Selous Julius Nyerere National Park Safari (Add-on Tanzania)

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Explore Julius Nyerere National park, also known as Selous Park, on this three-day adventure. 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.

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Selous National Park with AWAT
Walk on the Wild Side with AWAT
Nature up close with World Adventure Tours
Incredible Selous by Night with World Adventure Tours
Start your journey in Dar-es-salaam and drive to Nyerere National Park (Selous) for lunch. Then you will travel by boat along the Rufiji River, where hippos and crocodiles are joined by more than 350 bird species. Early the following day, we enjoy a walking safari in the company of a guide and armed park rangers. It’s the best way to meet giraffes, zebras, and elephants on their own terms. The rest of the day is spent on a game drive through the vast Nyerere National Park. See lions, wild dogs, buffalos and many other species from the safety of the safari car. Plenty of photo opportunities. The next day after breakfast, we say goodbye to the Selous and return to Dar-es-salaam.

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 (Half Board) 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.





Dar es Salaam Region, TZ
7:51 pm, March 27, 2023
few clouds
Wind: 6 mph
Pressure: 1009 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:26 am
Sunset: 6:30 pm
Walking Safari with World Adventure Tours
Elephants up close 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

Excluded from the price:

  • 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

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