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Longleat Family African Safari

Trip type: 
Family - Wildlife
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
Avg user rating: 
4.5
Africa, Tanzania | 10 days
Trip code: 
YTFL
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
What's included: 

Transport - Light aircraft, 4WD, boat, minibus, canoe, on foot.

Accommodation - Comfortable hotels (2nts), safari lodge (5nts)

Meals - 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Explore Zanzibar and its beaches
Learn about Elephant Conservation Project
Spot an ambundence of wildlife
Stay in superb stilted lodges
Enjoy wildlife walks and a unique boat safari
Spot animals from a watch tower at night
see full itinerary >>

Trip Highlights: 
Explore Zanzibar and its beaches
Learn about Elephant Conservation Project
Spot an ambundence of wildlife
Stay in superb stilted lodges
Enjoy wildlife walks and a unique boat safari
Spot animals from a watch tower at night
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Light aircraft, 4WD, boat, minibus, canoe, on foot.

Accommodation - Comfortable hotels (2nts), safari lodge (5nts)

Meals - 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners

Trip Overview: 

For the first time ever you can visit Africa with Longleat Safari & Adventure Park. Big game, comfortable lodges, stunning Indian Ocean beaches and the African bush - from the first day you'll get straight into the African wilderness, exploring the unspoilt Saadani National Park. Here you will enjoy allsorts of wonderful and memorable wildlife encounters.

You’ll go on dawn and dusk game drives, observe animals at night from a watch tower and explore the area spotting birds and mammals on foot, by boat and by canoe.You really can not get any closer to the animals than on this amazing wildlife trip - spending time with experts who teach you tracking skills and meeting conservationists working in the elephant collaring team, who teach you all about the elephant / human conflict issues. Not only will you get actively involved in the elephant project you’ll also get an insight into a Green Turtle Conservation Project.

The lodge you stay in at Saadani is in an idyllic location, head one way and you’re walking down a stunning beach and go the other way and you’re entering into the African bush. After all this wildlife excitement you’ll have time to relax on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Staying in Stone Town you can explore its colourful mix of Africa and Arabic influences. The turquoise waters and coral reefs also provide the perfect place to chill out and unwind.

Itinerary: 
Day
1

Fly to Zanzibar onward to Saadani

Today you will fly overnight to Zanzibar and connect to Saadani NP.

Day
2
Arrive at Saadani

Arrive at Saadani

Arriving in Saadani you will transfer to your first night’s accommodation called Tent With a View. Saadani National Park  is the only coastal  wildlife park in East Africa located on the Indian Ocean. Depending on arrival time you are free to relax on the beach, or go for a nature walk within the grounds. 

Tent with a View - Premanent tented bandas(AAA) - 5 nights

Day
3
Saadani National Park

Saadani National Park

Bordering the park, your fixed tents are beautifully situated on the beach, with a bar and restaurant. A 30 minute walk away is the small local fishing village of Mkwaja. This morning you will enjoy a full day out by boat and safari vehicle. A boat safari on Saadani's Wami River is a great opportunity to get a close look at hippos and crocodiles and a real feast for bird lovers. After a packed lunch you'll jump into your safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive, with great wildlife spotting. At some point on safari, you will learn how to set a camera trap.(B,L,D)


Day
4
Saadani National Park - elephant & turtle project

Saadani National Park - elephant & turtle project

Today after a briefing about the Saadani elephant project run from the lodge and the Saadani green turtle project the kids will have a swahili lesson before  you all receive a great talk about current consrvation work taknig place. A late afternoon game drive will follow in search, particulary of the Saadani elephants.  (BLD)

Day
5
Saadani National Park - Turtles hatching

Saadani National Park - Turtles hatching

This morning you will walk up to the beach to the local fishing village of Mkwaja where you can experience colourful local village life and maybe even play football with local children. After lunch, relax on the beach, take a nature walk around the extensive lodge grounds or maybe go on a canoe ride on the lodge's Mafui creek. If t here is some turtle activity, you will visit the Madete marine park in Saadani instead of Mkwaja village and learn about the Green Turtle projet. During the peak season period of July to September you will get 50% chnace of witnessing turtles hatching. If so, you might be required to assist with turtles reaching the sea if our experts feel thatthere is a real threat to the path of the turtles. This is a sensitive topic that is monitored strictly(you cannot see nests and unless the turtles are hatching, there is nothing to see except an empty beach).

Late afternoon, drive to The Roof of Saadani (an amazing 20 metre tall viewing tower) and experience views of the park and ocean. Spend an exciting night on the animal-filled salt flats.  You will take a night drive after sundowner drinks before dinner or spot wildlife from the crow's nest (BLD).

Day
6
Saadani National Park

Saadani National Park

After an early morning foot safari across the salt flats, you can enjoy a well deserved breakfast at the Roof. The afternoon is at leisure at the lodge. There are optional activities on offer or simply wander down the beach or have a swim.

(BLD)

Day
7
Fly to Zanzibar

Fly to Zanzibar

Today you depart for Zanzibar by light aircraft. You will disembark and transfer to your hotel on arrival (15 minutes). As a result of its trade in slaves and spices, Zanzibar was for many years the most important town on the East African coast. The Sultans of Oman, who introduced the clove tree to its fertile soil at the start of the last century, moved their court here from Muscat in the Gulf and ruled until independence in the early 1960s. As a major trading centre, the 'Spice Island' is also reputed to be the birthplace of Swahili, the simple lingua franca that developed to allow trade between people of different languages. In the heart of the original merchant city the baleful cry of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer resonates though the narrow stone streets.

Dhow Palace or Tembo Hotel (AAA) – 2 nights - Swimming pool - (B)

Day
8
Stone Town

Stone Town

Today explore the atmospheric, faded splendour of Stone Town. As you wander through the narrow, whitewashed streets, watch out for the bustling old fish market, the vibrant colours of the stalls in the fruit market, and the evocative mix of veiled women and men in white pillar-box hats. (B)

Day
9/10

Overnight flight home

This morning after breakfast you transfer to Zanzibar airport to board on your overnight flight home. (B) 
You may want to extend your stay and relax for a few nights on the pristine white sand beach on the East coast.(See Extension)

Video highlights

Saadani National ParkIt’s certainly hard to beat the excitement of a walking safari, spotting elephants, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and more. A relaxing river boat trip will also allow a glimpse of hippos and crocodiles! You’ll also go to a watch tower to observe animals at night. The variety of viewing opportunities makes this trip fantastic!

Elephant & Turtle ConservationA real highlight of this trip is getting close to the elephant conservation project, meeting the collaring team, and playing your part tracking the animals and monitoring their behaviour. Not only this, if you travel during July and September you may be lucky enough to witness the green turtle hatching on the beach and may be asked to help them back to the safety of the Ocean.

Zanzibar beachesAfter viewing all the wildlife you’ll have an opportunity to relax in Zanzibar. This exotic 'Spice Island' is located a short distance off the coast of Tanzania. Here you’ll explore the atmospheric splendour of Stone Town, walking through its winding streets and just chill out.

Our Longleat African Safari trip is just one of our many Africa Family tours. To find out more visit our Africa holidays page.