Don`t spoil your Holiday if you have a doubt of Small Aircraft.
Driving from Dar to Selous Game Reserve is about 6 - 8 hours.
Will leave Dar at 07hh30 and be there around 14h00 for afternoon game Drive.
Also I think 4 - 5 nights are many in Selous and can combine this with Mikumi National Park or with both Udzungwa National Park
5 Nights / 6 Days Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park & Udzungwa Mountain National Park:-
Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Selous Game Reserve
Pick up from Dar es Salaam airport and proceed to Selous Game Reserve with picnic lunch
Late afternoon,boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River
Dinner and overnight at Lodge
You will discover the Rufiji River by boat, encounter hippos and crocodiles in good numbers. Some 350 bird species have been recorded in the Selous Game Reserve. These are typical of miombo woodlands, and the bird life supported by Rufiji swamplands is of particular interest.
Day 2: Game Viewing in Selous Game Reserve
You will have 1 full day in the Selous Game Reserve. Exploration of the Reserve by 4 wheel drive vehicle with your picnic lunch.Dinner and overnight at Lodge
The Selous Game Reserve is the largest in Africa, covering 54,600 square kilometer. 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 more shy then the Northern Parks. Excursions by 4x4 vehicles will permit you to have good photographic opportunities and the chance to explore different sections of vast park.
Day 3: Selous Game Reserve – Mikumi National Park
After early breakfast, you will start with morning walking safari Later proceed to Mikumi National Park with picnic lunch
Dinner and overnight at the Budget Lodge (B,L,D).
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, takes 2 hours before you meet the driver at the reserve gate.Walking safaris offer a good chance of seeing giraffe, zebra, elephant, and good birding.
The journey to Mikumi is the most amazing and truly wild and untouched areas of Tanzania. The drive will take you up into the Uluguru Mountains across rivers and past small local villages and farms. The drive is tiring but possibly the most rewarding and adventurous on the Tanzania Tourist Circuit.
Day 4: Hiking in Udzungwa Mountain National Park
After breakfast drive to Udzungwa, you will spend a day hiking with picnic lunch.
Later drive back to Mikumi for dinner and overnight at Budget Lodge (B,L,D)
The Udzungwa Mountain National Park, which is 1990 sq.kms. Is the first terrestrial National park in Tanzania. It is well known for its biologically diverse forest, with approximately 20 – 30% out of 200 animals and plant species that grow here not found any where in the world. Still it is really beautiful place for hiking. It is one of the top ten forests for bird conservation in Africa.
Wildlife: Variety of animal species can be found here, including water buffalo, leopards, elephants, and full of reptiles and snakes and more.
Day 5: Game Drive in Mikumi National Park
After breakfast, full day game drive of the park with picnic lunch
Dinner and overnight at Budget Lodge (B,L,D)
With 3,230 square kilometers coverage Mikumi National Park is well-known park in Tanzania. The park is well-known for its population of elephants, giraffes buffaloes, zebras, elands, greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope. Predators include tree-climbing lions (which are in large number), leopards, wild hunting dogs and black-backed jackal. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here including Eurasian migrants such as red billed oxpecker, marabou stork and lilac breasted roller.
Day 6: Mikumi National Park - Dar es Salaam
After breakfast, morning game drive of the park Later proceed to DSM with picnic lunch.Drop off city center (B,L)
Selous & Mikumi: 5 Days / 4 Nights:-
Day 1: After breakfast, drive with packed lunch to Selous. On arrival - Boat Safari. Overnight at Lodge on FB basis
Day 2: Selous: Full day game drive with packed lunch. Overnight at Lodge on FB basis
Day 3: Early morning - Walking safari. Drive back to Mikumi with packed lunch. Overnight at Lodge on FB basis
Day 4: Full day game drive. Overnight at Lodge on FB Basis
Day 5: After breakfast, short game drive till 0930 hrs and drive back to Dar with lunch Box