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Tanzania offers an all-round holiday experience

When you embark on a safari holiday, you usually expect to spend most of your time patrolling vast swathes of land looking for some of the world's most exotic creatures.

However, this is not the case when you head to Tanzania. Of course, you can spend all of your time searching for the "big five" wild animals if you wish, but there are so many other fantastic things to see and do.

Rather than heading to the Serengeti, I decided to start my trip in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam. The city is still an important port on the east coast of Africa and it has become increasingly cosmopolitan as the years have worn on. I had a look around the beautiful Botanical Gardens before making my way around the many galleries and museums.

From here, I ventured to the Selous Game Reserve. Many people forget that this is the largest reserve in Africa and the Serengeti often steals much of the limelight. However, I can confirm that the Selous is an absolute delight and I spent three days coming face to face with all manner of weird and wonderful species.

I could quite easily have spent my entire trip on the back of a 4x4 jeep, but I was determined to make the short journey over to the island of Zanzibar. This really is a stereotypical picture postcard destination thanks to its stunning array of white, sandy beaches and clear waters.

It was the perfect chance to relax in the sun for a few days before returning to the grim reality of winter in the UK. While I was on the island, I made sure that I visited the marvellous Stone Town, which you could tell was steeped in history. The narrow streets and multitude of colourful market stalls gives the town a real charm that is hard to describe.

Some travellers often pigeonhole Tanzania as a safari destination that offers little else, but I can categorically say that this is superb country has far more strings to its bow.

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Zanzibar & Selous (2013)

Africa, Tanzania | 14 days
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Zanzibar beach hotel
Real off the beaten track adventures in Tanzania including superb game viewing and Zanzibar relaxation.

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26 June 2012

Oh My, Zanzibar and Serrengeti, places fit for portraits!

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