The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania. It was named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist, who died at Beho Beho in this territory in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during World War I.
Like a small jewel in the Selous vicinity, near Mloka village; this lodge offers a breathtaking view of the Rufiji River which runs just few meters away from the Lodge’s edge. Selous Mapumziko Lodge has 7 well finished Mud-Bandas (typical village mud houses) and a wide campsite with a kitchen, toilet facilities, & camping fire place where you can enjoy some stories in the evening as you enjoy your favorite local beer or wine. Each Banda has a very specious room area with a bathroom with flush toilet and running water. The roof is made of local grass allowing the Banda interior to have a cool temperature all day and night long.
Dry Season: June to mid November. This is the best time for game viewing along the rivers and lakes. Elephants come out of the bush at that time and predators are more commonly seen.
December to February is good for game viewing but can be rather hot and humid.
Rainy Season: Mid November to mid December and March to May. Although wonderful for birdlife and lush scenery, many roads become impassable after heavy rains. April and May thus form the low season for visiting the camp.
Day 1 – Depart to Selous Game Reserve and an evening boat safari
You will be picked up at the airport or in Dar es Salaam, then driven to Selous Game Reserve, which takes approximately five to six hours with lunch on the way. Upon arrival, check in at Selous Mapumziko Lodge. In the evening, go for an evening boat safari through the Rufiji River.
This safari allows you to experience the aquatic life, mostly crocodiles and hippos. You can see some animals come for drinking and you can also see an uncountable number of bird species since the reserve has over 440 species of birds, while enjoying an amazing reserve’s sunset. Back in the late evening for dinner and stay the night at Selous Mapumziko Lodge. Lunch and dinner are included.
Day 2 – Full day game drive at Selous Game Reserve
You will have an early breakfast at 7:00 a.m., and then drive to the Selous Game Reserve. You will have a full-day game drive in a specially modified safari vehicle with a professional guide, in which you should see and learn much about a large number of animals, including all the great favorites, lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, and all the other major species including the rare African hunting dog.
There will also be a great variety of bird species with wonderful scenery and varied topography: wetlands, dry grassland, light acacia forest, and higher ground with long views of far-off mountains. Enjoy your packed lunch and time to rest. Your guide will select a location with shade and water nearby to watch the animals coming to drink, a place with a clear view all round, so that no predator can creep up unseen. You will be back at Selous Mapumziko Lodge by 6:30 p.m. for sunset and dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Day 3 – Early morning walking safari and depart to Dar es Salaam
You will have an early morning walking safari with a bushman across the reserve’s environment to learn various histories, including traditional trees for medicines, various animal footprints, and other small animals which you cannot see during the game drive. You will go back to the camp for breakfast afterwards.
After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam with lunch on the way. You will arrive in the early evening, and Gecko Adventure Tanzania will take you back to the hotel or catch your flight back home. Breakfast and lunch are included.
PRICE US$ 645 per person
- 2 nights’ accommodation
- All wildlife reserve or park entry fees
- Bottled drinking water during the safari
- Daily game drives
- Daily meals as per itinerary
- River boat safari and a walking safari
- Services of a professional safari guide
- Transport in a 4WD car with pop-up roof
What’s not included?
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in lodges
- Optional activities
- Optional treatments
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities for safari guide and camp staff
- Travel insurance
- Visa and passport fees