The wildlife population of the Selous Game Reserve is the largest in Africa. Some of the animals of this area are the elephants, African Wild Dog, hippopotamus, crocodile and buffaloes. The park has a very difficult road access but it is easily reachable by train or a small aircraft from Dar es Salaam. Some of the touristic attractions of the Selous Game Reserve are the river Rufiji and the Stiegler canyon. You can even explore this park on a trekking safari
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners & dining
All accommodation including tea houses en route
All transportation including taxis and coaches
A proffesional diriver/guide
Whats not included in this tour
Visa fees and entry clearing fees
Additoional accommodations before and at the end of the tour
Arrive at the Dar es Salaam International Airport where you’ll be met and transferred to the Oyster Bay Hotel in the port town of Dar es Salaam. The hotel faces the ocean and has a private, homely atmosphere, perfect for your first night in Tanzania. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, in anticipation of your adventure
Enjoy an early breakfast at Oyster Bay before transferring back to the Dar es Salaam International Airport where you will board a short flight to the Selous Game Reserve. On arrival, a camp driver will be waiting to take you to the Sand Rivers Selous Camp, an intimate safari lodge in this vast and beautiful wilderness.
Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading off on your first exciting game drive.The following two days will also be dedicated to discovering the resident animals and far-stretching landscapes of the Selous Game Reserve.
Located in the southern Serengeti, the reserve attracts wildlife from both eastern and southern Africa, creating a wonderful opportunity to view a wide and interesting variety of wildlife. Be especially on the lookout for large pods of hippo and herds of elephants around the reserve’s intricate waterways.
Return to the camp in the afternoon to marvel at the spectacular sunsets while sipping on a refreshing drink.
Enjoy one last breakfast in the Selous before heading off to the Kiba Airstrip in time for your flight to Ruaha National Park. A transfer will take you to your accommodation for the following two nights – Jongomero Camp
Here you will enjoy a lovely lunch before going on an afternoon game. When you return to the camp, dinner will await you and you can enjoy a relaxed evening on the banks of the Jongomero River.
The following day you will enjoy more game drives to spot the resident wildlife. As you drive through the park, be especially on the lookout for predators as they reside on the dry, open hillsides.
You can also look forward to seeing large herds of antelope and buffalo roaming the plains. Furthermore, this park is particularly renowned for its prolific birdlife.
After breakfast at Arusha Coffee Lodge, you will transfer back to the Arusha Airstrip for a scheduled flight to Mahale Mountains National Park. From the airport you will be taken to Greystoke Mahale Camp, situated on a white sandy beach at the foot of the mountains and overlooking Lake Tanganyika – the longest freshwater lake in Tanzania.
Its location makes it ideal for both chimp trekking and a relaxing beach holiday. Go on a chimp trekking excursion and see these impressive animals eat, sleep and play in their natural environment as you follow them around on foot. Return to the camp to enjoy water sports like snorkelling, fishing or kayaking
Wildlife viewing in Selous Game Reserve is best from late June to October. It is Dry season and wildlife is easier to spot since animals gather at water sources and vegetation is thinner. The scenery is lush and green in the Wet season, from October to May, but afternoons can be unbearably hot. Many lodges close from March through May.
The middle and end of the Dry season (June to October) is the prime time for watching wildlife in Ruaha National Park. Animals are easier to spot because the bush thins out and wildlife concentrates around trusted water sources.
If your primary concern is to see the chimpanzees, then while the obvious time to be there is during the dry season (June to October), there are good reasons for thinking about visiting Mahale in the low season, which means the time between November to March.