This 5 days selous describes a 5-day tour package to Tanzania that begins and ends in Dar es Salaam. You will tour lesser-known and less-visited yet large parks in southern and western Tanzania. These parks include Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park, which provide an unrivalled combination of magnificent scenery, harsh topography, and animal variety.
You’ll have action-packed days! Enjoy unique adventures on full-day game drives in Selous Game Reserve, a walking safari spotting the big 5 and big cats in both Selous and Ruaha national parks sightings, crocodiles, zebra, impalas, and many animals during a game drive.
The highlights of this safari
- Walking safari
- Boat cruise
- Unlimited game drives
- Spotting of big 5 animals and wild cats
- Scenic drives
Day 1: Drive from Dar es Salaam to Selous game reserve and go for boat cruise
The guide will pick you up from your hotel in Dar es Salaam in the morning and bring you to the Selous wildlife reserve for 5 hours. Arrive at the camp around afternoon and take a brief break.
Take a boat ride down the Mighty Rufiji River in the late afternoon. You will spot Crocodiles, hippos, white colobus monkeys, and a variety of birds, including fish eagles, pied kingfishers, and gigantic kingfishers which congregate here to quench their thirst. Crocodiles use here to hunt for prey. You will return to your hotel or camp for dinner and overnight.
All meals are included in the meal plan
Day 2: Full day game drive in Selous
Spend the entire day exploring Selous Game Reserve on a game watching drive and guided game hikes. The Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s largest and oldest game reserve, is one of the continent’s most magnificent wildlife sites. The quality of a safari here matches the splendor of the park; boating, walking, and fly camping complement traditional game driving in teeming animal regions.
Selous is named after the late Frederick Selous, a well-known European explorer, and was later designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Selous Game Reserve, roughly the size of Switzerland, is an untouched African wilderness with a unique ecology that includes notable savannah trees, undulating savannah grassland plains, and rocky outcrops thought to have been formed by the Rufiji River many years ago. Big cats such as leopards and lion prides can also be found in Selous.
In this vast game reserve, go on game drives in search of birds and animals. Expect to see gazelles, giraffes, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, kudus, and zebras, as well as African wild dogs, who are among the most endangered of all.
Meal plan: All meals are included
Day 3: Transfer to Ruaha national park
After breakfast, drive to Mteremere airfield and take a coastal aviation Morning flight to Ruaha National Park, Tanzania’s largest park, landing at Msembe airstrip.
You will be transferred to the lodge for some leisure and freshening up upon arrival.
In the afternoon, you will depart for your first sunset game drive in the Ruaha bush. Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania is a lesser-known safari destination with a varied diversity of flora and animals. You will get a more private safari experience than in Northern Tanzania’s more popular parks. Among the creatures you will see are elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, wildebeests, countless antelopes, and even lions. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Meal plan: All meals are included
Day 4: Full day game drive at Ruaha national park
Spend a full-day on a game viewing drive. Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s most recognized wilderness areas, offering an uncommon experience of game viewing complemented with a stunning environment. The park is home to a variety of vegetation and animals, including Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), which is not found in any other national park. The park’s virtually unspoiled and unknown ecology makes visitors’ safari experiences very unique.
Predators including lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyenas can be seen, as well as elephants, giraffes, kudu, antelopes, hippo crocodiles, and impalas.
Ruaha National Park is well-known for its massive elephant population. There are also over 500 bird species reported here, making it a bird watcher’s paradise. The bulk of the birds, such as Kingfishers, Hornbills, and Sunbirds, are native, while others, such as the White Stork, are migrants from other continents such as Asia, Europe, and inside Africa. While birds can be observed all year, the best time to see them is during the wet season. After an exciting day of seeing wild animals, return to the resort for dinner and an overnight stay.
Meal Plan: All meals are included
Day 5: Morning guided walking safari and flight back to Dar es Salaam
After breakfast, embark on a guided walking safari with a park ranger for protection. Expect to encounter zebras, giraffes, elephants, impalas, wildebeests, warthogs, monkeys, and a variety of bird species on the walking safari.
After that, you’ll return to the lodge for some rest and lunch.
This safari will come to an end in the afternoon when you take a chattered flight back to Dar es Salaam airport.
Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunc
5 days selous and Ruaha safari Inclusions
- Local flights transfer
- All accommodations specified
- All activities listed on the itinerary
- Transfer and game drives in a safari vehicle
- All meals as specified
- Park admission fees
- Professional driver/guide who speaks English
- Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary
- Tips to tour guides, hotel staff, and tour drivers.
- Visas and international airfare
- Insurance for travel.
- Personal expenses like laundry, Phone calls, refreshments
- Medical Services
Additional optional activities