Your Guide to a Zanzibar Beach and Tanzania Bush Holiday

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? A fusion of beach and bush, in one remarkable journey.

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Choosing between a beach holiday and a safari adventure can be tough, but why settle for one when you can have both? In Zanzibar and Tanzania, you don't have to choose – you can enjoy the best of both worlds. 

Picture this: the sun setting over the African savannah, the rhythmic sounds of wildlife echoing in the distance, and the soft, white sands of Zanzibar's pristine beaches beneath your feet. Welcome to the ultimate getaway – a fusion of a beach holiday and bush break. 

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Is it worth going on a beach and bush break?  

One of the greatest benefits of travelling from Zanzibar to Tanzania is the convenience of a short trip between these two extraordinary destinations. With just a quick one-hour flight or a relaxing ferry ride of approximately two hours, you can seamlessly transition from the serene beaches of Zanzibar to the thrilling landscapes of Tanzania's national parks and reserves. This proximity allows you to maximise your time and experience the best of both worlds in one unforgettable journey.  

Additionally, combining a beach holiday in Zanzibar with a safari adventure in Tanzania offers unparalleled diversity in experiences. So, is it worth it? If it’s a journey filled with adventure, you’re after, the answer is a resounding, yes!  

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How do I get from Zanzibar to Tanzania? 

Getting from Zanzibar to Tanzania for your safari escapade is easier than you might think. You can catch a short flight from Zanzibar to the mainland, where your safari journey begins. The most popular routes are from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam and Arusha. Alternatively, hop on a ferry to Dar es Salaam which takes roughly two hours.  

Should I go on safari or go to the beach first? 

The age-old question: beach or bush first? If you're travelling from afar, starting with a few days on the beach can help you overcome jet lag and adjust to the time zone before embarking on more active pursuits.  

On the flip side, diving straight into the excitement of a safari offers a thrilling start to your holiday. The anticipation of encountering Africa's iconic wildlife, exploring vast savannahs, and witnessing breathtaking natural wonders is enough to quicken anyone's pulse. By beginning your journey with a safari, you're diving headfirst into game drives, close encounters with wildlife, and landscapes that will leave you spellbound. 

Ultimately, the choice between beach and bush comes down to personal preference and how you envision starting your holiday. 

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What are the best beaches to relax on in Zanzibar? 

Zanzibar is a haven for beach enthusiasts, boasting an array of stunning coastal gems. Here's a few must-visit beaches to add to your itinerary: 

  • Nungwi Beach: Found on the northern tip of the island, Nungwi is renowned for its picture-perfect sunsets and vibrant marine life. 
  • Kendwa Beach: Adjacent to Nungwi, Kendwa offers a more laid-back vibe with ample opportunities for snorkelling and diving. 
  • Paje Beach: Situated on the southeast coast, Paje Beach is a kite-surfer's paradise, with its steady winds and azure waters. 
  • Matemwe Beach: Escape the crowds and unwind in Matemwe, where you can stroll along deserted stretches of sand and bask in the serenity of the Indian Ocean. 

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What could I see on a Tanzanian Safari? 

From the iconic Serengeti plains to the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater, the possibilities are endless. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect to encounter: 

  • The Great Migration: Depending on the time of year you’re travelling to Tanzania; you could witness one of nature's greatest spectacles as over 1.5 million wildebeest and thousands of zebras traverse the Serengeti in search of greener pastures. 
  • The Big Five: Keep your camera ready for close encounters with Africa's Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino. 
  • Cultural Immersion: Explore the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania with visits to Maasai villages and cultural centres. 
  • Birdwatching Extravaganza: With over 1,000 bird species, Tanzania is a birdwatcher's paradise, offering ample opportunities to spot rare and endemic species. 

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How long to stay in Zanzibar and Tanzania?  

While the ideal duration for your bush and beach holiday may vary depending on your preferences and schedule, consider a total duration of seven to 10 days. This provides a balanced itinerary with sufficient days for beach leisure and wildlife encounters, ensuring a memorable and fulfilling holiday experience. 

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Ready? Let’s go!  

At Thompsons Holidays, we believe in first-hand experiences. That's why we personally inspect all hotels and lodges, ensuring that every recommendation meets our high standards of quality and comfort. With our team of travel experts by your side, you'll have access to insider knowledge and personalised advice to help you book the beach and bush holiday of your dreams. Let us guide you on a journey filled with unforgettable moments and cherished memories. 


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