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The undiscovered south as an animal paradise

Selous is the largest protected reserve in Africa – three times larger than the Serengeti and with one of the highest concentrations of wildlife. The little visited areas of southern Tanzania provide some of the most spectacular natural and cultural highlights of any visit to Africa. Vast tracts of wilderness such as Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park offer distinctive safari opportunities without the crowds found in the better known parks.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $2000 - $5000
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 9 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited Ruaha, Selous, Mikumi
Activity level Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Camping
  • Birding
Selous is the largest protected reserve in Africa – three times larger than the Serengeti and with one of the highest concentrations of wildlife. The little visited areas of southern Tanzania provide some of the most spectacular natural and cultural highlights of any visit to Africa. Vast tracts of wilderness such as Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park offer distinctive safari opportunities without the crowds found in the better known parks. From Dar es Salaam you drive to Selous, where you spend the next days before going on to Mikumi and Ruaha. You will also visit Iringa and Morogoro before you drive back to Dar es Salaam.

Day 1 - Dar es Salaam to Selous
Meet at your hotel or airport (depending on landing time) and drive by 4 wheel-drives to Selous Game Reserve. Arrive late afternoon at Rufiji River Camp, which is located on the river just inside the reserve on the eastern approach. The tented Camp is situated in the north eastern part of the Selous Game Reserve on a high bank overlooking the mighty Rufiji River and plain beyond. Picnic lunch on the way. Afternoon boat safari, along the Rufiji River. Those who experience this safari can verify the fact that this mighty river boasts Africa’s highest concentration of hippopotamus. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 - Selous
Breakfast. Full day game view drive of Selous Game Reserve. Selous, Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary with an area of 54,600 sq km is larger than Denmark and 4 times the size of Serengeti. It has the World's largest number of big game - elephant, buffalo, rhino, sable antelope. Selous also contains wildebeest, eland, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, impala, hippo, leopard and lion. There are about 350 species of birdlife. Picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 - Selous
After breakfast, boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River. Bird-life can be seen along the banks of the river. Lunch at the camp. Walking safari - This safari allows an intimate impression of the African bush and wildlife, which is unforgettable and brings you closest to pristine nature. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4 - Selous
After breakfast game drive. Lunch at the camp. Another boat safari. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5 - Mikumi
After breakfast, drive to Mikumi. (Picnic lunch on the way). Dinner and overnight.

Day 6 - Ruaha
Breakfast. Depart for Ruaha. Stop in Iringa for lunch. Short game drive of Ruaha National Park. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7 - Ruaha
Breakfast at the Lodge. Full day game drive in Ruaha National Park. Ruaha, with an area of 10,300 sq. km, is the second largest park and second largest elephant sanctuary in Tanzania. The great Ruaha River, which flows along its entire eastern border creating spectacular gorges and scenery, features a large number of hippos and crocodiles. The wide variety of animals include Greater and Lesser Kudu, Roan and Sable Antelope. Birdlife is rich, with over 370 species recorded (picnic lunch on the way). Dinner and overnight.

Day 8 - Iringa and Morogoro
After breakfast, short game drive in Ruaha National Park. Depart for Iringa. Lunch at Iringa. Depart for Morogoro. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9 - Dar es Salaam
Drive to Dar es Salaam. The city is centred on the harbour where traditionally rigged dhows complete with modern cargo ships are harboured. The city itself has an eclectic mix of Swahili, German, Asian and British architecture, reflecting its colonial past and more recent history. It is a relatively new city. Sultan Majid bin Said of Zanzibar saw the potential of Dar as a deepwater port because of its strategic position at the centre of the East African coast. In 1886 he began work on his palace, built of coral blocks, hewn on Changuu Island off Zanzibar. He died before its completion and the palace fell into ruin. He gave the port its name, “Haven of Peace”.
Depending on your flight, you are brought to the airport or your hotel for another night (not included).

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Selous River Camp
  • Mikumi Wildlife Camp
  • Ruaha Hilltop Lodge
  • ARC Hotel
  • and many more

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