Selous Game Reserve Safaris

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The Selous is Tanzania's largest game reserve, in fact it is the largest in Africa and is classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Selous is usually the major feature of a Southern Circuit safari, and holds the promise of untold chances to explore. A massive wilderness area four times the size of the Serengeti, the Selous Game Reserve supports some of the biggest herds left in Africa. An estimated 30,000 elephant and 200,000 buffalo, as well as large herds of a variety of game call the reserve home. There are plenty of hippo and crocodiles, wildebeest, hartebeest, kudu, sable antelope, eland, reedbuck, bushbuck, zebras and giraffe. It is also a very good place to see rare and endangered African wild dogs (also called hunting dogs). A birder's paradise, expect to see a huge number of species, with around 450 birds having been recorded in the park.

Sundowners from a sand bank, on a Selous Game Reserve safari Sand Rivers An evening stroll from Sand Rivers Nomad Tanzania Impala Camp boat safari

The Rufiji River runs through the Selous, pretty much bisecting it into a northern and southern section, with most people tending to visit the area to the north of the river. Visitor numbers to the reserve are relatively low compared to those found in Tanzania's northern parks, which is partly Selous' attraction, especially to people returning to Tanzania for a second visit.

The park offers back-to-nature walking safaris along with boat trips along the river and more conventional vehicle safaris. There are several very good camps and exclusive lodges here to choose from, some based on the banks of the river and practically guaranteeing incredible game viewing on your doorstep. A Selous Game Reserve safari is best enjoyed between June - October and in January - early February, although visiting in the green season is equally good.

Selous Game Reserve Highlights

  • An estimated 30,000 elephants and 200,000 buffalo
  • Boat trips along the Rufiji River and walking safaris
  • A hotspot for the rare African wild dog
  • Exclusive camps and lodges
  • One of the largest reserves in the world - four times the size of the Serengeti

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Selected Selous Game Reserve Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Selous Game Reserve

All Tanzania Itineraries
Lion with cub

Southern Tanzania Luxury Escape Honeymoon

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $9,760 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Stone Town, Pemba Island
Boat safari and hippos

Highlights of Southern Tanzania

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $6,020 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Selous Game Reserve, Zanzibar Island , Saadani National Park, Stone Town
Sand Rivers An evening stroll from Sand Rivers Nomad Tanzania

Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar Beach Escape

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $6,110 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Zanzibar Island
Rufiji River Aerial view

Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar Luxury Honeymoon

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $5,270 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Zanzibar Island

Selous Game Reserve Accommmodation

All Tanzania accommodations
  • Sand Rivers Selous
    Lounge

    The Rufiji River runs alongside this superb camp, which offers guests exciting activities and an addictive slice of rustic luxury.

  • Selous Impala Camp
    Lodge exterior at night

    Overlooking the Rufiji River this intimate tented camp peeks out from behind Tamarind trees and Borassus palms. Visit during the rainy season for a wildlife bonanza with two lakes nearby camp.

  • Sable Mountain Lodge
    Honeymoon suite

    Expect superb game viewing from Sable Mountain Lodge. Stay in tents or cottages and embark on game drives to explore the surrounding wilderness.

  • Siwandu
    Pool

    Siwandu rests on the shores of Lake Nzerakera and offers a premier tented experience, with boat safaris, game drives and walking safaris.

  • Azura Selous
    Bedroom

    Experience the game rich Selous from this charming tented camp, which offers superb views of the Great Ruaha River and comfortable accommodation.

  • Kiba Point Selous
    Bed

    Ideal for those seeking a private safari experience; stay in luxury and enjoy stunning views over the Rufiji River. You'll feel like the Selous is all yours.