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Selous Game Reserve Tours and Holidays 2017/2018

Named after explorer and author Frederick Courtney Selous, Selous Game Reserve is the largest uninhabited area in Africa as well as an important UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for offering the best bush vibe in Tanzania. The reserve covers an area of 47,655 sq. kms. and its altitude varies ...

10 Trips in Selous Game Reserve with 2 Reviews

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  • Boat Safari
  • Full day game drive
  • 3 hours walking safari
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Kanuth Adventures Safari
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Selous Game Reserve Safari

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The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest reserves of the world, located in... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam
  • Operator Kanuth Adventures Safari
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 580 3 days View Tour
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Sep 22
Sep 23
Highlights
  • You'll go to Tanzania
  • This tour starts in Arusha (Tanzania) & ends in Zanzibar (Tanzania)
  • You'll visit Arusha (City), Ngorongoro, Serengeti NP, Selous GR, Zanzibar (Beach) & Dar
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Arend Safaris
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8-Day Ultimate Romantic Beach And Bush Celebration

We all love to treat our loved ones in an overly special and unique way... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Arend Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 6,099 8 days View Tour
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Sep 23
Sep 24
Highlights
  • You'll go to Tanzania
  • This tour starts and ends in Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)
  • You'll visit Mikumi NP, Udzungwa Mountains, Ruaha NP & Selous GR
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Arend Safaris
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9-Day Tanzania Safari: The Southern Wilds

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Very few places can match the landscapes, culture and wildlife that Tanzania has on offer... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam
  • Operator Arend Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 4,950 9 days View Tour
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Tomorrow
Sep 22
Highlights
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
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Dahlia Tours&Safaris
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The Best Of Tanzania Southern Circuit Safari

In the middle of the Tanzania southern circuit safari there are celebrated national parks offering... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Dahlia Tours&Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 4,950 13 days View Tour
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Tomorrow
Sep 22
Highlights
  • Game Drives in the Selous Game Reserve
  • Boat Safari in Rufiji River
  • Walking safari in the Selous Game Reserve
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Gecko Adventure
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3-days Escape To Selous Game Reserve - Safari

The Selous Game Reserve, covering 50,000 square kilometres, is amongst the largest protected areas... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam
  • Operator Gecko Adventure
From US$ 895 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
Tomorrow
Sep 22
Highlights
  • Enjoy a guided Boat Safari on the Rufiji River
  • Go on exciting game drives in Mikumi National Park
  • Take part in exciting walking safari as well as night game safari
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Kanuth Adventures Safari
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5 Days 4 Nights Selous, Mikumi And Udzungwa Budget Safari

The southern circuit of Tanzania is getting more and more popular. Although it is less ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam
  • Operator Kanuth Adventures Safari
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,150 5 days View Tour
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Sep 22
Sep 23
Highlights
  • A visit to Selous Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in Africa
  • Abundance of wildlife viewing
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Tanzania On Foot
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3 Day Safari In Selous Game Reserve

This 3-day safari trip will take you to Africa's largest game reserve, and one of ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Tanzania On Foot
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,250 3 days View Tour
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Sep 22
Sep 23
Highlights
  • Visit one of the largest faunal reserves in the world: Selous Game Reserve
  • Sight elephants, black rhinoceroses, cheetahs, giraffes, hippopotamuses and crocodiles
  • Enjoy varied vegetation zones, ranging from dense thickets to open wooded grassland
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Simba Adventures Ltd
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4 Day Selous Game Reserve

The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world, located... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,150 4 days View Tour
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Sep 22
Sep 23
Highlights
  • Game drives in the world famous Selous Game Reserve.
  • Boat safari in River Rufiji.
  • Walking safari in the Selous Game Reserve
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Across Africa Nature
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6Days/5Nights -Best Of Selous Game Reserve Camping Safari

Selous Game Reserve is pronounced Selooo. It is the largest protected wildlife area in Africa... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Across Africa Nature
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,687 6 days View Tour
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Sep 22
Sep 23
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Kanuth Adventures Safari
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Explore Selous, The Biggest Game Reserve In Africa

In the south of Tanzania, stretching inland from the coast, lays Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Dar Es Salaam/Dar Es Salaam
  • Operator Kanuth Adventures Safari
From US$ 900 4 days View Tour
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Sep 22
Sep 23
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Selous Game Reserve Tour Reviews

5.0 - Excellent Based on 2 customer reviews
Long but worth it Reviewed Tour: 9-Day Tanzania Safari: The Southern Wilds
Selina Fonzi From Switzerland At
5 - Excellent
“We took a 9 day safari a few days ago - Arend Safaris was a fantastic company to work with from start to finish. There are so many tour companies to choose from and we never regretted going with Arend. Everyone at the office was extremely friendly and helpful. The safari itself was an unforgettable experience. Very good organization from the beginning to the end. Thomas, You are unforgettable!”
3 Day Selous Game Safari - Incredible! Reviewed Tour: Selous Game Reserve safari
Richard Dudbridge From England At
5 - Excellent
“This safari exceeded all my expectations. We departed from Dar es Salaam and enjoyed a cross-country drive where we got to soak in the Tanzanian wilderness. Arriving in Selous was like going back in time, everything was so wild and beautiful. Completely off-grid. We stayed at Hippo camp which was a nice little collection of wooden lodges on the river side with a great view. All meals (even the packed lunches) were of a high quality.

My favourite wildlife moment was feeding the bush babies at night in Hippo camp - wish I could have taken one home. On the third day we woke up before sunrise for a jungle walk with an incredible guide who entertained us and told us 'bush' stories wish were certainly unforgettable! The wildlife in Selous was definitely up to scratch and it was so enjoyable to cruise through the varying and outstandingly beautiful wilderness. Book it now!”

Selous Game Reserve - Overview and Facts

Named after explorer and author Frederick Courtney Selous, Selous Game Reserve is the largest uninhabited area in Africa as well as an important UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for offering the best bush vibe in Tanzania. The reserve covers an area of 47,655 sq. kms. and its altitude varies from 36 meters to 1,461 meters. This allows Selous to offer a variety of habitats that range from rocky outcrops to grassy plains and woodlands. The Rufiji River which cuts through the park acts as its lifeline and presents a spectacular collection of lakes, channels and lagoons. Volcanic hot springs can also be found in select pockets.

Selous’ popularity can be attributed to its population of elephants, considered to be the largest in Africa, and its size, which is in fact greater than Switzerland. Many tourists avoid the game reserve in favor of the Serengeti or the Ngorongoro Crater and this means that the few lucky ones get to enjoy a safari in an unspoiled bush habitat. Moreover, Selous is also famous as the only game reserve in the country, a place where hunting is still allowed (although condemned by many)! Selous Game Reserve gets the following relevant safari ratings:

  • Wildlife Rating: 4 stars out of 5
  • Scenery Rating: 4 stars out of 5
  • Bush Vibe: 5 stars out of 5

The park is divided into two parts – Northern Selous and the Southern Selous. Northern Selous covers 5% of the area and hosts camps which cater to exclusive photographic safaris. Hunting isn’t allowed in northern Selous. Southern Selous refers to the area south of the Rufiji River. It is split into several hunting blocks, each block covering an area of 1000 sq. kms.

Wild dogs, one of the most formidable hunting creature on the planet, call the Selous Game Reserve their home, and roughly one-thirds of the world’s population of wild dogs can be found here. The park also hosts crocodiles, white and black colobus monkeys, hippos, a variety of antelopes, bushbucks, waterbucks, reedbucks, curly-horned greater kudu and sickle-horned sables. The concentration of these animals along the river presents breathtaking sightseeing opportunities during the dry season. The migration of elephants also takes place between the Niassa and the Selous Game Reserves, and roughly 65,000 elephants can be seen roaming between the two parks.

Check out this magnificent Bookmundi safari. From walking trips and boat safaris to game drives, this 3-day adventure has all the action you need while visiting Selous Game Reserve.

Pros and Cons of Selous Game Reserve

There are a number of advantages of choosing Selous as your preferred destination in Africa. The dry season presents some of the best wildlife viewing adventures and guided walks or boat tours are also available. Lion sightings are common and the Selous is perhaps the best place to meet the wild dog. The biggest problem is that it still allows hunting, thus making the animals more difficult to watch. The wildlife viewing circuit is quite small when compared to other national parks in Tanzania. Large-scale accommodations are also missing here. Most importantly, Selous is a malarial area.

Accommodation in Selous

There are a few eco-friendly low-key lodges in Selous which offer an authentic safari experience and cater to as little as 300 visitors. Since the game reserve isn’t governed by national park regulations, the lodges found here present a far better bush experience. Some of the best options include Sand Rivers, Beho Beho, Siwandu Camp, Selous Impala Camp and Lake Manze Camp.

Best Time to Visit Selous

The dry season, i.e., the months of June to November, is the best time to visit the Selous Game Reserve. Elephants come out of the bush and a majority of the game can be seen along the river. This also means that predators can be commonly seen during the dry season. The wet season, i.e., the months of January to April is more famous for lush green scenery and exotic birds. Most lodges in the reserve are closed during the months of March to May.

Extend Your Vacation from Selous

The biggest advantage of visiting the Selous Game Reserve is that it is much closer to those exotic African beaches and the historic city of Dar es Salaam. The following options are sure to offer incredible options for extending your Tanzanian adventure, as well as a much-needed break from the wild.

  • Dar es Salaam: After transforming itself from a sleepy fishing village to a majestic metropolis, Dar es Salaam became one of the most attractive destinations in Africa. Located on one of the most important sea routes, Dar es Salaam acts as the largest cultural and commercial hub of Tanzania. More importantly, it presents easy access to those legendary African beaches, as well as a fascinating mix of Indian, German, African and Arab architecture.
  • Zanzibar: A trip to Zanzibar introduces you to three adventures – Zanzibar Town, Stone Town and those exotic beaches. Zanzibar Town is the first stop for visitors and famous as the more developed half of the island. Most of the tourist facilities and accommodations can be found here. Stone Town acts as the soul of Zanzibar. Its alleys promise mind-blowing walks and centuries of history as well as a marvelous insight into the area’s culture. The best thing to do here is to connect with the locals and allow Stone Town to unfold its secrets and adventures in front of your eyes. Finally, the unique location as well the presence of a barrier reef offers endless opportunities such as shimmery beaches, scuba diving, exotic seafood and more.
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