Experience a plethora of exhilarating and awe-inspiring activities at the enormous Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania this year. Your holiday safari into the largest game reserve in Africa means trying boat safaris along the lakes and channels, allowing for close encounters with birds and animals, including crocs and hippos. If you visit during the dry season, animals tend to congregate around the five great lakes and game drives take on new meaning.
Walk and Camp in the Vast Wilderness
Embark on a thrilling walking safari into Selous and you are bound to encounter big game such as elephants and lions. Sleep out in the middle of the bush in a fly-camp and go fishing for fierce tiger fish and smooth slippery Vandu catfish in the rivers. Bird lovers will enjoy superb birding opportunities with more than 440 bird species to see.
World Heritage Site and Largest Game Park in Africa
Find Selous Game Reserve in southeast Tanzania, a short 45-minute flight from Dar es Salaam and 90 minutes from Ruaha. Welcome to the largest game park in Africa, spanning 55,000km² of pristine wilderness – 3 times larger the Serengeti and South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Explore one of Tanzania’s 3 World Heritage Sites, acclaimed for its dramatic landscape and prolific wildlife.
Exclusive Accommodation in Luxury Lodges
Choose to stay in exceptionally luxurious lodges within this magnificent game reserve, all of which offer fabulous activities, cuisine and accommodation. Many safari lodges in the Selous Game reserve are rated top in the world where outstanding game viewing and getting close to nature are the main drawcards. Take Sand Rivers Selous, for example, where an outdoor swimming pool, an open-air dining room, bar and lounge have been beautifully constructed on a sweeping curve of the great Rufiji River, offering stunning views across the water.
Sand Rivers Selous has just 8 stone and thatched cottages, all are open-fronted and raised on decks overlooking the river. And then there is the gracious Azura Selous with its 12 air-conditioned tented villas spread out along the banks of the Great Ruaha River. Enjoy an intimate and private safari with safari-chic décor, super king size beds draped with the softest netting, termite mound shaped entrance halls with chandeliers, fully equipped bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, lounging decks with daybeds, and refreshing plunge pools.
Come to Selous to see the endangered African Wild Dogs – about a third of the painted wild dog population worldwide roams freely in the woodlands and savannahs of the reserve. Try to identify the more than 2,100 plant species recorded in this expansive wilderness and enjoy drives out into the undulating savannas and woodlands interspersed with rocky outcrops, and along the Rufiji River with its complex network of lakes and swamps.
The highlight of Tanzania’s southern safari circuit, this safari will reward you with dense concentrations of wildlife including the Big 5. The northern Selous which covers 5% of the reserve is devoted to photographic safaris while the southern Selous is segmented into several hunting blocks.