Switch off the DVD, Wii, PS3 and MP3 and set off on the road less travelled for an off the beaten track holiday that’s far from the daily grind.
2. SOUTHERN TANZANIA
The Rufiji River snakes through the Selous Game Reserve and boasts the largest crocodile and hippo population in Africa. At Selous Safari Camp you can take a boat safaris and get up close and personal with some of the continent’s most notoriously bad tempered mammals.
To the south west, the Ruaha National Park offers something its larger, more populated northern parks simply cannot – complete and utter isolation. The boutique Jongomero Camp is an eight-tent camp in the heart of the Ruaha. It’s so off the beaten path here you’re unlikely to see another guest, 4×4 or even plane flying over head throughout your entire trip.
And it’s not just the south’s outback that evokes a more undiscovered experience: the beach lodges on its Indian Ocean coastline also induce a decidedly Robinson Crusoe feel. With sandy floors, hammocks and buckets of fresh seafood, Ras Kutani offers canoeing on the lagoon, strolling through the retreat’s 100-acre tropical forest, snorkelling around a shipwreck and boogie-boarding in its seasonal surf.
Rainbow Tours offers a nine-night southern Tanzania safari and beach adventure from €4,595 per person for travel in June and from €5,450 per person for travel in October. Prices include flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, six nights split between the Selous Safari Camp and Jongomero Camp on a full-board basis with daily game drives in open-sided 4×4 vehicles plus a further three nights at Ras Kutani on a full-board basis. Also included are internal transfers, taxes and surcharges.
deluxe rooms are tucked away in idyllic seclusion and boast a four-poster double bed with an en suite bathroom, and either a balcony or terrace.
Freshly launched is their brand new canoe safari, ideal for guests wanting to step off the island and enjoy its sparkling, shallow lagoon, deep channels, numerous sandbanks and even a private island. You’ll get the chance to race huge rays, exotic fish and even baby reef sharks through the lagoon, while further out to sea the shadows of the house reef’s colourful corals can be glimpsed from above the surface. For experienced canoeists, the ridges and sandbanks create ideal conditions for ‘canoe surfing’ on the shallow waves.
This self-guided family safari offers the ultimate day away from it all. The tour includes canoe hire, a picnic to enjoy on neighbouring Dream Island plus snorkel and fins for intrepid water-babies who want to dive into the deeper blue waters and explore the resort’s house reef.
Also home to one of the only registered kite-surfing schools in the Maldives, and with a naturally shallow and calm lagoon, it’s perfect for both beginners and the more experienced. The resort boasts a well-equipped watersports centre where guests can go waterskiing, wakeboarding, wind-surfing and complete PADI diving courses among the stunning reefs and corals.
BA Holidays is offering seven nights for the price of six at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort from £1,289/$2021 per person (saving £155/$243 per couple) in June, and from £1,329/$2083 per person (saving £155/$243 per couple) in September. The price includes accommodation on a half-board basis, flights (from London Gatwick – for more airport departure destinations check online), speedboat transfers, taxes and surcharges. In addition to excellent diving and watersports, the resort offers a selection of restaurants and bars, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, volleyball and a fitness suite.
For direct bookings, prices for a deluxe double room start from $255 per room, per night. Private kite-surfing lessons start from US$80 per person.
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