5 Days Safari to Selous Game Reserves


The Selous Game Reserve is home to some of the most wild-wildlife left on the African Continent. Bigger than Switzerland and over three times the size of the Serengeti, it is both the largest and the oldest protected area in Africa. Home to the World’s largest population of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) a rare and protected species, Africa’s highest concentration of Hippos and more than half of Tanzania’s Elephants; the Selous is both vast and untamed. In 1982 the UN decided it was such a remarkable place that they declared it a World Heritage Site, an award that it continues to deserve to this day. One of Africa’s great wild places, it is yet to be discovered by many guests to the country and leaves its visitors with one of the most intimate experiences that Africa can offer. 

The Selous Game Reserve was first set aside as a wildlife reserve as early as 1896 by German Kaiser Wilhelm II and takes its name from renowned Hunter, explorer, writer and soldier Frederick Courtney Selous, who was killed during the First World War inside the reserve and was buried near to the spot where he fell (marked by a grave to this day.)

Day 1: Transfer to Selous and Boat Safari

On this day you will be picked from your hotel in Dar at around 06:00 hours and start drive to Selous Game Reserve. Arrive at your accommodation in the afternoon for lunch and at 4pm head out onto the Rufiji River for a relaxing two and half hour sunset boat safari. After boat safari will return to your accommodation. Dinner and overnight at the Selous River Camp.

Meal Plan Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and refreshments.

Day 2: Full day boat safari within the Reserve

On this day you will be picked from your hotel and drive to the park, will have game drives on the way to Lake Tagalala for a full day boat safari with lunch taken within the park. Later on the day will head back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Full day game drives in Selous Game Reserves

After breakfast, set out from 6am until late afternoon on a Game Drive into the Selous Game Reserve. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the middle of the wilderness before returning to camp for a hot shower and dinner. Overnight at Selous River Camp.

Meal Plan Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and refreshments.

Hippos enjoying day bathing into the Hippo pool in Selous Game Reserves
Hippos enjoying day bathing into the Hippo pool in Selous Game Reserves (Now Nyerere National Park)

Day 4: Second Full Day Game Drive into the Selous

Selous is the largest game reserve in Africa so on this day you will also leave early morning after breakfast to have another game drives exploring the Selous wilderness with packed lunch. You will have lunch break within the reserve and after game drives will drive back to the camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Meal plans includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments.

Day 5:  Bush walking safari and Transfers to Dar

Early morning of this day you will leave for bush walking safari outside the reserve. After walking safari you will have breakfast and then start drive to Dar. When you arrive in Dar you will taken to the airport and that will be the end of your 5 days safari with Watu Safaris.

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Itinerary Cost Includes: 4 nights Full Board Accommodation at Selous River Camp, 2 days Game Drives, Boat safari outside the park, full day boat safari within the park at lake Tagalala, Entry Fees and Conservation fees to the Selous Game Reserve for 3 days, Pick up and transfers services from Dar Es Salaam to Selous to Dar,  meals and refreshments as detailed into the program.

Itinerary Cost Does Not Include: Expenditure on Alcoholic drinks, Souvenirs and other Personal items, Health, Travel and Personal Accidents Insurance, breakfast first day, lunch on the last day, Drivers tips (recommended) and any other activities not included on this itinerary.

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