Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest game reserve and one of favourite game viewing areas in Africa. Covering 50,000 square kilometres, is amongst the largest protected areas in Africa and is relatively undisturbed by human impact
Africa’s largest and oldest game reserve is one of its most scenic wildlife destinations; the Selous is utterly beautiful. The beauty of the park is matched by the quality of a safari here; boating, walking and fly camping compliment standard game driving in thriving wildlife areas. This is an outrageously good safari park and an essential component of any southern circuit itinerary.
The Selous is a superb safari destination for both family safaris and African honeymoons, all the better for the ease of getting there and the lack of crowds. The park has the widest diversity of safari activities in the country, offering the boating safaris as well as standard game drives, walking safaris and legendary fly camping trips.
The Northern section of Selous is home to a network of channels and lagoons that run off the Rufiji River. This lush landscape provides a water supply for the region’s game and towards the end of the dry season the concentration of animals around these water sources is phenomenal. It is here, around the river and lakes, that the majority of the camps are based; successfully relying on the animal’s need for water to provide game viewing areas. Selous is in its peak season from July through to the middle of November – this when the dry season is raging and all the game homes in on the few permanent water sources.
The sheer volume of game in the Selous is outstanding with statistics putting most parks in Africa to shame. Elephant, buffalo and lion are ‘arguably’ found in no greater numbers year round anywhere on the planet. But it is the Selous’ reputation as the last true stronghold for African wild dog that draws the enthusiasts.
Things to do:
Balloon Safaris, Birding Safaris, Boating and Canoeing, Walking Safaris, Wildlife Safaris
Top attractions within the Seleous Game Reserve:
- River Rufiji which is the biggest river in Tanzania flow flows through the Selous reserve, and it makes an extensive network of swamps, water channels and small ‘lakes’. This consequently forms a diversity of water sources which attract large numbers of wild animals such as big herds of Elephants and antelopes especially in the dry season. This river is also popular for its thrilling boat rides which can be enjoyed while in Selous on a Tanzania safari. It is also worth mentioning that the mighty river Rufiji also splits the reserve into two major sectors which are the northern sector dedicated to photographic safaris and the southern sector splint into hunting blocks.
- The Selous is host to over 440 species of birds species and these can best be seen along the shores of river Rufiji and the lake shores. a large number of migratory birds flocks the reserve from the month of November to Aril which in fact is the best time for birding in Selous. some of the remarkable species here include: the White-backed night heron, Spur-winged lapwing, Palm-nut vulture, African wattled lapwing, Brown-necked Parrot, White-headed Lapwing, Black-winged stilt, Brown-headed parrot, White-fronted bee-eater, White-fronted plover, Pearl-spotted owlet, Pel’s fishing owl Rare, Pel’s fishing owl, African spoonbill, Broad-billed roller, the widespread White-headed vulture, African skimmer, Yellow-billed stork, Bohm’s bee-eater and many others.
Source: Tanzania Tourism Board