Experience Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

The Selous Game Reserve is the largest wildlife area in Africa. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this pristine, uninhabited area is larger than Switzerland. Selous boasts Tanzania’s largest population of elephants as well as large number of lion, leopard, African hunting dog, buffalo and hippo. Only in Serengeti will visitors see a greater concentration of wildlife. Once home to over 3, 000 black rhinos there are sadly now a few hundred left. They tend to hide in the dense thickets but sightings are possible.

The topography of Sealous varies from rolling savannah woodland, grassland plains and rocky outcrops cut by Rufiji River and its tributaries, the Kilombero and Luwegu, which together cover the greatest catchment area in East Africa. The Rufiji, which flows from north to south, provides the lifeblood of the Selous and sailing or rafting down the river is a superb method of experiencing game especially during the dry season between June and October.  The park gets its name from hunter-explorer Fredrick Courtney Selous, whose books were the best sellers in Victorian England.

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Recommended Tours

These sample tours will give you an idea of what to expect when either traveling to Selous Game Reserve or how we incorporate Selous Game Reserve with the other destinations in Tanzania. Please note that the following tours are meant to inspire you since your safari will be tailor-made by our travel experts to fit your needs and preferences within this destination. 

Selous Game Reserve

10 Days

Discover Southern Tanzania 
From $2,945 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Dar es Salaam, Selous, Mikumi, Udzungwa & Ruaha

Selous Game Reserve

10  Days

Best of Selous Safari
From $ 3,590 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Ruaha, Mikumi, Selous 

Selous Game Reserve

8 Days

Tanzania Unexploited Safari
From $3,688 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Dar es Salaam, Selous, Mikumi,  Ruaha & Udzungwa  

Selous Game Reserve

5 Days

Big Southern Tour 
From $2,551 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Dar es Salaam, Selous & Mikumi

Map of Selous Game Reserve

Places to Stay at Selous Game Reserve

Below are some of our highly recommended places of stay at Selous that have been tested and chosen by our travel specialists

Selous Game Reserve

Selous River Camp

Selous River Camp’s accommodation comprises of nine rooms and four tents and along the river bank are the unique Mud huts – each spacious Mud hut has an en-suite bathroom and a view of the Rufiji River.

Selous Game Reserve

Rufiji River Camp

Built by local craftsmen, Rufiji River Camp combines Makuti palm roofs with Selous sourced paving stones and farmed hard woods to create a beautiful and comfortable accommodation from which to enjoy the Reserve 

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Kulinda Camp

The 9 Standard and 5 Deluxe Tents of Selous Kulinda Camp are pitched along the banks of the Rufiji River give you stunning and panoramic view of the perennial river heavily infested with hippos and crocodiles.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Serena Camp

Impeccably designed tents at Selous Serena Camp offer everything you need to rest, refresh and prepare for the day ahead – from plush bedding and private sun decks to bathrooms with claw-foot tubs and 24-hour hot water.

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