Activities to turn your stay into an unforgettable, individual experience
Full Day Game Drives:
Enjoy full days game viewing in the reserve. Participate in some classic style game drives – exploring the bush in 4×4 vehicles. During the game drives one might be lucky enough to see a pack of African Wild Dog even though becoming extinct in most parts of Africa, they are thriving in the Selous. Just bear in mind that the Selous impalas, baboons, zebras, crocodiles and greater kudus, just to name but a few. Selous Game Reserve is larger than Switzerland and Denmark and has the largest population of elephant in Tanzania as well as large number of buffalos, hippos and wild dogs. To be seen also are an array of lions, elands, bushbuck, giraffes, lso it might be your lucky day to spot the rare sable antelope. After a picnic lunch under a shade of a giant baobab you are ready for yet another feast of the eyes and ears. You will spend the afternoon watching and enjoying the animals in their different habitats. Late afternoon game drives are enchanting, this is the time when most animals are returning from hunting and are preparing for the night. The light is magic and the colours mesmerizing not to mention the vastness of the savannah under the blue skies of the great Selous.
The walking safari starts as early as 06.00am. The crispy fresh African air mixed with the wild waft of the animals evokes your sense of smell to the intoxication unique bush odors of Africa. This allows you to get a real feel of the African bush. The sights, sounds and smells of a walking safari are a special treat that will live a long in your memory. The thrill of being close up to the animals and to “shoot” them with your camera is one of the greatest unforgettable experiences one carries back to the “civilized” world. Thereafter back to the Butembo Lodge for breakfast. The hours before an early lunch are for resting after an early walking safari which can be a bit taxing depending on the weather.
Mostly done in late afternoon, a boat trip is an ideal beginning to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the snaking Rufiji River with its famed hippos, crocodiles and beautiful birdlife. The sunset on the boat can be stunning – there is nothing quite like the serenity of the river while the sun dips below the horizon.
Village Culture Tour:
In the afternoon you go out to the village a cultural tour, which involves a gentle walk around the Mwaseni village. This is your opportunity to meet and see– if you so wish – the villagers, and learn a bit of their lives. The cultural village tour enables you to have a meaningful connection with the host community, helps in understanding the local culture as well as other social, economic and environmental issues. Butembo Lodge is a patron of the local primary school, you might want to go and see how rural schools look like in Tanzania and the Head of the school is always happy to welcome you.
All activities are at supplemental charge with reasonable prices.