A 3-Day Selous Safari from Dar es Salaam: An Unforgettable Adventure

Nestled in southern Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve stands as one of Africa’s largest and oldest conserved wildlife sanctuaries. This UNESCO World Heritage site spans over 50,000 square kilometers is twice the size of Serengeti National Park, offering a pristine landscapes that remains largely untouched by human influence. For those seeking an authentic safari experience, a 3-day Selous Safari adventure from Dar es Salaam is an unforgettable journey into the wild.

Here’s what you can expect on a Selous Safari:

Wildlife: Selous is home to a staggering abundance of wildlife and the 3-day Selous safari provides you an opportunity to explore it. You’ll almost certainly see the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and cape buffalo – along with countless zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, cheetahs, and bat-eared foxes. Birdlife is prolific here too, with over 440 species recorded.

Off-the-beaten-path experiences: Selous is less frequented than other Tanzanian parks, so you’re more likely to have intimate wildlife encounters and witness untouched wilderness.

Variety of safari activities: Explore the reserve on traditional game drives, boat safaris along the Rufiji River, or walking safaris with experienced guides, getting up close to the wildlife and the rich flora.

Where to Stay while on Selous Safari

There are a variety of lodges and camps to choose from in Selous safari, ranging from luxurious tented camps to rustic bandas.  Many of the camps are situated along the Rufiji River, offering stunning views and prime wildlife viewing opportunities.

For this 3 days Selous Safari you will stay in Kinga Lodge which is a Mid-range lodge built on the banks of Rufiji River overlooking the stunning natural surounding and the river.

The accommodations at Kinga Lodge Selous are top-notch, with spacious and well-appointed tents that offer all the comforts of home while still allowing guests to feel connected to nature.

Selous Safari Cost:

Solo traveler: US $ 1350
2 people: US $ 985 per person
3 – 4 people:US $ 810 per person
5 people +: US $ 780 per person

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Day by Day 3 Day Selous Safari Itinerary

Day 1: From the Bustling City to the Heart of the Wilderness

Your Selous safari adventure begins in Dar es Salaam, a vibrant city that serves as Tanzania’s commercial capital. Early in the morning departs by road, a scenic journey which allows you to observe the changing landscapes as you move from urban settings into the more rural and untouched parts of Tanzania.

Upon arrival in the Selous Game Reserve, you’ll check into your safari lodge or camp, your home for the next two nights. These accommodations blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment, offering a comfortable yet immersive bush experience. After settling in, you’ll embark on a boat safari along the Rufiji River which is the main highlight of the tour. The river snakes through the park and is a lifeline for its inhabitants. The boat safari allows you to see aquatic animals and birds up close. Crocodiles sunbathing on the riverbanks and hippos submerged in the water are common sights. In addition to that the boat safari also provides excellent opportunities for photography, especially during the golden hours as the sun begins to set.

Later in the evening return to the lodge or camp for dinner and overnight

Day 2: Selous Safari - Full Day of Exploration

The second day of your Selous safari is when the adventure truly unfolds. After an early breakfast, you’ll set out on a full-day game drive. With the guidance of experienced rangers, you’ll explore different areas of the reserve, each offering unique landscapes and wildlife sighting opportunities. The Selous is known for its diverse habitats, from dense forests and rolling plains to wetlands and lakes. This diversity means that every game drive is unpredictable and exciting in Selous safari.

The reserve is home to some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and the endangered African wild dog. Bird enthusiasts will also be in heaven, with over 350 species of birds to spot.

After a day filled with exploration and wildlife sightings, you’ll return to your lodge or camp. The evening is yours to relax and reflect on the day’s adventures. Enjoy dinner under the stars, listen to the sounds of the African bush, and perhaps share stories with fellow travelers around a campfire.

Day 3: Morning Activity and Return to Civilization

On your final day of the Selous safari, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a walking safari, an exhilarating way to experience the African bush. Accompanied by armed rangers, you’ll learn about the smaller details of the ecosystem that are often overlooked during game drives, such as tracking animal footprints, identifying plants, and understanding the behavior of insects and birds.

After your morning activity, it’s time to pack up and say goodbye to the Selous Game Reserve. You’ll head back to Dar es Salaam by road or air, carrying with you memories of an incredible adventure that will last a lifetime.


Selous Safari Cost Includes

Park entrance fees,
Transport in a 4WD with an open roof
Professional driver-guide
Boat Safari
Full board accommodation on sharing basis
1 liter of water per person per day
Excursion as per the itinerary
Game drive 

Cost Excludes

Beverages and alcoholic drinks
Items of personal nature
Telephone bills
Medical insurance

Planning Your Selous Safari

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season from June to October is the best time to go for Selous Safari since game sighting is brilliant due to the fact that animals congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot.

  • Packing Essentials: Be sure to pack light, comfortable clothing in neutral colors, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and binoculars for wildlife viewing.


  • Health Precautions: Consult your doctor about necessary vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis before your trip.


  • Respect for Wildlife: Always follow the instructions of your guides and rangers, and maintain a safe and respectful distance from wildlife.