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Selous Game Reserve

Why visit Selous Game Reserve?

This vast park in southern Tanzania is much quieter than the northern parks and yet with truly diverse wildlife. It’s also one of the best places in Africa for wild dogs, and is often called ‘Giraffic Park’! The rivers and lakes mean that boat safaris are possible here, as well as walking safaris.
The reasons you should visit are:

  • The Rufiji and Ruaha rivers run through the park attracting diverse, prolific wildlife to this special place.
  • It has the highest number of African wild dogs of any African park.
  • There are large numbers of leopards and giraffes.
  • Over 450 species of birdlife.
  • It’s far quieter than the northern circuit parks and with much fewer, high quality lodges.
  • A great place for walking and boat safaris.

When to go on safari to Selous

Game viewing is generally at its best from July to October, when you will have best overall concentrations of game throughout the park. The lodges are closed from about mid-March to the end of May due to the long rains. The short rains in November are not really an issue though. January and February are a lovely time too, and great for birding.

A Selous safari: How to do it?

The various airstrips in Selous can be reached by regular flights from Dar Es Salaam. The flight only takes about 1 hour. If you’re heading for the northern sector, you could consider getting here by train from Dar. It’s not a tourist train, is quite slow and unreliable, however it’s an adventure!

Once you’re here, the guides at the various lodges take you on usually twice daily game activities. Selous links extremely well with Ruaha, and of course Zanzibar and other Indian Ocean islands.

Accommodation in Selous

There is a good choice of accommodation in Selous. Superb deluxe options include Beho Beho, Siwandu, Sand Rivers, and Selous Impala Camp. Lake Manze Camp in the heart of the reserve with views of the lake, is a very popular and reasonable option. In the quieter western area, try the lovely Azura Selous. Sable Mountain Lodge is a friendly and good value base from which to explore the northern part of the reserve.

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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time:

Flights from UK to Tanzania take about 9 hours direct or 10-11 with a brief stopover en route if from Europe.

Language: Kiswahili and English are Tanzania's official languages. Although most people in the cities speak some English, a few phrases of Kiswahili are useful in more rural areas.

Visas:

Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.

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