Eight Things you always wanted to know about a Selous Game Reserve Safari

Selous Game Reserve Safari

Where is the Selous Game Reserve?

The Selous Game Reserve is located in the south of Tanzania and is the largest uninhabited area in the continent of Africa. Named after the British hunter and conservationist Sir Frederick Selous, this 50,000 km² park features a diverse range of wildlife. However, it is especially known for its abundance of elephants, giraffes, hippos, and crocodiles, who live in a variety of vegetation zones – from dense thickets to open wooded grasslands, and forests to swamps.

You could be lucky enough to see a rare black rhino here. Regarded as one of the best destinations to see wild dogs and lions, Selous is also renowned for being one of two places used by elephants for their annual migration. An ideal way to see this is by boat safari on the Rufiji River.

Selous Game Reserve Safari

An interesting fact about the Selous Game Reserve…

The vast Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in Africa and was first classified as a protected area in the late 1800’s. In 1982, it was actually designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is no permanent human habitation here and no structures are permitted, and all human entries and exits are carefully controlled by the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism’s Wildlife Division.

How do I get to the Selous Game Reserve Safari?

Due to the difficult road access to the park, most visitors arrive via small aircraft from Dar es Salaam to the park’s sandy landing strip, which takes around 45 minutes.

Selous Game Reserve Safari

While you can use miles to get to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), you can’t use miles to fly directly into the park, so you’ll need transfers to get to your safari, too. You can drive the 220km from Dar es Salaam, but it’s a pretty bumpy, uncomfortable ride that is likely to take a full day!

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Where can I stay in the Selous Game Reserve?

Accommodation can mainly be found in the northern part of the park. Luxurious tented camps can easily a packet, though there are also much cheaper places to stay. Hidden in the forest, Selous Serena Camp is said to be one of the better places to stay, especially as it has 360-degree views from within elegant surroundings, and it costs several hundred dollars a night.

Selous Game Reserve Safari

You can currently get a double mudhut at the Selous River Camp for around US$300 for one night for two, which includes full board, airstrip transfers and some drinks.

Selous Game Reserve Safari

Camping here costs just US$5 each, though, and you can even add the cost of meals to your stay. For another budget option, you can stay in one of the public campsites in the game reserve.

How much does the Selous Game Reserve Safari cost?

Entry to this park is not cheap, at US$65 per person per 24 hours, but it helps to pay for the gamekeepers and hundreds of miles of road maintenance. A conservation fee is included in the cost.

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When should I visit the Selous Game Reserve Safari?

Selous is a classic dry season park, with the wildlife viewing said to get progressively better later in the season, between June and October. Note that many accommodation options are closed during the low season months of March, April and May.

What are the rules of the Selous Game Reserve Safari?

As with many reserves, you should follow basic regulations and etiquette to both stay safe and protect the animals while visiting. These include:

  • Observing a speed limit
  • No off road driving
  • No littering
  • No feeding or harassing the wildlife
  • No night driving

What animals can I see on a Selous Game Reserve Safari?

The reserve is home to a large variety of wild animals, so you could see a…

Black rhino

Selous Game Reserve Safari

Elephant

Selous Game Reserve Safari

Hippo

Selous Game Reserve Safari

Crocodile

Selous Game Reserve Safari

Giraffe

Selous Game Reserve Safari

Wild dog

Selous Game Reserve Safari

Lion

Selous Game Reserve Safari

You could also see a wildebeest, buffalo, hyena, waterbuck, impala, antelope, zebra, greater kudu and so much more.

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