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Selous Game Reserve

With 45,000 square kilometers, this is not only Africa’s biggest game reserve but it is the oldest. It is also the least accessible and the least known. Consisting of woodlands with grassy flood plains and dense forest patches, it provides a home for large herds of elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard and hippo, where in fact the elephant herds are the largest in Africa.

At the heart of the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania’s largest river, the Rufiji, forms a complex network of channels, lakes and swamps that create one of the most outstanding ecological systems in East Africa. This river also splits the reserve into two different sections:

The northern Selous covers only around 5% of the reserve’s total area. No hunting is allowed here; this area is dedicated exclusively to photographic safaris. Virtually all of the small exclusive camps which we offer operate in this area.

The southern Selous, south of the Rufiji, is split up into a number of ‘hunting blocks’ – each of which typically cover about 1,000km². Expert Africa doesn’t offer hunting safaris.

One of the main attractions of the Selous is the variety of game viewing activities available here. They all offer trips through the reserve by boat, vehicle and on foot. Boat safaris allow you to drift on the lakes and channels, approaching birds and animals closely, including crocodile and hippo. All of the lodges also offer guided game walks for those aged 12 and over (16 at Lake Manze and Impala), which come with a real likelihood of encountering big game such as; elephant, buffalo and even lion on foot. Game drives are reliably rewarding, especially towards the end of the dry season, when large mammals concentrate around the five lakes. Better still are the overnight fly-camping excursions offered by some of the camps, which entail sleeping out beneath a glorified mosquito net in the middle of the bush.

You Will See

Buffalo

Buffalo

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

80%
Lion

Lion

80%

Fox

30%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

100%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

15%

When to go

The park experiences two seasons in general, dry and wet season, of which dry

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The park experiences two seasons in general, dry and wet season, of which dry season is recommended by most tour companies. Dry season lasts from late June through October. It is the time when vegetation is sparse and wildlife congregate around the waterholes and lakes, enabling spotting them with ease.

Art & Culture

The big daddy of reserves, Selous straddles a colossal 50,000 sq km and 6% of

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The big daddy of reserves, Selous straddles a colossal 50,000 sq km and 6% of Tanzanian territory. No wonder it walked into the World heritage centre records for its sheer grandeur, diversity and phenomenal wealth of natural wilderness. There are no permanent human settlements in the reserve but the villages on the outskirts are a bustling cultural experience. Learn about the traditions, beliefs, and means of livelihood. Take a hike to their farms and see how they grow their crops. Revel in their songs and dances and get invited to enjoy their food.

Culinary

Wherever you go the culinary platter of the traditional cuisines remains unchanged.

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Wherever you go the culinary platter of the traditional cuisines remains unchanged. You will have your meat kebabs (mishkaki) and maize porridge (ugali) as the local staples. Nyama choma, grilled Chicken, goat and fish are all popular foods on the barbecue. There is Ndizi kaanga, fried plantain, which is available sweet and savoury as snack. Wali na maharage is a typical dish of rice and bean. Besides that, you will find Indian restaurants serving Indian delicacies are found all over. There is a fair presentation of restaurants serving continental and gourmet cuisines. For drinks, you can try Safari lager, Dodoma wine, Konyagi gin, a coconut/chocolate-based liqueur called Afrikoko, and Kilimanjaro coffee.

How to go

Selous lies in the southern safari circuit of Tanzania and can be reached by any

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Selous lies in the southern safari circuit of Tanzania and can be reached by any of the tree modes of transportation: road, air, and rail.

Roadways:

Tourists can take the direct road from Dar Es Salaam and follow the normal safari circuit travelling through Mikumi, Matambwe and eventually to Selous. The journey is about 5-6 hours.

Airways:

Use Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar as the entry point and arrange a charter flight to Selous Game Reserve.

Railways:

There are rail routes from Dar that lead to Matambwe from where one can drive into Selous.

Activites

Tourists visiting Selous can enjoy a number of safari activities

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Tourists visiting Selous can enjoy a number of safari activities in a way different than regular northern circuit parks, such as:

  • Game Hunting
  • Regular game drives
  • Guided walking tours
  • Boating safari
  • Camping
  • Bird watching
  • Photography tours

What to see?

Selous is home to myriad of wild animals, both land and water species.

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Selous is home to myriad of wild animals, both land and water species. The majestic Rufiji River primarily contributes to the variety and concentration. In game drives around the park, expect sightings of elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, and lions.

It is a prime birding destination with over400 bird species living in the park.

The Uniqueness of Selous Game Reserve

  • Selous Game Reserve is four times the size of the Serengeti covering 55,000km2.
  • Approximately a third of the world's wild dog population reside in Selous.
  • Each year thousands of elephants migrate through the reserve.

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