Why not extend your safari and spend some additional time on one of the truly fabulous beaches on the Tanzanian coast or on Zanzibar, Mafia Island or Pemba Island.
Much underrated but far less touristy, the mainland coast offers some off-the-beaten track destinations, such as Ushongo Beach, just south of Pangani, where a had full of low key lodges offer a unique coastal retreat and a desserted tourist free beach. The best of these is The Tides Lodge (www.thetideslodge.com) which is the only lodge that is of an international standard.
Further south is Saadani National Park which is the only National Park in Tanzania to border the ocean and contains a great array of animals, including a health population of Elephant and a growing number of lions and leopards. At both places you can see turtles hatching as part of a conservation project.
Just off the mainland is the island of Zanzibar (The ‘Spice’ Island). The island is one of the most evocative locations in East Africa and conjures up many images of dhows sailing on the crystal clear waters; white sandy palm fringed beaches; old men (wazee) dressed in white kanzus walking along narrow streets. The smells of Zanzibar are as evocative with spices and aromatic street food being bbq’d on charcoal in the bustling streets of Stone Town (Zanzibar’s capital).
There are many different beaches to choose from and even more hotels and lodges ranging from 5 star resorts to small intimate beach lodges and hotels of all standards from the basic to the sophisticated.
Some of the best beaches are located on the east coast which are protected by coral reefs off-shore and have, fine white coral sand.
There are many activities from interesting cultural tours of Stone Town and an interesting ‘Spice’ tour where you can learn about the different spices grown on the island. You can also fish, dive, snorkel or swim with Dolphins if you wish.
The island is well connected to the mainland with regular daily flights from the main safari destinations so easy jump on a plane post safari and land in Zanzibar an hour or so later, and be on a beach sipping a cocktail within 2!