Selous Game Reserve

from $191 /person

Location and How to Reach:

Selous Game Reserve is located in southern Tanzania, covering an area of about 50,000 square kilometers. The reserve is named after Frederick Selous, a British explorer, hunter, and conservationist. To reach Selous, visitors usually fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam and then take a short connecting flight to one of the airstrips within or near the reserve. Alternatively, there are also road and boat options available, but they are less common due to the remote nature of the reserve.

Fun Facts:

  1. Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in Africa and is renowned for its diverse wildlife and pristine wilderness.
  2. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few remaining wilderness areas in the world.
  3. The reserve is home to a significant population of African elephants, black rhinos, wild dogs, and various bird species.
  4. Selous is characterized by its diverse habitats, including savannahs, woodlands, rivers, and wetlands, offering a unique safari experience.

Tourist Attractions:

  1. Wildlife Safaris: Selous offers exceptional game viewing opportunities, with chances to see the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) as well as rare species such as the African wild dog.
  2. Boat Safaris: Explore the Rufiji River and its tributaries by boat, witnessing hippos, crocodiles, and a plethora of birdlife.
  3. Walking Safaris: Guided walking safaris provide a more intimate experience of the reserve’s flora and fauna, allowing visitors to track animals on foot under the supervision of experienced guides.
  4. Hot Springs: Visit the natural hot springs within the reserve, where you can relax and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the warm waters.

Best Time to Visit:

The dry season, from June to October, is generally considered the best time to visit Selous Game Reserve for wildlife viewing. During this period, animals congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot. However, the wet season, from November to May, offers lush landscapes and opportunities to see migratory bird species.


  • Budget: There are several budget-friendly campsites and lodges located outside the reserve boundaries, offering basic amenities for travelers on a tight budget.
  • Mid-Range: Mid-range accommodations within the reserve include tented camps and lodges that provide comfortable facilities and guided safari activities.
  • Luxury: For those seeking luxury and exclusivity, high-end safari lodges and luxury tented camps offer spacious suites, gourmet dining, and personalized safari experiences.


  1. Is it safe to visit Selous Game Reserve?
    Yes, Selous is a safe destination for tourists, but it’s always recommended to follow the guidance of experienced guides and adhere to park rules.
  2. What wildlife can I expect to see in Selous?
    Selous is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles, wild dogs, and various antelope species.
  3. Do I need a visa to visit Tanzania?
    Yes, most visitors to Tanzania require a visa, which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport or in advance from Tanzanian embassies or consulates.
  4. Are there any health risks in Selous?
    It’s advisable to take precautions against malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases by using insect repellent and taking antimalarial medication as recommended by your healthcare provider.
  5. What should I pack for a safari in Selous?
    Essential items to pack include lightweight and neutral-colored clothing, sturdy walking shoes, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a camera with extra batteries and memory cards.