1. Short Safari – 3 days and 2 nights
This is a popular option for people working in Dar es Salaam, because it can (more or less) fit into a weekend. However, anyone is welcome to choose this package, and you can do this 3 day/2 night option at any point in the week.
Pick up from Dar and arrive for lunch, or if arriving late then just light refreshments.
Sunset cruise on our comfortable river boat, looking at hippos, crocodiles and birds, and enjoying the spectacular sunset over this enormous river. This is one of Africa’s five greatest rivers, over half a mile wide where the lodge is, with panoramic views across the water to distant hills. The colours are breathtaking.
Cold drinks from the bar, then dinner.
Early breakfast at 06.00 and then a 30 minute drive to the Selous Game Reserve. All day game drive in a specially modified safari vehicle with a professional guide, in which you should see and learn much about a large number of animals, including all the great favourites – lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra – and all the other major species including the now rare African hunting dog. (Note that rhino are not seen in the Selous). Great variety of bird species. Wonderful scenery, with varied topography: wetlands, dry grassland, light acacia forest and higher ground with long views to far-off mountains.
Packed lunch and time to rest. Your guide will select a location with shade and water nearby to watch animals coming to drink – a place with a clear view all round so that no predator can creep up unseen!
Back to the lodge by 6.30 for sunset and dinner when you’re ready.
Up early for a walk through the bush and along the riverbank to learn about the local environment. We have a first class guide, Patrick, whose knowledge of local fauna and flora is truly matchless. Almost every plant and tree is used locally in one way or another. You will be fascinated.
Back after the walk for breakfast, and then departure for Dar.