3 Days Nyerere National Park (Selous) Safari (Gamedrive, Walk & Boat )

Private tour | Mid-range | Lodge

Selous Game Reserve also known as Nyerere National Park is among the largest, most protected areas in Africa.

3 Days/2 Nights

Destinations visited: Dar es salaam(Start), Nyerere National Park, Dar es salaam(End)

This safari is a short trip from Dar-es-Salaam. It’s the most unique of the southern circuit. Selous Game Reserve also known as Nyerere National Park is among the largest, most protected areas in Africa. The reserve is famous for the variety of species it inhabits, with animals such as elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, and many other species. As a participant in this reserve, you will experience exciting activities such as guided bush walks, boat safaris, and game-viewing. You will also enjoy a boat safari in the Rufiji River, where you will see a variety of birds, crocodiles, and hippos.

This park is easily accessible by road from Dar es Salaam but also by air from Zanzibar, Ruaha, Mikumi, Arusha, or Serengeti.

Day-by-Day Summary:
  • Day 1 : Dar es salaam  – Nyerere National Park
  • Day 2 : Nyerere National park
  • Day 2 : Nyerere National Park
  • Day 3 : Nyerere National Park – Dar es salaam
Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy undisturbed ecological and biological processes, including diverse range of wildlife with significant predator and prey relationship
  • Elephant, buffalo and lion are found in greater numbers.
  • The remaining part of Selous has the last true stronghold for African wild dog
  • Enjoy the widest diversity of safari activities in the country, like boating safaris as well as standard game drives, walking safaris and legendary fly camping trips.

Whilst your safari in Nyerere takes you into pristine wilderness away from the city life, you can still enjoy the many qualities of an up-market luxurious accommodation in such inaccessibility. Nyerere has some amazing hotels, specifically tented camps and lodges, located in distinct areas of the park. Some of these luxury Tented Camps and Safari Lodges are international award winners.

The Accommodations;
  • Serena Mivumo River Lodge
  • Sand Rivers Selous
  • Lake Manze Camp
  • Beho Beho Camp
  • Siwandu Camp
  • Selous Impala Camp
  • Rufiji River Camp
  • Roho ya Selous
  • Selous Serena Camp
  • Selous River Camp
  • Azura Selous
  • Kiba Point Selous
  • Sable Mountain Lodge
  • Selous Kulinda Camp
  • Mbuyu Safari Camp
  • Selous Wilderness Camp
  • The Retreat Selous
  • Ol Moran Camp
  • Maji Moto
  • Nyerere Tented Camp
  • Mwangusi Safari Camp
  • The Retreat Selous
  • Selous Kinga Lodge
  • Africa Safari Selous
  • Selous Ngalawa Camp
  • Mloka Safari Lodge
Full Detailed Tour Itinerary
Day 0: Arrival
  • A transfer from the airport can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 1: Dar es salaam to Selous (Nyerere NP) +Sunset Boat Safari

Between 6-8 AM, you will be picked up at your accommodation in the city. You’ll start your journey to Nyerere National Park, which will take about 5-6 hours. Then you will stop for lunch on the way.
Between 1-3 PM, you will arrive at the lodge in Nyerere National Park. You’ll have some time to settle in and take in the amazing view of the Rufiji River.
Around 4 PM, your sunset boat safari will start and will be about 2-3 hours. You get the chance to explore the Rufiji river and all its beauty from up-close. Many rare bird species can be found here on the river banks and hundreds of hippos will greet you along the way. Crocodiles are also often spotted and you might even see some big wildlife coming for a drink or a refreshing dip in the river. You will enjoy sunset from one of the small islands in the river. You will truly feel like you’re in a dream!
Around 7 PM, you will arrive back at the lodge where you can enjoy the facilities, eat some delicious food, enjoy the nice views and sounds of the bush.

Day 2: Full day game drive at Nyerere National Park

Early in the morning get your breakfast at your accommodation.  Next, you will head to the park with a packed lunch for an 8-hour drive (you can take breaks between if you have a child). You shall start with a full explanation and then drive around the Park in search of new game to view. We will have our packed lunch at a selected picnic site and then go for short break.

Selous is home to a large population of elephants, a big number of buffalo, and wild dogs. Other species commonly seen are lion, bushbuck, impala, giraffe, eland, baboon, zebra, kudus, and crocodile. Later game drive along the lakes en route to the lodge for dinner and your overnight.

If you wish to end your gamedrive a little earlier to enjoy the lodge’s facilities, that’s possible! You decide yourself when you will start and end your safari.

Day 3: Walking safari at Nyerere National Park then transfer to Dar es salaam

Get up early in the morning for walking safari. A walking safari through Nyerere might not get you to all the corners of the Park but it will get you to some of the best places. A walking safari in Nyerere comes with an armed ranger who is there to make sure that you are not attacked by any wild animals. Return for breakfast and drive back to Dar es salaam drop off airport or hotel.

A visit to a Maasai village or fishing villages on your way to Dar es Salaam can be arranged if required by clients (optional for an extra cost).

If you plan on taking the ferry to Zanzibar or have your international flight back home, make sure to inform us with your time of departure so we can plan your return on time!

Dates and Rates per person (in USD)

Start dates Single 2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people 6 people 7+ people
Jan 1, 2023 – Dec 31, 2023 n/a Get Quote
Jan 1, 2024 – June 31, 2024 n/a Get Quote

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  • Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition.
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