Planning a Unique Selous Game Reserve Safari in Tanzania

Want to experience an unparalleled Selous Game Reserve Safari in Tanzania? Spanning 50,000 km2, Selous is Africa’s largest and oldest game reserve and is a breathtakingly beautiful setting for your game viewing expedition. In comparison (wildlife-to-visitor ratio) to the famous Serengeti National Park, there’s a lot to see in Selous and only a handful of other visitors that can be seen at any one time. Thanks to lagoons and channels from the mighty Rufiji River, the lush landscape draws in the game and other wildlife towards the end of the dry season (from July to mid-November) so this is the best time to plan your visit. With the Rufiji River wandering through the heart of the reserve, you will be rewarded with an exceptional boat safari and the serenity of the riverside scene. Most of the camps and lodges are based around these water sources, giving you every opportunity to get the most out of your adventure. To get a sense of our amazing tailor-made African safari experiences from all over Tanzania, please watch our short video. Read More >>

The Ecosystem of Selous Game Reserve, Animals, Birds & African Wild Dogs

Selous is a wild and pristine game reserve in southern Tanzania, offering an off-the-beaten-track safari with rewarding game viewing. The sheer volume of game is staggering with diverse flora and fauna including over 2,100 plant species that have been recorded in this beautiful sanctuary. Elephants, buffalo and lions are arguably found in no greater numbers, year round, anywhere else in the world, and Selous has a reputation as the last true stronghold for the African wild dog – so keep a lookout! Apart from the standard game drives, the reserve also offers the widest range of safari activities in the country. Thanks to the varied terrain — ranging from Miombo woodland to rivers swirled with sandbanks, open plains, verdant swamps, and lowland rainforest; here you can enjoy boating or walking safari, or even a once-in-a-lifetime fly camping trip.

How to Get to Selous Game Reserve

The reserve is easy to access from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar by light aircraft and is ideally combined with the close by Ruaha National Park. Located away from the better-trodden path of the northern parks, Selous Game Reserve was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1986, recognizing the reserve as one of Africa’s biggest wildlife protected areas.

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Wito's Top Picks - Safari Lodges & Hotels in Selous Game Reserve

Beho Beho Camp

Nestled on the cooler highlands of the powerful Rufiji River, Beho Beho is all about style, privacy and luxury. There are nine stone bandas, all equipped with premium views across the water. All have en suite bathrooms and the same level of comfort and convenience, but we would recommend the Bailey’s Banda for its quintessential privacy and exclusivity. Your Bailey’s private villa offers a larger living area and a private plunge pool, and you still get views towards the valley and the hippo pools, thanks to the open-fronted design. There are plenty of activities on offer, including game drives, fishing and boating, and you can set your own itinerary. For an even more rustic experience, you can organize an unforgettable night of ‘treehousing’ on the dry river beds.

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Kiba Point

This small and exclusive camp is one of our top recommendations for this region because it’s so intimate and personal, while offering immediate access to one of the most game-rich areas of the Selous. There are just four spacious, thatched rooms that are open-fronted to give unbroken views across the bush, and each has a deluxe bathroom, a private deck and plunge pool. For families, you can request the room that has an adjoining twin for children, and a shared bathroom. There’s plenty of hot and cold water, and flush toilets, making it a good choice for families and kids. What we love most about this friendly camp is that you benefit from personal service and full flexibility. The small local team will look after you and tailor your trip to your exact specifications, and that’s what we want for our clients.

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Roho Ya Selous

Whether you’re planning to explore the Selous Game Reserve on foot, by boat or on a game drive, these tented rooms make an excellent base. The eight spacious tents are nestled among the trees to give guests their own privacy and sense of isolation. The interiors are stylish and comfortable, and there are some nice extra touches, such as an air cooling system to give you a peaceful night’s sleep under the canvas. We love the flexibility for different sized groups, with twin, double and triple configurations available, and even a family tent that’s big enough for a family of five.

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