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Boat and Walking Safari in Tanzania

Let African Pangolin Safaris guide you every step of the way in this safari in Nyerere National Park (Formerly Selous Game Reserve), the largest National Park in Tanzania. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature. Its wildlife is spectacular, with some of its mammal and reptile populations are largest in Africa. There is a large population of predators including and about 440 species of birds in this Park. This is a private tour, only your group will participate.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Group size: 2 to 32 persons
  • Children policy: Minimum age of children is 2 years
  • Starting point and ending point: Dar es Salaam
  • Languages: English speaking driver/guide (other language on request)
  • Park fees are included


  • Boat safari in Rufiji River
  • 1 game drive and walking safari in Selous Game Reserve
  • You will see elephants, crocodiles, hippos, lions, wild dogs, buffaloes, impalas, baboons, zebra, and wildebeest
  • Transport in a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers


3 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 32 participants
Airport transfer available:
Julius Nyerere International Airport (US$35 per person)
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During this safari, you will be accommodated in Hippo Tented Camp. The camp is a standard accommodation located in the forest of buffer zone area with a nice view of Rufiji River. It is only two kilometers from the border of Selous Game Reserve. They have several tented camp facing the view of the river with toilet and shower inside. Animals like bush baby and some primate like blue colobus monkey and black and white colobus monkey take residence here.


Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Nyerere NP - Afternoon Boat Safari

Morning depart for Nyerere NP, you will have a short break for hot lunch in Kibiti. The journey to Nyerere NP will take about five to six hours. Arrive for an afternoon boat safari along the mighty Great Rufiji River. This boat safari brings you into close contact with hippos, crocodiles, and fantastic birdlife.

The animals make their way to the river to drink and the boat may approach elephants, waterbucks, and other on the river banks to within a few meters. Crocodiles glide into the water as your boat approaches and hippos appear in frightening proximity, grunting and blowing steam.

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Full Day Game drive in Nyerere NP

You will have full day game drive In Nyerere NP, exploration of the Reserve by 4WD vehicle. You will have good photographic opportunities and the chance to explore different sections of this vast park. Nyerere National Park is the largest National Park in Tanzania, covering the area of 30,800 square kilometers. Selous is famous for its Elephants, commonly seen are lions, wild dogs, buffaloes, bushbuck, impalas, elands, baboons, zebra, wildebeest, and greater kudu.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Walking safari in the Wild then drive to Dar es Salaam.

Wake up early in the morning and have a cup of coffee or tea, then go out for wilderness walking safari with guidance of an armed ranger which will take two to two and a half hours. This walking safari will give you a particularly intimate feel for African wild. You will get the chance to touch the nature, see the different foot print and droppings of different wild animals and small creatures that you can’t see them during the game drive.

After the walking safari, you will go back to the camp for breakfast then pack your stuff and start drive back to Dar es Salaam with packed lunch. Drop off at your hotel, ferry, or airport for your next destination.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Included excursions

  • Boat Safari
  • Walking Safari
  • Unlimited game drive


Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa, located in the south of Tanzania. It was named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist, who died at Behobeho in his territory in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during the First World War. Selous Game Reserve was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature.

The reserve covers a total area of 54,600 square kilometers and has additional buffer zones. Its wildlife is spectacular, with some of its mammal and reptile populations are largest in Africa, namely buffaloes, elephants, hippos, wild dogs, and crocodiles.

Other wildlife include the lions, leopards, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, zebra, eland, the greater kudu, sable antelopes, giraffe, baboon, the vervet monkeys, blue colobus monkeys, and the black and white colobus monkey which can be seen in certain riverine forests moving from tree to tree in family groups. There is a large population of predators including and about 440 species of birds in the Selous, of both resident and migratory birds.

The area was first designated a protected area in 1896 by the German Governor of Tanganyika Hermann von Wissmann, and became a hunting reserve in 1905. Most of the reserve remains set aside for game hunting through a number of privately leased hunting concessions, but a section of the northern part along the Rufiji River has been designated a photographic zone and is a popular tourist destination. There are several low to high range lodges and camps mainly situated along the river and lake systems in this area.

Walking safaris are permitted in the Selous through game inhabited bushes in the company of an armed ranger. Also, boat safari on the Rufiji River is a popular activity. The reserve can be accessed by road from Morogoro or Dar es Salaam, or small aircraft from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.

This is good combination of the both Game Drives in 4X4 motor vehicles with boat and walking safari, offer an exciting and richer game viewing itinerary unique to the Selous Game Reserve.

The best time to visit the Selous Game Reserve is from June to October. During the long rains, between March and May, some parts of the Selous become impassable and are temporarily closed for game drives.


You will be provided with two breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners, as well as drinking water during your safari. Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 game drive
  • Boat safari in Rufiji River
  • Walking safari in the wild
  • Services of an English speaking driver / guide
  • Transport in a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Drinking water during the safari
  • All park fees
  • All concession fees

What's not included

  • Local and International flights
  • Tips
  • Beverages and alcohol drinks
  • Medical insurance
  • All things of personal nature

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. African Pangolin Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Julius Nyerere International Airport Airport transfer available: Julius Nyerere International Airport (US$35 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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  • Children from 3 to15 years will get discount price please send your inquiry.
  • Big group from 7+ will get good discount price
  • For lower budget or upgrading your accommodtion/lodge please ask for quote.

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