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Bush, Beach & Culture

By Dagmar Marrocco
Programme Manager for Alfred&

Blend safari adventures with beach relaxation on this 11-day Tanzania tour, which takes you from the white-sand beaches of Zanzibar to the wild, unspoilt plains of Nyerere National Park. Along the way, you’ll wander the spice-scented alleyways of UNESCO-listed Stone Town, spot hippos on a riverboat safari along the mighty Rufiji and experience Robinson Crusoe style luxury on secluded Pemba Island.

Places

Length
11 days
Best months to go
January to March, June to October
Guide price range
£5,175 - £5,530pp
Including international flights

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Itinerary Highlights

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Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Zanzibar

Welcome to Zanzibar. Upon arrival a local representative will be waiting for you at the airport. You’ll transfer to your comfortable hotel located on the seafront of ancient Stone Town. Overnight at Zanzibar Serena Hotel.

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2

Zanzibar

Head out to explore UNESCO-listed Stone Town, from its decorative Arabic doors to daily market life and Freddie Mercury’s former home. You’ll soak up Zanzibar’s culture and get an insight into how locals live. Zanzibaris traditionally make a living fishing or farming and there’s still a barter trade system on the island. Zanzibar is world-famous for its fragrant spices, which were first introduced in the 16th Century by Portuguese traders. You can learn how they’re produced on an optional afternoon tour of one the island’s top spice plantations. Overnight at Zanzibar Serena Hotel.

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3

Zanzibar & Nyerere National Park

After breakfast, fly to Stiegler's Airstrip in Nyerere National Park. This UNESCO-listed site, formerly known as Selous Game Reserve, is four times the size of the Serengeti. A 30-minute game drive leads to your lodge, perched on the steep banks of the Rufiji River. This exclusive retreat will be your base for the next 3 nights. From here you’ll explore the varied landscape, from seemingly endless plains to miombo forests, hot springs and swampy wetlands. Overnight at Serena Mivumo River Lodge.

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4

Nyerere National Park

Spend a full day in the park, where huge herds of grazing herbivores rove and big cats hunt. It’s also one of the very last refuges for endangered African hunting dogs. A 4x4 game drive is a great way to explore, but a riverboat safari navigating Tanzania’s largest river is another great option. The Rufiji River takes centre stage in Nyerere, creating a unique network of streams, swamps and lakes. You’re likely to pass buffalos, giraffes and elephants lapping at the water’s edge while keeping a careful eye out for Nile crocodiles and hippos. Finish the day at our special sundowner spot, relaxing on a sandbank with a cold drink in hand and the dramatically changing sky as your entertainment. Overnight at Serena Mivumo River Lodge.

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5

Nyerere National Park

Today head deeper into the reserve on another game drive or riverboat safari. You’ll also walk with a guide through indigenous forest to the hidden Maji Moto hot springs. Here you can swim in warm, sapphire waters surrounded by lush vegetation and bird calls. Back at the lodge, relax in your private plunge pool then gather around the bonfire for a night of stargazing. Overnight at Serena Mivumo River Lodge.

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6

Nyerere National Park & Pemba Island

Fly back to Stone Town and onwards to Pemba Island. It’s all about incredible Indian Ocean beaches on Zanzibar’s smaller sister island – think reef-protected warm waters, palm-fringed shores, and pristine beaches. You’ll spend 5 nights at Fundu Lagoon, the only beach lodge in East Africa with tents. Staying here feels like a luxurious extension of a safari, except that you’re by the sea. Each room sits on a wooden platform under a Makuti roof and when you’re in bed you can hear the crickets and bush babies. Fundu is designed to have a minimal impact on the environment, complete with solar power and built entirely with natural materials. Overnight at Fundu Lagoon.

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7

Pemba Island

Relax on the beach all day or set off to explore the unique Robinson Crusoe castaway type setting. The island and its surrounding waters are home to lots of exciting wildlife such as vervet monkeys, bush babies and dolphins. It is also a world-class dive resort with unspoilt coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. Various PADI dive courses are available here. Overnight at Fundu Lagoon.

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8

Pemba Island

Continue to unwind or try your hand at a wide variety of water sports including wake boarding, game fishing, or exploring the local mangrove forests on a kayaking adventure. Be sure to try the three bars, as well as the beachfront restaurant serving traditional Zanzibari specialities with an international touch. Overnight at Fundu Lagoon.

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9

Pemba Island

As well as further beach time, head to the Fundu Fusion Spa for an exotic treatment using natural herbs and spices grown in Zanzibar. Try an organic facial treatment, Balinese massage, or a body scrub with essential oils. Overnight at Fundu Lagoon.

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10

Pemba Island

Enjoy a final day on the beach, or perhaps an optional tour if you’re feeling more energetic or adventurous. A spice tour of the island, an easy trek to a local village or visiting nearby Misali island are a few of the options. And why not round off your trip in style with an optional private dining experience? Choose from a sandbank setting during the day or an evening candlelit beach dinner. Overnight at Fundu Lagoon.

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Pemba Island & Departure

After breakfast, fly back to Stone Town for your return flight to the UK or onward travel.

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low season

01 Mar - 30 Mar, 01 Nov - 31 Dec

£5,175

High season

01 Jan - 28 Feb, 15 Jun - 31 Oct

£5,530

Seasonal closures

Some featured camps operate seasonally and will be closed on the following dates: 01 Apr - 14 Jun. Please contact us for alternative options.

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Alfred & Dagmar Marrocco

Growing up in an adventurous South African family, Dagmar was always destined to travel. Beginning with camping trips all over her native country, she soon spread her wings to explore further afield. With over 60 destinations under her belt, including extensive first-hand experience throughout Africa, Dagmar is one of the most knowledgeable members of the Alfred& team. The vibrant culture, colours, sounds, and smells continue to draw her back to this incredible continent.      

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.

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