Southern Big Five Safari - Mikumi & Selous

Southern Big Five Safari - Mikumi & Selous

Short Overview

If you think you've seen it all after having been on safari in the Serengeti and Ngorogonro, you couldn't be more wrong.

Our Southern Big Five Safari presents these beautiful animals against a unique and isolated backdrop, far away from the crowds and creature comforts of the more popular Northern Circuit.

You'll spend a day on the open floodplain of Mikumi in search of lions, eland, and cheetahs, transfer for a quaint farmstay in Morogoro, and then finish your trip with four game drives (including two full day game drives) in the massive Selous Reserve - Africa's largest game reserve.


Why us ?
Unlimited game drives with expert guides
Private 4x4 custom safari vehicles
AMREF air rescue insurance included in each trip


Details of Southern Big Five Safari - Mikumi & Selous


After breakfast, you'll make the drive to the Mikumi National Park. Sometimes called the most accessible corner of Selous and sometimes compared favourably to the open plains of the Serengeti, Mikumi is Tanzania's fourth largest national park and a game-viewer's dream.

The Mkata Floodplain is the park's most dominant feature, and it is here that antelope fans will have their best chance to see the powerful Eland in large numbers. Bird watchers will also find a huge variety of feathered favourites within the park, with more than 400 bird species residing within the park's borders.


After a morning game drive across the plains of Mikumi, you'll press on to the idyllic farming region of Morogoro. Here, you'll experience a little serenity as you enjoy the open air and quiet of a working farm.

Wander the grounds, indulge in some bird-watching (the grounds abound with more than 200 species of bird), or just relax ahead of your Selous adventure.


You’ll continue your safari adventure with a morning drive to the Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa’s largest reserves. At twice the size of the Serengeti and three times the size of Kruger, Selous is a rambling wilderness the likes of which you’ve never seen.

You’ll arrive at your lodge in time for lunch before heading out into the park for an afternoon game drive. Sometimes called Africa’s greatest surviving wilderness, Selous is home to more than 120,000 buffalo, 40,000 hippos, 35,000 zebras, and 4,000 lions.


You’ll have two full days to explore the wilderness of Selous. Not only can you experience a wide variety of wildlife encounters with animals such as crocodiles, leopards, hyenas, African wild dogs, kudu, and elephants doing a game drive, but you also have the option to take activities such as guided game walks and boat safaris through the park.


After breakfast, you'll enjoy a morning game drive through Selous on your way to Dar Es Salaam. You'll have a picnic lunch on hand for the lengthy drive.


Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1 - DAR ES SALAAM - MIKUMI. Game drive. (L,D)

  • DAY 2 - MIKUMI - MOROGORO. Game drive. Farmstay. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - MOROGORO - SELOUS. Game drives. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - SELOUS RESERVE. Game drive. Optional activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - SELOUS RESERVE. Game drive. Optional activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6 - SELOUS - DAR ES SALAAM. Game drive. Transfer. (B,L)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner


  • No flying means maximum sight-seeing.

  • Look for the Big Five in Mikumi National Park.

  • Explore the massive Selous Reserve.

  • Enjoy a relaxing Morogoro farmstay.

  • See endangered or uncommon animals such as African Wild Dogs, Sable antelope, and Kudu.

  • Avoid the tourist crowds with three wild, beautiful parks.

Why Book with Shadows of Africa?

Tailor Made, Private Tours

Tailor Made, Private Tours

We specialize in tailor-making your tour to suit your tastes and budget. We can customize everything from routes to accommodation to optional activities.
Expert Advice

Expert Advice 24/7

With offices in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the USA, Europe, and Australia, you have access to Shadows of Africa personnel 24/7. We’ re with you from the planning stages all the way through to dropping you off at the airport at journey’ s end.
World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
Specialized Safari Vehicles

Specialized Safari Vehicles

Our safari fleet is made up of specially customised 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers equipped with large windows, pop up roof, phone charging stations, comfortable seats, and a fully stocked supply of water, coffee, and tea.
Full Financial Protection

Full Financial Protection

With offices in the US, Europe, Tanzania, and Australia, you can make payment to whichever is most convenient. We also accept payments via credit card and PayPal.
Your One Stop African Operator

Your One Stop African Operator

We can arrange safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Kenya, as well as beach getaways to Zanzibar, the Kenya Coast, or the Seychelles.