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5 Days Selous and Mikumi Tanzania Safaris

Selous Hippo Camp or Selous Kinga Lodge, Selous Game Reserve - Vamos Hotel or Tanswiss Lodge, Mikumi National Park

Game Drive and Boat Safari Tanzania

Join Nyasi Adventure for an authentic African safari experience in Tanzania. This safari allows you to experience a full-day game drive in Selous Game Reserve, enjoy an evening boat safari through the Rufiji River, and savor the wonderful scenery of dry grassland and light acacia forest. See the abundant animals, a rich variety of bird species, and even the rare African hunting dog. Join Nyasi Adventure for this fantastic safari, and get the most out of your holiday!

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Highlights

  • Canoeing safari
  • A morning walking safari
  • Safari game drive in a private 4WD with a pop-top roof
  • Services of professional safari guide
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Daily meals

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Accommodation

You will stay either in Selous Hippo Camp or Selous Kinga Lodge on the first and second day, and stay at Vamos Hotel or Tanswiss Lodge on the remaining days.

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.

Selous Kinga Lodge

Selous Kinga Lodge is strategically and exclusively positioned on the banks of the awesome Rufiji River with the amazing Selous Game Reserve as the next door neighbors. Staying at this 20 beds safari lodge is an excellent and memorable experience filled with adventurous wild nature moments by the day and romantic relaxing ambiance by the night.

The rooms are beautifully designed and furnished in a romantic way, and equipped with en-suite facilities, private bathroom, a lounge, and spacious bedroom area, which is either double or twin bedded. There is an outside veranda with comfortable seats to closely enjoy the sounds and smell of the African bush and the sightings of resident game passing by.

Tanswiss Lodge

Tanswiss lodge is located in Mikumi. They offer comfortable double room and cozy bungalows. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, fan, satellite television, mosquito nets, and a balcony. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower. There is also a swimming pool, bar, restaurant, garden, and laundry service.

which acts as a catchment area for water that is used domestically in the village and for irrigation in the sugarcane plantations.

Vamos Hotel

The hotel is located within the vicinity of Mikumi National Park, which has an area of 3230 square kilometers. Vamos Hotel comprises of 16 rooms classic furnishings that evoke a feeling of comfort and convenience. The rooms feature complimentary telephone, air conditioning and fan, mosquito nets, working desk and executive chair, fresh air ventilation and wide sunlight windows, multichannel remote controlled television, and electric power sockets for laptop and cell phones.

Program

Day 1 - Depart to Selous and an evening boat safari

You will be picked up at the hotel or airport in Dar es Salaam at 7:30 a.m., and then depart to Selous Game Reserve, which takes around five to six hours. Lunch break on the way, and you will arrive at Selous in the afternoon.

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 coming to drink and you can also see an uncountable number of birdlife since the reserve has over 440 species of birds, while enjoying an amazing reserve’s sunset. You will be back in the late evening for dinner and stay the night at Selous Hippo Camp or Selous Kinga Lodge. 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 to the camp by 6:30 p.m. for sunset and dinner when you are ready. You will stay overnights at Selous Hippo Camp or Selous Kinga Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 3 - An early morning walking safari at Selous and depart to Mikumi

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. Back to the camp for breakfast afterwards.

After breakfast, drive for six to seven 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. You will arrive in Mikumi in the evening. Upon arrival, check in and stay the night at Vamos Hotel or Camp Bastian. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 4 - Full day game drive at Mikumi National Park

After an early breakfast, go for a full-day game drive across the park while passing Mikumi's most attractive point, The Mkata floodplain, until sunset. During the game drive, you can see 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.

Back in the late evening, you will get a hot dinner when you are ready, and spend the night at Vamos Hotel or Camp Bastian. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 5 - Half day game drive at Mikumi and depart to Dar es Salaam

After an early breakfast, go for a half-day game drive across the park to enjoy the wildlife, then depart at around 12:00 p.m. to Dar es Salaam with lunch on the way. You will arrive in the late evening. Upon arrival, Nyasi Adventure will take you back to the hotel or to catch a flight back home. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Included excursions

You will have game drives at Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park, experience canoeing safari at Rufiji River, and enjoy a walking safari at Selous Game Reserve.

Guides

Davis

Location

The safari will take place in Mikumi National Park and Selous Game Reserve.

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is the third largest national park after Serengeti, covering an area of about 3,230 square kilometers. It abuts the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve, Selous Game Reserve. The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata floodplain, the popular counter pierce of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti plains.

The Mkata River floodplain supports large population of wildlife, including buffalo, wild dog, eland, elephant, giraffe, hartebeest, zebra, leopard, antelope, greater kudu, and many others. More than 400 bird species have been recorded with such colorful common residents, such as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longalow, and bateleur eagle. The Mikumi National Park is accessible all year round due to its fine roads, which never get affected by the rains dropping during the wet season.

Selous Game Reserve

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.

Selous Game Reserve 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.

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
  • Enjoy the view of Rufiji River from your own veranda
  • Listen to all the nighttime animal sounds
  • Relax in the camp
  • Visit a local community at the nearby village of Mloka

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All wildlife reserve or park entry fees
  • Bottled drinking water during the safari
  • Canoeing safari in Rufiji River
  • Daily game drives
  • Daily meals as per itinerary
  • Safari in a 4WD car with pop-up roof
  • Services of a professional safari guide
  • Walking safari in Selous Game Reserve

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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