• A picture of one of the many antelope species in Tanzania

4 Days Safari Selous with Hot Springs + Excursions | 2 Full-Day Game Drives

Selous Game Reserve (Nyerere National Park)

With this Fly-In Safari from Zanzibar you will not only experience a classic game drive but also discover the magnificent Selous Reserve on foot with our popular Bushwalk, guided by local experts. This Safari package also includes a visit of the Maji Moto (Hot Springs), on top of that you will also explore the protected area with a Boat Safari on the Rufjii River (the largest river in Tanzania).

The Selous Game Reserve encompasses diverse ecosystems, ranging from open grasslands and woodlands to dense forests and sprawling river systems. It is intersected by the Rufiji River and its tributaries, which provide a lifeline for wildlife and offer incredible opportunities for game watching with our boat excursions.

For the next few days you will be staying in the Africa Safari Selous Lodge, where you enjoy a 49m² Banda Bungalow that provides a calm and authentic atmosphere with original African architecture.

Day 1:

Your trip starts with an early transfer from your beach hotel to Zanzibar Airport you hop on a short scenic flight to the gates of the Selous Game Reserve. You will start with a day full of activities, to explore the surroundings and the great Rufiji River.

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of the African wilderness? Lace up your boots and go on a captivating Bushwalk, where you’ll experience the untamed beauty of nature up close and personal. Our local guides and their passion for the environment will enrich your bushwalk experience. They will share fascinating insights about the local ecology, animal behavior, and the intricate interconnectedness of the Selous ecosystem.

After lunch break your next adventure awaits you: Step aboard a comfortable, specially designed barge and embark on a Boat Safari along the iconic Rufiji River, the lifeblood of the Selous Game Reserve. As you glide along its meandering course, be prepared to witness a myriad of wildlife congregating at the water’s edge. From elephants bathing and drinking to hippos wallowing in the shallows and crocodiles basking in the sun, each bend of the river holds the promise of exciting wildlife encounters.

Day 2:

Today you will experience the thrill of a classic full day Game Drive in the Majestic Selous Game Reserve! This vast protected area is renowned for its incredible biodiversity, making each game drive a thrilling opportunity to encounter Africa’s iconic wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of majestic elephants gracefully moving through the bush, prides of lions lounging under the shade of acacia trees, stealthy leopards blending seamlessly into the landscape, and herds of buffalo grazing peacefully. Witness the natural dynamics of predator-prey interactions and be captivated by the beauty and power of these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

Day 3:

After breakfast you begin your game drive towards Maji Moto (hot springs), a natural phenomenon found within the Selous Game Reserve. This attraction refers to a collection of hot springs that create a small oasis within the Reserve. The thermal springs are formed when underground water is heated by geothermal activity and rises to the surface, creating pools of warm water. These hot springs offer a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape. Amidst the dry savannah and arid terrain, the lush green vegetation surrounding the hot springs provides a haven for wildlife seeking water and relief from the heat. Due to the presence of water, the area become a magnet for a variety of wildlife. Animals, both big and small, are often drawn to these natural water sources, offering excellent opportunities for wildlife sightings and photography.

On the way to the Hot Springs one will pass the Grave of Frederic Courtney Selous, a naturalist, explorer, hunter and soldier, who was killed in 1917, during World War One near the Beho Beho Hills. During the entire Safari one will be able to watch animals as well of course.

Day 4:

After breakfast in the Africa Safari Selous Lodge, you return back to the air strip for your early morning flight to Zanzibar Airport, followed by a transfer back to your beach resort.

Location of Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania
A map of eastern Tanzania with Africa Safari Lodges (Paradise & Wilderness group)

Africa Safari Selous Lodge

Welcome to Africa Safari Selous Lodge, where comfort meets adventure! Located in magical Southern Tanzania, Africa Safari Selous is a spacious Lodge located close to the entrance of the Selous Game Reserve with the famous Rufiji River (the largest and longest river in Tanzania) within walking distance. The Lodge offers a nice swimming pool with a sun terrace, lounge / bar, restaurant, reception, and an information desk for all your questions, excursions, or last-minute Safari extensions.

Nestled amidst the untamed wilderness of Tanzania, the lodge offers a captivating safari experience. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Africa as you enjoy the comforts of the unique Banda Bungalows and explore the wonders of the surrounding nature. Much of the original vegetation has been retained, designed to harmonize with the natural surroundings. The restaurant overlooks a waterhole that often attracts birds and other wildlife!

You will stay in a 49m² Banda Bungalow that provides a tranquil sanctuary where you can unwind and recharge after exhilarating safari adventures, with one king-size bed and one single bed. An extra single bed can be added (on request). In the bathroom you can find a washbasin, shower and toilet. Enjoy sitting outside on the terrace where you can relax, read a book or look at your safari photos. The outside construction is traditional, but inside you will find all the comforts with enough storage space. The swimming pool is within walking distance.


  • Maximum occupancy 4 guests per Bungalow
  • Double bed (180cm x 200cm) and a single bed (90cm x 200cm)
  • Outside seating area
  • Fully equipped bathroom
  • Free WiFi in restaurant / lounge area
  • Charging points for mobile phones and cameras
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Mosquito net
Rate per adult (2 adults sharing) Infant 0-1.99yr (sharing with 1 adult) Child 2-4.99yr (sharing with 2 adults) Child 5-11.99yr (sharing with 2 adults)
$ 1.167 Free $ 776 $ 824
Child 12-15.99yr (sharing with 2 adults) 3rd adult (sharing with 2 adults) Solo traveller
$ 899 $ 1.017 $ 1.294

These prices include the following services:

  • Zanzibar airport transfers (sharing)
  • Domestic flights
  • Sharing game drives
  • Excursions
  • Meals and bush lunch
  • Park entry- and landing fees

Required reservation information:

  • Full names of each guest as per passport
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport/ID number

Published rates subject to changes in government-, park authority and airline tax increases or levy changes. Paradise & Wilderness reserves the right to change departure times, routing or carrier when so required for operational, weather or safety reasons. Paradise & Wilderness can not be held responsible for missed connections on flights booked with other airlines, due to flight delays. Timings are indicative only. Exact times will be communicated on tickets and during the trip. Prices may vary subject to season, room category and number of travellers.

  • Early morning pick-up from hotel
  • Transfer to Zanzibar Airport
  • Domestic flight departure – arrival Selous Game Reserve / Nyerere National Park
  • 2x Days shared Safari game drive in the largest Game Reserve in Africa
  • Bushwalk and Boat Safari
  • Mid-morning coffee/tea break
  • Authentic safari bush lunch, served at set tables
  • 3x Nights Africa Safari Selous Lodge
  • Flight back to Zanzibar Airport
  • Transfer back to the the hotel
  • Full Board Meal Plan
  • Daily departure possible!

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