Southern Tanzania Lodge Safari Over View
This tour package takes a span of three days begining and ending at Dar es Salaam. Selous Game Reserve is Africa's largest protected wildlife reserve. Its rivers, hills, and plains are home to roaming elephant populations, the area's famous wild dogs, and some of the last black rhino left in the region. The Rufiji River is the largest water catchment locations in the region, and as such, is home to a plethora of varied water and bird life. Along its shores, oppulent hippos sleep languidly in the mud. Crocodiles are also common along the Rufiji's riverbanks. Accommodation at Rufiji River Camp.
Three Days Selous Lodge Safari
Day One: Dar es Salaam - Selous Game Reserve
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel at Dar es Salaam or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will introduce you to your safari guide and other members of the tour if any. You will be driven to Selous game reserve arriving in time for lunch. On arrival at Rufiji river camp you will be assisted to check inn into your respective tents and after lunch you will go for boat safari along the might Rufiji River. You will see plenty of hippos, crocodiles and bird life is prolific. Dinner and overnight Rufiji River Camp, which is a tented camp, situated in the north eastern part of the Selous Game Reserve on a high bank overlooking the mighty Rufiji River and the plain beyond. The camp accommodates guest in 20 comfortable tents. Each tent has twin beds with mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom and a veranda facing the river. The central restaurant provides excellent cuisine. The camp makes maximum use of local materials, retaining an intimate relationship with the surrounding eco-system.
Day Two: Full Day Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast, go for full-day game drive of Selous Game Reserve, Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary, with an area of 54,600 sq. km. It has large number of big game such as elephant, buffalo, rhino; other wildlife to en counter includes wildebeest, eland, zebra, impala, hippo, leopard and lion. There are about 350 species of bird life. Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp.
Day 3: Selous - Dar es Salaam
After breakfast, head out for a morning walking safari. This allows an intimate cohesion of the African bush and wildlife, which is unforgettable, and brings you closest to pristine nature. Depart for Dar es Salaam with picnic lunch arriving by evening. Drop off at a hotel in Dar es Salaam or the airport to board a flight to your next destination.
Safari Pricing Includes:
- Transport in a custom 4x4 land rover with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Fullboard Accommodation.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
Safari Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Selous Game Reserve
The Selous Game Reserve has an area of more than 50,000 sq km making it the world's largest conserved area excluding polar regions. Selous is three times bigger than the Serengeti National Park. The reserve is a World Heritage Site and covers almost 6% of Tanzania's land. The Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a gamedrive in that area.
The Selous Game Reserve is home to a high diversity of both large mammal and bird species. The Selous Game Reserve has over 60,000 elephants and 40,000 hippos. The world's largest population of African Hunting Dogs exists in the reserve. Of Tanzania's 1,113 different species of bird, 430 have been positively identified within the Selous Game Reserve.
The photographic tourism section of the Selous is very atmospheric, displaying the grandeur of this incredible African wilderness. The Rufiji River meanders its way through the Miombo woodland and Acacia-Terminalia savanna, connected by streams to five attractive lakes, which teem with hippo, crocodile and waterfowl.
A game drive along the network of rough roads is reliably rewarding, especially during the dry season around the lakes. Whether you are camping in the bush or staying at a lodge it is very easy to arrange a walking safari, where you will have a ranger with you at all times. A boat safari on either the lakes or the Rufiji River is a fantastic opportunity to see the wildlife and thousands birds from a different perspective. When you leave the busier Mtemere region in the east other vehicles are a rare sight and you are just as likely to pass a ranger patrol vehicle as a safari car full of visitors.
Due to its sheer size and the remoteness of the Selous Game Reserve, a minimum of three nights is recommended although one or two nights is also possible. All inclusive fly-in safaris, with game viewing activities operated by the lodges are a popular choice. Should you really want the true Wild Things experience, choose several nights bush camping. The TAZARA Railway (Dar es Salaam to New Kipiri Mposhi in Zambia) passes through the Selous Game Reserve several times a week and is also a great mode of transport.
Do's And Don'ts In The Game Reserves & National Park.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.