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5 Days Exciting Safari in Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

Selous Mapumziko Lodge, Selous, Tanzania

Tanzania Wildlife Safari

Come and join this 5-day safari in Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Starting and ending at Dar es Salaam, this safari will take you to the greater Selous ecosystem and give you the rare chance to experience the real African wilderness adventure in the few untouched areas of Tanzania.

Key information:

  • Private and group safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Group size: Minimum 2 persons, maximum 12 persons.
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 5 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting and ending point: Dar es Salaam
  • Languages: English speaking guide.
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 4 exciting game drives
  • A boat safari at Selous Game Reserve
  • Early morning walking safari at Selous Game Reserve
  • Chances to see elephants, lions, crocodile, zebra, and giraffes
  • Visit Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Julius Nyerere International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Selous Mapumziko Lodge (2 nights)

Selous Mapumziko lodge is a budget lodge safari located at the heart of the famous Selous game reserve in southern Tanzania. It is a locally owned and managed by Tanzanians who are passionate about nature and the environment.

Like a small jewel in the Selous vicinity, near Mloka village, the lodge offers a breathtaking view of the Rufiji River which runs just a few meters away from the lodge’s edge. The service is of high quality offered by local staff who are well trained and experienced.

Selous Mapumziko Lodge provides local food which Tanzanians used for their meals. Like bananas, stiff porridge, sweet potatoes, rice, beans, fishes, vegetables, and seasonal fruits.

Facilities

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Balcony

Camp Bastian Mikumi (2 nights)

Camp Bastian Mikumi offers a different type of accommodation to suit all needs. The camp consists of seven chalets in different sizes and a campsite. All the chalets are decorated with locally made furniture and fabrics to keep an authentic atmosphere.

Camp Bastian Mikumi is a unique tourist camp just outside of the Mikumi National Park. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a warm and friendly atmosphere. This camp is a perfect choice for your tours and safaris in Southern Tanzania or if you just need a peaceful rest while on the road.

Facilities

  • Mosquito net
  • Ceiling fan
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Shower
  • Verandah

Program

Day 1: Dar Es Salaam - Selous Game Reserve

You will be picked up at the airport or hotel, and later drive to the Selous which will take four to five hours. You will take part in an afternoon boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River. You can see plenty of hippos, crocodiles, and bird's life. Overnight at the Selous Mapumziko Lodge and all meals are included.

Day 2: Selous Game Reserve

You will participate in walking safaris, private game drives in Selous Game Reserve, and boating safaris. Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary, with an area of 54,600 kilometers square which is bigger than Denmark and four times the size of Serengeti!

Selous has the world’s largest number of large game animals such as elephant, buffalo, and rhinos. It also contains wildebeest, eland, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, impala, hippo, leopard, and lion, and also not to mention over 350 species of birds. Dinner and overnight at the Selous Mapumziko Lodge. All meals included.

Day 3: Drive from Selous Game Reserve - Mikumi National Park

In the morning, you will depart to Mikumi National Park while crossing through northern Selous. As soon as you arrive, you will have an afternoon game drive. Overnight at Camp Bastian.

Day 4: Mikumi National Park

You will go for full-day game drives in the Mikumi National Park. Whilst on safari, you can see a rich variety of bird species, as well as large numbers of giraffe, buffalo, and elephants. If you are lucky 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. Overnight in Camp Bastian.

Day 5: Mikumi National Park - Dar Es Salaam

You will experience morning game drive in Mikumi then drive to Dar Es Salaam.

Location

This safari will take place at Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.

Selous Game Reserve

The park is named after an Englishman, Frederick Courtney Selous, a conservationist, hunter, explorer, and author, whose adventure books on Africa became best sellers in Victorian England. The park varies from rolling grassy woodlands and plains to rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River, the lifeblood of the park, whose tributaries form a network of lakes, lagoons, and channels.

Volcanic hot springs even burst forth in places. The Rufiji offers a superb method of game viewing especially during the dry season when animals congregate.

Mikumi National Park

With the thriving big game and hundreds of bird species, Mikumi National Park offers a real safari experience as a day trip from Dar Es Salaam. Make the most of your time in Tanzania with a full-day, private tour for up to four people that includes morning and afternoon game drives, park entrance fees, lunch, and door-to-door transport.

This is Tanzania’s fourth-largest national park and the most accessible from Dar es Salaam. With almost guaranteed year-round wildlife sightings, Mikumi makes an ideal safari destination for those without much time. Within its 3230 square kilometers – set between the Uluguru Mountains to the northeast, the Rubeho Mountains to the northwest, and the Lumango Mountains to the southeast – Mikumi hosts buffaloes, wildebeests, giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras, leopards, crocodiles, and more, and chances are high that you’ll see a respectable sampling of these within a short time of entering the park.

The most reliable wildlife watching is around the Mkata floodplain, to the northwest of the main road, with the open vistas of the small but lovely Millennium ('Little Serengeti') area as highlight. This area is especially good for spotting buffaloes – often quite near the roadside – as well as giraffes, elephants, and zebras. Another attraction: the Hippo Pools, just northwest of the main entry gate, where you can watch hippos wallowing and snorting at close range, plus do some fine birding.

Mikumi is an important educational and research center. Among the various projects being carried out is an ongoing field study of yellow baboons, which is one of just a handful of such long-term primate studies on the continent.

Food

You will be served with meals mentioned in the itinerary. Mineral water will also be provided during the safari. Please inform Gecko Adventure Tanzania in advance for other dietary requirement during the safari.

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

Things to do (optional)

If you are interested, Gecko Adventure Tanzania can arrange Zanzibar extension after the safari.

What's included

  • 1 boat safari at Rufiji river
  • 1 walking safari at Selous Game Reserve
  • 4 game drives
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water, tea, and coffee
  • All the mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • All transports
  • Flying doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
  • Transfer from and to Dar es Salaam airport or hotel

What's not included

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Optional activities

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. Gecko Adventure Tanzania will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Julius Nyerere International Airport Airport transfer included: Julius Nyerere International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This safari requires a minimum of two participants.

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