Absolutely wild and beautiful
Enter Africa’s largest protected area uninhabited by man, where Tanzania’s greatest population of elephants wander in an area bigger than Switzerland! The Selous (pronounced “Seloo”) is considered important enough to be World Heritage Site, in which the lucky few can experience a safari in absolutely wild and unspoiled bush. Covering 50,000 square kilometres, it is amongst the largest protected areas in Africa and is relatively undisturbed by human impact.
The park varies from rolling grassy woodlands and plains, to rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River – the lifeblood of the park, whose tributaries form a network of lakes, lagoons and channels. Volcanic hot springs even burst forth in places. The Rufiji offers a superb method of game viewing especially during the dry season when animals congregate. The property harbours one of the most significant concentrations of elephant, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile, amongst many other species. During the dry season between June and October the river banks explode in a spectacular flood of the plains animals quenching their thirst all under the opportunistic eye of crocodile.
The river itself is full of hippos, crocodiles, and fish. Its tributaries form a network of lakes ideal for boat safaris, wildlife observation and bird watching; over 350 bird species have been catalogued.
The reserve also has an exceptionally high variety of habitats including Miombo woodlands, open grasslands, riverine forests and swamps, making it a valuable laboratory for on-going ecological and biological processes.
A visit to Selous is one you will never forget.
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit Selous is in the dry season between June and October. As with all the other national parks that have peak seasons in the dry it’s mainly beacuse the shortage of water during dry season forces animals to congregate around remaining rivers and lakes. Also the vegetation thins out as the dry progresses which makes it easier to see animals.
However, early June is lush, green and cool and November to March even more; these periods are for those of you who are motivated by more than the number of spotted animals. Unlike for instance Serengeti in the north, Selous is rarely a place to expect a large concentration of game but it will give you a quality of game viewing that is hard to beat. Keep an open mind when visiting this wild beast of a reserve and don’t rush and we guarantee you will have an unforgettable safari experience.
What is there to do?
Selous Game Reserve offers so much more than only game drives; it also offers one of Africa’s finest boating safaris on the Rufiji River. Walking safaris are also some of the very best on the continent. Selous is very adventurous and perfect for those who aren’t faint-hearted!
For our bird-lovers, January and February are the best months to visit Selous.
How about accomodation?
The Selous is home to some of the finest camps in Tanzania, a couple of which would stake their claim as the best in all of Africa. In Selous you can get a high level of luxury at affordable prices.
Siwandu is situated in arguably the best game area in Selous, the little camp Lake Manze situated on an elephant trail, Rufiji River Camp right by the river, The Reatreat etc.
There are also a number of excellent lodges and camps just outside the camp; a cheaper alternative than staying inside the reserve. Contact us for more information on Selous accomodation.
Wonderful images of Selous taken on Lemasani Safari adventures.