SELOUS GAME RESERVE
Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve.
Arrival at Dar es Salaam International Airport and Overnight. Depart from Dar es Salaam City centre by 4×4 to the Selous Game Reserve to start your Tanzania safari experience. At 21,235 square miles (55,000 sq km), Selous is almost twice the size of Belgium and four times larger than the famous Serengeti to the north, covering 5% of Tanzania’s land area. The Selous’ ecosystem as a whole is made up of a few conservation areas, covering in total over 34,750 square miles (90,000 sq km) of pristine wilderness devoid of human influence. Enjoy a late lunch at the Rufiji River Camp, embark on an afternoon game drive in the reserve. This is the largest river in East Africa and the reserve is home to over 1,000,000 large animals and over half of Tanzania’s elephant population. Overnight at Rufiji River Camp:Selous_Game_Reservejpg
Rufiji River Camp is located on the banks of the Rufiji River, in a point where the ample and tranquil river is animated by many different species of animals. The tented camp, situated in the heart of the reserve, is environmentally friendly and each tent is equipped with private bathroom and a veranda facing the river. There is a constant flow of animals coming down to drink at the river, offering a permanent show for visitors of the camp. The water is usually full of hundreds of hippos as well as groups of crocodiles that laze in the sun on the sandbanks in the river.
Enjoy a full day game viewing in the reserve. Participate in some classic safari game drives exploring the bush in open 4 x 4 vehicles. Waterbuck, southern reed buck, and bushbucks are common in the Selous. Rare sable antelope, lions and greater kudu also frequent this area. Selous contains about one third of all the wild dogs (often called painted dogs) in the world. Overnight at Rufiji River Camp.
Day 3: Game drive in Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast, head out for a walking safari in the reserve accompanied by an armed guard. The sights and sounds of a walking safari are a special treat that will live long in your memory. The walk is a gentle stroll through the wilderness with an emphasis on the little things that are difficult to experience from a vehicle. The walking concentrates on ecology, tracking, dung identification, birding, and medicinal uses of trees. The bush gives you a much broader understanding of nature.
In the afternoon, enjoy a boat safari where you will explore the different channels and lakes of the Rufiji River system, surrounded by hippos and crocodiles. The boat safari is guided by a boatman who has grown up on the river and knows all the little nooks and crannies for the boat to sneak through. The boat safaris provide some of the best water bird viewing in Africa as well as getting up close and personal to the hippos and crocodiles that swarm through the river system. A large variety of herons, storks, ducks, stilts, and other water birds may be seen as well as land mammals like giraffes and elephants. Overnight at Rufiji River Camp.
Day 4: Selous Game Reserve to Dar es Salaam
Enjoy a morning game drive in the Selous Game Reserve then early lunch at the camp, followed by your departure transfer to Dar es Salaam for your flight back home or to Zanzibar for a beach holiday.
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