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Are you staying in Zanzibar... and fancy a short, exclusive safari to break up all those days on the beach?

We've got the perfect solution for you, with these tailor-made short safaris from Zanzibar...

short safari from zanzibar - 1 night

Selous Game Reserve - charming & wild experience

1 night Siwandu Camp Selous (fully inclusive)

from approx. US$1580 pp

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1 night short safari from zanzibar

short safari from zanzibar - 1 night

Selous Game Reserve - for family

1 night Mivumo River Lodge (fully inclusive)

from approx. US$1350 pp

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1 night short safari from zanzibar

short safari from zanzibar - 2 nights

Selous Game Reserve

2 nights Sand Rivers Selous (fully inclusive)

from approx. US$3000 pp

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2 nights short safari from zanzibar

short safari from zanzibar - 2 nights

Serengeti Game Park

2 nights Four Season Safari Lodge (fully inclusive)

from approx. US$3300 pp

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Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti - game vehicle

short safari from zanzibar - 3 nights

Selous Game Reserve

3 nights Beho Beho (fully inclusive)

from approx. US$3600 pp

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3 nights short safari from zanzibar

 

the selous game reserve

At a massive 44,800 square kilometres ... bigger than Switzerland ... Selous is one of the largest and most important game reserves in Africa.

Being located on the humid coastal plateau and with the Great Rufiji river winding its way through the heart of the landscape, Selous has an unusually tropical and languid atmosphere. Selous is not nearly as crowded as the Serengeti, and is particularly famous for elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, black rhinos, African hunting dogs, hippos and crocodiles. The Selous swamps, rivers and wetlands also allow tourists to enjoy their safari by boat, which is a big draw. Walking safaris are also popular here, as are night drives.

The numbers of game in the Selous are astounding. The reserve is thought to contain up to 70,000 elephant (around 8% of the total population in Africa)... 120,000 buffalo, 40,000 hippo, 4,000 lion ... the list goes on.

In recent years the reserve was badly mis-managed and there was a great deal of poaching, but a new regime now seems to be getting things back under control.

Selous North only represents about 20% of the land area, but this is the only part of the reserve open to the general public - and it contains almost all of the safari camps. Selous South, the remainder of the reserve, is a vast and virtually uncharted wilderness, largely comprised of hunting blocks and therefore off limits until recently...

the serengeti

The Serengeti region encompasses the Serengeti National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30,000 km² region.

The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. The combination of volcanic soils combined with the ecological impact of the migration results in one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, sustaining the largest number of ungulates and the highest concentration of large predators in the world. The ecosystem supports 2 million wildebeests, 900,000 Thomson’s gazelles and 300,000 zebras as the dominant herds. Other herbivores include 7,000 elands, 27,000 topis, 18,000 hartebeests, 70,000 buffalos, 4,000 giraffes, 15,000 warthogs, 3,000 waterbucks, 2,700 elephants, 500 hippopotamuses, 200 black rhinoceroses, 10 species of antelope and 10 species of primate. Major predators include 4,000 lions, 1000 leopards, 225 cheetahs, 3,500 spotted hyenas and 300 wild dogs.

It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back!

 

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