5 days

Starting from Zanzibar our 5 Days safari in Selous and Mikumi Safari is  one of the classic safari to Southern Circuit of Tanzania  that we offer from the beautiful spice islands of Zanzibar. Starting and ending at Zanzibar Island this safari takes you to the Greater Selous Ecosystem which includes the Selous Game Reserve and the Mikumi National Park. Two wildlife areas in one safari program.

This package offers you a rare chance to experience real African wilderness in the few untouched areas of Tanzania. Unlike the more crowded parks in the northern circuit during the peak safari seasons, this safari tour offers you the opportunity to be in the remote African wilderness with the whole savannah plains almost for only you and your travel partners own. The package is the best for you if you are looking for the more authentic safari experience or coming to Tanzania for the second or third time and want something different.

This our 5 day safari in Selous Game Reserve & Mikumi National Park as it is, is a nice mid range lodging safari but we can offer the same package using other upgraded accommodations if you wish or even cheaper places where possible. Ask for free Customization!

5 days Selous and Mikumi Safari from Zanzibar – activities

Apart from the traditional gamevieing safari in 4×4 safari land cruisers or open sided cars, on this program you will get to experience rare safari activities among them boat safari in the Great Rufiji River but also authentic walking safari in the wilderness accompanied by a professionally trained and armed wildlife ranger who is also a trained naturalist.

From the rufiji river on the first day of your safari you will get to enjoy a motorized boat tour of the river as you search for nile crocodiles, hippos, birds and even animals that come to drink at the river. Great sunset on the Rufiji river and sunset photo taking.

Mikumi national Park is also one of the few parks in Tanzania where walking safari is allowed in the park but with an armed ranger. If you prefer to walk in Mikumi National Park instead of Selous, please request for that during initial booking.

Accommodation during this safari is scheduled for mid range lodges and tented camps in Selous and Mikumi, but we can still offer the same package using upgraded lodges or camps depending on your budget and preference.

Additional information

AgeAll Ages
DestinationSouth Tanzania
LocationMikumi National Park, Selous Game Reserve
Day 1

Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam - Selous Game Reserve

On this first day of your safari you will take a flight (booked by us) from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam the commercial capital of Tanzania. You will be picked up by your from the airport in Dar es salaam by your private safari guide and you will start on your way to the Selous Game Reserve. Selous is relatively far from Dar es Salaam and your drive will take about 5 hours and you will arrive in time for hot lunch at the lodge followed by a short rest.

After the lunch and short res in the afternoon you will proceed with your first activity of the safari which is a boat safari experience in the Great Rufiji River at Selous Game Reserve. After sunset at the Rufiji River you will be taken back to the lodge or camp for dinner and overnight.  Overnight at Selous Tented Camp or Selous Mapumziko Lodge. Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2

Full day at Selous Game Reserve

Early morning breakfast at your lodge or camp then you will proceed with the a full spend the day doing game drives inside Selous Game Reserve. Selous Game Reserve is considered one of the best the off-the-beaten track wildlife safari destination in Tanzania; away from the crowds of the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit. Selous is the largest Game Reserve in Africa and the wildlife area measures approximately the same as the size of the country of Switzerland.  The game reserve is full of wild animals and birds’ species alike. You expect to spot many giraffes, leopards, lions, hippos, elephants, impala, hartebeests, pythons, and elands. With a little bit of luck you might even spot the rare African wild dogs.

The animals in Selous are more timid than the animals in the parks of Northern Tanzania where animals and birds are more habituated due to more cars in the park everyday. Selous Game Reserve is also a great place for bird lovers with more than 350 different species of birds recorded.

After game drives in the late afternoon you will be taken to the lodge /camp for dinner and overnight.   Overnight at Selous Tented Camp or Selous Mapumziko Lodge. All meals included.

Day 3

Full day at Selous Game Reserve

This morning after breakfast at your lodge or camp you will check out of the lodge and go for a morning walking safari inside Selous Game Reserve where you will explore the African wilderness by foot.

Led by an armed game ranger who is also a trained naturalist you will come close to many animals with the ranger advising you on the safest distance to stay from the animals but he will be coming with a riffle for your ultimate safety.

After the walking safari in the Selous Game Reserve you will proceed with the game drives in the Selous Game Reserve as you traverse this wilderness area on your way out of the game reserve via the Matambwe Gate on the other side. You will settle in a lodge later in the afternoon for relaxation and later dinner and overnight. Overnight at Selous Ndovu Lodge. All meals included.

Day 4

Selous - Mikumi National Park

After an early breakfast at the lodge or camp we will check out and proceed through Kisaki township towards Mikumi National Park. Arriving by midday or i the early afternoon (depending on road conditions and weather) we will go on our first wildlife game drive in vast Mikumi National Park the fourth largest park in Tanzania.

Mikumi National Park has generally less developed infrastructure and that has worked to the parks advantage in a way,  because that has helped in preserving the wilderness in its natural state for many years. Mikumi Park allows walking safaris inside the park and therefore you will have an option of doing a walking safari guided by an armed ranger if you wish (at extra cost).

Your guide will take you on an afternoon game drive until late afternoon when you will driven to your lodge or tented camp for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Camp Bastian or Matembezi Safari Lodge. All meals included.

Day 5

Mikumi - back to Dar es Salaam

Breakfast  at your lodge then you will be taken for your last game drives inside Mikumi National Park. Depending on your flight departure time your guide will take you back to Dar es Salaam where you will take your flight back to Zanzibar. Breakfast and lunch included.

A Group of 2 Persons – USD 1499 per person sharing (Double room or Twin room)

A Group of 4 Persons – USD 1208 per person sharing (2 Double rooms or Twin rooms)

A Group of 6 Persons – USD 1136 per person sharing (3 Double rooms or Twin rooms)

Single Traveler – Ask for price

Group of more than 6 Travelers – Ask for price

Children Prices depend on Age of the child and room configuration.

We can customize the program according to your interests and budget.

The Price includes

Domestic flights from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam and back to Dar es Salaam

05 days private safari in Selous and Mikumi for 02 – 06 persons

Transport from Dar es Salaam and wildlife drives in modified 4×4 land cruiser with photographic roof hatch for game viewing

Services of an experienced, professional English speaking safari guide

All national park and game reserve entry fees

All safari game drives as mentioned in the itinerary

03 x 0,5 l mineral water per person / day during game drives

04 x FB at safari lodges or tented camps as per itinerary

Ranger guided walking  safari in Selous Game Reserve

Boat safari in Selous Game Reserve

Value Added Tax by Tanzania Revenue Authority

The Price does not include

International Flights

All items of a personal nature; tooth pastes, tooth brush, lotions etc..

Gratuities for safari guide and lodge staff (please tip separately)

Travel insurance if needed

Visa fee (50 US$ / 100 US$ for American or Irish Passport holders – to be paid upon arrival)

Drinks and beverages in lodges

Airport pick up and transfers in private car at Zanzibar

Accommodation at Dar es Salaam on arrival if needed

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