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Red Colobus Monkey Safari

This luxury holiday suggestion combines a wildlife safari in Ruaha National Park with a week on Zanzibar, exploring Stone Town’s narrow streets and relaxing on a palm-shaded beach.

Red Colobus Monkey Safari: Summary

Red Colobus Monkey Safari in a nutshell

This suggested itinerary combines a luxurious safari lodge in southern Tanzania with a stay on Zanzibar including historic Stone Town and a vibrant beach resort. Your first stop is the remote Ruaha National Park, with its outstanding wildlife, in particular big populations of lions and elephants which can be found throughout the park. Ikuka Safari Camp has seven beautifully designed rooms and panoramic views over Ruaha.

From Ruaha, you fly to Zanzibar and two nights at the boutique Emerson Spice in Stone Town. This converted palace is packed full of Zanzibari charm and character and makes a great base for exploring the old town. Visit the cathedral and the excellent museum of the slave trade and wander the maze of shop-lined streets, before finishing the day watching the sunset over the harbour.

Leaving Stone Town you’ll be driven north to Zuri Zanzibar on the pretty northwest coast of the island. Opened in 2018, Zuri Zanzibar is a luxury beach resort on a palm-fringed stretch of beach. With 55 bungalows, a lively atmosphere and plenty of activities and facilities, this is the perfect place for rest and relaxation following your safari.

At a glance

Starts: Dar es Salaam International Airport
4 nights Ikuka Safari Camp - Ruaha National Park, Tanzania Full Board & Activities
2 nights Emerson Spice - Stone Town, Zanzibar Bed & Breakfast
5 nights Zuri Zanzibar - Northern Zanzibar, Zanzibar Half Board
Ends: Dar es Salaam International Airport

Ikuka

Days 1-5

Built high on the escarpment in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, the upmarket Ikuka Safari Camp has commanding views of the park throughout the entire property. Located about a 20-minute drive from the best game viewing areas in the park, used by several of Ruaha’s camps, Ikuka stands out for its unique locations.

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Emerson Spice

Days 5-7

Colourful, stylish and with a strong sense of place, Emerson Spice is a boutique hotel in the heart of Stone Town. It is one of two similar sister hotels a minute's walk apart. A fabulous rooftop restaurant and individually designed rooms add considerably to the attraction, though note that the hotel is usually closed throughout May.

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Zuri Zanzibar

Days 7-12

Zuri Zanzibar is a luxurious, beach resort situated on Zanzibar's pretty north-west coast. This area of the island has a more steeply shelving coastline than Zanzibar's east coast, allowing you to swim in the sea throughout the day, and the west coast of Zanzibar also enjoys beautiful sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

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Ikuka

Ikuka Safari Camp

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Emerson Spice

Emerson Spice

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zuri Zanzibar

Zuri Zanzibar

Northern Zanzibar, Zanzibar

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Red Colobus Monkey Safari.

  • A luxurious safari and beach holiday in Tanzania and Zanzibar
  • Search for lions, leopards and elephants in Ruaha National Park
  • Explore Stone Town’s streets and discover its fascinating history
  • Go snorkelling over colourful coral reefs
  • Relax and unwind at a smart beach resort on Zanzibar’s coast

Activities

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

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Snorkelling

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Key species to see on the Red Colobus Monkey Safari

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


Lion

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Hippo

85% chance

Leopard

82% chance

Buffalo

68% chance

Eland

68% chance

Spotted Hyena

37% chance

Roan antelope

29% chance

Cheetah

21% chance

Sable antelope

17% chance

Striped Hyena

6% chance

Wild dog

4% chance

Aardvark

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 Red Colobus Monkey 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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Stone Town Discovery Tour

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91% (15 reviews)
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Zanzibar Dhow Safari

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Jozani Forest Tour

Jozani Forest Tour

Half-day or combine with other tours

For nature lovers, Jozani Forest is a must. One of the last sanctuaries of the red colobus monkey, it features a diverse range of habitats, from mangrove forests to salt marshes. Keep your eyes peeled for other forest residents, including Sykes’ monkey, bushbabies, duikers and more than 40 species of bird.

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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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