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Turaco Safari

This top-value holiday idea combines two safari areas with a week on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. Photograph lions and elephants, then relax under the palms on a powder sand beach.

Turaco Safari: Summary

Turaco Safari in a nutshell

By carefully combining a safari in Tanzania’s remote southern parks with a week on Zanzibar, this itinerary idea that we’ve called the Turaco holiday offers great value. You start the trip in the Selous Game Reserve with three nights at Lake Manze, a rustic bush camp in a wildlife-rich, lakeshore area close to a branch of the Rufiji River. A range of activities is on offer, from safari drives to bush walks and afternoon boat safaris – a lovely way to enjoy a sundowner.

You’ll then head further west to Ruaha National Park, a 90-minute flight from the Selous. Here you’ll stay at the laidback Mdonya Old River Camp, keeping an eye out for the elephants that frequently visit the camp, and explore the arid landscape in search of leopards and lion prides (Ruaha is home to the biggest population of lions in Africa).

Post-safari you’ll fly back east to Zanzibar, spending six nights on the island. Stay in a quirky hotel in the heart of Stone Town and discover its fascinating history. Your final stop on this sample itinerary is Zanzibar Pearl Hotel on the pretty east coast of Zanzibar, where you can snorkel over colourful coral reefs or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.

At a glance

Starts: Dar es Salaam International Airport
3 nights Lake Manze Camp - Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania Full Board & Activities
3 nights Mdonya Old River Camp - Ruaha National Park, Tanzania Full Board & Activities
2 nights Zanzibar Coffee House - Stone Town, Zanzibar Bed & Breakfast
4 nights Zanzibar Pearl - East Coast Zanzibar, Zanzibar Half Board
Ends: Dar es Salaam International Airport

Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Days 1-4

Lake Manze Adventure Camp opened in 2007 on a prime location overlooking Lake Manze; one of the more northerly of a series of lakes and rivers within a rich alluvial floodplain of the Rufiji River. Set in a grove of borassus, doum and wild date palms, it lies at the heart of Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve and was set up as a deliberately rustic camp to provide guests with simple comforts and a strong sense of wilderness.

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Mdonya Old River Camp

Days 4-7

Set in acacia woodland in the heart of Ruaha National Park, Mdonya Old River Camp was designed with a conscious desire to remain simple, and keep within its surroundings. It makes no apologies for sticking to safari basics – in fact it rather revels in the idea – and this results in a camp with a clear focus where you always know you're on safari and out in the wilds.

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Zanzibar Coffee House

Days 7-9

The small Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel sits above a coffee shop down one of Stone Town's narrow streets. All their coffee comes from the owner's plantation in southern Tanzania. The beans are roasted on site at the hotel, and as a result the entire hotel has a lovely aroma.

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Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel

Days 9-13

Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel was formerly known as Matemwe Beach Village. The property was extensively renovated and is under new management since re-opening in 2019.

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Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Lake Manze Camp

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Mdonya Old River Camp

Mdonya Old River Camp

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Zanzibar Coffee House

Zanzibar Coffee House

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel

Zanzibar Pearl

East Coast Zanzibar, Zanzibar

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Turaco Safari.

  • One of our best-value suggestions combining safari and beach.
  • Go in search of Africa’s iconic wildlife in Ruaha.
  • Try a range of activities in the Selous, including walking & boating safaris.
  • Immerse yourself in Zanzibar’s rich history with 2-nights in Stone Town.
  • Relax on powdery white beaches on Zanzibar’s east coast.

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Turaco Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Scuba-diving

  • Snorkelling

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Key species to see on the Turaco Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Turaco Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Eland

93% chance

Leopard

72% chance

Wild dog

56% chance

Striped Hyena

27% chance

Roan antelope

20% chance

Sable antelope

19% chance

Cheetah

13% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Black Rhino

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this holiday

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Turaco Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Princess Salme Spice Tour

Princess Salme Spice Tour

Half-day

Discover the captivating story of the smart and rebellious Princess Sayyida Salme, the youngest daughter of Sultan Said. Join a knowledgeable local guide to follow in her footsteps through palaces and plantations, as well as the fascinating Zanzibar spice trade on a working plantation.

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Swahili Cooking Workshop

Swahili Cooking Workshop

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Zanzibar’s cuisine and culinary influences are as exotic as the island itself. This genuinely authentic culinary workshop will take you to the heart of the spice farm region, teach you how to select and blend an array of spices, create souvenir blends, and guide you through cooking a traditional Swahili meal.

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91% (15 reviews)
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Jozani Forest Tour

Jozani Forest Tour

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65% (4 reviews)
Jambiani Village Tour

Jambiani Village Tour

Half-day - mornings

Tear yourself away from the soft white sands of Zanzibar to get under the skin of the history and culture of Jambiani village. Join a knowledgeable local guide to discover the intricacies of day-to-day life in this traditional coastal village, with much of the profits being ploughed back into the community.

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Prison Island Tour

Prison Island Tour

Half-day

Escape the hustle and bustle of Stone Town on a 30-minute boat ride to Changuu Island, now commonly known as Prison Island. This is your chance to find out about the darker side of Zanzibar history, as well as to get up close with the island’s Aldabra giant tortoises, and to engage in a spot of coastal snorkelling.

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Balloon Safari over Ruaha

Balloon Safari over Ruaha

Three hours - one hour flight

Varied and scenically stunning, Ruaha National Park features rolling hills, woodlands, open plains and two wide meandering rivers: the Ruaha and the Mwagusi. What better way to view it than from the air, at sunrise? A balloon safari offers just this, the landscape unfolding below your basket as you float almost silently above.

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