|Flight time||from UK: 12hrs; from US: 24hrs|
|Ideal length||8 Nights|
|Price||From £3,500 pp|
|When to go||June – March|
Watching local fisherman haul in their catch on white powder beaches.
Seeing rare wild dog in the Selous National Park.
Lazing in your hammock overlooking aquamarine seas with no other tourists in sight.
Vast and fascinating landscape? Tick. A generous helping of the Big Five? Tick. Private guide and driver? Tick. A noticeable lack of all those other people who might disturb your viewing (or worse, block your view). Defintely. This is safari as it should be done – the Black Tomato way. Selous National Park is our hidden gem in Tanzania buzzing with wildlife but not other tourists. Never heard of it? Exactly. Top your game viewing off with a few beachy days in our favourite corner of Zanzibar and you’re on to a real escapist winner.
Africa’s biggest game reserve is one of our best-kept insider secrets for a top-class safari. Selous is a massive 50,000 square km reserve where you can see all the Big Five, not to mention the incredibly rare wild dog. Explore the wilderness with your own private guide who’ll share impressive naturalistic knowledge and many wonderful bush stories; their passion is so infectious you’ll be recounting the stories to friends for years to come. And the best bit? We guarantee you’ll see more game than humans – exactly how safaris should be.
After a few days game-spotting from the idyllic Sand Rivers (where you’ll watch hippos wallowing in their pool from your own pool) head to our other incredible remote paradise: a little lodge perched on a coral rock surrounded by powdery white sand.
Matemwe is located in the northeast of Zanzibar; and is the type of beach retreat where you are more likely to run into a local fisherman off-loading his catch than a pasty traveller. Explore the incredible waters filled with corals and multicoloured fish, or take a day trip to jumbled, arabic Stone Town or a nearby island.
...A winning combination. You’ll start with a truly tailored safari in untouched wilderness and finish by soaking up the treasures of Zanzibar. Rest assured that the bustling underwater world off this paradisiacal island will have you flying home on cloud nine.
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