The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest fauna reserves of the world, located in the southern of Tanzania, it is four times the size of the Serengeti, home to one third of Tanzania`s wildlife and it provides sanctuary for the largest concentration of elephants in the world. It covers a total of 54,600 km2 (21,100sq miles), named after the Englishman Sir Frederick Courteney Selous, a famous big game hunter and conservationist, who died in Beho Beho in this territory in 1917.
The Selous was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982 due to its diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature.
Located in the Southern Tanzania and far from the madding crowds of the Northern circuit this magnificent ecosystem remains virtually untouched by man. With only a handful of safari camps and very few visitors it is largely undiscovered, utterly pristine, it remains the last wilderness frontier.
Originating from the Rufiji River – the parks lifeline – a network of channels, lakes, lagoons, sandbanks and swamps form one of Africa`s most outstanding ecological systems – giving life to abundant game, and extra ordinary birdlife.
Habitat; The habitats include Acacia savannah, wetlands and extensive miombo woodlands.
Seasons; the dry season set in during June to November, during this season the concentration of animals along the river is overwhelming.
The rainy season Jan –April is wonderful for birdlife and lush scenery .
The varieties of activities available make for an excellent safari experience. Home to some of Africa’s best walking safaris, open game drives, Boat safaris, fly camping, fishing & wilderness picnics.
Game drives; Game drives in the selous can be more exciting and breathtaking, our custom built open sided 4×4 safari vehicle offers an all round panoramic view in contrast to the common pop up roofed safari vehicles used in the northern circuit, with no obstruction of the vehicle body this experience is guaranteed to be unique, on board refreshment and picnic lunch served along the river bank is a top up after some good game viewing.
Walking Safaris; Slow in pace and wide ranging scenery, it’s not only what you see, it’s how you see it, leaving your safari vehicle behind and taking a walk in this un spoilt nature fresh from the hand of god, no sign of human life intruded, the nature walk is designed to offer gentle exercise and a fascinating insight into the world of African trees, insects, flowers, reptiles, birds and animals.
Boat Safaris; The boating safari in particular set this reserve apart from the other safari parks, with our dedicated safari guides; they also feature on board refreshments. Utterly unique the Rufiji river game viewing experience promises abundant sightings of hippos (in and out of the water), basking crocodiles and elephants, also a rare chance to see other game at the bank of the river while they come to drink.
Fishing trips ; For those interested to try fishing, the cat fish and tiger fish are prolific in the river. Considered by many fishermen to be the finest fresh water fighting fish. Your guide will provide you with a boat, rods and choice of sites.Our chef will also be happy to cook your catch to your taste.
Fly camping; Is a tribute to a bygone era, a blend of old Africa and modern comfort in a pristine landscape. Imagine fly camping on a white sand island after a sundowner boat ride in the Rufiji River, with cold refreshments. Eat fresh dinner prepared by our chef under the sprawling shroud of stars, then circle up around camp fire before retiring to your dome tent.
This is offered as an extra for those interested to out something new and spend a night away from the main camp. The rustic charm of the fly camp has captured many hearts and imaginations.
Accessibility; The reserve is accessible either by a direct charter flight into the reserve (Daily flights) or by road from Dar es Salaam city (5 hrs Approximately)
Accommodation; As for accommodation, supremely private luxury tents at pristine locations over viewing the mighty rufiji inside the reserve for the high end travelers or accommodation in bandas or camping , few kilometers outside the reserve is suitable for the budget travelers.