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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: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Turaco Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Dar es Salaam International Airport

This trip starts at the Domestic Terminal of Dar es Salaam's Julius Nyerere International Airport, which is a walk of about 500m from the International Terminal.

Day 1

Dar es Salaam to Lake Manze: air & 4WD

From Dar es Salaam, your light-aircraft flight of around 45 minutes takes you south-west towards the wide Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve. After landing at Siwandu Airstrip, it's about an hour's drive to Lake Manze Adventure Camp, depending on the wildlife you see along the way.

Lake Manze Adventure Camp
Days 1-4

Lake Manze Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesSelous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Nestled under rustling palms on a lake’s edge, traditional, simple Lake Manze Camp is where wildlife comes to you. Shaded by doum and barossa palms framing views of tranquil Lake Manze, this camp is dissected by wildlife trails. Giraffe amble past 12 simple tents, watched from private, shaded verandas. Elephant browse cheek by jowl with visitors dining in the main thatched building. Genet cats join guests for a sociable dinner under the stars.

Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Nestled under rustling palms on a lake’s edge, traditional, simple Lake Manze Camp is where wildlife comes to you. Shaded by doum and barossa palms framing views of tranquil Lake Manze, this camp is dissected by wildlife trails. Giraffe amble past 12 simple tents, watched from private, shaded verandas. Elephant browse cheek by jowl with visitors dining in the main thatched building. Genet cats join guests for a sociable dinner under the stars.

Billed as an adventure camp with an eco conscious outlook, Lake Manze offers just the safari essentials. The ambience is relaxed, warm and welcoming. Paraffin lamps replace electricity to enhance the balmy night. The tents with rustic but colourful décor are uncluttered and comfortable. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers are open air. Meals are simple but tasty, with vegetarian lunches a nod towards balancing the environmental cost of livestock farming.

Experiences concentrate on the surroundings and the wildlife encounters. Safari drives taking in varied open plain, lakeside and woodland environments are led by a personable guide and a driver, and usually limited to four guests. A boat safari is a must with a unique quiet, solar powered motor enabling a gentle glide by wildlife without startling.

"This was our third stay at Lake Manze - it exceeded our expectations"

Mrs HfromBristol

Arrived 15 Nov 2019, 4 nights

No frills means a sandy floor in the main area, candle lit rooms and instant coffee, yet the convivial atmosphere and wilderness setting make a visit to Lake Manze a romantic and magical experience. See our full report on Lake Manze Adventure Camp

93%
208 reviews of Lake Manze Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Fishing

Guided walking safari

Day 4

4WD & flight from Lake Manze to Mdonya

From Lake Manze, your 4WD journey to the airstrip follows the banks of the Rufiji River. It’s then a flight of around 1½ hours into Ruaha, finishing with a leisurely drive of two hours or more to Mdonya Old River Camp, stopping to observe game during the trip.

Mdonya Old River Camp
Days 4-7

Mdonya Old River Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesRuaha National Park, Tanzania

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.

Mdonya Old River Camp

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.

"It was very remote and at one with nature, the animals being part of daily life"

SistersfromLondon

Arrived 15 Sep 2019, 4 nights

Many camps that offer high levels of luxury can feel quite detached from the bush, but the simple Mdonya Old River Camp feels closely connected with its surroundings – and the game that walks through seems to feel the same! The natural theme that is key to the camp's charm and character is augmented by a fun and attentive team who, on our last visit in 2018, did their best to ensure that every guest enjoyed their stay. See our full report on Mdonya Old River Camp

92%
124 reviews of Mdonya Old River Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Hot air ballooning

Day 7

Ruaha to Zanzibar by road & air

Leaving Mdonya, enjoy a last, leisurely game drive to the airstrip, where you'll board a light aircraft for the 2–3-hour flight to Zanzibar, sometimes via Dar es Salaam. Your journey finishes with a 15–30-minute drive to Stone Town – with perhaps a short walk to Zanzibar Coffee House.

Zanzibar Coffee House
Days 7-9

Zanzibar Coffee House

2 nights
Bed & BreakfastStone Town, Zanzibar

Tucked in a maze of quintessentially narrow Stone Town streets, Zanzibar Coffee House is a delightfully unpretentious haven. Once the lavish home of one of Zanzibar’s richest merchants, Zanzibar Coffee House has lost no charm. Wonderfully low-key and atmospheric, it’s one of the friendliest spots in Stone Town and excellent value.

Zanzibar Coffee House

Tucked in a maze of quintessentially narrow Stone Town streets, Zanzibar Coffee House is a delightfully unpretentious haven. Once the lavish home of one of Zanzibar’s richest merchants, Zanzibar Coffee House has lost no charm. Wonderfully low-key and atmospheric, it’s one of the friendliest spots in Stone Town and excellent value.

The bijoux hotel sits above Stone Town’s finest coffee shop and the enticing aroma of roasting beans permeates the entire hotel and sends welcoming wafts outside. All the coffee comes from the owner's fair-trade estates in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands, and the prize-winning baristas roast, grind and concoct creamy cappuccinos and blissful iced coffees every day.

This wonderful café buzzes with an eclectic mix of locals, tourists and expats making it a lovely place to relax between sightseeing. Upstairs, eight, well-proportioned guest rooms are modestly furnished and decorated in traditional Swahili style: polished concrete floors, four-poster beds and antique lamps. There are few modern hotel facilities: no phones, no television (there is Wi-fi) and no pool. However, all of these are within easy reach if you need them.

"Breakfast on the roof terrace was a great start to the day."

Mrs C.fromBeaconsfield

Arrived 19 Sep 2018, 3 nights

The lack of commercial touches lend a laid-back air: this is a place to immerse yourself in the city. And for that, the rooftop terrace offers simply fantastic views. See our full report on Zanzibar Coffee House

83%
61 reviews of Zanzibar Coffee House by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Boat trip

Cultural excursion

Self-guided walking

Snorkelling

Watersports

Day 9

Stone Town to eastern Zanzibar by road

You may need to walk a little way to your vehicle in Stone Town before leaving behind the maze of streets in air-conditioned comfort. The drive of around 1–1½ hours takes you through rural Zanzibar to the Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel on the north-east coast, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel
Days 9-13

Zanzibar Pearl

4 nights
Half BoardEast Coast Zanzibar, Zanzibar

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.

Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel

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.

We are excited to see that this property has been completely renovated and is under new management. The new, energetic managers have been working hard to showcase the vastly improved property. Zanzibar Pearl offers a welcoming beachside lodge, which isn't overly luxurious. However its excellent location, beautiful beach and friendly service make it superb value - a relaxed and peaceful beach getaway at a very good price. See our full report on Zanzibar Pearl Boutique Hotel

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0 reviews of Zanzibar Pearl by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Kayaking

Scuba-diving

Snorkelling

Watersports

Day 13

Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by road & air

From Zanzibar's east coast, it's a comfortable hour's drive across the spice island to the airport. Here you'll check in for your scheduled flight to the mainland, arriving in Dar es Salaam after about half an hour in time to make your onward connections.

Day 13

Ends: Dar es Salaam International Airport

Your trip ends at the airport's Domestic Terminal. If you're due to fly out of the country, you'll then have a walk of about 500m to the International Terminal.

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Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


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Princess Salme Spice Tour

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Swahili Cooking Workshop

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Stone Town Discovery Tour

Stone Town Discovery Tour

Half-day

Spend a morning wandering through Stone Town’s maze of alleyways with an erudite Zanzibari resident, meeting the locals, marvelling at its fusion of architecture and cultures, learning about the food, music, beliefs and everyday life, for an utterly fascinating experience.

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Zanzibar Dhow Safari

Zanzibar Dhow Safari

Full day - approx. eight hours

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Jozani Forest Tour

Jozani Forest Tour

Half-day or combine with other tours

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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

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