The Selous is the largest conservation area on the planet with the exception of the polar regions. It is so vast that game viewing here is a much more private affair than the busier northern safari parks. You will frequently be the only car on the landscape.
- Birding & Game Viewing: Excellent
- Best time to visit Selous: June - December
- How to get to Selous: you can drive or fly
- Safari types available: Boat Safari, Walking Safari, Game Drives
Selous takes its name from the famous hunter of that name. He was killed in action in WW1 in the Beho Beho Hills. If you wish you may visit his grave and see some of the old battle sites.
In Selous you are allowed to drive off road so you can get very close to the action. Walking safaris are permitted and it is possible to walk from one side of the reserve to the other. Boat safaris on the Rufiji River are spectacular for both animal and bird watching. You can relax on the boat with a cool drink as the sun sets, turning the water in to a shimmering burst of colours.
The Selous is home to lion, leopard, wild dog, rhino and over 13,000 elephants. The diversity of habitat from riverine forest and oxbow lakes to grassland and wooded rocky hills makes Selous superb for birdwatching.
Selous has high park fees at $50 entry and $30 camping with a further $30 Conservation fee if you stay in the Reserve. This means there are very few budget clients and the exclusivity of the reserve is retained. Accommodation ranges in price from around $200 per person per night to $1000 per person per night.
Selous Locations view all
There are many lodges and campsites within the Selous Game Reserve, however recent increases in park fees make this a more expensive option. If you are looking for pure quality of experience it is better to stump up the extra cash and stay in the heart of the Selous
Currently Sable Mountain Lodge is the only lodge outside the reserve by the Northern Matambwe Gate of the Selous Game Reserve. It is a good mid priced option for those clients wishing to keep costs down. Sable is the only lodge serving the Selous Game Reserve that can arrange night drives outside in the buffer zone.
There are several lodges and campsite just outside the Selous Game Reserve by Mtemere Gate. For those on a tighter budget this is a good place to spend the some time when visiting Selous. For those on long trips a compromise between some time outside and some inside is a good cost effective option. Here the lodges outside the Selous Game Reserve are located on the banks of the Rufiji River affording excellent birdwatching.
Boat Safari Inside The Selousmore info ->
Boat safaris inside the Selous Game Reserve can happen on wither the mighty Rufuji River or on the one of the Lakes. This is one of the few locations in Tanzania where this activity is possible so if you decide to visit Selous this is highly recommended
Birdwatching in the Selous Game Reservemore info ->
Birding in the Selous is superb as you have a variety of habitats based around the Rufiji River. There are 440 species of bird recorded in the Selous making this a truly excellent birding destination
Game Driving in the Selous Game Reservemore info ->
Game driving in the Selous Game Reserve is a magnificent experience. There are numerous large mammals present including lions, wild dogs, leopard and huge elephants. You will usually be the only vehicle on the landscape in this enormous area.
Rufiji River Boat Safari Outside The Selous Game Reservemore info ->
For those with a lower budget but wishing to enjoy a boat safari, this is possible outside the Selous. You can enjoy a boat ride among the Crocodiles and Hippos of the Rufiji River.
Walking Safari Selous Game Reservemore info ->
The Selous Game Reserve allows walking safaris as long as you are accompanied by an armed ranger for your protection.