Selous Game Reserve

This is the largest park in Africa 54,600km², two times larger than the Serengeti. Comparing it to The Netherlands which is 33,883km². The park is divided into 47 sections and only four of these sections have been opened to tourism. In the 43 other parts hunting is permitted.

The park has been named after Frederick Courteney Selous, a British scientist, explorer and conservationist, who is buried in Northern Selous.
Due to its great ecological value, the reserve is declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is assumed that the greatest concentration of wildlife in all of Tanzania lives here. It is estimated that there are 65,000 elephants, 130,000 buffaloes, and 100,000 roaming wildebeest. The black rhino is still here. There are also large numbers of giraffes, zebras, hippos, lions and leopards. Perhaps you are lucky to spot the very timid eland.

Through Selous Games Reserve flows the large Rufiji River. By regular flooding of the Rufiji River permanent lakes are created, this is a great attraction to wildlife. Also the amount of water birds in the delta is impressive. In the rivers are many hippos and crocodiles. 

To get a good impression of this park, you require a number of days.

An early game drive followed by an enjoyable lunch in the shade of a tree and evening chat at the dinner, cooked by your private chef.

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Alternatively, stay in one of the comfortable safari camps, beautifully situated on the banks of the river. When the sun goes down and an orange glow turns the landscape, witness the animals gathering in the twilight on the banks of the river to drink before nightfall.

In Selous, the same rainy season and temperatures apply as the other parks. March, April, November and December is rainy season. In the rainy season, it is unfortunately impossible to visit Selous due to impassable roads.

The fact that many people do not come here because the park is not centrally located, the drive is about 6 hours away from Dar es Salaam, and the roads are barely passable, gives you the feeling of being almost alone in the largest game reserve in the world!

What makes a visit to Selous extra special is that there are several very interesting activities you can do. For example, you can explore the reserve by joining a walking safari accompanied by an (armed) ranger, a unique experience. You can also discover the Rufiji River and its many channels and swamps with a boat safari and come face to face with hippos and crocodiles. The abundant birdlife is the best to watch on a river trip and/or walking safari. The north of the park borders Mikumi National Park and Udzungwa National Park and south of Selous is linked to a passage to the Niassa Game Reserve in Mozambique.

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