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3 Days Typical Safari From Butembo Lodge in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Selous Butembo Lodge and Campsite, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Unforgettable Tanzania Safari

Begin your true African Safari and an adventure of a lifetime through this safari in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania, with Selous Butembo Lodge and Camp Site. With experienced guides, you will explore and discover the magic of unspoiled Selous, its superb wildlife and pristine landscapes for lifetime irreplaceable memories. They plan trips that you will remember for a lifetime. Together, you will find the next big adventure that is perfectly tailored to you!

Overview

  • Starting point: Dar es Salaam
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: hippos, crocodiles, birds, African wild dog, elephants, buffalos, lions, elands, bushbuck, giraffes, impalas, baboons, zebras, greater kudus, and sable antelopes

Highlights

  • 1 full-day game viewing
  • 1 boat safari and 1 walking safari
  • Includes game reserve conservation fee
  • Chances to see hippos, crocodiles, birds, and African wild dog
  • Inspiring and educational cultural village tour
  • Transport for Selous Game Reserve safari
  • 3 daily meals and drinking water
  • 2 nights of accommodation

Styles


3 activity days
Airport transfer included: Julius Nyerere International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lounge

You will spend two nights at Selous Butembo Lodge, which is perched on the edge of the mighty Rufiji River. The tents are generously structured with a safari atmosphere, tastefully furnished, and with en-suite toilets, sinks, and showers. All tents are facing the Rufiji River. Nights are spent in the spacious tents raised on a platform, blending with the surroundings and offering you stunning expansive view of the mighty Rufiji River. All tents have verandas with the magnificent view of the Rufiji. The tents are en-suite with hot water. In here, you will sleep under the stars listening only to a myriad of bush sounds around you.

Butembo Lodge is small, with only seven tents: four tents with one king-sized double beds as well as an extra small bed on request; and three tents with two king-sized double beds suited for a group of people or parents with two children. The open-sided dining room offers a selection of seating areas, a charming lounge, and a safari bar. Breakfast and lunch in the dining room include an array of international choices, as well as a full English breakfast.

Program

Day 1: Fly or drive to Selous Game Reserve

The three-day Selous Game Reserve safari will start from Dar es Salaam on a 40-minute flight to the Selous Mtemere Airstrip. This is the beginning of your bush adventure in the African wilderness, where you will spend two or three nights at Selous Butembo Tented Lodge, which is perched on the edge of the mighty Rufiji River. The tents are generously structured with a safari atmosphere, tastefully furnished and with en-suite toilets, sinks, and showers. All tents are facing the Rufiji River.

If you are flying, the driver / guide will welcome and greet you with coffee; after which you will start your game drive with a packed lunch. You will arrive in early afternoon, take a light lunch, and relax before you start off for a boat safari on the great Rufiji River. This late afternoon boat trip is an ideal beginning to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the snaking Rufiji River with its famed hippos, crocodiles, and beautiful birdlife. The sunset on the boat can be stunning - there is nothing quite like the serenity of the river while the sun dips below the horizon. Then, you will go back to the Butembo Lodge for dinner and overnight stay on full board basis.

Day 2: Full day game drive

Enjoy a full day game viewing in the reserve. Participate in some classic style game drives - exploring the bush in 4x4 vehicles. During the game drives, one might be lucky enough to see a pack of African wild dog, even though they are becoming extinct in most parts of Africa, they are thriving in the Selous. Just bear in mind that the Selous Game Reserve is larger than Switzerland and Denmark and has the largest population of elephant in Tanzania, as well as large number of buffalos, hippos, and wild dogs. To be seen also are an array of lions, elands, bushbuck, giraffes, impalas, baboons, zebras, crocodiles, and greater kudus, just to name but a few. Also, it might be your lucky day to spot the rare sable antelope.

After a picnic lunch under a shade of a giant baobab, you are ready for yet another feast of the eyes and ears. You will spend the afternoon watching and enjoying the animals in their different habitats. Late afternoon game drives are enchanting. This is the time when most animals are returning from hunting and are preparing for the night. The light is magic and the color is mesmerizing, not to mention the vastness of the savannah under the blue skies of the great Selous. In the early evening, you will return back to Butembo Lodge for your dinner and rest.

Day 3: Walking safari

The walking safari starts as early as 06:00. The crispy fresh African air mixed with the wild waft of the animals evokes your sense of smell to the intoxication unique bush odors of Africa. This allows you to get a real feel of the African bush. The sights, sounds, and smells of a walking safari are a special treat that will live a long in your memory. The thrill of being close up to the animals and to shoot them with your camera is one of the greatest unforgettable experiences one carries back to the civilized world. Thereafter, you will go back to the Butembo Lodge for breakfast. The hours before an early lunch are for resting after an early walking safari, which can be a bit taxing depending on the weather.

In the afternoon, you will go out to the village a cultural village tour, which involves a gentle walk around the village. This is your opportunity to meet and see, if you so wish, the villagers, and learn a bit of their lives. The cultural village tour enables you to have a meaningful connection with the host community, helps in understanding the local culture as well as other social, economic, and environmental issues. Butembo Lodge is a patron of the local primary school, you might want to go and see how rural schools look like in Tanzania and the headmaster will be happy to welcome you.

The tour will end in Dar es salaam

Note: This entire itinerary is flexible and therefore open to change depending on what you want to do if time allows.

Included excursions

You can enjoy a cultural village tour during the safari.

Location

This safari will take you to explore Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Selous Game Reserve is Africa's largest game reserve and to date one of the best kept secrets among Africa’s tourism connoisseurs. The expansive vastness of Selous Game Reserve gives a feeling of being the only one in the area unlike the zoo-like parks in the north. Its meandering rivers and lakes are the lifeblood to a game reserve that hosts phenomenal volumes of fauna and flora; including Africa's largest elephant and wild dog populations, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and lion prides. It’s a paradise for bird watchers.

Features

Activities

  • Boating

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • River

Services

  • Free bottled water

Food

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)
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)

You can visit the local primary school if you want to go and see how rural schools look like in Tanzania.

What's included

  • 1 boat safari, 1 full day classic game viewing, and 1 walking safari
  • A cultural village tour
  • Game reserve conservation fee
  • Guide services
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Transport for Selous Game Reserve Safari
  • Full board meals
  • Bottled drinking water while on the game drive

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.
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Children under 5 are free.

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