Immerse yourself in the African wilderness of Tanzania's coastal Saadani Game Reserve, which is breathtaking in its tranquillity. A short walk one way brings you to the beach, but head the other way and you are in the wilds. As well as seeing animals (eland, waterbuck, zebra, giraffe, oryx and perhaps the rare Roosevelt sable, and, on boat trips upriver, a glimpse of hippo, crocodile and plenty of birdlife), you can visit a local village and its school and experience everyday life. On organised adventure holidays, you'll stay at a beach camp with thatched bungalows.
Then head inland to contrasting Mikumi National Park, with fantastic opportunities for spotting elephants, buffalo and large herds of antelope, and the dense rainforest at the foot of the Uluguru Mountains, home to Colobus monkeys, plus more elephants, buffalo, wildebeest, impala and other antelope.
Discover Zanzibar, a prime ecotourism destination and a great place for windsurfing and kitesurfing, snorkelling, dhow cruises, kayaking, parasailing and stand-up paddleboarding. Sea safaris to view a variety of creatures including dolphins take you through the Mnemba Marine Nature Reserve, while on land there's the Jozani National Park with its endemic red colobus monkeys and 50+ species of butterfly, Ngezi rainforest and the endangered coastal mangroves. You could also take a walking tour of Stone Town, Freddie Mercury's birthplace, with its old slave markets and Sultan's Palace, tour one of the many spice farms, visit Prison Island (Changgu Island) with its giant sea turtles, learn about animal welfare and wildlife conservation at the Cheetah's Rock rescue and conservation centre, and swim in the lagoon at the Sea Turtle Conservation Pond.