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Longleat Safari Adventure

Trip type: 
Wildlife
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
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Africa, Tanzania | 10 days
Trip code: 
LZA
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 the 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 the 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 lecturing about the elephant collaring project, who teach you all about the elephant / human conflict issues. Not only will you get 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 airport you will transfer to your first night’s accommodation. Your destination is Saadani National Park lying on the side of the Indian Ocean. You are free to relax on the beach, or go for a wildlife walk.  

Saadani Lodge - Tented bandas(AAA) - 5 nights

Day
3

Saadani National Park

Bordering the park, your fixed tents are beautifully situated on the beach, with a bar and restaurant. Nearby there's the small local village of Mkwaja as well as the historical ruins of an early mosque. This morning you will enjoy your boat safari on the Wami river. A great opportunity to get a close look at hippos and crocodiles and a real feast for bird lovers. After a pack lunch you 'll jump into your safari jeep for an afternoon game drive, with great wildlife spotting. (B,L,D)


Day
4
Saadani National Park - elephant & turtle project

Saadani National Park - elephant & turtle project

Today after a briefing about elephant and green turtle project and swahili lesson for the keen ones, you will meet the collaring team of researcher and get a lecture on the conservation work being done. You'll then head to the field and observe the elephants behaviour.  (BLD)

Day
5
Saadani National Park - Turtles hatching

Saadani National Park - Turtles hatching

This morning is dedicated to nature walks around the lodge or mafui creek canoe. This afternoon, learn about the Green Turtle project in Madete Marine Park. During the peak season period of July to September you will get 50% chance of witnessing turtles hatching. If so, you might be required to assist with turtles reaching the sea if our experts feel that there is a real threat to the path of the turtles. This is a sensitive topic that is monitored strictly. In the event that you miss an actual hatching, they will still get to visit the breeding beach and be shown the nest and signs of turtle activity.

Whether turtles or not, drive to our Saadani Tower for fantastic night on the animal-filled salt flats. Pax will do night drive after sundowner drinks watching wildlife from the tower and then dinner (BLD).

Day
6
Saadani National Park

Saadani National Park

Early morning foot safari across the salt flats, then you can enjoy a well well deserved breakfast while watching the wildlife from the tower. The rest of the day is free and you have different activities on option, you can eather stay at the lodge and have a wonder on the beach. 

This afternoon there may be an opportunity to visit the nearby local school – Mkwaja Primary School. The teacher is used to our visits and an impromptu football match often takes place. It’s a great place to interact with the local villagers and to see their way of life. (BLD)

Day
7
Fly to Zanzibar

Fly to Zanzibar

Today you transfer back to Dar Es Salaam to 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 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

Watch this short video showing some of the sights you can expect to see in Saadani National Park.

Saadani National Park

It’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 Conservation

A 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 beaches

After 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 tours. To find out more visit our Africa holidays page.