This 10-day Selous Safari & Zanzibar beach package offers you a combination of game viewing and beach holiday experience. During this, you will explore the vast Nyerere National Park, a newly gazetted national from the former ‘Selous Game Reserve’, and then spend days relaxing on the white sand beaches of Zanzibar.

You will have guided game drives on a 4×4 safari jeep on off-the-beaten tracks of the Nyerere National Park, bush walks guided by an armed ranger as well as an afternoon boat ride on the River Rufiji. Night game drives are also allowed in this park in Southern Tanzania, but we haven’t included any in this package and pricing. Our Southern Tanzania safari experts can arrange and include a night game drive if you are interested, but preferably it should be arranged in advance.

10-Day Selous Safari and Zanzibar itinerary at a glance

The 10-day safari adventure with beach vacation extension in Zanzibar will be as per the below-outlined itinerary;

Day 1: Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous). Afternoon boat safari.

Day 2: Explore the Nyerere National Park (Selous Game Reserve) by 4×4 safari jeeps.

Day 3: Spend a full-day safari in Nyerere National Park.

Day 4: A third full-day safari in Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve).

Day 5: Morning walking safari in Selous, take a flight to Zanzibar Island.

Days 6 – 9: Spend the days at leisure on Zanzibar Island.

Day 10: Transfer to the airport for departure from Zanzibar

The same ten-day package here above can be revised in any way that will suit your needs and those of the people that you are traveling with. It will be a private tour so, so you can start on any date.

If you are not interested in going to Zanzibar and have at least a week, you can consider our 7-day safari in Southern Tanzania, which includes a visit to Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park.

10-Day Selous Safari  & Zanzibar Beach – what to see?

During these, you will see various animals including; Elephants, giraffes, elands hyenas, buffaloes, impalas, wildebeests, leopards, lions, the endangered African wild dogs as well as baboons. Nyerere National Park and the greater Selous Ecosystem is also a birders’ haven. The area has recorded more than 440 bird species, and therefore a great place for birding. Some of the bird species that can be spotted on this safari will be as below; Lilac-breasted rollers,  Crested Lark, African Snipe, Green-headed Oriole, Bateleur Eagles, Kingfishers, Knob-billed Duck, Egyptian Geese, Herons, white-fronted bee-eaters, yellow-billed storks, Southern Ground Hornbill, and Malachite Kingfishers.

You will then fly to the exotic Zanzibar islands where you will be able to relax on the idyll white sand beaches with numerous palm trees. You will take park in kite surfing, diving, hiking, mountain biking, and snorkeling to explore the beautiful coral reefs. There are also very exciting walks in the mangrove forests, to the local villages, visits to Stone town as well as tours of the spice plantations.

This 10-day safari in Selous and Zanzibar beach holiday is the best tour to take if you are looking for a package that does not involve too much driving. This tour can be taken as a perfect honeymoon in Tanzania and Zanzibar. We can also include the arrival night at Dar es Salaam and an overnight stay at a hotel before the safari starts.

Additional information

Duration10 Days
LocationNyerere National Park, Zanzibar Island
DeparturesDaily Departures (private tours only)

10-day Selous safari & Zanzibar beach – Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer to Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve)

Pick up from your hotel or at the airport in Dar es Salaam by your safari who will transfer you to Nyerere National Park which is a newpark gazetted from the larger area of what used to be the vast Selous Game Reserve.  You will arrive around lunchtime, so you will head straight to your lodge/camp for lunch and then take a short rest. After lunch and rest you will be taken to the banks of the famous Rufiji River, where you will embark on an afternoon boat safari that will go on until sunset. You expect to spot birds and animals like hippos, and Nile crocodiles as well as other animals like elephants drinking or crossing the river. Later in the afternoon, you will be taken back to your lodge/camp where you will freshen up before settling for your dinner and overnight.

Overnight will be at the Selous Kinga Lodge. Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 2 - 4

Explore the Selous Game Reserve

Through the next three days, you will spend time exploring Nyerere National Park which covers an area of approximately 30,893 sq km close to twice the size of Serengeti National Park, making it the largest national park on the African continent. The Selous Game Reserve (now Nyerere National Park) which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises various vegetation, from large plains, forests, rivers, and lakes all of which serve as wildlife habitats.

During the game drives, you will explore all these habitats as you search for Africa’s Big Five animals and the other different wild animals that live here among which are: lions, zebras, elands, impalas, buffalos, bushbucks, elephants, oryxs, crocodiles, waterbucks, hippos, sable antelopes, klipspringers, duikers, giraffes, greater kudus, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, as well as the occasional leopards and spotted hyenas, not forgetting the largest thriving population of the endangered wild dogs. Rhinos on the other hand, can only be seen within the southern part of the game reserve. There will be great opportunities for photography.

Those of you enthusiastic about bird watching, well the Selous will not disappoint you at all. There are very many bird species found here some living within the forest, the river banks as well as in the swampy areas.

Apart from the traditional safari game drives on a 4×4 safari jeep with pop-up roof or open-sided, you will also do one walking safari at Selous. Other activities like night game drives can be arranged at an extra cost. You may request during the confirmation of your safari or book spontaneously at the lodge. The earlier you book the better.

Overnight at Selous Safari Lodge or Nyerere Tented Camp. All meals included.

Day 5

Fly from the Nyerere National Park (Selous) to Zanzibar Island

Lat day of your safari in Nyerere National Park (Selous Ecosystem). After breakfast, your guide will drive you to the airstrip where you will catch a flight to the Zanzibar Island. If staying within the park’s boundaries, you will be doing your last game drive on your way to the airstrip.

On arrival at Zanzibar,  you will be warmly received by our Safari Desire Representative, who will help you in loading your luggage in the van, before transferring you to the beach. On arrival, you will check in at your hotel where you will spend the next 5 nights.

Overnight at the Zanzibar Queen Hotel. Dinner included.

Day 6 - 9

Enjoy your beach vacation at Zanzibar Island

After a wonderful wildlife safari adventure in the Nyerere National Park, Selous in the Southern Tanzania Safari Circuit, you will spend the following 4 days enjoying your time at the beautiful beaches of Spice islands of Zanzibar.

Overnight will be at the Zanzibar Queen Hotel. Breakfast and dinner included.

Various activities can be booked either in advance or even spontaneously through our Zanzibar Representative if you wish.  See more information at the bottom of the program. 

Day 10

Depart from Zanzibar

This is the final day of our 10-day Nyerere National Park Safari & Zanzibar tour.  You will have breakfast at your accommodation and then be transferred by our representative to the Zanzibar International Airport where you will catch your departure flight back home with memories that will last a lifetime.

The Zanzibar island has very lovely white sand beaches with clear waters as well as colorful reefs which not only make it the best beach holiday destination in Tanzania, but also the perfect honeymoon getaway destination. Some of the best beaches on the island include The Bwejuu found on the south-eastern side, Michamvi a peninsular on the east coast, Matemwe on the northeastern coast as well as Nungwi on the northwest coast. You may choose to relax under the numerous palms that dot the white sand beach or choose to take part in more active adventures such as: sea kayaking, mountain biking, sailing, hiking, kite surfing, bird watching, and windsurfing. The breathtaking coral reefs make Zanzibar a perfect place for diving as well as snorkeling, and depending on the time of the year you visit, you might get a chance to see dolphins, whale sharks, and green turtles.

There are a number of excursions you can take while in Zanzibar. You can join us to tour the legendary Stone Town, the spice plantations, the Jozani forest, the local villages, and the prison island. Stone town is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can have amazing cultural tours and get a chance to learn about the history and culture of the coastal Swahili people. You will visit the colorful bazaars, explore the winding stone alleys and see the old houses built with stones. Other places to visit include the Persian Baths, the ancient Dhow Port, the Hamamni Baths, the ancient Slave Market, Livingstone House, the Sultan’s Palace, House of Wonders as well as the Portuguese Fort.

Contact one of our best safari and beach experts for any customization on the 10-day Southern Tanzania safari to Selous and ending at Zanzibar Beach. Best for couples and families as well as small groups or honeymoons.

10-day safari in Selous & Zanzibar beach – Prices

Prices for the 10 days southern Tanzania safari adventure with beach extension in Zanzibar will be as below, depending on how many people are travelling together. Please note that the prices are for high safari season. Please let us know when exactly you wish to travel and we will give you a precise discounted tour cost if travelling off season.

2 Persons travelling together (1 Double / Twin Room USD 2822 Per Person Sharing
4 Persons travelling together (2 Double / Twin Room USD 2516 Per Person Sharing
6 Persons travelling together (6 Double / Twin Room USD 2390 Per Person Sharing

Tour Price Includes:

5 Days private safari from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi for 2 – 6 Persons

4 Nights’ Full Board a lodge or camp as per itinerary

An extra lunch meal on Day 1 (Lunch on the way to Mikumi)

Full time English speaking Professional Driver/Guide

Park entrance Fees Nyerere National Park

Game drives in Nyerere National Park in private 4×4 safari vehicle (Unlimited Mileage)

Bottled Mineral Water within the Safari Vehicle

Boat safari in River Rufiji, Selous

Walking safari in Nyerere National Park (Selous)

Domestic flight from Nyerere (Selous) to Zanzibar Island

05 x HB overnight at Zanzibar Queen Hotel, Zanzibar island or similar

Government Taxes, VAT plus TDL

Not Included in the Tour Price

Transfers at Dar es Salaam if needed, can be arranged at extra cost

Visas fees and travel insurance

Any Items and expenses of personal nature

Tips for the safari guide and lodge staff (tip separately)

Extra cold and hot beverages

Laundry services at the lodges / camps

Any extra activities at Selous and at Zanzibar

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