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3 Days Selous Game Reserve Safari in Tanzania

Selous Hippo Camp, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

African Wildlife Safaris Tanzania

Discover the abundant wildlife in one of the largest fauna reserves of the world, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Experience the unique aquatic life to see hippo and crocodile, a day game drive in a specially modified safari vehicle, a walking safari to see various animal footprints, and watch a great variety of birds while enjoying an amazing reserve’s sunset. Escape the crowd, and join Nyasi Adventure for the authentic African holiday experience!

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Highlights

  • Boat and walking safari
  • See a great variety of animals and birdlife
  • Safari game drive in a private 4WD with a pop-top roof
  • Services of professional safari guide
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Daily meals

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Accommodation

During the safari, you will be accommodated in Selous Hippo Camp. It is the Selous Game Reserve luxury tented camp with its own waterhole, situated on the banks of the great Rufiji River on the edge of the Selous Game Reserve.

In this camp, you can enjoy the personal style of the canvas tented and VIP wooden huts, watch the hippos play overlooking the Rufiji River from your own veranda, and you can also view the waterhole from the tree hut and observe the gathering and behavior of elephants, giraffes, warthogs, and large variety of other games.

Program

Day 1 - Depart to Selous Game Reserve and an evening boat safari

You will be picked up at the airport or in Dar es Salaam, then driven to Selous Game Reserve, which takes approximately five to six hours with lunch on the way. Upon arrival, check in at Selous Hippo Camp. In the evening, go for an evening boat safari through the Rufiji River.

This safari allows you to experience the aquatic life, mostly crocodiles and hippos. You can see some animals come for drinking and you can also see an uncountable number of bird species since the reserve has over 440 species of birds, while enjoying an amazing reserve’s sunset. Back in the late evening for dinner and stay the night at Selous Hippo Camp. Lunch and dinner are included.

Day 2 - Full day game drive at Selous Game Reserve

You will have an early breakfast at 7:00 a.m., and then drive to the Selous Game Reserve. You will have a full-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 rare African hunting dog.

There will also be a great variety of bird species with wonderful scenery and varied topography: wetlands, dry grassland, light acacia forest, and higher ground with long views of far-off mountains. Enjoy your packed lunch and time to rest. Your guide will select a location with shade and water nearby to watch the animals coming to drink, a place with a clear view all round, so that no predator can creep up unseen.

You will be back at Selous Hippo Camp by 6:30 p.m. for sunset and dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 3 - Early morning walking safari and depart to Dar es Salaam

You will have an early morning walking safari with a bushman across the reserve’s environment to learn various histories, including traditional trees for medicines, various animal footprints, and other small animals which you cannot see during the game drive. You will go back to the camp for breakfast afterwards.

After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam with lunch on the way. You will arrive in the early evening, and Nyasi Adventure will take you back to the hotel or catch your flight back home. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Included excursions

You will experience river boat safari, safari in a 4WD vehicle, and a walking safari to see the abundant wildlife in Selous Game Reserve.

Guides

Davis

Location

The safari will take place in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve with an area of about 55,000 square kilometers. It is bigger than Switzerland and almost twice the size of Belgium.

Its quietness and the rivers and lakes are the lifeblood to a park that hosts phenomenal volumes of game, including the Africa’s largest elephant and wild dog populations, and probably the largest hippo, buffalo, crocodile, and lion prides. It is home to some of Africa’s best boat safaris, walking, and camping trips, making the Selous the park in the country with the greatest diversity of safari activities.

Selous has over 440 known species of birds. Lions are particularly strong here and there are a large number of leopards as well. The reserve is rich of wildlife animals like buffalo, giraffe, eland, hyena, sable, hippo, crocodile, kudu, baboon, zebra, impala, colobus, and velvet monkeys.

Unlike Ruaha and Mikumi, Selous is a classic dry season park, preferably to be visited from end of May to January. June to November is the best time for the greatest concentrations of game, though game viewing is very good in specific areas throughout the year.

Food

You have included in the price three daily meals, starting with lunch on arrival day, and finishing with lunch on departure day. You will also be offered a bottle of water during the safari.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Enjoy the magnificence of a Selous river sunset
  • Listen to all the nighttime animal sounds
  • See the babies foraging with the hippo snorting close by
  • Watch the hippos play overlooking the Rufiji River from your own veranda

Spa treatments

Massage or other treatments can be booked at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All wildlife reserve or park entry fees
  • Bottled drinking water during the safari
  • Daily game drives
  • Daily meals as per itinerary
  • River boat safari and a walking safari
  • Services of a professional safari guide
  • Transport in a 4WD car with pop-up roof

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Optional activities
  • Optional treatments
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities for safari guide and camp staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport fees

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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