the best Wildlife viewing safari in Tanzania with GuideThe Overview 3 days Wildlife viewing safari in Tanzania to Selous

Selous Wildlife Reserve, Tanzania’s hidden gem in the south on Wildlife viewing safari, is the largest protected wildlife reserve on the African continent, double larger than of the Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. It encompasses 54,600 kilometres of wilderness, including forests, grassy plains, mountains, and open woodlands. This three-day safari takes you on game drives through this amazing wildlife reserve. A boat and foot safari will also take you on an unforgettable tour of the reserve’s fauna. Come with us as we tour East Africa!

The safari highlights

  • Unlimited game drives
  • Boat cruise
  • Walking safari
  • Scenic drives

Detailed Itinerary 3 Day journey to Selous Game Reserve 

Day 1: Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Selous Game reserve

After breakfast at your lodge, you will be picked up and driven to Selous Game Reserve in the early morning from Dar es Salaam. You’ll arrive in the afternoon and settle into the lodge for some rest.

In the late afternoon, take a boat ride down the Mighty Rufiji River. Crocodiles, hippos, white colobus monkeys, and birds including fish eagles, pied kingfishers, and enormous kingfishers converge here to satisfy their thirst. Crocodiles utilize this to seek their prey, and you might witness some animal activity if you’re lucky. You will return to the hotel or camp for dinner and overnight after watching the sunset.

Meal plan: All meals are included

Day 2: Full day game in Selous game reserve

Breakfast at the campsite or lodge before checking in at the Selous Wildlife Reserve gates for an entire day of wildlife viewing safari in Africa’s largest game reserve, Selous. The entire day will be spent on wildlife game drives searching for birds and animals in the huge game reserve. Expect to encounter gazelles, giraffes, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, kudus, and zebras, but you can also witness African wild dogs, which are among the rarest of all.

Selous is named after the late Frederick Selous, a prominent European explorer, and it was later declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Selous Game Reserve, about the size of Switzerland, is an unexplored African wilderness with an unusual habitat that includes prominent savannah forests, undulating savannah grassland plains, and rocky outcrops assumed to have been carved many years ago by the Rufiji River. Selous is also home to big cats like leopards and lion prides. Following the wildlife drives, you return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Meal plan: All meals are included

Day 3: Morning guided nature walk and drive back to Dar es Salaam

Following an early breakfast, you will be led by an armed ranger through the Selous Game Reserve on walking safari. This is once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close and personal with wildlife and experience the African wilderness on foot. Following the walking safari, you will head back to Dar es Salaam reaching in the late afternoon. This Wildlife viewing safari will come to an end when you are dropped off at the lodge for leisure.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

This Wildlife viewing safari Inclusions

  • Domestic flights, if required
  • Game drives, lodging, and transportation
  • Professional English Speaking Instruction
  • Full Board includes all meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • All of the aforementioned activities.
  • Park entry fees

Exclusions on Wildlife viewing safari

  • Personal spending on souvenirs
  • Travel insurance.
  • Accommodation after and before Safari
  • Drinks (alcohol and non-alcoholic)
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Items of Personal nature
  • International flights

Brief information about Selous Game reserve

Selous game reserve is located in southern Tanzania along the southern Tanzania safari circuit for Wildlife viewing safaris and provides the finest respite from the massive tourist throngs in northern safari locations such as the Serengeti while providing a fantastic wildlife experience. It is regarded as one of the county’s hidden beauties and offers a variety of Selous Game Reserve Camps for accommodation. The reserve is around 219 kilometers from the bustling city of Dar es Salaam and may take 5 to 6 hours to reach. The Selous Game Reserve is now known as Nyerere National Park Tanzania.

The Selous wildlife Reserve is Africa’s largest protected wildlife reserve, covering a total of 54,600 square kilometers and consisting of a huge wilderness with forests, grassy plains, mountains, and open woodlands. This reserve was named for the legendary hunter and adventurer Frederick Selous Courtney.

This reserve was founded in 1922 and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to its diverse fauna and uninterrupted environment. The Tanzanian National Parks Authority (TANAPA) requested and declared in 2019 that the northern portion of this reserve be renamed The Nyerere National Park in honor of Tanzania’s first president, President Julius Nyerere.

This national reserve is home to a variety of wildlife creatures, including buffalos, lions, wildebeests, vast herds of giraffes, zebras, hippos, impalas, large herds of Lichtenstein’s hartebeests, waterbucks, elands, and bushbucks, as well as leopards, crocodiles, and hyenas. Furthermore, this is one of the few wildlife sanctuaries on the African continent at which you can see puku antelopes, African wild dogs, and sable antelopes.

It also has over 445 different bird species that have been identified  that reside in the reserve’s different ecosystems, such as giant kingfishers, pink-backed pelicans, and African skimmers along the lake areas, and white-fronted bee-eaters, fish eagles, carmine, ibises, and palmnut vultures along the sandbanks. Among the numerous water birds and migrant species visible are the purple-crested turaco, yellow-billed stork, trumpeter hornbill, white-crowned spur-winged plovers, malachite kingfishers, and several tiny waders.