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Selous Walking Safari, Tanzania

Tanzania, Africa

from $3,434* per person 5 Days June-October
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Adventures In Africa 24 people max
  • Dar es salaam airport, dar es salaam, tanzania
  • Active & Adventure trips
The Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania is the largest reserve in Africa. It is vast, wild, dramatic and home to elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, baboons, kudu, and many other species of mammals and birds. It’s the perfect place to get away from the crowds and enjoy the African bush on foot. On this walking safari in Tanzania, your days are spent trekking through the wilderness; your nights in fly camps—mesh tents that allow for maximum evening star-gazing. It’s the ideal trip for anyone who truly wants to get close to nature and enjoy an exceptionally wild African adventure.

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Tanzania, Africa

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive by light aircraft at Kiba airstrip from Dar es Salaam (included). After a morning briefing, you walk upstream along the river through brachystegia woodland onto a series of flooded pans where you meet up with your camp. Throughout the walking safari, you spend the heat of the day relaxing in camp, bird and animal watching wherever possible. Possible game sightings include lion, elephant, kudu, impala, warthogs, hippos, wild dog, leopard and much more. At about 4 pm today, you will head upstream by boat, the sand banks giving way to the rocky cliffs of Stieglers’ Gorge, that have over the years provided us with some of the best leopard sightings in the area. The bird-watching and scenery in the gorge is spectacular. After reaching the first cataract, you gently float downstream with the engine switched off, and return to camp at sunset for a shower, drinks and dinner around the fire. (L, D, Dr)

Day 2: Today is one of the longer walks. Leaving camp at first light you head east, walking through a mosaic of bush, forests of baobab and miombo woodlands. You stop for lunch in a shady grove on the edge of Lake Makubi, where you rest for the afternoon, watching the many different species of bird and animal come down to drink. Refreshed, you continue walking along the Sumbene channel, a sand river which in the dry season, is strung with pools of water left over from the time the Rufiji changed its course. Fly camp tonight. (B, L, D, Dr)

Day 3: This morning you skirt the Sumbene Channel, taking in a series of small lakes en route to camp, which is set in a grove of palms. This is an area of scattered thickets of palm, acacia and terminalia, home to large numbers of game attracted by the presence of water and ample forage. In the evening you take a leisurely walk, returning to camp and a cool drink at dusk. Fly camp tonight. (B, L, D, Dr)

Day 4: Setting out early, you walk to our new campsite, set in the dense shade of a huge tamarind tree on the shore of Lake Tagalala. You have plenty of time here to enjoy some fishing, or just admire the prolific bird and animal life that abounds in this picturesque area.  After lunch and a siesta, you cross the lake by boat to enjoy a swim in the hot springs that bubble to the surface at the bottom of the Beho Beho Ridge. Fly camp tonight. (B, L, D, Dr)

Day 5: After a leisurely start to the day, you bid the camp crew farewell then leave Lake Tagalala for the gentle drive back to the lodge for your flight back to Dar or add extra nights at Sand Rivers Selous. (B)

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