THE SELOUS GAME RESERVE
The Selous Game Reserve, covering 50,000 square kilometres, is amongst the largest protected areas in Africa and is relatively undisturbed by human impact. The property harbours one of the most significant concentrations of elephant, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile, amongst many other species.
REASONS TO VISIT SELOUS GAME RESERVE
The reserves contains the Miombo woodlands, open grasslands, riverine forests and swamps, making it a valuable laboratory for on-going ecological and biological processes.
Due to it’s remoteness the Selous game reserve, doesn’t host large numbers of tourists like the northern Tansania parks, it is far more intimate, relaxed, discrete and gentle.
Also a World Heritage Site, and steeped in history as the second oldest game reserve in the World. Few parks in Tanzania or the rest of Africa can offer the same quality or intensity of grass roots safari as the Selous Game Reserve.
The Selous has Africa’s largest elephant, buffalo, crocodile and hippo populations, as well as great numbers of lion, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, bushbuck, eland, greater kudu, leopard and antelope.
Authentic Safari Experience
In the Selous Game Reserve, you are able to experience magnificent safari animals, walk among the breathtaking beauty and probe the unveiled parts of the national park.
In the dry season an ancient migration of elephants takes place between the Selous game reserve and Mozambique’s Niassa Game Reserves. This is one of the largest natural trans-boundary eco-systems in Africa.
The park is located in Lindi region in southern Tansania. Rather difficult road access means most visitors arrive by small aircraft from Dar es Salaam, though train access is also possible.
In the Selous game reserve there are several high end lodges and camps mainly situated along the river and lake systems.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Apart from wildlife viewing the Selous game reserve also offers authentic guided walking safaris, boat trips, fishing, hunting through a number of privately leased hunting concessions & relaxed lazy afternoons watching animals in the river channels.
Africa’s largest protected area uninhabited by man, where Tanzania’s greatest population of elephants wander in an area bigger than Switzerland! The Selous is considered important enough to be World Heritage Site, in which the lucky few can experience a safari in absolutely wild and unspoiled bush.
The Selous is a gentle place, whose pace is slowed by the languid heat and humidity of the coastal region. Safari here is a slow-paced, relaxed affair, of gentle game drives, walks, long lunches and late afternoons spent bird watching..
ABOUT THE SELOUS GAME RESERVE
The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania. It was named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist, who died at Beho Beho in this territory in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during World War I. The Selous was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature.
The reserve covers a total area of 54,600 km2 (21,100 sq mi) and has additional buffer zones. Within the reserve no permanent human habitation or permanent structures are permitted. All (human) entry and exit is carefully controlled by the Wildlife Division of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. Some of the typical animals of the savanna (for example African bush elephants, black rhinos, hippopotamus, Masai Lions, African Wild Dogs, cheetahs, Cape buffaloes, Masai Giraffes and crocodiles) can be found in this park in larger numbers than in any other African game reserve or national park.
The Rufiji River is teeming with hippos and crocodiles and the birdlife is fantastic. Lion sightings are very common as the opportunistic creatures tend to laze around the lakes waiting for animals coming to drink.
The part of Selous, north of the Rufiji River, open to the public, is particularly scenic. The main wildlife viewing circuit follows a string of 5 lakes connected to each other and the Rufiji River by small streams. The Rufiji is one of Africa's great rivers with palm fringed channels and swampy islets.
The Selous game reserve is also the best place in Africa to see the very rare and endangered African wild dog, over 30% of Africa’s wild dog roam these wild and rugged landscapes.
Best things to see in Selous Game Reserve| do in Selous Game Reserve
Channels & Rivers
Hot volcanic springs, sporadic lakes and channels from the nearby rivers such as the Great Rhuha and Rufiji rivers make Selous Game Reserve to have such a diverse landscape. The big herds of Tanzanian Elephants for example are attracted by the River Rufiji that flows through the reserve.
Birding and Wildlife in Selous
Apart from being very famous for elephants, rhinos and hippopotamus, the selous game reserve also has a vast range of game including: brindled gnu, Nyasaland gnu, sable antelope, eland, greater kudu, waterbuck, hartebeest, zebras, giraffe, reedbuck, warthog, spotted hyena ,lion, leopard, hunting dog, in addition to the largest populations of buffalo in Africa.
Boat, Drive & Walking Safaris
Majority of wildlife in selous are some of the main attractions. A variety of game viewing activities are therefore available in this park. A number of trips are offered by boat, vehicle or on foot. Boat safaris for example allow you to move swiftly on the lakes and channels leading you through to the birds and animals closely including hippos and crocodile.
a section of the northern park along the Rufiji River has been designated a photographic zone and is a popular tourist destination. There are also several high end lodges and camps mainly situated along the river and lake systems in this area.
The Borassus palms rise from the swamps between the Rufiji and the northern lakes. The palms can grow up to to 30 metres high and they are truly a sight to see.
An aerial view of the sand rivers during the dry season is truly breath taking. It's an incredible and pristine place.
WHERE TO STAY : Lodges | Camps
There is a wide selection of accommodation in or near the Selous game reserve. There are several high end lodges and camps mainly situated along the river and lake systems in this area.
Selous Azura Camp
Selous Beho Beho
Selous Impala Camp
Selous Mivumo Hill Camp
Selous Sable Mountain Lodge
Selous Sand River Camp
Selous Siwandu Camp
Selous Lake Manze Camp
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The climate of Selous can be described as warm to hot and humid. Being so close to the equator, temperatures are relatively consistent throughout the year. Nights are warm, unlike the northern parks, where they get cold. The period of October through March consists of the warmer months, while June to August are cool. Although the area accessible to tourists has a mostly low altitude, there is a wide range in elevation throughout the park (from 36 to 1461 m or 118 to 4793 ft). Temperatures drop by about 6.5°C for every 1000m you climb (or 3.5°F per 1000ft).
Selous has a continual Wet season, which occurs from November to May, with no dry spell in between. This differs from coastal parks and those to the north. You can expect afternoon thunderstorms on most days, but they rarely continue all day long. Wildlife viewing in Selous Game Reserve is best from late June to October. It is Dry season and wildlife is easier to spot since animals gather at water resources and vegetation is thinner. Many lodges close from March through May.
Best time to go:
June to October
June to October (The tourist area around the Rufiji River gets quite crowded)
March, April and May (Many lodges are closed)
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
March and April (Peak of Wet season)