Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve
This long established reserve is administered by the Wildlife Department and it is one of largest sanctuaries in the world dedicated to wildlife conservation. The eco-system includes Mikumi and Kilombero Game Controlled Area. A large sector of this huge reserve (54,000km²) is given over to sport hunting, still leaving a considerable area north of the Rufiji River for photographic safari.
The amount of camp accommodation remains modest compared to the size of the area but there has been a recent increase in building, new projects and renovations.
How to get there:
- Scheduled flight from Dar es Salaam
- Charter aircraft depending on group size
- Special Train from Dar es Salaam
- By main gravel road and then tracks in a 4x4, allow 6 hours from Dar es Salaam
Options include walking safaris, accompanied by armed rangers and armed guide; safaris in 4x4 vehicles and exciting trips along the Rufiji River and through the adjoining lakes by a flat-bottomed boat when the river water level permits. Species encountered include: hippos, crocodiles (thousands!), buffalos, giraffes, elephants, zebras and wildebeest and, of course, exceptional birdlife. Approaching the animals close up is more difficult than in the northern Parks and in the N.C.A.
Most of the camps are of very luxurious standard and situated on or near the river banks. They can be visited by grazing hippos during the night.
A safari in the Selous is most attractive for visitors who have already been on other safaris before and who do not need to catch sight of a particular species. Selous is suitable for those who are looking for a more measured and differently paced safari experience. However, this less visited reserve includes a very rich wildlife. The boat safaris are a very rewarding experience.
The best season: mid-July to late November and from January to March
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