Located in South Eastern of Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Covering an area of 55,000 km², it is the largest protected area in Africa. It borders the Mikumi National Park in the north-west, and takes place, more broadly, in a vast ecosystem of 155,000 square kilometers. Only the northern part of the reserve is open to photo safari, and 4 / 5ths of the territory to the south are hunting reserves.
The Selous Reserve is crossed from west to east by the Rufiji River which feeds a network of canals, lakes and wetlands that form one of the most remarkable ecological systems in Africa. The reserve also includes a wide variety of landscapes and environments such as shrub savannah, grassy plain, open woodlands and mountain ranges. Apart from the classic tourist trails, and accessible almost exclusively by taxi-plane, its landscapes have remained unchanged since ancient times.
A safari on the Selous Game Reserve offers boat safaris on the lakes and Rufiji River. In addition to the feeling of tranquility during the navigation, the boat safari allows an observation of the fauna in an exceptional framework: to approach very close hippopotamuses and crocodiles, to observe the immense variety of lacustrine birds, but also to see all the animals which come to drink. The Selous Game Reserve also offers great walking safaris to truly immerse yourself in its wild environment. Escorted by an armed ranger and accompanied by well-known guides, travelers are introduced to tracking in the bush, searching for and identifying passageways. Walking safaris allow unexpected encounters with animals, but also some strong emotions when it comes to wild animals, buffaloes or even elephants.
In addition to the many lions, leopards and hyenas, a safari in the Selous also offers the opportunity to observe wild dogs, a species of wild dog in the process of extinction, whose reserve hosts the largest population of Africa. Huge herds of buffalo, hippopotamus and elephants also roam the reserve. Elephants have suffered greatly from poaching in recent years, but their populations in Selous remain the largest in Africa.
Safari option for our trip in February 2019
The most convenient time and price destination for a safari from Zanzibar Airport and back in February is the Selous National Park.
The camp is the best value given that it is located inside the National Park (which means no time wasted at the entrance to the National Park to pay the entrance fees to the park ).
The proposed lodge is Lake Manze Camp - http://www.ed.co.tz/property/lake-manze/
1st Option - 2 days & 1 night :
Departure from Zanzibar Airport at 07:45 arrival directly in Selous National Park at 09:15 - Departure by Jeep 4x4 by open vehicle - Arrival at "Camp Lake Manze" for lunch - In the afternoon boat safari of 16h at 18h - Return to camp for dinner and overnight.
Second day, morning wake up by jeep to see the animals from 6.30am - Arrival at a panoramic location for the bush breakfast from 8.30am to 9.30am - Last jeep ride before resuming the flight from Selous to Zanzibar.
Price per person sharing a double tent = 1000 USD - NET PRICE is currently about 860 EUROS.
2nd option - 3 days & 2 nights :
Departure from Zanzibar at 07:45 arrival directly in the Selous National Park at 09:15, departure by 4x4 jeep by open vehicle, arrival at "Camp Lake Manze" for lunch, in the afternoon boat safari from 16h to 18h. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.
On the second day, guests can choose between two half-day safaris by car or a half-day safari by car + a boat safari. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Camp Lake Manze.
Third day, morning awakening for a jeep ride from 6.30am, access to a panoramic spot for the bush breakfast from 8.30am to 9.30am, last jeep ride before resuming the flight from Selous to Zanzibar.
Price per person sharing a double tent = 1495 USD - NET PRICE is currently about 1285 EUROS.