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Selous Express Safari

Starting from $ 650 per person

3 days
Accommodation: Mid-range
Activity level: Moderate
Group size: Private

Safari Overview

Embark on a memorable expedition into the wild taking you face-to-face with Africa's untamed wildlife - a deeply immersive three-day safari experience in the Selous Game Reserve. Starting from Dar es Salaam, this safari trip serves a heady cocktail of jaw-dropping game drives and a breathtaking boat safari along the Rufiji River.

The adventure kick-starts with a trip from Dar to the Selous Game Reserve - one of Africa's largest and most iconic game reserves. Each game drive in the reserve unfolds like a thrilling canvas showcasing Africa's most emblematic wildlife such as elephants, lions, African wild dogs, and the grandiose black rhinos. Every trip into the wilderness encapsulates a unique, unforgettable wildlife voyeurism framed in panoramic landscapes.

The thrill amplifies even further with the Rufiji River's boat safari, a prominent water body coursing through the reserve. As your boat smoothly navigates the river, witness the profusion of avian species, hippos frolicking in their natural surroundings, and crocodiles leisurely bathing in the sun along the riverbanks - an aquatic spectacle that will be etched in your memory for a lifetime.

Nestled within this untouched wilderness is a charming lodge situated just beyond the reserve's main entry gate. Offering a tranquil and cozy ambiance, this lodge makes for an idyllic retreat where one can unwind and absorb the wilderness's rhythm. This exquisite lodge ensures that every moment—from thrilling escapades to peaceful interludes—is part of the memorable experience that you'll carry home. Gear up for this quintessential safari adventure - an odyssey that will paint vivid, indelible memories in your mindscape.


Departure from Dar es Salaam around 8:30 am heading to Selous Game Reserve (Nyerere National Park), where you will arrive around lunchtime.

Lunch at Mloka Safari Lodge. After resting, take a Boat Safari on the Rufiji River.

The Boat Safari on the Rufiji River is a unique and unforgettable experience that allows you to discover the wildlife of the Selous Game Reserve from a water point of view. During the boat safari, you can admire up close the wildlife of the Rufiji River, including hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, and a wide variety of birds. The expert guide will lead you along the river, offering you the chance to observe the animals in a safe and environmentally respectful way.

The Boat Safari on the Rufiji River is an interesting alternative to traditional jeep trips, as it allows you to approach animals in a more discreet and quiet way, without disturbing their natural habitat.

Moreover, the view of the surrounding landscape from the river is breathtaking, providing a unique and different experience from the usual jeep safari.

Return to the lodge for dinner.

Accommodation: Mloka Safari Lodge
Meals: Dinner

Day of game drive in Selous game Reserve.The game drive in the Selous Game Reserve is a unique experience that allows you to explore the vast area of the reserve in search of wildlife.

Selous Reserve, now called Nyerere National Park, is located in Southeast Tanzania, is the second-largest reserve in the world and covers about 5% of the total surface area of Tanzania.

The Selous Reserve has remained an intact gem, a paradise of biodiversity. Crossed by the Rufiji River, it hosts an impressive number of wild animals.

During the game drive, you will be accompanied by an expert guide who knows the area well and will lead you through trails and dirt tracks to discover the animals of Selous.

The reserve is famous for its great variety of animals, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and crocodiles, just to name a few. Additionally, the reserve is an important transit area for migratory birds, with over 440 species of birds present in the area.

Accommodation: Mloka Safari Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch box, dinner

Cultural Tour to the village of Mloka to observe the everyday life of a real African village.

The Cultural Tour to the village of Mloka in Tanzania is an authentic experience that allows you to immerse yourself in local culture and discover the daily life of the people living in the area.

The tour enables you to interact with the villagers, who will warmly welcome you and show you their daily activities. After the visit you will depart for Dar Es Salaam, where you will arrive in about 4 hours drive.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast


  •  4x4 Toyota cruiser car with sunroof unlimited mileage for exclusive use and gasoline
  • Transfer in and out from Dar Es Salaam as mentioned in the program
  • Professional driver/driver and related expenses (accommodation, food) English-speaking
  • Accommodations for as mentioned in double rooms
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner as mentioned
  • Entrance fees to national parks per person and per day you will visit
  • Bottled water for all safari days
  • VAT and taxes

As a reminder, the daily fee for the parks are valid for 24 hours after which you will have to pay extra fees (for any delays at the request of the client as the timings are designed to fit within the 24 hours) which will be the responsibility of the traveler.


  • Flight to Tanzania
  • Tanzania entry visa (apply online before departure at official website and you must fill out this form
  • Compulsory Health insurance
  • Night in Arusha
  • Dinner first night in Arusha
  • Extra expenses - Alcohol and soft drinks in lodges, souvenirs
  • Entrance fees to parks not mentioned
  • Tips
  • Activities not mentioned
  • Transaction costs bank transfer payment (to be paid by the client)
  • Anything not mentioned in "costs includes"


Rates are per person and exclude international flight from/to your home country. This tour is offered in US dollars (USD).

  • 2 people: $ 850
  • 4 people: $ 650

All prices are indicative and might change. Please contact us for more details and prices.

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