Close up of the rare and endangered wild dog at Selous Game Reserve

Safaris to Selous Game Reserve

About Selous Game Reserve

UNESCO-listed Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa and covers 55,000 km², four times the size of Serengeti and more than 5% of Tanzania’s total area. The rolling open plains and grassy woodlands are home to some of Tanzania’s most spectacular animals including elephants, black rhinos, hippos and crocodiles. Aside from the fascinating wildlife, the park has an incredibly diverse selection of flora ranging from dense thickets of vegetation to undulating hills sparsely peppered with acacia bushes and divided up by powerful rivers and glistening waterholes.

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While, as per usual, the most common way to view the park is by taking a vehicle and driving through the park with a guide, Selous Game Reserve is renowned for the quality of its boat safaris. There are few things on the planet as blissfully idyllic as observing some of the park's exquisite game and birdlife from the tranquility of the cool flowing waters of the Rufiji River. Alternatively the park can be explored by foot and many lodges offer guided walking trips through the reserve.

The history of the reserve lies with the Englishman Frederick Courtney Selous who came to Africa in the early 1870s where he lived as an explorer and hunter. He was eventually shot by a sniper during the First World War. His remains are buried near the Beho Beho River and the area that he was so fond of and knowledgeable about was named after him. For a real bush explorer adventure, like the late Selous experienced, guests to the reserve can take part in a fly camping trip where they can spend the night out under the African sky.

Selous Game Reserve Hotels

If you are planning a Selous Game Reserve holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Beho Beho Selous Game Reserve

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

Beho Beho is a small and exclusive camp with individual bandas or stone built, palm-leaf thatched cottages. Each main suite area has no front wall or windows, but is totally open on to the front verandah, allowing guests to feel fully immersed in the African wilderness. Fresh food is prepared every day and served to suit the game viewing itineraries of the guests of the lodge. There is also a pool, which has spectacular views of the park. Beho Beho is in the highlands region in the Selous Game Reserve.

Rufiji River Camp Selous Game Reserve

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Rufiji River Camp is a tented camp and is environmentally friendly. Each tent is equipped with a private bathroom and a veranda facing the river. Thanks to its location, most areas of the camp have stunning views of the Rufiji River, in particular the restaurant where al fresco diners can stargaze as they indulge in some delicious home-cooked food and beautiful scenery. Rufiji River Camp is located on the banks of the Rufiji river and is an ideal base for exploring the Selous Game Reserve.

Sand Rivers Selous Selous Game Reserve

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

Accommodation at Sand Rivers Selous is in spacious open-fronted cottages made of stone and thatch, and raised up on the banks of the Rufiji with amazing views out across the river. A number of different tours are available from this lodge including a breathtaking boat trip along the Rufiji River, which gives participants prime viewing opportunities to spot hippos and an array of stunning birdlife. The lodge is in the northern part of the Selous Game Reserve, on the banks of the Rufiji River.

Selous Safari Camp Selous Game Reserve

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

Selous Safari Camp has spacious tents that are luxuriously appointed, with en suite bathrooms and open air hot water showers. The camp is divided into North and South camps, each with its own swimming pool and restaurant, where chefs toil away to produce tantalising dishes. Boat safaris also run from this camp and are a fantastic way of seeing the park in a tranquil and serene setting. The camp is situated within an open palm forest on the shores of Lake Nzerakera.

Selous Wildlife Lodge Selous Game Reserve

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Hidden away in the dense wilderness of the Selous Game Reserve, Selous Wildlife Lodge has spacious tents under individually grass-thatched structures, luxuriously furnished with adjoining colonial bathrooms. All have a private sundeck and plunge pool. In the main area of the lodge are the dining room and infinity pool, both of which look out over the reserve and are perfect for relaxing in the evenings. The lodge is set on the panhandle of the Rufiji River in view of Stiegler’s Gorge.

Selous Game Reserve Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Selous Game Reserve.

Tailored To Suit YouREF: Africa 912 - 11 Day Tanzania Tailormade holiday with 4 days in Selous Game Reserve - Also visiting: Mkomazi National Park, Arusha National Park

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