Selous Game Reserve

The largest game reserve in Africa and a dramatic contrast to the other Tanzania parks

ABOUT THE SELOUS GAME RESERVE

Vast remote and wild, the Selous is the largest game reserve in Africa and a dramatic contrast to other parks in Tanzania in almost every way.

It’s one of Tanzania's lesser known destinations but offers a grass roots level of experience that few other places can equal.  It's also home to an intriguing diversity both in terms of animal life and variety of experience on offer.

The contrast between Tanzania's northern parks and the Selous couldn’t be greater. The Selous is only a few hundred feet above sea level instead of several thousand and this difference is reflected in flora, fauna and climate. Grassland and kopjes are replaced by woodland, interlaced with flood plains, sand rivers, oxbow lakes and the truly impressive Rufiji River. The river is a major focal point, its character changing from the vast inland delta of wide shallow sand rivers, lined with thick bush and palms, to the dramatic rock sided Stiegler’s Gorge, where the river narrows from over a mile to less than a hundred metres wide.

The network of sand rivers is one of the most exciting areas to explore in the dry season. Driving in a Landrover or walking along dry riverbeds miles from the nearest road feels properly wild, and there is no shortage of game in these areas. Many species are drawn to the sand rivers, either for water, which constantly flows beneath the surface and which elephants dig holes in the sand to reach, or for the lush vegetation which grows along the river banks, or in the case of lion, as a place to lie in ambush for the herds of buffalo which come to drink in the river beds.

As well as game driving safaris and boating safaris in this very beautiful and unique area, this is one of the places where one can walk and camp most freely. Whether on a wilderness walking safari for a number of days, or camping out for a single night as part of a stay at a permanent camp there is a great diversity of habitats to explore, from islands in the middle of the Rufiji river to the shores of one of the many lakes, to the bed of one of the dry sand rivers. It's well worth taking advantage of being able to walk, even if you don't want to go far. Just make sure you spend some time on your feet in the bush.

BEST TIME TO VISIT THE SELOUS GAME RESERVE

The best time to visit the Selous for game viewing is during the dry season, between late June and October.  As with other parks that flourish in the dry when animals congrgate around remaining rivers and lakes. Added to this is the fact that vegetation naturally thins out as the dry progresses, making it easier to see animals.

TOP CAMPS & LODGES IN THE SELOUS GAME RESERVE

When it comes to accommodation the choice is bewildering from boutique camps and lodges to some more esoteric and wild choices, which we use to great effect to explore the wilder edges of this park.

Whether you have your heart set on a stylish seasonal camp or you'd like to get completely off-grid in this vast and wild park, we've got you covered. Check out some of our favourites below. 

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TOP CAMPS & LODGES IN THE SELOUS GAME RESERVE

SAND RIVERS

FIRST CLASS SAFARI LODGE WITH TOP SERVICE & VIEWS OVER THE RUFIJI RIVER

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KIBA POINT

The smallest camp in the Selous but great for families or groups

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BEHO BEHO

SMALL, PRIVATELY OWNED & IMMACULATELY RUN

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TOP CAMPS & LODGES IN THE SELOUS GAME RESERVE

LAKE MANZE TENTED CAMP

MERU STYLE TENTS ALL WITH LAKE VIEWS

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SELOUS IMPALA CAMP

GREAT LOCATION FOR GAME VIEWING & ACCESS TO BOATING

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