selous national game reserve
game reserve its no. 1
The Selous Game Reserve is the largest in Africa, an uninhibited area the size of Switzerland.
If you are looking for elephants, this is the place to find them: there is a large population of these giant mammals.
Located in southern Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve is Africa's largest game reserve and one of our favourite game viewing areas in Africa.
It really is a hidden gem!
It’s much quieter than the Northern parks,
the rivers and lakes of the Selous are the lifeblood to
a park that hosts phenomenal volumes of game including Africa's largest
elephant and wild dog populations and probably it's largest buffalo,
hippo, crocodile and lion prides.
As you have probably gathered from reading this page, we are real fans of the Selous.
The reality is that this park is so vast it is impossible to count its game and that is exactly what we love about it; Selous is untouched African wilderness and is still easily accessible from Dar and Zanzibar.
Selous is probably our favourite Tanzania safari location.
The vast majority of Tanzania's elephant herd live in one remote stretch of safari wilderness - the Selous Game Reserve.
Other species commonly seen are lions, wild dogs, buffaloes, bushbucks, impalas, elands, baboons, zebras and greater kudus.
The Selous has smaller camps not like in the north were you come across large hotels each holding hundreds of guests, in the morning for example in the Ngorongoro you have all guests entering the crater at the same time you could actually find a traffic jam during high season, this is no safari we call it the Zoo.
Whilst in the Selous camps have a maximum of 10 bungalows in most cases and you can go out on safari and not meet a single other tourists from the time you leaveyour camp and return, this how a safari should be done like in the good old days.
The Rufiji River system, the greatest in East Africa flows through the reserve and is home to countless hippos and crocodiles.
Linked to the Rufiji is Lake Tagalla, where waterbucks, reedbucks, bushbucks and the rare sable antelope can be seen.
Selous Game Reserve gets its name from the hunter and explorer (soldier) Frederick Courtney Selous, whose books about his exploits were best sellers in Victoria England.
He was killed here during the fighting in WW1, (snipers bullet
to the head).
Walking safaris, game drives and boat trips are organized.
The Rufiji River provides excellent opportunities for sailing or rafting to view game.
Fishing is allowed in the rivers of the Kilombero Game Controlled area to the west of the reserve, where tiger fish and catfish are plenty.
Much of the reserve is
available for hunting.
Stiegler's Gorge is one of the park's most striking features. This gaping
chasm channels the frothing confluence of the Great Ruaha and Rufiji Rivers.
After this bottle neck, the Rufiji swells through the park down to the Indian Ocean forming a series of small lakes that serve as an important source of water for the multitude of the plains game.
hinterland around Lake Tagalla and Beho Beho is some of the most picturesque in
Some distance from Lake Tagalla, whose shape and size is in a constant state of flux, hidden in a ravine surrounded by lush vegetation, are the Maji Moto hot springs.
In this fascinating area, waterbuck, southern reed-buck and bushbuck are common.
During the dry season, rare sable antelope, lion and greater kudu frequent the
Lined with Borassus palms, the muddy Rufiji is the Selous Game Reserve's main artery.
During the dry season between June and October the river banks explode in a spectacular flood of the plains animals quenching their thirst all under the opportunistic eye of crocodile.
The Selous Game Reserve is home to over 350 species of birdlife.
The largest African reserve covers an area of 55,000 sq km and is crossed by the Rufiji River full of hippos, crocodiles, and fish.
Its tributaries form a network of lakes ideal for boat safaris, wildlife observation and bird watching; over 350 species have been catalogued.
Home to some of Africa's best boat safaris, walking and fly camping trips makes the Selous the park in Tanzania with the greatest diversity of safari activities.
It is not only a great place for the safari enthusiast but also an amazing introduction to unspoilt Africa.
Not only is the game viewing superb, especially in the peak season months, but the wilderness on offer is some of the most untouched in Africa and the sheer diversity of activities on offer makes for a superb safari experience.
The boating safaris in particular are something that sets this
reserve apart from other Tanzanian parks and the fact that the park is
so much quieter than the majority of the rest of the country just adds
to the attraction of Selous.
Selous Game Reserve: The game
The Selous wildlife is all the more interesting as it attracts both east and southern African wildlife, both resident and migratory, and over 440 known species of birds.
Lion are particularly strong here and there are large numbers of leopard.
The park is home to over 50% of the endangered African wild dog and
also hosts very good buffalo, giraffe, eland, hyena, sable, hippo,
crocodile, kudu, baboon, wildebeest, zebra, impala, hartebeest, colobus
and vervet monkeys along with over 450 species of bird.
Selous Game Reserve: Activities
Standard game drives are permitted albeit only in the daytime.
The Selous has some of the finest boat safaris in Africa and some of the lodges here have some of the very best walking operations on the continent - Siwandu, Beho Beho and Sand Rivers Selous in particular.
There are a number of operators who also run fly camping trips which
involve lengthy walking safaris and a very adventurous mobile camp set
up - a fantastic experience for clients who want to spend a night or two
under the stars!
Selous Game Reserve: When to go
Selous is a classic dry season park, with the game getting progressively better the later in the season you travel.
July to October is the best time of year for the greatest concentrations of game but do not estimate this park at any time of year; game viewing is very good in specific areas throughout the year.
January to February is a time when you have to choose your camp carefully as the game migrates away to fertile feeding grounds.
Birding at this time of year is absolutely world class.
Selous Game Reserve: Where to stay
The Selous is home to three of the finest camps in Tanzania, a couple of which would stake their claim as the finest in Africa.
Beho Beho and Sand Rivers are exceptional lodges that offer all the activities the Selous is famous for, and host some of the best guiding teams in Africa.
Selous Safari Camp is an amazing tented camp in arguably the best game area of the park at a price that makes it one of the best value camps in Africa.
Close-by to Selous Safari Camp is the no frills Lake Manze, a great adventurous little camp which has a reputation for being on an elephant highway.
Manze's sister camp Impala is a little further away and offers a higher level of luxury at an affordable price.
Other camps in the park include Rufiji River Camp, The Retreat, the
two Serena properties and Amara Selous. Speak to us for more
Enjoy 3-4 star luxury accommodations with all the trappings whilst relaxing in Africa.
Facilities available include en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, lounge bar, laundry and services.
Resorts, Camps and Lodges the Selous Game Reserve:
sable mountain lodge
sand rivers lodge
selous safari camp
rufiji river camp
selous private camp
selous mbega safari camp
jimbiza safari lodge selous