Flight route from Zanzibar (ZNZ) to Selous (SE4 Mtemere)
Selous is the largest game reserve of Tanzania whereas Zanzibar is one of the most bustling islands of the country. It is located on the East Coast of the country and provides one of the most astounding destinations in the world. The journey is though exhausting but as soon as you reach the beautiful and vast river bed of Selous you just disappear into the beauty. Selous Game Reserve Area is one of the most popular in the region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many big mammals can also be seen from a safe distance. The guided tours to the area are also available.
Distance, time and modes of travel
The best part of this route is that there are direct flights which will save you a lot of time. The flight on average takes about 2.5 hours. The distance between both the airports is about 210 km. If you have planned your day when there is no direct flight then you first need to book a flight to Dar es Salaam. From there you will find a flight to Selous. Flights servicing the Selous will land at number of bush airstrips depending on the needs of the passengers.
If you wish to explore the Tanzanian plains, then it is advised to take this trip by road. You will be traveling 52 km more i.e. 262 km. The total time required in this regard would be 7 hours approx. From Zanzibar, you will be heading towards Dar es Salaam via ferry and from there all the way to Selous by road. If you are running out of time, then this mode of travel is not recommended at all.
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You will be viewing one of the most important family holiday destinations in Tanzania i.e. the Pande Game Reserve. It lies in the suburb of Dar es Salaam. The Rufiji River is the other important destination which you would be traveling over on this route. It is also worth mentioning that the Pande Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa and one of the favorite destinations of the wildlife enthusiasts. It is also known as the “Untouched Wilderness of Africa” due to its size.
Selous Mtemere airstrip is the most important place of the reserve. There are other airstrips as well but this one is really important, and it is all because of the number of travelers that use this Southern Circuit Part airstrip of Tanzania. It cannot be called a full-fledged airport because the IATA has given it an airstrip code SE4. It mainly serves the Pande Game Reserve area which is one of the most visited destinations of the region.
The aircraft crew knows that which airstrip they would be landing on and therefore booking a hotel in advance is mandatory. In such cases, the hotels will know which airstrip you would be landing on along with the ETA. They will then arrange the transport so that you can reach the destination.