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Selous Serena Camp & Breezes Itinerary

Explore the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania and Zanzibar with Africa & Beyond in 2015.

Overview

Spend a fantastic 4 night safari in the game rich and beautiful Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania, in a superb luxury tented camp, before flying onto Zanzibar and spending 7 nights relaxing at the luxurious Breezes Beach Club & Spa, with the chance to explore this fascinating, historic and truly idyllic island.

Day One

Arrive London Heathrow in time to check in for your Kenya Airways KQ101 flight to Nairobi at 19h00. Please ask for regional airport departures.

Day Two

Land Nairobi at 06h30, remain airside and connect with your KQ482 flight at 08h10 to Dar es Salaam. Upon arrival in Dar es Salaam at 09h35 you will clear immigration and collect your luggage. You will be met at arrivals and transfer to the domestic terminal for your internal light-aircraft flight to the Selous. This flight takes approximately one hour and on arrival you will be greeted by your driver-guide from Selous Serena Camp, where the next 4 nights will be spent in a Luxury Tented Room inclusive of all meals, local drinks, open vehicle game drives, boat safaris, sundowner excursions, guided game walks and laundry. There will also be a bush breakfast included during your stay.

Selous Serena Camp –

Set amidst dense indigenous forests, Selous Serena Camp is the ultimate wilderness retreat. With views over the surrounding bush, the twelve widely spaced tents are presented in time-honoured safari style, with natural thatch roofs, elegant Victorian-styled bathrooms, and private viewing decks. Each tent features an engaging mix of canvas walls, crystal chandeliers, opulent rugs and elegant rosewood furniture.

Deep within the wilderness, the central dining room, lounge, library and bar, which are interconnected by broad wooden walkways offer excellent views of the Selous Game Reserve. There is a spectacular 'infinity' pool and sundeck.

Vast, pristine and largely undiscovered, the spectacular Selous Game Reserve is a World Heritage Site and the largest expanse of game reserve in Africa. Covering 55,000 square kilometres of rolling savannah, lakes, rivers and deltas, it is four times the size of the Serengeti and larger than the entire nation of Switzerland. Home to the largest concentrations of elephants in the world, this unique wildlife arena also boasts some of the most exclusive and pioneering boating safaris that Africa has to offer.

  • Just twelve luxury tents with elegant en suite bathrooms
  • Central dining room with magnificent views
  • Largest game reserve in Africa
  • Infinity pool and sundeck
  • Extensive selection of game viewing activities

If you would like to upgrade, and budget allows, please do ask about Selous Serena Camp’s sister property in the Selous - Mivumo River Lodge.

The combination of a safari in the Selous and time relaxing in Zanzibar always works very well. The Selous lends itself to a much slower style of safari with days consisting of guided walks, time out on the river (maybe fishing!) or on game drives in the park. It really is a wonderful way to experience safari.

Days Three, Four and Five

Days spent out on game drives, boating safaris or guided walks from the camp.

The Selous Game Reserve was established in 1922 and covers 5% of Tanzania's total area. The Rufiji River bisects the Reserve and has the largest catchment area of any river in East Africa. The river is an important feature of the reserve providing the opportunity to watch the diverse water-based wildlife.

A broad range of game can be found including elephants, hippos and rhinos as well as buffalo, antelope, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, lion and leopard. The incredible diversity of bird life in Selous includes over 350 recorded species.

Day Six

Today after an early breakfast you will say your goodbyes to camp and transfer to the airstrip for your light- aircraft flight to Zanzibar which will take just over an hour. Upon arrival you will be met by your driver-guide who will transfer you across the island to the beach. You will be staying at Breezes Beach Club and Spa for seven nights in one standard room on half board basis. (breakfast and dinner included).

Breezes Beach Club & Spa -

Breezes Beach Club & Spa is set in tropical gardens on a peaceful beach on the East Coast of Zanzibar, about one hour from Stone Town. 
Accommodation consists of 70 en suite rooms and suites which are spacious, fully air-conditioned and tastefully furnished in a relaxed Zanzibar style. All rooms and suites offer terrace or balcony, refrigerator and safety deposit boxes. Standard rooms are located on the ground floor with terrace and garden views, and deluxe rooms are located closer to the beach. Suites are located on the upper floor with a large balcony and sun beds, walk-in dressing room, and large bathrooms.

Please do ask for room upgrade prices, special honeymoon extras/discounts and also if any date specific free night/early booking offers are applicable.

Breezes has four restaurants, three bars and a coffee lounge in which to relax. The Frangipani Spa is located in tropical gardens offering a world-class selection of facilities, health and beauty treatments.

Undoubtedly one of Zanzibar's most professional and experienced diving operations, the Rising Sun Dive Centre (PADI 5 star) offers all diving services from beginners to advanced. It is the only National Geographic affiliated Dive Centre in East Africa. Learn to Dive Courses can be taken with experienced diving instructors who provide personalised instruction on a one-on-one basis. Experienced divers can enjoy one of the most untouched and exciting parts of the Island, with a variety of 14 different dive spots.

Other activities on offer include snorkelling, tennis courts, fitness centre, kayaking, pedal boats, sailing, wind surfing and kite surfing.

  • Luxurious beach resort
  • Excellent honeymoon destination
  • Superb diving
  • Excellent cuisine
  • Frangipani Spa
  • Private ‘Island Ceremony’ weddings
  • Many complimentary land and water activities

Days Seven-Twelve

Roughly 25 miles off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. With the historic Stone Town, white sandy beaches, exotic coral reefs and the only place in the world where you can find the Kirk's Red Colobus monkey, Zanzibar is a true paradise – the perfect place to relax and unwind – especially at the end of an adventurous safari.

Days spent at leisure or out on excursions around the island (at extra cost), which can be organised before you travel or when you arrive. Below is a bit more information on these –

Authentic Stone Town : Approximately 3 hours
Discover the streets, architecture, daily life and places of interest in the old city – by foot. An absolute must for all first time visitors.
Inclusions: Private English speaking guide and local coffee or spiced tea stop

Spice Plantation : Approximately 3 hours
Another must for all visitors - a fascinating close up view of Zanzibar’s spice trade, including a ‘surprise’ workshop visit.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, Entrance Fees and Transport from town

Giant Tortoises (Prison Island): 3-4 hours
These amazing ancient creatures are well worth the lovely boat trip across from the old town. There’s a chance to swim & snorkel.
Inclusions: Private English speaking guide, entrance fees and boat hire

North Coast Cultural Tour: 6 hours
For the culturally inquisitive – visit the dhow builders, a local blacksmith, a fish market, a natural aquarium and a workshop visit.
Inclusions: Private English speaking guide, entrance fees and transport from town

Dolphin Spotting: 4 hours
We suggest an early start to gain a higher chance of finding these magnificent mammals, with about a 75% success rate of sightings.
Inclusions: Private English speaking guide, entrance fees, boat, transport from town

Red Colobus Monkeys: 3 hours
No visit to Zanzibar is complete without a visit to the immensely tropical Jozani Forest. This is the only home in the world for the Red Colobus.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, entrance fees & transport from town

Dhow Sunset Cruise: 2 hours (daily at 5pm)
Enjoy sightings of the old city from a different perspective – from the ocean side. Sit back, relax.

Day Thirteen

Today you will check out of your room and you will be met by your private transfer for your transfer to Zanzibar Airport. Check in for your Kenya Airways KQ6715 19h35 flight to Nairobi. Land Nairobi at 21h15 and connect with your Kenya Airways KQ102 23h50 flight to London Heathrow.

Day Fourteen

Land London Heathrow at 06h45.

Pricing based on two people sharing

2015 - Month of travel –

January to June and September to December (excluding Christmas and New Year period – please ask for exact dates).

From - £2,695.00 per person.

July and August –

From - £3,175.00 per person.

Subject to availability and confirmation.

Please note:

Flight schedules are subject to change.

Airport taxes are subject to change up until final balance is due. Kindly be advised that luggage on internal light aircraft flights is restricted to 15kgs per person in soft sided bags only.

Your Financial Protection

When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists the flight, accommodation, car hire and/or other services that are financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.

Our ATOL number is 9470.

Our ABTA number is Y5609.

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