The Selous Game Reserve is Africa's largest game reserve and one of our favourite wildlife viewing areas. This really is a hidden gem! The rivers and lakes of the Selous are the lifeblood of a park that hosts some fabulous game, including elephant, wild dog, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and fantastic prides of lion. Selous is untouched African wilderness and yet still easily accessible from Dar and Zanzibar.
Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, located in Tanzania. It is a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts and offers an incredible safari experience. Here’s some information about Selous Game Reserve and what you can expect on a safari there:
Size and Location: Selous Game Reserve covers an area of approximately 50,000 square kilometers (19,000 square miles), making it larger than some countries. It is situated in southern Tanzania, about 230 kilometers (143 miles) from Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania.
Wildlife: The reserve is renowned for its diverse wildlife, including the famous African “Big Five” – elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhinoceros (though rhinos are sadly becoming rarer due to poaching). Additionally, you can spot a variety of other animals, such as giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, wild dogs, and numerous bird species.
Safari Activities: Roaming Africa Tours and safaris offers a range of safari activities to explore the wilderness Selous Game Reserve . Our most common safari types include:
Game Drives: Guided game drives in open 4×4 vehicles are the primary way to explore the reserve and encounter wildlife.
Boat Safaris: Given that the reserve is intersected by the Rufiji River and other waterways, boat safaris allow you to observe aquatic wildlife and get a different perspective on the landscape.
Walking Safaris: Accompanied by experienced guides and armed rangers, walking safaris offer an opportunity to experience the smaller aspects of the ecosystem and learn about the flora and fauna up close.
Accommodation: Selous Game Reserve offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury lodges to more budget-friendly tented camps. These lodges and camps usually offer excellent facilities and amenities, providing a comfortable stay in the bush.
Best Time to Visit: The dry season, which typically runs from June to October, is generally considered the best time to visit Selous Game Reserve. During this period, the wildlife gathers around water sources, making it easier to spot animals. However, the reserve is open all year round, and each season has its unique experiences.
Conservation: As a protected area, Selous Game Reserve plays a crucial role in wildlife conservation efforts in Tanzania. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 for its significant biodiversity and untouched wilderness.
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