5 days Selous safari overview
Africa’s largest and oldest game reserve is one of its most scenic wildlife destinations; the Selous is utterly beautiful. The beauty of the park is matched by the quality of a safari here; boating, walking and fly camping compliment standard game driving in thriving wildlife areas. This is an outrageously good safari park and an essential component of any southern circuit itinerary.
The Selous is a superb safari destination for both family safaris and African honeymoons, all the better for the ease of getting there and the lack of crowds. The park has the widest diversity of safari activities in the country, offering the boating safaris as well as standard game drives, walking safaris and legendary fly camping trips.
The sheer volume of game in the Selous is outstanding with statistics putting most parks in Africa to shame. Elephant, buffalo and lion are ‘arguably’ found in no greater numbers year round anywhere on the planet. But it is the Selous’ reputation as the last true stronghold for African wild dog that draws the enthusiasts.
DAY 1- DEPART TO SELOUS & AN EVENING BOAT SAFARI
Pick you up at the hotel/airport in Dar es Salaam at 07:30 am and then depart to Selous Game Reserve (a 5 – 6 hours drive) with lunch break on the way, arriving at Selous in the afternoon.
In the evening, go for an evening boat safari through the Rufiji River. Here you can experience the aquatic life mostly crocodiles and hippos, also you can see some animals come for drinking, also you can see uncountable number of bird species since the reserve has over 440 known species of birds while enjoying an amazing reserve’s sunset. Back in the late evening for dinner and over night
DAY 2-FULL DAY GAME DRIVE AT SELOUS GAME RESERVE
Early breakfast at 07.00 and then drive to the Selous Game Reserve. All 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. Wonderful scenery, with varied topography: wetlands, dry grassland, light acacia forest and higher ground with long views to far-off mountains.
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 camp by 6.30 for sunset dinner and over night
DAY 3- AN EARLY MORNING WALKING SAFARI & DEPART TO MIKUMI (with On-Route Game Drive)
An early morning walking safari with a Bushman across the reserve’s environment to learn various histories (including traditional trees for medicines, various animals footprints and other small animals which you cannot see during the game drive). Then back to the camp for breakfast.
After breakfast, drive for 6 – 7 hours to Mikumi with packed lunch boxes while crossing in the middle of the Selous Game Reserve; this once again provides you a chance of enjoying the wildlife; arriving to Mikumi in the evening. On arrival check-in and stay the night dinner and over night
DAY 4- FULL DAY GAME DRIVE AT MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, go for a full day game drive across the park while passing Mikumi’s most attractive point – The Mkata floodplain until sunset. Back in the late evening for dinner and stay the overnight
Mikumi National Park: During game drive at the park, you can see a rich variety of bird species – the park has over 400 species of birds, as well as large numbers of giraffe, buffalo and elephants. You may also be able to spot lions, leopards and African wild dogs. Likely to be seen animals include zebras, hippos, hartebeest, wildebeest, impala, warthog, eland and antelope.
DAY 5- HALF DAY GAME DRIVE AT MIKUMI & DEPART TO DAR ES SALAAM
After breakfast, go for a half day game drive across the Mikumi National Park, and later depart to Dar es Salaam back to the hotel/catch a flight back home
End of Safari Services!!!
The safari and tour prices include
- Accommodation as per category stipulated in the itinerary.
- Transportation 4 x 4 safari land cruiser with a pop-up roof for game viewing & photography.
- Services of an English speaking driver-guide.
- All game viewing drives.
- All parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
- All Government taxes and levies.
- Complimentary 2 liters mineral water per person per game drive in the safari vehicle.
- All arrival and departure transfers.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
The safari and tour prices exclude
- All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc. Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s). Budget approx.. $ 2.00 – $ 4.00 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff and $ 5.00 - $ 10.00 per person per day for driver-guides).
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- International flight
- Laundry services.
- Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
- Visa fees.
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