Holly’s Less Ordinary Holiday
Here at notonthehighstreet.com, our commitment to living a life less ordinary doesn’t stop at home. Our founder, Holly Tucker, took the trip of a life time and shares with us her inspirational travel story.
Read more about Holly’s trip to Tanzania below.
A Family Holiday to Tanzania
One of the best family holidays I’ve ever had with Frank and Harry was a safari and beach holiday in southern Tanzania last year, which we booked through my go-to travel gurus Sally and Alice Travel Co.
A safari is unlike any other family holiday – you can totally unplug, regroup, immerse yourselves in the wilderness and share an adventure with your children which will create lifelong memories (and a passion for nature). Sally and Alice Travel Co. recommended the Selous Game Reserve as our first stop, a wild and untamed game reserve with the benefit of being just a 50 minute flight hop from Dar es Salaam (an adventure in itself!). Sand Rivers Selous welcomes children from the age of 8 (Harry’s age at the time) and upwards, and all rooms have plenty of space for a third bed for children 12 years and under, making night-time very reassuring. There’s also a great range of activities available for the whole family – in addition to the standard 4×4 game drives there are boat safaris and fishing, great fun even with the hippos and crocs spectating from the opposite riverbank!
After having spent the first two weeks of our trip on a volunteer programme in a remote rural village in southern Tanzania, you can’t imagine how blown away we were when we arrived at Sand Rivers. The lodge is incredible, we loved the open vistas out across the water from the main mess tent and the feeling of sleeping ‘outside’ in our open fronted suite, drifting off to the sound of hippos honking below! The game viewing was also superb – we saw everything from lions to elephants – and our Sand Rivers guide was incredibly knowledgeable and very good with Harry. We all agreed it was the most wonderful place Sally and Alice Travel Co. had sent us to thus far.
From here it was another short charter flight from the Selous Game Reserve to Zanzibar and our accommodation at Baraza Resort & Spa, but the scenery and atmosphere could not have been more different. Set on the beautiful long stretch of beach on the east coast, this all-villa resort has an Arabian nights feel. The interiors have been designed with impeccable attention to detail by the owners (trust me, I’m a perfectionist), who are interior designers and have lived at the resort for five years – I can’t blame them, I was inclined to stay on myself! Baraza somehow manages to walk the fine line between being laid back and relaxed whilst at the same time offering an incredible level of service, with staff seemingly floating around in their soft white robes.
Baraza Resort & Spa is the ideal option for families wanting an upscale beach retreat and panders perfectly to parents and children alike. The two bedroom villas are opulent with plenty of space and their own private plunge pool – each villa also has a reserved space on the beach which means there is always somewhere shady to sit. There is a well equipped kids’ club and various activities on offer (from kayaking and paddle boats to tennis and cycling) to keep younger children thoroughly happy and active while parents can slope off to the beautiful spa (you can also easily arrange a babysitting service if you fancy a romantic dinner for two one evening).
But the best thing by far about this holiday was having fun as a family together, away from the daily grind (and my emails – it’s so important to have a digital detox once in a while).
We’ve booked some great holidays with Sally and Alice Travel Co, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. They’ve really taken the time to get to know us and understand what we like, which makes holiday planning much more fun! They’re also great on the little details, whether it’s sending colourful Havaiana flip flops for the whole family, or taking a desperate last minute ‘What on earth should I pack!’ phone call on a weekend.