Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve
This long established Reserve is administered by the Wildlife Department and is one of largest sanctuaries in the World dedicated to 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 large area north of the Rufiji River for photographic safari.
The amount of camp accommodation remain 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 Ranger and armed Guide; 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: hippo, crocodile (thousands!), buffalo, giraffe, elephant, zebras and wildebeest and, of course exceptional birdlife. Approaching the animals close up is more difficult than in the northern Parks and NCA.
Most of the camps are very luxury standard and situated on, or near, the river banks and can be visited by grazing hippo in the night.
A safari in the Selous is most attractive for visitors who have already been on other safaris and do not feel the need to have a particular sighting a species or to “tick” a bird and are looking for a different quality and a more measured, differently paced safari experience. The “feel”of the Selous safari is quite particular and the wild nature of the Reserve, much less visited, is a factor. The boat safaris are a very rewarding experience.
The best season: Mid-July to late November and January to March
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