Welcome to Selous Game Reserve


Only the section of the reserve north from the Rufiji River is open for tourism; large areas of the south are zoned as hunting concessions. Yet the wealth of Selous' wildlife and its stunning riverine scenery rarely fail to impress. Another draw is the Selous' relative lack of congestion in comparison with Tanzania's northern parks.

Visit soon, however: much of Selous' wealth is under threat from poaching, a uranium mining project and a planned hydroelectric power project along the Rufiji River.


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$2015 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Selous Reserve mid-Range Safari

Day 1 Our driver guide will pick you up and drive you to Selous Game Reserve with picnic lunch to be served on the way. We arrive at the camp early in the afternoon, settle in, and we head for a boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River. The river is formed by the confluence of the Kilombero and Luwegu rivers. It is approximately 600 kilometers (370mi) long and here you will see plentiful hippos and crocodiles. The big herds of Tanzanian Elephants are also attracted by the River Rufiji that flows through the reserve. Some 350 bird species can also be found in the Selous Game Reserve. Meals: L,DAccommodation: Rufiji River Camp Day 2 After breakfast, we depart for morning and afternoon game drive at the Selous Game Reserve. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest in Africa, covering 54,600 square kilometers. The reserve gets its name from the hunter and explorer Frederick Courtney Selous. He was killed here during World War 1. Selous is famous for elephants. Other species commonly seen are lions, wild dogs, buffaloes, bushbuck, impalas, elands, baboons, zebras and greater kudus. It was originally set aside as a hunting area where animals are abundant but more shy than the Northern Parks. Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Rufiji River Camp Day 3 After breakfast, we drive back to Dar Es Salaam with picnic lunch on the way. Meals: B,LAccommodation: Can be arranged at an extra cost

$4425 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10 Days Mikumi Ruaha Selous Experience

Day 1 Arrive in Dar es Salaam, meet and greet with our representative and transfer to the city center for overnight. Accommodation: Golden Tulip booked on bed and breakfast Day 2 After breakfast, drive from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park for a game drive. Head back to the lodge late afternoon for overnight. Accommodation: Vuma Hills Tented Camp   Day 3 Today, we head to Ruaha National Park where we will have a game drive in the afternoon. The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its South-Eastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. Ruaha is believed to have a high concentration of elephants than any National Park in East Africa. It is also a place where, magnificent mammals like Kudu, Sable and Roan antelopes can easily be spotted in Miombo woodland. The park is also a habitat for endangered wild dogs. Other animals in the park include lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, elands, impala, bat eared foxes and jackals. Accommodation: Ruaha River Lodge Day 4 & 5 After breakfast, you dedicate these days in Ruaha for morning and afternoon game drives. You will have all meals at your lodge. Ruaha National Park (10.300km²) is the most visited National Park in the southern part of Tanzania. Due to its size and the fact that the South of Tanzania is less visited than the northern parks, you still have ample of space and you will see hardly any safari vehicles.  Accommodation: Ruaha River Lodge Day 6 After breakfast, we head for a game drive en route back to Mikumi. This is to make our way to the Selous Game Reserve the following day as Mikumi is bordered to the south with the Selous Game Reserve, the two areas forming a unique ecosystem. Accommodation: Vuma Hills Tented Camp Day 7 After breakfast, we head towards the Selous Game Reserve through Matemwe gate. After Morogoro, you will leave the tar road and drive along the Uluguru Mountains through remote villages. Depending on our time of arrival, we can go on a short game drive. Accommodation: Rufiji River Camp Day 8 & 9 Selous Game Reserve is the biggest wildlife conservation area in Africa and forms together with the bordering Mikumi and Udzungwa National Parks an area which is as big as Switzerland! Today, you drive through the northern part of the reserve which is open for photo safaris. Optional Activities such as walking in the wilderness or boat cruise can be arranged at extra cost. Accommodation: Rufiji River Camp Day 10 After breakfast, we drive towards the Indian Ocean through Mtemere Gate and at around noon you will reach Dar Es Salaam. Transfer to airport or hotel at your own arrangement.

$706 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Days 1Night Selous Game Reserve

Day 1: Dar es salaam to Selous Game Reserve Pickup from the Airport, Ferry or your Accommodation in Dar es salaam, drive to Selous Game Reserve ( Apprx 5hrs drive). Starting a game drive with lunch box. Afternoon proceed with game drive or Boat Safari with sunset view. Dinner and overnight at Selous Jimbiza Camp or Africa Safari Camp Day 2: Selous Game Reserve to Dar es salaam After breakfast, game drive in Selous Game Reserve with lunch box until 15.00hrs when you’ll en route back and drop you off at your Accommodation or Airport in Dar es salaam.  Includes: Transfers From and To Dar es salaam Park fees Game drive in open roofed 4×4 Professional guide 1 Lt of water per person per day during safari Accommodation on Full Board (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)   Excludes: Beverages, alcoholic drinks,

$750 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 DAYS BEST OF SELOUS GAME RESERVE ROAD TRIP

Day 1: Dar es salaam to Selous Game Reserve Meet your driver/guide in Dar es Salaam and drive with lunch box to Selous game reserve. Normally the drive takes up to 7 hours (219km) both tarmac and off road, and on first day normally we will have an evening boat tripThe boat safaris are conducted in sturdy metal boats with a powerful outboard motor on the back and a covered canopy. Each boat safari is guided by a boatman who has grown up on the river and knows all the little nooks and crannies where a boat can sneak through like the back of his hand. DAY 2 FULL DAY GAME DRIVE After breakfast full day game drive in a specially modified safari vehicle with a professional guide, in which you should see and learn much about a large number of animals, including all the great favorites – lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra – and all the other major species including the now rare African hunting dog. Great variety of bird species. Packed lunch and time to rest. Your guide will select a location with shade and water nearby to watch animals coming to drink – a place with a clear view all round so that no predator can creep up unseen! Back to the lodge by 6.30 for sunset and dinner when you’re readyDAY 3- WALKING SAFARI AND DRIVE TO DARWalking safaris are a fantastic way to get close to nature and learn more about the smaller species and the bush itself. It's an unforgettable experience to walk within such a vast and untamed area of natural reserveAlthough you may spot some giraffes or walk in the footsteps of elephants, our walking safaris are tailored to give you the opportunity to learn about the things you miss from a vehicle or boat - the ecosystem that the animals live in. Learn to identify animal tracks and signs and hear fascinating information about the insects, trees and colorful bird life. Walks are slow-paced, accompanied by both an armed ranger and our expert guide and are around 2-3 hours long. Leaving camp at around 6.30am after a cup of tea or coffee and some homemade biscuits. One of our safari cars drives you the short distance to the entrance gate of the game reserve where you pick up your armed ranger before heading to the start of the walk. Walking safari will take about 2-3 hours then we will have breakfast and start drive back to Dar es Salaam and this will be the end of our tourACCOMMODATION DETAILS Designed to be as affordable as possible without sacrificing on comfort, Located in the woodland campsite (a short distance away from the river), tents are furnished with two single beds, canvas safari chairs, a small table and palm matting. The separate, shared bathrooms, which have running hot water, are clean and airy and only a short walk from the tents. Tents are lit by solar lighting, and a charging point is available at the bar to charge any batteries.

$750 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

2 Days 1 Night Mikumi National Park Safari

DESTINATION OVERVIEWThe Mikumi National Park near Morogoro, Tanzania, was established in 1964. It covers an area of 3,230 km² is the fourth largest in the country.The park is crossed by Tanzania's A-7 highway.The Mikumi is bordered to the south with the Selous Game Reserve,the two areas forming a unique ecosystem. Two other natural areas bordering the national park are the Udzungwa Mountains and Uluguru Mountains.The landscape of Mikumi is often compared to that of the Serengeti. The road that crosses the park divides it into two areas with partially distinct environments. The area north-west is characterized by the alluvial plain of the river basin Mkata. The vegetation of this area consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds, and some rare palm. In this area, at the furthest from the road, there are spectacular rock formations of the mountains Rubeho and Uluguru. The southeast part of the park is less rich in wildlife, and not very accessible.The fauna includes many species characteristic of the African savannah. According to local guides at Mikumi, chances of seeing a lion who climbs a tree trunk is larger than in Manyara (famous for being one of the few places where the lions exhibit this behavior). The park contains a subspecies of giraffe that biologists consider the link between the Masai giraffe and the reticulated or Somali giraffe. Other animals in the park are elephants, zebras, impala, eland, kudu, black antelope, baboons, wildebeests and buffaloes. At about 5 km from the north of the park, there are two artificial pools inhabited by hippos. More than 400 different species of birdsStart time and locationThe safari starts at 5am in the morning from Dar es salaam city of TanzaniaAttractions visitedGet a chance to visit Mikumi National Park,a game park in the southern circuit of Tanzania,just 5 hours drive from the business city of Tanzania.Mode of transportExperience a better view with our Open Rooftop 4WD Cruisers al through your safariCost Covers:Transport & Game drive on rooftop 4*4 cruisers (4WD)All park fees on the safari and maasai village feesDrinking water on safari and hikeGuide fees(English speaking guide)Accommodation and meals at camp Bastian Mikumi Cottages (www.campbastian.com)Enroute breakfast & LunchHotel/Airport pick up and drop offEnglish speaking guide all though the safari Cost Excludes:Activities not mentioned in the itineraryTravel and medical insuranceItems of personal useAlcoholic drinksLaundryVisaAir tickets

$2125 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Safari of Southern Tanzania

Day 1: Transfers to Selous Game Reserve (L, D)You will be picked from your airport or hotel in Dar and be transferred to Selous. Once you arrive, you will have lunch, then go on an evening boat safari. Dinner and overnight camping at Jimbiza Lodge.Day 2 to Day 3: Full-day Game Drive in Selous (B, L, D)On this day, you will leave early in the morning with a packed breakfast and picnic lunch to enjoy a full day game-drive in this largest game reserve in Africa. Each safari will cover different area of the park, so you'll be able to enjoy different vegetation and the animals they support there. Dinner and overnight camping at Jimbiza Lodge. Day 4: Game Drive en-route to Mikumi National Park (D)On this day, your game drive will take you to Mikumi, via Kisaki village. Depending on the time you arrive in Mikumi, you may have a sunset game drive, or just go on to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay within the park.Day 5: Full-day Game Drive in Mikumi National Park (B, L, D)You will have a sunrise game drive, starting from 06:30 AM, and will have breakfast at around 08:30 AM. You'll then continue the drive until lunch time, which you will have the park. After lunch, you will finish the day with a drive in another part of the park until around 16:30 hours. In Mikumi, you should expect to see animals such as lions, buffalo, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, impalas, warthogs, elephants, hippos and more than 300 bird species. Dinner and an overnight stay at the park's cottages.Day 6: Walking Safari and Evening game drives (D)Start the day with an early morning, three hour walking safari, and experience Mikumi wildlife on foot. After the walk, you will have lunch a break, then continue on with a game drive around the park. Later on in the evening, you will be transferred to Udzungwa Mountains for dinner and an overnight stay at Twiga Hotel.Day 7: Trekking in Udzungwa and Transfer back to DarThe purpose of this day's trip is to show you the natural habitats in Udzungwa National Park. You will be picked from your hotel early in the morning for a drive to Udzungwa Mountains. After registering, you'll start climbing, taking the Sanje route in order to see the 4-stage waterfalls. Udzungwa is one of thirty-four world biodiversity hot spots. Here, you can expect to see primates, as Udzungwa has 11 primate species, two of which are found nowhere else in the world. Also, you may have the opportunity to see habituated Sanje mangabeys, different endemic plant species, birds, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, waterfalls, etc.After you come down you will be transferred back to Dar via Morogoro town. Once you arrive in Dar, you will be transferred to your residence/airport and that will be the end of your safari.

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