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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$1850 Private & Custom Tours

8-Day Southern Tz Safari Selous,Mikumi,Ruaha,Udzungwa

Day 1 Depart from Dar es salaam to Selous game reserveAccommodation:Kumbukumbu Selous Riverside Camp • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Selous GR Meals & Drinks: • Lunch & dinner • Drinking water Day 2 Walking safari and Full game drive at selous GRAccommodation:Kumbukumbu Selous Riverside Camp • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Selous GR Meals & Drinks: • All meals included • Drinking water Day 3 En route game drive to mikumi national parkAccommodation:Tan-Swiss Lodge • Mid-range lodge located just outside Mikumi NP Meals & Drinks: • All meals included • Drinking water  Day 4 Full game drive with picnic lunchAccommodation:Tan-Swiss Lodge • Mid-range lodge located just outside Mikumi NP Meals & Drinks: • All meals included • Drinking water  Day 5 Transfer from mikumi to Ruaha NP via Iringa townAccommodation:Ruaha Old Bandas • Budget banda located inside Ruaha NP Meals & Drinks: • All meals included • Drinking water  Day 6 Full game drive at ruaha national park Accommodation:Ruaha Old Bandas • Budget banda located inside Ruaha NP Meals & Drinks: • All meals included • Drinking water Day 7 Transfer to udzungwa NP via isimila stone age site with lunch stop at iringa townAccommodation:Twiga Hotel • Budget hotel bordering Udzungwa Mountains without fences Meals & Drinks: • All meals included • Drinking water  Day 8 Early morning trekking and later transfer to Dar es salaamAccommodation:No accommodationMeals & Drinks: • Breakfast & lunch • Drinking water 

$1500 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Selous Private Safari

Day 1Dar es Salaam –Selous Jimbiza Camp Depart from Dar es Salaam, either a hotel or the airport, in a four-wheel-drive vehicle to Selous Game Reserve. The journey takes five to six hours on tracks and tarmac road, passing through villages and picturesque landscapes along the way. Check-in, embark on a private boat safari, then relax at the riverside bar, and have dinner on the banks of the Rufiji River.Day 2-3 Selous-full day game driveAfter breakfast, depart on a full private day game drive including a picnic lunch. Sightings could include Elephants, Hippo, African Wild Dog, Cape Buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant, Leopard and a variety of antelope species. Both predator and prey are frequently sighted.Dinner and overnight at Selous Jimbiza Camp. Day 4 Selous – Dar es Salaam After breakfast, return journey to Dar es Salaam by vehicle, five to six hours on tracks and tarmac road, using the same route as day 1. Drop-off can be at the airport or a hotel.

$3500 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10-Day Tanzania's Southern Wildlife Circuit Mikumi,Selous Ruaha,Udzungwa

DAY01Dar es salaam to mikumi national park • Start your safari by driving to Mikumi National Park. • Arrival around noon and rest at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Tan swiss lodgeDAY02Mikumi national park • Have breakfast and go on a full day game drive in Mikumi national park. • Return for dinner.DAY03Mikumi national park – ruaha national park • Have breakfast and drive to Iringa for lunch. • Drive to Ruaha National Park, which is known to be one of the more natural, unspoiled as well as one of the largest Parks of Africa.  • Stay overnight at park's resting houseDAY04Ruaha national park • Have breakfast and leave with a lunch box for a full day game viewing in the park.  • Stay overnight in the park resting houseDAY05Ruaha national park to udzungwa national park • Have breakfast and drive to Udzungwa National Park.  • Visit prince Bernard waterfall and village market on reaching there. Udzungwa is the largest national park with most biodiversity and a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically from the flat coastal scrub of eastern Tanzania. • Stay overnight at udzungwa fall lodgeDAY06Udzungwa national park  • Have an early breakfast and drive to the starting point of Udzungwa trekking.  • Overnight atUdzungwa fall lodge DAY07Udzungwa-selous game reserve • Have breakfast and drive to Selous game reserve. • Arrive in time for lunch. Stop for some refreshments before heading to the Selous Riverside Camp. • Later, go for a sunset cruise and spot hippos, crocodiles and birds, and enjoy the spectacular sunset over this enormous river. • Overnight at Selous Jimbiza campDAY08Selous game reserve • After breakfast, go for a full day game drive with picnic lunch box. • Explore large number of animals, including lion, elephant, buffalo, zebra etc. • Overnight stay at the selous jimbiza campDAY09Selous game reserve • Enjoy a Full day game Drive in Selous Game Reserve. • Explore  its massive herds of elephants and Cape buffalos. • Overnight at Selous jimbiza Camp.DAY10Departure • After breakfast, go for a walking safari, the most exciting experience, unique in Tanzania, accompanied by rangers for about two hours and then drive back to Dar es salaam.

$84 Day Trips & Excursions

Zanzibar Eddie Tour Guide

WHY ZANZIBAR EDDIE TOURS & SAFARI?When planning a big trip far from your Country you need someone who knows where you want to go. We know Zanzibar  as we are located here! You want the trip to be special and that’s why it’s important to use a specialist that can listen to your needs and help you create the perfect experience that you will remember for years to come. Read moreRemember that Tanzania and Zanzibar are not one homogenous group, we will bring you very close to various customs, dialects, languages and tradition that need to be respected, by respecting the local customs and Culture  in turn, you’ll be better respected as a visitor, learn more about this in our package tours that we offer.Zanzibar Eddie Tours contributes to community and environmental sustainability of Zanzibar. Ecotourism refers to ecologically sensitive travel that combines the discovering and understanding flora and fauna with opportunities to contribute to their protection. Integral to ecotourism is sensitivity to traditional cultures of the people around.For those interested in history and Culture, Zanzibar is rich of historical ruins to explore. We have a close association and detailed knowledge with the Zanzibar Island as we are located here.Tanzania is among the best safari destinations. Various features, including Kilimanjaro Mountain, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Selous Game Reserve and the Mafia Island, offer excellent holidays opportunities; from wildlife safaris in the national parks and game reserves, cultural and historical tours, diving and snorkeling, to keen hiking and climbing in the mountains.

$4050 Cultural & Theme Tours

09 Days Southern Tanzania Budget Road Safari

Day 1 : Dar es Salaam  - Selous Game ReserveDepart from Dar es Salaam city centre or Arusha  by 4x4 to the Selous Game Reserve to start your exciting African budget safari.Enjoy a late lunch at the Rufiji River Camp. Embark on an afternoon game drive in the reserve, and then return to Rufiji River Camp  or  Lake Manze Tented Camp for dinner and overnightDay 2 : Selous Game ReserveEnjoy a full day game viewing in the reserve. Participate in some classic – style game drives - exploring the bush in open 4 x 4 vehicles. Waterbuck, southern reed buck and bushbuck are common in the Selous. Rare sable antelope, lion and greater kudu also frequent this area.Meals and overnight at Lake Manze Tented CampDay 3 & 4 : Selous Game ReserveAfter breakfast, accompany an armed ranger on a waking safari in the reserve. The sights and sounds (and smells) of a walking safari are a special treat that will live long in your memory. The thrill of creeping up to animals to shoot them with your camera is a great experience. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat safari where you will explore the different channels and lakes of the Rufiji River System, surrounded by hippos and crocodiles. A large variety of herons, storks, ducks, stilts, and other water birds may be seen. And you also see land mammals, such as giraffe and elephants.Meals and overnight at Lake Manze Tented CampDay 5 : Selous Game Reserve  to Ruaha National ParkAfter breakfast drive to Ruaha National Park, which is famous for its rare sable antelope, roan antelope, and big herds of elephants. The park represents a transition zone where eastern and southern African flora and fauna overlap. Although Ruaha is one of the largest parks in Africa, it is comparatively unknown and, due to its remoteness, remains unspoiled.Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River LodgeDay  6 & 7: Ruaha National ParkEnjoy a full day game drive in the park. Nearly 500 bird species have been sighted within the park. The river area features large numbers of hippo and crocodile and attracts lion, leopard, hunting dog, waterbuck, impala, giraffe, warthog and eland. Grants gazelle, ostrich and cheetah may be seen on the plains.Meals and overnight at Ruaha River LodgeDay 8: Ruaha National Park to Mikumi National ParkAfter an early breakfast drive to Mikumi National Park. Lunch at Vuma Hill Tented Camp, followed by an evening game drive in Mikumi National Park. The park is well known for its population of elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, elands, and greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope.Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hill Tented Lodge.Day 9: Mikumi National Park back to Dares SalaamAfter breakfast, enjoy another game drive in Mikumi National Park. Return to the camp for lunch and then depart for your return to Dar es Salaam .Drop off in the city centre.

$700 Cultural & Theme Tours

3-Day Selous Game Reserves Safari

Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Selous Game ReserveIn the morning of 8:30 am we will pick you at your hotel in Dar es salaam and depart to Selous Game Reserve with a stop for a picnic lunch on the way. The journey will take 5 hours. There will be a late afternoon boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River. This brings you into close contact with hippo, crocodile, and fantastic bird life. Animals make their way to the river to drink and boats may approach elephant, lions, buffaloes, giraffes, waterbuck, and other game on the river banks within a few meters. Crocodile glide into the water as your boat approaches and hippo appear in frightening proximity, grunting and blowing steam. Dinner and overnight will be at Selous Jimbiza Camp. The camp have private bathroom and toilet inside the room. Day 2: Full Game Drive in Selous Game ReserveYou will have a full day in the Selous Game Reserve explorating the reserve by 4 wheel drive vehicle. The permit will allow you to have good photographic opportunities and the chance to explore different sections of vast park. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest in Africa, covering 54,600 square kilometer. Selous is famous for its elephants, 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. Dinner and overnight will be at Selous Jimbiza Camp.  Day 3: Walking Safari at Selous then Drive to Dar es SalaamEarly morning before breakfast, you will have a wilderness walking safari that will give you a particularly intimate feel for the African wilds. Walking safaris offer a good chance of seeing giraffe, zebra, elephant, and good birding. It starts in the morning with the guidance of an local experienced guide. This takes 2 hours before you come back to the campsite for breakfast and later drive back to Dar es Salaam. You will arrive there around 4 pm and be dropped off at the hotel, airport or connect the speed boat to Zanzibar that leave daily at 4:30 pm. 

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