A Brief History of Selous Game Reserve
Comprising a substantial five percent of Tanzania’s total land area, Selous Game Reserve is Tanzania’s largest game reserve and a World Heritage Site. This vast protected area offers an incredible variety of landscapes such as mountains, plains, woodlands, open grassland and last but not least, the grand Rufiji River, meandering its’ way across the reserve to the Indian Ocean. Each unique landscape comprising Selous is inhabited by some of Tanzania’s finest wildlife. Selous is the best and only area in southern Tanzania to see the endangered Black Rhinoceros. Selous is also home to the largest buffalo, hippo, lion and crocodile populations in Tanznia. Selous is also a crucial habitat zone for over 50% of the national population of the endangered African Wild Dog as well as herbivorous species such as the Sable and Puku Antelope. Activities in Selous include river walks or boating trips, day to multi-day safaris and camping in eco-friendly bush camps.
Best time to visit Selous Game Reserve
The lodges and camps inside Selous are easier to access during the dry season between June through November. Animal viewing is best at this time too. The rainy season between January and April affords the best opportunities for seeing lush plant and wildflower species for those visitors who are botany enthusiasts. However, many roads in the reserve are impassible during this season and most of the lodges inside the reserve are closed from March until May.
How to get to Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve is reachable by private car from Dar es Salaam or by public airplanes leaving daily from Dar es Salaam, Ruaha National Park and Arusha.
Safari Itineraries for Selous Game Reserve
Boating safaris, walking safaris, fly camping and day to multiday safaris are available to book in Selous game Reserve.