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Selous Game Reserve - Southern Tanzania

(Selous Game Reserve lies in Southern Tanzania, between Ruaha and Dar es Salaam, usually reached by flight from Arusha or Dar es Salaama (A 40 Minute Flight). Works nicely with a visit to Ruaha National Park. Selous Game Reserve is approximately 250 km (6 hours drive) from Dar-es-salaam. It is also possible to arrive by train from Dar es Salaam)



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Selous Game Reserve; Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest fauna 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. Selous Game Reserve covers a total area of 54,600 km² (21,081 square miles).


Enter Africa's largest protected area uninhabited by man, where Tanzania's greatest population of elephants wander in an area bigger than Switzerland! The Selous (pronounced “Seloo”) is considered important enough to be World Heritage Site, in which the lucky few can experience a safari in absolutely wild and unspoiled bush.


Selous Game Reserve is named after Englishman, Frederick Courtney Selous - conservationist, hunter, explorer and author, whose adventure books on Africa became best sellers in Victoria England.


The park varies from rolling grassy woodlands and plains, to rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River - the lifeblood of the park, whose tributaries form a network of lakes, lagoons and channels. Volcanic hot springs even burst forth in places. The Rufiji offers a superb method of game viewing especially during the dry season when animals congregate.


Selous Game Reserve Lodges offer walking safaris, game drives and boat trips. The Rufiji River provides excellent opportunities for sailing or rafting to view game.


Fishing is allowed in the rivers of the Kilombero Game Controlled area to the west of the reserve, where tiger fish and catfish are plenty. Much of the reserve is available for hunting.


Stiegler's Gorge is one of the park's most striking features. This gaping chasm channels the frothing confluence of the Great Ruaha and Rufiji Rivers. After this bottle neck, the Rufiji swells through the park down to the Indian Ocean forming a series of small lakes that serve as an important source of water for the multitude of the plains game.


The hinterland around Lake Tagalla and Beho Beho is some of the most picturesque in area. Some distance from Lake Tagalla, whose shape and size is in a constant state of flux, hidden in a ravine surrounded by lush vegetation, are the Maji Moto hot springs. In this fascinating area, waterbuck, southern reed-buck and bushbuck are common.


During the dry season in Selous Game Reserve, rare sable antelope, lion and greater kudu frequent the Lake. Lined with Borassus palms, the muddy Rufiji is the Selous Game Reserve's main artery.


During the dry season between June and October the river banks explode in a spectacular flood of the plains animals quenching their thirst all under the opportunistic eye of crocodile. The Selous Game Reserve is home to over 350 species of birdlife.


The largest African reserve covers an area of 55,000 sq km and is crossed by the Rufiji River full of hippos, crocodiles, and fish. Its tributaries form a network of lakes ideal for boat safaris, wildlife observation and bird watching; over 350 species have been catalogued.



Selous Animals & Aquatic Life

Selous contains about one third of all the wild dogs (often called painted dogs), in the world. Their need to roam vast areas and their formidable hunting skills have caused many to be shot by farmers, but here in Selous they have boundless woodlands and savannahs in which to roam.


If you are looking for elephants, Selous Game Reserve is the place to find them: there is a large population of these giant mammals. The vast majority of Tanzania's elephant herd live in one remote stretch of safari wilderness - the Selous Game Reserve.


Other species commonly seen are lions, wild dogs, buffaloes, bushbucks, impalas, elands, baboons, zebras and greater kudus.


The Rufiji River system, the greatest in East Africa flows through the reserve and is home to countless hippos and crocodiles. Linked to the Rufiji is Lake Tagalla, where waterbucks, reedbucks, bushbucks and the rare sable antelope can be seen.



Elephants in Selous Game Reserve crossing Rufiji River

Elephants in Selous Game

Selous Game Reserve Boat Game Drives

Selous Game Reserve Boat

Wild DogWild Dog Selous Game Reserve


Migrating Elephants

Along the Rufiji River, an array of grazing antelopes, crocodiles and hippos are commonly seen as well as black and white colobus monkeys in the riverine forests. During the dry season from June to October, the concentration of animals along the river is astonishing.


Linked to the Rufiji is Lake Tagalala where waterbuck, reedbuck and bushbuck gather at the water's edge. Magnificent sickle-horned sable and curly-horned greater kudu tend to keep to the longer grass and wooded shrubby areas.


In the dry season an ancient migration of elephants takes place between the Selous and Mozambique's Niassa Game Reserves. This is one of the largest natural trans-boundary eco-systems in Africa and at the last consensus it was estimated that 64,400 elephants roam the two parks, with 84% on the Tanzanian side.


Fierce tiger fish and smooth slippery vandu catfish are caught in the rivers. The latter is equipped with primitive lungs allowing it to cross land for short distance in an attempt to find water during the dry season.


Selous Seasons

Dry Season: The dry season sets in during June to November and is the best time for game viewing along the rivers. Elephants come out of the bush at that time and predators are more commonly seen.

Rainy Season: January to April is wonderful for bird life and it's lush and green but many roads become impassable after heavy rains. December to February is still good for game viewing but can be rather hot and humid. The safari lodges are usually closed from March to May.


Selous Highlights

• Thousands of migrating elephants

• Rare and endangered Wild Dog
• Boat game viewing
• Huge wilderness

• Walking safaris

• Fishing



Buffalo at Selous

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Elephant drinking at Selous

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Lion at Selous Game ReserveSelous Game Reserve, Tanzania


Getting to Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve can be reached by Plane, train or road.


By plane: Selous Game Reserve flight services are normally available from Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Arusha into different airstrip in the reserve depend on which camp to be visited.


By Road: The drive to Selous Game Reserve from Dar es salaam is via Kibiti village and cross Mtemere entrance gates takes up to seven hours covering 250 kilometers on where the first 150 kilometers of the road is well bituminized and the rest is on earth road.


The drive from Morogoro to Selous Game Reserve takes about 5 hours passing through beautiful landscapes and scenery. 4x4 Safari vehicles would be highly recommended.


By train: At a reasonable price, by Tazara Train would be the other way of reaching Selous Game Reserve. Tazara has now released a new schedule on where there will be train to Selous on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.




Selous Game Reserve Activities
Game Drives: Selous Game Reserve visitors can visit the park through Safari packages with African Spice Safaris to small and remote camps and lodges, with little chance of bumping into any sign of human life.


During a game drive or walk one might be lucky enough to see a pack of African Wild Dog, disappearing throughout Africa but thriving in the Selous.


These complex and fascinating mammals show little fear of vehicles, and it’s often possible to observe their intense social life from close proximity. In the tourist area the density of dogs is higher than anywhere else in Africa.


Boat Trip: Selous visitors are offered trips long the Rufiji River and the adjoining lakes where hippos, crocodile and a variety of bird species. Spot fishing facilities are also available. Other activities include: Walking safaris, Spot fishing and Bird watching.


Best time to Visit:
The most pleasant time to visit the Selous
Game Reserve is during the cool season from the end of June until October. The rainy season is from November to May.


There is a dryer spell in January and February, and this is also a beautiful time to visit as the trees and flowers are blossoming and everywhere from the end of March to May, the reserve is inaccessible and the tourist camps are closed.


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Booking & Reservations for Selous Game Reserve is approximately 250 Kilometers (6 hours drive) from Dar-es-salaam - Tanzania

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