Selous is the largest protected reserve in Africa – three times larger than the Serengeti and with one of the highest concentrations of wildlife. The little visited areas of southern Tanzania provide some of the most spectacular natural and cultural highlights of any visit to Africa.
Vast tracts of wilderness such as Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park offer distinctive safari opportunities without the crowds found in the better known parks.
Walking safaris and boat safaris provide different game viewing perspectives.
The southern highlands have fantastic trekking and scenery and a variety of cultural insights.
The Swahili coast has hundreds of kilometres of pristine Indian Ocean beaches as well as well preserved historical sites. The islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia have their own historic and cultural highlights as well as some of the world’s best diving sites.
9-Day Selous Safari Itinerary
Day 1Meet at your hotel and drive by 4 wheel-drives to Selous Game Reserve. Arrive late afternoon at Rufiji River Camp, which is located on the river just inside the reserve on the eastern approach. The tented Camp is situated in the north eastern part of the Selous Game Reserve on a high bank overlooking the mighty Rufiji River and plain beyond. Picnic lunch on the way. Afternoon boat safari, along the Rufiji River. Those who experience this safari can verify the fact that this mighty river boasts Africa’s highest concentration of hippopotamus. Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River camp.
Day 2Breakfast at Rufiji River Camp. Full day game view drive of Selous Game Reserve. Selous, Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary with an area of 54,600 sq km is larger than Denmark and 4 times the size of Serengeti. It has the World’s largest number of big game – elephant, buffalo, rhino, sable antelope. Selous also contains wildebeest, eland, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, impala, hippo, leopard and lion. There are about 350 species of birdlife. Picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp.
Day 3After breakfast, boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River. Bird-life can be seen along the banks of the river. Lunch at the camp. Walking safari – This safari allows an intimate impression of the African bush and wildlife, which is unforgettable and brings you closest to pristine nature. Dinner and overnight at the Rufiji River Camp.
Day 4After breakfast game drive. Lunch at the camp. Another boat safari. Dinner and overnight at the Rufiji River Camp.
Day 5After breakfast, drive to Mikumi. (Picnic lunch on the way). Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hill or Mikumi Wildlife Camp.
Day 6Breakfast at Vuma Hill or Mikumi Wildlife Camp. Depart for Ruaha. Stop in Iringa for lunch. Short game drive of Ruaha National Park. Dinner and overnight at Rua river camp. The Lodge is constructed on and around a rocky kopje overlooking the Great Ruaha River. The Camp provides comfortable accommodation and good food while blending into its surroundings to enable visitors to feel themselves a part of the wild. The dining “Banda” and the bar are both in an elevated position above the river to provide comfort and coolness along with the most spectacular views.
Day 7Breakfast at the Lodge. Full day game drive in Ruaha National Park. Ruaha, with an area of 10,300 sq. km, is the second largest park and second largest elephant sanctuary in Tanzania. The great Ruaha River, which flows along its entire eastern border creating spectacular gorges and scenery, features a large number of hippos and crocodiles. The wide variety of animals include Greater and Lesser Kudu, Roan and Sable Antelope. Birdlife is rich, with over 370 species recorded (picnic lunch on the way). Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge.
Day 8After breakfast, short game drive in Ruaha National Park. Depart for Iringa. Lunch at Iringa. Depart for Morogoro. Dinner and overnight at Hilux Hotel.
Day 9Drive to DAR ES ALAAM. The city is centred on the harbour where traditionally rigged dhows complete with modern cargo ships are harboured. The city itself has an eclectic mix of Swahili, German, Asian and British architecture, reflecting its colonial past and more recent history. It is a relatively new city. Sultan Majid bin Said of Zanzibar saw the potential of Dar as a deepwater port because of its strategic position at the centre of the East African coast. In 1886 he began work on his palace, built of coral blocks, hewn on Changuu Island off Zanzibar. He died before its completion and the palace fell into ruin. He gave the port its name, “Haven of Peace”.