Selous Game Reserve - Tanzania 2016
OPTIONAL EXTRA: 4 Day Selous Game Reserve
2 sEPTEMBER - 5 SEPTEMBER
Day 1 Arrive at selous game reserve
Fly from Katavi airstrip in a private shared charter (13 Seater Cessna Caravan). You will be dropped off at Siwandu airstrip in the Selous Game Reserve and transferred to your lodge. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon game drive. Return to the lodge for dinner under the stars. Accommodation is provided at Siwandu Lodge. All Meals Included.
Days 2 & 3 Game Drives and Bush Relaxation
After breakfast, head out into the bush as you explore the Selous which truly is an untamed and vast wilderness; larger than Switzerland, four times the size of Belgium and the largest wildlife protection area in the world. With UNESCO World Heritage Site status, this is a park like no other. Five lakes and the mighty Rufiji River are the focal point of the photographic sector, with a stunning variety of habitats and landscapes provided as you explore the park. Selous has the largest populations of the endangered Wild Dog, and the only place in the south where you have a (rare) chance of seeing Rhino. With lion, hyena, buffalo, elephant, hippo, crocs, giraffe, zebra, eland, waterbuck and wildebeest all a common sight, you will also be astounded by the bird life. Selous is a truly spectacular and dramatic wilderness where you may see no other vehicles on your safari. Your game drives will be half day drives, each time visiting new areas of the reserve and returning to the lodge for delicious lunches and a chance to cool off in the pool. Accommodation is provided at Siwandu Lodge, located on the banks of Lake Nzerakera. All Meals Included.
Day 4 return to Dar Es Salaam
Today after a final breakfast in the bush, and a last game drive en route to the airstrip, you will meet your scheduled flight back to Dar es Salaam.
Accommodation: Siwandu Lodge
Broadly spaced along the lakeshore, Siwandu’s accommodation ensures maximum privacy and every opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of Selous. The spacious tents are topped in thatch, with solar-heated showers which adjoin the en suite bathrooms. Siwandu has 13 tents divided into two more intimately sized camps; North Camp and South Camp. Each camp has its own lounge, well stocked bar and dining area, and each has its own kitchen where our chefs produce fine cuisine. All meals are complimented by a good wine selection. No movement between camps is required as each has its own host, guides, swimming pool, game vehicles and jetty for boat safaris.
Price: $3060 / £2139
single supplement $800 / £559
Safari Price Includes:
Meals and accommodation specified in safari itinerary. Private charter flight as specified (Katavi to Siwanda) and scheduled flight back to Dar Es Salaam. Daily Park entrance fees, Concession, guide and activity fees. Tea, coffee, bottled water and laundry services. Airport transfers.
Travel insurance, visas and items of a personal nature. Alcoholic drinks (available and payable in cash at the lodges). Extra activities not described.
About Selous Game Reserve
Size: 50,000 sq km (19,305 sq miles), the world's largest game reserve - twice the size of South Africa's Kruger National Park, and bigger than Switzerland.
Location: Located in south-east Tanzania in a remote and little-visited, yet vast part of the country.
The Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest protected wildlife reserve and covers more than 5% of Tanzania's total land area. On your Tanzania Safari at Selous you will see some of the last black rhino left in the region, and spot wild dogs and roaming elephant herds in this untouched African jewel.
One of the more historic protected areas in Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve was named after Frederick Courteney Selous, a British explorer and hunter in East Africa who wrote a book about the region and his travels, and was tragically killed in land now named after him during the First World War. In 1905, when few people in East Africa thought of land conservation and the preservation of wildlife for posterity, portions of the area were earmarked for a hunting reserve. In 1922, the land area was increased and named after Frederick Selous. From then until 1975, when the current boundaries were marked out, the Selous Game Reserve increased steadily in allocated land and is now a premium safari location
You can expect to see the Rufigi River Delta, which connects the Great Ruaha River with the Rufigi River. Not far from the park boundaries it empties out into the Indian Ocean along the Swahili Coast.
Rufigi River is home to a plethora of varied water and bird life. Crocodiles are very common along the Rufigi's riverbanks, their armour plated skins the only rough edges in the rivers incessant flow. Hippos bask in the mud, escaping the midday sun. And a Tanzania safari to Selous wouldn't be complete without seeing Stiggler's Gorge, where the Great Ruaha River meets the Rufiji River. This breathtaking example of the diversity and spectacular scenery along the game reserve's waterways is not to be missed on any Tanzania Safari!
The Selous Game Reserve is extremely special, as it's a game reserve and not a national park, a larger range of activities are permitted. Walking safaris and boating safaris are becoming a popular alternative to vehicle-based trips, and offer visitors a chance to see the diverse life along the Rufigi River up close in all its splendour.