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The Safari Details
Day 1 to 2On arrival at Dar es Salaam airport, a representative of Safari Airlink will meet you for a short transfer to the domestic terminal for your 10:30 flight to the Selous Game Reserve (40 minutes). At the airstrip, you will be met by a representative of Selous Riverside Safari Camp for a short transfer to your chalet.
Here you can freshen up and relax with a cool drink and a dip in the pool should you fancy. After lunch you have the option of taking a game drive, boat safari or walking trip to explore the reserve in the late afternoon
Selous Riverside Safari Camp: Selous Riverside Safari Camp consists of ten spacious luxury tented camps, decorated beautifully in African style. All tents are en-suite and are luxuriously equipped with comfortable beds, electricity and their own private verandas. To wash the dust off after your game drive, each tent provides an en-suite shower and toilet with all the pleasures of hot and cold running water.
Day 1 - 4 - The Selous Game Reserve
Only 200 km West of Dar es Salaam lies the mighty Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa’s least known yet wildest conservation areas. At an unbelievable 55,000 sq km Selous is almost twice the size of Belgium and four times larger than the famous Serengeti in the North, covering 5% of Tanzania’s land area. The Selous’ ecosystem as a whole is made up of a few conservation areas, namely Mikumi in the North and the Kilombero game controlled area in the West, covering in total over 90,000 sq km of pristine wilderness devoid of human influence.
Fed by the mighty Rufiji River, the largest river in East Africa which drains most of South Western Tanzania’s water, this reserve is home to over 1,000,000 large animals and is home to over half of Tanzania’s elephant population. Selous is unique among reserves in Tanzania as it encompasses an area exclusively devoted to tourism in its Northern part, making up for about 10% of the reserve’s total size.
This sector North of the Rufiji River is mostly open wooded grassland and is dominated by Terminalia spinosa trees - ‘flat topped’ trees, in classic African fashion. However this section of the reserve is unusually diverse, comprising dense hardwood forests in the East, open plains in the centre, and rocky arid hills and volcanic springs in the West.
The reserve is also crisscrossed by a multitude of dry riverbeds surrounded by dense riverine vegetation where many of Selous larger animals spend their days.However, one of the major attractions has to be the mighty river itself, home to one of the largest crocodile and hippo populations in Africa, swarming with fish which in turn bring about some of the world’s best water birding. The River has also formed several large lakes on its Northern bank, navigable by boat. This wonderfully diverse, vast and well watered habitat has the right ingredients to enable the land to hold an unusually high number of animals of all shapes and sizes as well as support an extraordinary array of different vegetation types.
Selous has over 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephant, 108,000 buffalos and an estimated 1,300 of the worlds’ approximately 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt wilderness.
Day 4 to 11 - ZanzibarSadly your time in Selous has come to an end. Onto your next adventure... Zanzibar! Your flight departs at 10:15 and arrives on Zanzibar Island at 11:10, via Dares Salaam.
On arrival you will be greeted by our team on the ground, who will welcome you with a refreshing bottle of ice cold water and transfer you via a comfortable air conditioned vehicle to Breezes Beach Club & Spa in the South East of the Island (around an hour’s drive away).
For the next few days you can enjoy Zanzibar Island at your leisure. The island is very small and really easy to get around. There’s so much to do you’ll be spoilt for choice; diving, snorkelling, bird watching, sailing, deep-sea fishing, visiting historical ruins, touring spice plantations. And if all this sounds too exhausting you can just sit back and relax on the gorgeous beach soaking up the sun! On an evening of your choosing, we have an unforgetable, romantic Dhow Sunset cruise arranged for you.. please enjoy this on us.
Breezes Beach Club & Spa: Breezes Beach Club & Spa is an ideal choice for those in search of a romantic getaway. Set in beautiful tropical landscaped gardens on a pristine and peaceful beach on the East Coast of the island, about one hour from Stone Town, Breezes Beach is famous for its attention to detail. Its world-renowned beautiful Zanzibar décor with stunning carvings, glistening brass and rich fabrics creates a truly elegant and unique atmosphere. A variety of dining options includes private beach front dining for two in an intimate setting offering personalized service and a special menu for two.