This wild and unspoilt game reserve in southern Tanzania boasts an enticing mix of abundant wildlife and varied terrain to explore. Spanning a vast 45,000km, the Selous is larger than Switzerland and is home to just a handful of small safari camps, ensuring an exclusive safari experience. Selous safaris are just spectacular.
Game-viewing here is rewarding, with plentiful numbers of wild dog, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and more than 400 species of bird. A real highlight of the Selous is the variety of safari activities available, making every day entirely different from the next. Choose from traditional game drives, boat safaris to get up close to the hippos, or walking safaris to take a slower approach to understanding the flora and fauna of the Selous National Park.
Snapshot of Selous Game Reserve
- One of Africa’s largest populations of wild dog
- Unspoilt wilderness area – UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Accessed by short flight from Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam
- Getting off the beaten track
- Land & water-based activities
- A varied wildlife experience
Selous Game Reserve
The Selous is a wild and pristine game reserve in southern Tanzania, offering an off-the-beaten-track safari with rewarding game viewing. Away from the better-trodden path of the northern parks such as the Serengeti, there is much to see here and only a handful of other visitors here at any one time. The reserve is easy to access from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar by light aircraft and is ideally combined with the nearby Ruaha National Park.
The Selous was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1986, recognising the reserve as one of Africa’s largest remaining wilderness areas and the importance of its position as a wildlife corridor with Mozambique’s Niassa reserve to the south. The varied terrain of the Selous ranges from miombo woodland to rivers swirled with sandbanks, open plains, verdant swamps and lowland rainforest. Selous walking safaris are just incredible!
More than 2,100 plant species have been recorded here and the different ecosystems are home to a wide variety of wildlife. The mighty Rufiji river meanders through the heart of the reserve and its many tributaries, channels and small lakes provide not only a water source for the wildlife but also a beautiful riverine environment to explore by boat.