crystal clear waters and colourful coral reef the Zanzibar archipelago is a great diving spot for first timers and pros alike.
As with any respectable beach holiday, cocktails and good food are essential. Thankfully Zanzibar has you covered with a melting pot of flavours and gastronomical influences - think Indian spices coupled with fresh seafood and exotic African fruits.
If you want to get out and explore some of the island, Stone Town is the island's capital and the historic and cultural hub. A wander around The Old Fort and the nearby boutique shops makes for a lovely afternoon, and the street food you'll find around every corner is delicious.
Day 9: Zanzibar - Home
Unfortunately your time in paradise has come to an end and it's time to go home. Hop on a light aircraft back to Dar es Salaam before flying back home.
Isabel is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.