Selous Game Reserve

Size: 55,000 square kilometres.

Location: A day's drive from Dar Es Salaam.

Known for: Tanzania's largest reserve.

Bird Species: 400+

High season: June to October (The tourist area around the Rufiji River gets crowded)

Best Time: June to October or December to March. Meru, the best time is June-February. For views of Kilimanjaro, the best time is December-February.

To Do: Game drives, boat safaris, walking safaris, fishing, and hunting.

Migratory Birds: Nov - Apr.

Altitude: 40-1,317m / 131-4,321ft

Wildlife Highlights

Selous Game Reserve is home for more than 200,000 Cape Buffalo, 30,000 elephants, and stable population of African Wild Dogs. The largest population of hippopotamus and big number of crocodiles can be found here as well. Unusual antelope species such as the majestic sable and puku, a localized wetland special.

Black rhino is rare but sometimes can be tracked down in some remote areas. Wild dogs are present in the park and can be spotted when they are denning in the area accessible to tourists.

Details of Selous Game Reserve

With the enormous size of 50,000km², which is four times bigger than the famous Serengeti National Park, this reserve house a huge variety of wildlife, and boasts itself as one of the largest game reserves in Africa.

Selous is a wild and an isolated place and is difficult to get to, but the rewards it gives to its visitors due to its sheer size and the opportunity to explore its varied landscape without ever having to bump into another human being. The Rufiji river, which is the Tanzanias largest river flows through it accompanied by its network of channels, lagoons and swamps that are home to a huge variety of birds.

When to Visit?

The Dry season, from June to October, is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around the Rufiji river and the lakes.

Roads become impassable after heavy rain, and most camps close towards the end of the Wet season, in April, and reopen late May or the beginning of June. The best chance to see wild dog is during their denning season, from June to August.

How to get there?

Most safaris to selous are fly-in packages from Dar es Salaam. Julius Nyerere International Aiport is the entry point for most visitors to the country which is located just outside Dar es Salaam. Arrange this with our representative to arrange your pick up.


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