5 days tour of the most magnificent Southern Tanzania game sanctuaries the Mikumi and Selous Game reserve. Selous Game reserve contains a wide variety of different ecosystems: the wide meandering river, with its lakes and swamplands interlaced with a myriad of channels, ‘terminalia’ woodland and open plains. Mikumi National Park remains to be the haven for the Crocodile, Elephants, Lions, Wild dogs, Zebras, Hyenas, Buffalos, Wildebeest, Eland, Hartebeest, Lizard and other residents plus over 300 species of birds. These two parks offer one of the best African safaris experience on boat, open safari vehicle and on foot.
Day 1: Dar es salaam to Selous Game Reserve
On this first day of your safari you will be picked from your hotel or Airport in Dar es Salaam and start on your way to the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site – Selous Game Reserve. It is relatively far and you will have a picnic lunch en route and arriving later in the afternoon. You will proceed with your first game drive as you drive to the lodge/tented camp. Dinner and Overnight will be arranged at Rufiji River Camp.
Day 2 – 3: Selous Safari – Game Drives, Boat safari and Bird watching tour
Enjoy your two memorable days doing game drives and boat in the Selous Game Reserve. Relax and experience the best off the beaten track wildlife safari destination away from the crowds. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest Game Reserve in Africa with is area being more than the size of Switzerland and is full of wild animals and birds’ species.
Apart from the lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants, hippos, impala, hartebeests, pythons, elands, but it is the rare wild dogs that will most amaze you. With a little bit of luck you will be able to see these rare incredible hunters of the African Wilderness. Unlike the Northern parts of Tanzania where animals and birds are more habituated, animals here are more timid. Selous Game Reserve has a recorded 350 different species of birds recorded. In the afternoons get prepared to go for a boat safari in the Rufiji River and on another afternoon it will be time to go for a walking safari guided by an armed ranger. Dinner and Overnight stay at Rufiji River Camp.
Day 4: Selous to Mikumi National Par
After breakfast at the lodge/camp, check out and proceed by crossing the north of Selous and drive toMikumi National Park. The Mikumi and Selous Game Reserve, the two areas forming a unique ecosystem you can’t dare not to visit. The park contains a subspecies of giraffe, that biologists consider the link between the Masai giraffe and the Somali giraffe.
On arrival at Mikumi National Park start experiencing your first game drive in Mikumi National Park until later in the afternoon when you will be served with picnic lunch. The landscape of Mikumi is often compared to that of the Serengeti. It consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds, and some rare palm. Mikumi National Park is relatively less developed infrastructure but that makes the park even better because that has helped in preserving the wilderness in its natural state for many years. There is an option of doing a walking safari guided by an armed ranger if you wish. Overnight at Vuma Hills Tented Camp or Kikoboga Lodge. All meals included.
Day 5: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam
On this day after breakfast we continue with game drives around Mikumi National Park with options to do game drives or go for a walking safari until noon when we drive out of the park and head back to Dar es Salaam, or take a flight back to Zanzibar Island.
* Extensive game drives during the tour
* Services of an armed Mountain rangers
* Driver/ tour guide experienced in game spotting
* All park entry fees for clients, driver cum guide and vehicle
* Exclusive transport in a 4WD Land cruiser with a game viewing roof hatch
* All park entry fees, airstrip transfers, VAT, state levies, service charge and hotel taxes
* Accommodation as specified in the itinerary on full board (3 meals a day) in the lodges
* International flight tickets and visa costs
* All gratuities except to driver-guides, game rangers, escort, and lodge, hotel, camp or bar staff
* Dar es Salaam hotel accommodation, additional activities or sightseeing NOT included in the itinerary
* Personal expenses such laundry, flying doctor service, travelers insurance; communication charges, visas, international airfares; drinks and excursions