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Selous + Zanzibar

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Selous + Zanzibar

Hi

I am planning to take my 2 boys + wife safari - Around end-of-July. The flights are pretty expensive - but no choice.

The safari is Selous game reserve - am confused which lodges/hotels to stay - looking to stay in a luxury tented place in Selous + mid-hotel in zanzibar stone town.

Can somebody recommend a UK Travel agent for package holiday? I am concerned with local travel companies when it comes to paying deposit!!! Many thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Selous + Zanzibar

I've used Expert Africa for trips to Southern Tanzania.

You could look at Lake Manze and Selous Impala, as 2 of the less pricey tented camps in Selous. Selous Impala is more expensive but has some good family tents that might suit you- they are just like 2 of the regular tents, but on the same shared platform. Lake Manze has family tents too but they sound a bit less private- with the rooms adjoining and sharing the same bathroom.

In Stone Town, I've stayed at the Dhow Palace twice now. Prefer the rooms in the old part of the hotel. It's got a good central location but no fancy sea views or anything, so it's quite reasonably priced. It has a small pool, although I've never used it.

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2. Re: Selous + Zanzibar

Both Lake Manze and Selous Impala are part of Adventure Camps property portfolio and their strong links with Coastal Aviation will make a good and seamless package. They also have Mbweni ruins Hotel on ZNZ which whilst not in Stonetown itself is only a few minutes away and served by their Courtesy bus. There is a seaview, pool and a small sand beach, at low tide, but if Stonetown is a must I have used the Tembo which has a pool and a seaview.

Why not contact the agent Flo who lives in England and is supremely helpful?

www.adventurecamps.co.tz

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3. Re: Selous + Zanzibar

Mbweni has left Adventure Camps now, but Impala and Manze are both great camps and have family tents, which is nice if travelling with your sons. I loved calling for the Masai guard at dinner time when I stayed at Impala. I had a quick look at the availability charts and provided you are able to be flexible on your specific dates, you should be able to get space. If you want more luxurious there are a couple of other excellent options.

Re: Stone Town your broad choice is between the traditional/boutique hotels which have bags of character, but some eccentricities that come from ancient buildings or the slightly more modern options. Both wonderful, just depends on what you like.

Tour ops: There are numerous very excellent ones in the UK if that's what you're after. Key is to make sure you find one who is bonded (ABTA, ATOL, or TTA), and a specialist (whoever you talk to) who has actually been to the places and can find one who is the right fit. Guidebooks and many of the wonderful commentors on this site will be able to suggest specifics.

Have an amazing time, this sounds like a great trip!

Alexandra Matts- Travel Director- Extraordinary Africa

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4. Re: Selous + Zanzibar

I gave you a list of UK agents when you asked this lasr week.

Click on your name to see your older posts.

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5. Re: Selous + Zanzibar

Also, Adventure Camps have a list of agents they work with on their website.

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