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Selous & Zanzibar

Trip type: 
Wildlife
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
Avg user rating: 
5
Africa, Tanzania | 14 days
Trip code: 
YTSZ
What's included: 

Transport - 4x4 Safari Vehicle, Plane, Minibus, Boat, Train

Accommodation - Cottage (4nts), Hotels (3nts), lodge (4nts).

Meals - 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 8 dinners.

Trip Highlights: 
Discover the abundant wildlife in Selous Reserve
Explore the night markets of Stone Town
Relax on Zanzibar's beautiful beaches
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Anonymous
20th Nov 2013
I rate this trip
5
Loved it - brilliant trip!

Oooh, this starts tricky ... It's a close tie between the visit to the Maasai village in the Selous Game Reserve and the Spice Tour on Zanzibar, each great things to do if you want to get the real Africa behind the touristy facade.

They were all very friendly, approachable, knowledgable and happy to help.

Go for it! It's a great tour and the combination of Safari and Zanzibar makes it both exciting and relaxing at the same time. Don't pack too many clothes, this is not a fashion show, this is a seeing as much as you can trip.
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Customer Reviews
19th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
5
Sable Lodge.

Sable Lodge. The staff and the accommodation was superb.

 

Ms D - Travelled in August 2012

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Customer Reviews
18th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
4
Selous very good.

a tent with a view safaris at Selous very good.

[Least enjoyed] Food in Zanzibar hotel was poor and we were required to find alternative dining

 

Mr W - Travelled in August 2012

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Customer Reviews
18th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
4
Selous was wonderful

Selous was wonderful: wildlife  and lodge were excellent. Enjoyed the flight in the Cessner from a grass airstrip.  That was an adventure.

[Least enjoyed] We started the trip in Dar es Salaam in a small hotel with no facilities, no pool or bar.  The nearby estuary was not suitable for swimming and we we told that there was no point in going into Dar es Salaam as there was absolutely nothing of interest to see.  That was the first day and a half of the holiday.

The Dar Es Salaam stop needs rearranging.  I know the train only runs twice a week but it is a disappointing start to a holiday badly misdescribed in the itinerary  My luggage did not arrive in London with me. However Air Kenya were lovely about it, tracked it down to Nairobi immediately and couriered it to me next day. There were five other people in the same situation who had come from Zanzibar to Nairobi on the same airline, which was not Air Kenya, but some small firm, so of course Air Kenya blamed them .

David, our leader in Tanzania was excellent. He really made our stay in Selous a trip to remember.  The Guide in Stone Town was entertaining, but I doubt his facts.  There was not tour guide in Ras Michomvi as there was no need.

Mrs S - Travelled in August 2012

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Customer Reviews
6th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
5
The itinerary was just the right mix of activity and relaxation

The itinerary was just the right mix of activity and relaxation. So that even the least able of the group was able to participate.

[Least enjoyed] The airports

The accomodation was very individual and surprisingly comfortable.

It was lovely to meet someone who is so passionate about thier country in which they live and have such a wealth of local knowledge.

 

Mrs A - Travelled in August 2012

 


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Customer Reviews
17th Jul 2012
I rate this trip
5
Good experience

Our local guide, Mrisho for the first week was excellent and very helpful. Our driver guide at Sable Mountain could not do enough to ensure we had a good time. All the staff at Sable Mountain were excellent, and the food was first class. The Dhow Palace hotel was a good and very interesting hotel to stay at. The Stone town tour and spice tour were very good and the guide there Abraham was very interesting.

The transfer at Nairobi on the return trip was poor, we had to queue for 30 mins in a mass of people to get out boarding passes for the Heathrow trip, and they lost our luggage. Overall Kenya Airways was a poor experience.

This is the first time we have used The Adventure Company and overall the experience from selecting, booking and having the holiday was very good. One of the things I particularly liked was in the trip dossier, the travel time of each section was stated, this made it much easier to decided which trip was most suitable for us. We had a great time and will be using The Adventure Company again

The location of Ras Michamvi was a little isolated and not quite what we expected,also it did have the feel of somewhere just starting up for the season, the staff were very helpful thou. just a note in the dossier would help manage our expectations. Sable Mountain and the Dhow Palace Hotel were very good, the standard of the accommodation is one of the main reasons for us to use The Adventure company again.

As we have already said, both Mrisho and Abraham were very good.

 

Mr M - Travelled in June 2012

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Customer Reviews
17th Jan 2012
I rate this trip
5
Zanzibar and Selous

Sable Mountain Lodge - An absolute hidden gem, the service was 1st class and the setting was fantastic.  It was a real privilege to stay at such a well thought out lodge.  Our train was delayed in Dar-Es-Saalam for 7 hours and yet the jeeps were waiting beside the track at 3am when we arrived.  Flight from Kusaki air strip to Zanzibar was also pretty special.

Disappointed in Zanzibar at the Mnarani Beach Cottages as we had a basic room when a beach cottage would have been preferable considering how much the trip cost.  The service at the hotel is excellent but the food leaves a lot to be desired and due to the location options to eat elsewhere are very limited.

 

Ms S - Travelled in December 2011

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