Selous Game Reserve
Wildlife and Natural Highlights
The Selous Game Reserve is 32,000 sq. miles making it the largest game reserve in the world. It is bigger than Rwanda and Burundi combined. It supports the largest population of buffalo, elephant, hippo, wild dog and crocodile and some of the last remaining Black Rhino in Africa. It is one of the few places in Africa that has a healthy population of wild dogs, ions, leopards, cheetahs, warthog, wildebeest, giraffe, hartebeest, sable antelope, greater kudu, eland and Seloous zebras. It has more than 350 species of birds including the goliath heron, fish eagle and kingfishers to excite any keen ornithologist.
Dry season (June-October) is the best time for game viewing. When it is dry, animals congregate around Selous’s rivers and lakes. Vegetation thins out during the dry season, making it easier to spot animals.Selous can also be visited in January and February when the landscape is green. November, December, March – May Selous is rain season and the reserve is inaccessible, all the lodges/camps are closed.
Attractions include boat safaris on the Rufiji River, birding, walking safaris, and fly camping trips. Boating safaris set Selous apart from other national parks in Tanzania.
It is also quieter than other Tanzanian national parks.