Selous Safari with Zanzibar Beach Adventure

Explore Julius Nyerere National park, also known as Selous Park,get up close and personal on a walking safari and see all the game and birds of the Savannah in their natural environment. This adventure will take you up the Rufiji River by boat. Selous Park is a hidden gem on the southern Tanzanian Safari circuit and not too far from Dar-es-Salaam. thereafter travel to Zanzibar and enjoy the warm beaches as you relax and unwind.

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Captivating boat ride along the picturesque Rufiji River: The swamplands along the Rufiji River reveal a diverse avian population, painting the skies with vibrant hues, a treat for bird enthusiasts and casual observers alike.

Swimming with dolphins- This marine adventure, set against the backdrop of the azure waters surrounding Zanzibar, promises not only a refreshing dip but an immersive encounter with one of the ocean’s most intelligent and playful creatures. 

Snorkeling at Mnemba Island: The tranquil and clear waters of Mnemba Island provide an ideal canvas for this aquatic adventure, allowing you to witness the underwater wonders with unparalleled clarity.

A visit to the natural sea turtle aquarium and get to swim with the turtles in the lagoon: The sea turtle aquarium serves not only as a haven for these ancient mariners but as an educational hub, shedding light on the critical efforts undertaken to protect and rehabilitate these majestic creatures.

Selous Park stands as a hidden gem within the southern Tanzanian Safari circuit, conveniently located not too far from the bustling city of Dar-es-Salaam. As the journey unfolds, the adventure commences with a delightful lunch, setting the stage for an exploration of the park’s remarkable natural wonders.

Embark on a captivating boat ride along the meandering Rufiji River, an aquatic sanctuary where the impressive presence of hippos and crocodiles is complemented by the lively spectacle of more than 350 bird species.  As the sun sets, settle into the comfort of the overnight accommodation, be it the rustic charm of Rufiji River Camp or the immersive experience of Selous Jimbiza Camp. Nestled in the heart of nature, these accommodations promise not just a night’s rest but a continuation of the safari experience under the canvas of the star-lit African sky.

With the dawn of a new day, the adventure intensifies. Rise early for a walking safari that beckons you to get up close and personal with the wonders of the African savannah. Guided by armed rangers, traverse the landscape and witness the grace of giraffes, the majesty of elephants, and the vibrant avifauna that graces the open plains. This walking safari provides an intimate and immersive encounter with the untamed beauty of Selous Park, allowing guests to witness the game and birds of the savannah in their natural and undisturbed habitat.

The combination of a boat safari, an overnight stay in the heart of the wilderness, and an intimate walking safari creates an enriching experience that goes beyond the ordinary safari adventure. Selous Park reveals itself as not just a destination but a journey into the heart of nature, where every moment is an opportunity to connect with the wild and embrace the untamed beauty of southern Tanzania.

This is a great travel plan to combine with a Zanzibar trip. But for shorter day trips, check out our Timeless Tarangire travel plan, Short n’ sweet safari and a Taste of the savanna.

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Day 1


Pick up from Dar-es-salaam city center and proceed to Nyerere National Park with a picnic lunch. Late afternoon, enjoy a boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River. You will discover the Rufiji River by boat and encounter hippos and crocodiles in good numbers. Some 350 bird species have been recorded in the Nyerere National Park. These are typical of miombo woodlands, and the bird life supported by Rufiji swamplands is of particular interest.
Overnight at Rufiji River Camp or Selous Jimbiza Camp (HalfBoard) or Similar
Day 2


After early breakfast, Your day will start with an early morning walking safari, followed by a game drive with your picnic lunch. The Walking safari will give you a particularly intimate feel for
the African wilds. It starts in the morning with a guidance of an armed ranger and takes 2 hours before you meet the driver at the reserve gate. Walking safaris offer a good chance to see
giraffes, zebra, elephants, and birds. The Nyerere National Park, the former Selous Game Reserve, is the largest in Africa, covering 54,600 square kilometers. The reserve gets its name from the hunter and explorer Frederick Courtney Selous. He was killed here during World War 1. Selous
is famous for elephants. Other species commonly seen are lions, wild dogs, buffaloes, bushbuck, impalas, elands, baboons, zebras, and greater kudus. It was originally set aside as a hunting area where animals are abundant but shyer than the Northern Parks. Excursions by a 4×4 vehicle will permit you to have good photographic opportunities and the chance to explore different sections of the vast park.
Overnight at Rufiji River Camp or Selous Jimbiza Camp (Full Board) or Similar
Day 3


After breakfast, return to Dar-es-Salaam with a picnic lunch. airport for your flight to Zanzibar. Arrive at Zanzibar Airport, meet your driver, and transfer to your hotel. 
Overnight at Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa, or similar (Half Board)
Day 4


Pick up at your hotel and head to Muyuni Beach where you will get a boat ride to the dolphin sports, enjoy swimming, watching, and even touching the dolphins. After this time go to Mnemba Island for snorkeling. After this day trip, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight at Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa, or similar (Half Board)
Day 5


Visit the natural sea turtle aquarium, swim with turtles in the natural lagoon, and continue to visit the Fukuchani ruins and the small caves where you can swim. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight at Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa, or similar (Half Board)
Day 6


After breakfast, return to Dar-es-Salaam with a picnic lunch.

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  • Walking Safari and Game Drive- Experience an early morning walking safari with an armed ranger, providing an intimate feel for the African wilderness.Follow up with a game drive to spot diverse wildlife in the expansive Nyerere National Park.

  • Mnemba Island, Dolphins, and Snorkeling-Boat ride to dolphin spots, allowing for swimming, watching, and touching dolphins. You also get a chance to go Snorkelling at Mnemba Island, adding a marine exploration element to the experience.

  • Lagoon, Turtles-Visit the natural sea turtle aquarium, providing an opportunity to swim with turtles in a lagoon.

  • Fukuchani Caves- Explore Fukuchani ruins and small caves, offering insights into the cultural and historical aspects of the region.

What documents do I need to travel to Tanzania?

  • A visa
  • A valid passport

Do lodges and camps have mosquito nets?

All rooms/tents during your safari are fitted with mosquito nets or are insect-proofed to protect you against bites. You are also advised to use insect repellent to further protect yourself, especially outdoors in the evenings.

Is Tanzania safe to travel to?

Tanzania is generally considered a safe destination for safari-goers. Visitors should follow the safety guidelines provided and take necessary precautions, such as avoiding walking alone at night or leaving valuables unattended.

When does the wildebeest migration take place?

The wildebeest migration takes place in Tanzania typically between the months of November to August, although the timing can vary slightly depending on the weather patterns each year. The migration is a continuous movement of around 1.5 million wildebeest and large numbers of zebras and gazelles across the Serengeti plains in Tanzania in search of fresh grazing land and water.

Is it safe to drink water in Tanzania?

Drinking only bottled or filtered water is important to avoid getting sick.

What are the best national parks to visit in Tanzania for a safari?

  • Serengeti National Park.
  • Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Selous Game Reserve .

What kind of wildlife can I expect to see on a Tanzania safari?

Tanzania is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, hippos, buffalo, leopards, cheetahs, and many species of birds.

What is the best time of year to go on a Tanzania safari?

The best time to go on a Tanzania safari depends on your preferences. The dry season from June to October is the best time for game viewing, but it can be crowded and more expensive. The wet season from November to May offers lush landscapes, fewer crowds, and lower prices, but some parks may be closed due to flooding.

What kind of transportation will be used during my safari?

Our safaris are in 4×4 vehicles, which are ideal for navigating the rugged terrain of the national parks. 

What should I wear on my safari?

It’s important to dress in layers and pack versatile, easy-to-wash, and dry clothing. Don’t forget also to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a small backpack to carry your essentials while on safari. Choose comfortable, practical, and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Lightweight, breathable clothing such as cotton or linen shirts, pants, and shorts. Long-sleeved shirts and pants can also help protect you from the sun, insects, and thorny bushes. Neutral-colored clothing such as khaki, beige, or olive green. Avoid bright colors or patterns, as they can scare off wildlife or attract insects.


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Walking Safari with World Adventure Tours

Included in the price:

  • Safari base vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • 2 nights full board accommodation whilst on safari
  • Pick up and drop off within Dar city center
  • Boat & walking safari (shared)
  • Park, concession fees & game drive

Price does not cover:

  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Visas
  • Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Medical and luggage insurance
  • Any deviation in the itinerary
  • Tips (recommended)
  • Dar es salaam airport transfers
  • Other personal expenses
  • Emergency evacuation insurance

Rest assured, we’re here to assist with anything not covered in the price. Your convenience is our priority.