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Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania

This relaxing bush and beach family holiday offers the best of both worlds based in a secluded beach camp on the border of Saadani National Park. This holiday works well for those who want a relaxed schedule minimising the hassle of road journeys and transfers.

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Beautiful Safari Camp located on a pristine beach
  • Game Drives in Saadani National Park
  • Snorkelling & Dhow trips
  • Relaxed single base bush & beach holiday

This is a perfect family retreat with the best of both worlds in one location offering comfortable accommodation, great food and service and a wide range of activities to choose from. This works well for multi-generational family travel, couples and small families alike.

After your flight into Tanzania and connection on a light aircraft into Saadani, you can take it easy matching daily wildlife activities (game drives, snorkel trips, river cruises, bush walks) with time spent relaxing on the beach.

The Camp is run along safari lines, fully inclusive with shared scheduled lodge activities. The scheduled lodge activities include both Safari & Ocean activities meaning you can strike a nice balance and there is usually plenty of time to relax on the beach each day. Safari activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicle into the national park, river cruises on the Wami River and guided bush and bird walks from the lodge. Heading out to the sea, there are visits to a deserted sand island for snorkelling (available March to December) and traditional dhow sailing cruises.

This holiday is suitable for those who want a relaxing authentic bush and beach holiday with some wildlife. With its remote location, this is a genuine authentic bush camp experience that will appeal to experienced safari goers as much as first timers. It is important to note though, that whilst there are good populations of plains mammals present (elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra), predators in this area are fairly shy and there is no guarantee you will see lion or other big cats. No safari can ever guarantee sightings, but if this is important to you, we would recommend considering combining or swapping for a safari in the Serengeti or Selous areas in Tanzania.

Day-by-day

This is a typical schedule at Saadani, the exact order of activities will vary.

DAY 1: ARRIVE DAR ES SALAAM, TRANSFER TO SAADANI
On arrival you will be met and transferred to the domestic terminal for light aircraft flight to Saadani National Park. Your guide and safari vehicle will be waiting at the airstrip to transfer you Saadani Safari Lodge. Afternoon to relax and settle in before your afternoon Dhow sailing trip with sundowners.
Meals Included: Dinner and selected local drinks included.
Accommodation: Saadani Safari Lodge
Transport: Light aircraft flight from Dar es Salaam to Saadani. One scheduled lodge activity

DAY 2: SAADANI SAFARI LODGE
Morning game drive or river cruise. Afternoon at leisure.
Meals Included: All meals and selected local drinks included.
Accommodation: Saadani Safari Lodge
Transport: One scheduled lodge activity

DAY 3: SAADANI SAFARI LODGE
Guided bird walk. Afternoon at leisure.
Meals Included: All meals and selected local drinks included.
Accommodation: Saadani Safari Lodge
Transport: One scheduled lodge activity

DAY 4: SAADANI SAFARI LODGE
Snorkelling excursion to tidal sand island with continental breakfast or seafood lunch. Afternoon at leisure.
Meals Included: All meals and selected local drinks included.
Accommodation: Saadani Safari Lodge
Transport: One scheduled lodge activity

DAY 5: SAADANI SAFARI LODGE
Guided Saadani Village tour. Afternoon at leisure.
Meals Included: All meals and selected local drinks included.
Accommodation: Saadani Safari Lodge
Transport: One scheduled lodge activity

DAY 6: SAADANI SAFARI LODGE
Morning game drive or river cruise. Afternoon at leisure.
Meals Included: All meals and selected local drinks included.
Accommodation: Saadani Safari Lodge
Transport: One scheduled lodge activity

DAY 7: SAADANI SAFARI LODGE
Guided Masai community trip. Afternoon at leisure.
Meals Included: All meals and selected local drinks included.
Accommodation: Saadani Safari Lodge
Transport: One scheduled lodge activity

DAY 8: DEPART
Breakfast at the lodge and final activity. Light aircraft back to Dar es Salaam to meet your onward flight.

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Safari Camp on the beach
- Game Drives
- Snorkelling and sand island picnics
- Dhow ocean sailing

Details

Getting there

Prices are quoted excluding international flights. Please ask us for a quote.

There are no direct flights from the UK. Kenya Airways via Nairobi offer overnight flights from London Heathrow, with a good connection arriving in good time for the departure of your safari and the same for the return journey from Zanzibar. From £750 - £1200 per person return.

Alternatively there are a variety of options via Europe or the Middle East however some of the timings then mean you require a night in Kilimanjaro. Connections from regional airports also available, please ask for details.

If you book a flight inclusive package with Tourdust, your booking is protected by the ATOL scheme. We charge a £20 per person service charge for researching and booking flights for you. If you wish to book flights yourself, then we are happy to sell a ground arrangement only package

Price includes

Inclusive of return light aircraft flights from Dar es Salaam to Saadani, road transfers in Dar es Salaam Airport and Saadani airstrip, seven night’ accommodation at Saadani Safari Lodge in a Mariadadi suite with all meals and local selected drinks (excluding premium brands), laundry, National Park and concession fees and one shared activity per day (Either a game drive or river safaris, walking safaris, snorkelling, dhow sailing and sundowners on the dhow, Saadani village tour, Maasai Community Tour) and private safari vehicle.

Exclusive of international and regional flights, airport taxes, visa fees, comprehensive travel insurance, medical precautions such as malaria and yellow fever etc, gratuities and items of a personal nature

When is best?

This holiday fits in perfectly with half term holidays in February and October.
It is best to avoid the long rains that run from the second half of March, April, May and into early June. During this period it tends to rain through the night and into the morning. It is usually possible to get a dry spell between 10am and 2pm for getting out on safari.
The short rains bring some rain during November and December, but this is less of an impediment with much lighter rainfall, often a relief from the heat.
December, January, July and August are peak season, expect flight costs to be substantially higher.

Is it for me?

This holiday is suitable for those who want a relaxing authentic bush and beach holiday with some wildlife. With its remote location, this is a genuine authentic bush camp experience that will appeal to experienced safari goers as much as first timers. It is important to note though, that whilst there are good populations of plains mammals present (elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra), predators in this area are fairly shy and there is no guarantee you will see lion or other big cats. No safari can ever guarantee sightings, but if this is important to you, we would recommend considering combining or swapping for a safari in the Serengeti or Selous areas in Tanzania.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

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    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

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    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
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    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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