Selous Game Reserve

Selous offers not only the wild landscapes of the road less-travelled - but boats to see the hippo & crocodile and paths to track elephant on foot.


Selous safari will bring you face to face with the continent’s greatest populations of elephant, buffalo and wild dog. Not to mention a landscape that is largely untouched by man.
A northern Selous safari means game-viewing on river cruises and unhurried walking safaris. Game drives are also on option should you prefer wheels to walking. The terrain is predominantly miombo woodland. But the Rufiji river feeds a large number of smaller rivers, lakes, swamps, hot springs, sulphurous pools as well as the spectacular Steigler’s Gorge. You should see huge numbers of hippo and crocodile wallow in the cooling waters on a Selous safari. The waters are home to pink-tinged pelicans, giant kingfishers and skimmers.
The water in the Selous is a lifeline for large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, sable and giraffe. These herds of plains game inevitably attract predators. Lions are often seen, leopard and cheetah less so. However, unlike the northern parks of Tanzania, a Selous safari may yield an encounter with its wild dog population. These are some of the most rewarding of predators to watch. The Selous Game Reserve is so vast that you may not spot another vehicle on your safari. This is a marked contrast to the busy northern part of Tanzania.
The Selous Game Reserve is well-served by safari flights so there are a good number of accommodation options. None of these are large or flash. Those opting for a Selous safari on a tight budget can enjoy pretty good standards at small camps just outside the park.

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Why you may love it

  • Famous for wild dog.
  • Wild landscapes of the road less-travelled.
  • Boats safaris to see the hippo & crocodile.
  • Walking safaris & fly-camping.
  • Tracking elephant on foot.
  • 440 bird species with large colonies of bee-eaters nest in the sandbanks of the rivers.

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When to visit Selous Game Reserve

January to May

Rainy season in Selous Game Reserve

The summer is the continuous wet season in the Selous and the camps tend to be closed during this time. It is hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms bringing rain. Temperatures don’t tend to vary much during the year. The main difference is the rainfall. The rain is heaviest in March and April and starts to taper off in May.
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

June to October

Safari season in Selous Game Reserve

This is the dry season with very little rain during this time. It tends to be hot during the day (28C) and a warm 22C at night. Though it is dry in May, the safari season only starts in June to give time to prepare the camps and roads after the rains.
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

November to December

Summer Rains in Selous Game Reserve

The summer rains start somewhere in November but tend to be occasional and short and so this is still a suitable time for a safari.
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

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Did you know
  • GeographyLargest and oldest wildlife reserve in Africa
  • SizeThe reserve is the size of Switzerland