3 Days Budget Safari to Selous Game Reserve

Departure city: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania | 3 days | Departure: Jun 04, 2018

Accommodation: Budget | National Parks: Selous NP

only$ 645

* based on 6 participants

who’s going

Selous  Game Reserve is the largest wildlife reserve in Africa covering up to around 50,000 Sq KM and is relatively untouched by human impact. It is 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.

It is home to large concentrations of elephants, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile, among many other species. River Rufiji cuts along the woodlands, grasslands of the reserve, providing unparalleled water-based safari for Wildlife watching.

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 around, 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.

Terms & conditions

  • The overall rate of this trip, with every additional passenger, gradually decreases
  • This trip will be paid via Direct Pay Online, an easy & reliable service that all modes of payments, all cards, mobile money, all currencies, mobile apps & card readers.
  • This trip is based on a shared usage of rooms – a single usage of rooms will result in an additional fee.


  • Park fees
  • Boat Safari
  • Full day Game drive
  • Walking Safari
  • Transport to/from Dar Es Salaam
  • Accommodation with meals mentioned on itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Professional Driver/Guide.


  • Drinks
  • Items of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, and telephone calls
  • Other optimal activities
  • Tips for driver & guide





Here are some of our recommendations to you for getting through a safari:

  • Plenty of sun protection, lotion or cream (High SPF)
  • A wide-brimmed hat to shade you from the sun, this should have string/straps if standing in the van or jeep as it could be blown off.
  •  A good pair of sunglasses as you are on the equator where the sun is very strong. Prescription sun spectacles are not recommended as may scratch or fall off the vehicles.
  •  Bottle’s or jugs of water to keep you hydrated. Spending a lot of time in the sun, even when wearing hats and sunglasses will dehydrate you in most cases
  • A fleece/jumper/sweater for the early morning (or a safari jacket) and evening game drives, as it tends to get very chilly, especially in the highlands and in the Masai Mara.
  • Shorts and t-shirts or light trousers for the daytime.
  • Long trousers and long or short-sleeved shirts for the evening and protection from mosquitoes
  •  Plenty of film or flash card memory for your camera and a battery charger for all electronic devices.
  •  Swimming costumes/bathing suits as most of the lodges and camps have swimming pools.
  •  A good pair of binoculars (there’s usually just one pair in vehicles).
  •  A pair of safari shoes or trekking boots.
  • A pack of wet wipes.
  •  Mosquito repellent.


The following amounts should only be used as a guideline, but of course, for outstanding personal service, you are more than welcome to give a higher tip:

  •  Porterage                   US$ 1.00 per bag
  •  Dining room staff         US$ 1.00 per person per day
  •  Your driver/tour guide   US$ 10.00 per person per day