Vast and fascinating landscape? Tick. A generous helping of the Big Five? Tick. Private guide and driver? Tick. A noticeable lack of all those other people, who might disturb your viewing (or worse, block your view)? Definitely. This is safari as it should be done – the Black Tomato way. Selous National Park is our hidden gem in Tanzania that’s teeming with wildlife but without all the crowds. Never heard of it? That’s the point. We’ll whisk you off to our favourite secluded lodge – Sand Rivers, where you can explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives, walking safaris, by river, or simply lounge in your private pool and listen to the sound of surrounding hippos wallow in the river. For a suitable ending to this epic safari adventure, we’ll fly you to one of our favourite beach escapes in Zanzibar – Fundu Lagoon. Set on the shores of Pemba Island, this idyllic and romantic retreat is the perfect place to get back to nature and explore the inlets and islands of Zanzibar.
Wild dogs and bush stories
Africa’s biggest game reserve is one of our best-kept insider secrets for a top-class safari. Selous is a massive 50,000 square km reserve, where you can see herds of elephant, hippo, and giraffe to name a few, not to mention the incredibly rare wild dog. Explore the wilderness with your own private guide, who’ll share impressive naturalistic knowledge and many wonderful bush stories. Their passion is so infectious you’ll be recounting the stories to friends for years to come. And the best bit? We guarantee you’ll see more game than humans – exactly how safaris should be.Read more
From plains to powder beaches
After a few days game-spotting from the idyllic Sand Rivers, we’ll fly you from mainland Tanzania to another incredible remote paradise: the Zanzibar Archipelago.You’ll hole up at the secluded lodge of Fundu Lagoon where you can experience the pristine coastline and powder white sand beaches, as well as the wealth of marine life on offer here.
Fundu Lagoon is located on the southwest coast of the island of Pemba and is the type of beach retreat where you are more likely to run into a local fisherman off-loading his catch than another visitor. With no Wi-Fi in the 18 luxurious suites you can rest assured that you’ll be able to unwind and imbibe island life. For divers, the resort has a fully equipped PADI dive centre, offering a fleet of boats so you can try your hand at water skiing, wake boarding, or wind surfing. For nature lovers, the nearby mangroves can be explored by canoe or take a sunset cruise for a more relaxing view of the coastline. After an exhilarating few days exploring the coast, you’ll deserve something a little more relaxed. Fundu Fusion Spa offers a myriad of treatments using traditional and African methods – make sure to try a cinnamon body scrub treatment before hitting the pool and sun lounger.
Untouched plains and vibrant corals
…A winning combination. You’ll start with a truly tailored safari in untouched wilderness and finish by soaking up the treasures of Zanzibar. Rest assured that the bustling underwater world off this paradisiacal island will have you flying home on cloud nine.