Wildlife spotting and sailing on the Rufiji river
The Selous Game Reserve is a picturesque, unique and pristine safari destination and belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site as the oldest and largest protected nature reserve in Tanzania.
The numbers of animals in Selous Game Reserve are unprecedentedly high, making the park ideal for an adventurous safari!
- Surface 54.600 km2
- Inhabitants 0
- dry season June to October
- green season November to May
About Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa, with large populations of elephants and buffalos. From the characteristic Rufiji river, you can see the natural behavior of the animals up close.
Sailing among the hippos, crocodiles and the many birds is an unforgettable experience.
Landscape of Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve has grassland, typical Acacia savannah, lakes and rivers and extensive Miombo forests.
The number of animals in the Selous Game Reserve is huge. Nowhere else can the elephant, buffalo and lion be found in greater numbers throughout the year. Besides, Selous Game Reserve is also a famous habitat for the last African wild dogs.
A very striking place in the park is the Rufiji River, in the northern part of Selous Game Reserve. This river flows into the Indian Ocean opposite Mafia Island and Stiegler’s gorge, a chasm of 100 meters deep and 100 meters wide. A network of rivers and lagoons along the Rufiji River provides the water supply for wildlife in this region and by the end of the dry season the concentration of animals around these water sources is unprecedented.
Climate & season
The climate of Selous Game Reserve is warm and humid. So close to the equator, the nights are also warm.
June to October:
Most days are sunny with clear skies. In the afternoon temperatures are usually around 28 degrees, at night about 19 degrees. A wonderful time to visit Selous. Many animals gather around the water.
The green season has higher temperatures and high humidity, with around 29 degrees in the afternoon and nights up to 22 degrees.
November to December:
The green season begins. Rainfall is occasional and short, often in the afternoon. During the day, it is around 31 degrees. In the morning and at the end of the afternoon it is around 22 degrees, the best time for activities.
January and February:
The rainy season is progressing and there will be several days with short showers, usually in the afternoon. During the day the temperatures are around 30 degrees, at night an average of 22 degrees.
March to May:
Especially March and April are rainy months. Thunderstorms are to be expected on most days, but they rarely continue throughout the day. Roads are often difficult to access and some camps are closed. The temperatures are slightly lower (between 28 degrees during the day and 21 degrees at night).
1. Visit Selous Game Reserve while you still can, because the Rufiji River is likely to be dammed up soon as part of the large Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric power station.
2. The Selous Game Reserve is named after Frederick Selous, a famous hunter and early conservationist. He died in Beho Beho (the Selous area) in 1917 during the battle against the Germans in the First World War.
3. A few of the last remaining black rhinos in Tanzania live in Selous Game Reserve.
4. The Selous area was first designated as a protected area in 1896 by the German governor of Tanganyika, Hermann von Wissmann, and became a hunting reserve in 1905.
5. The majority of the reserve remains reserved for hunting by private hunting concessions.
6. Permanent habitation is not permitted in Selous Game Reserve.
With its many rivers and lakes, Selous Game Reserve is highly suitable for an adventurous boat safari.
Of course, you can also make beautiful safaris by jeep and on foot. Single or multi-day.
Animals in the area
Selous Game Reserve has an unprecedented amount of animals.
Over half of all Tanzanian elephants are living here.
Large herds of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, hippos and wild dogs live in Selous Game Reserve,
as well as many bird species and some of the last remaining black rhinos in Tanzania.
Dieren overzicht Selous Game Reserve
- Diverse bird species
- Wild dog
Stays in Selous Game Reserve
There are only a handful of safari camps in this largest protected area of Tanzania. Our accommodations have been selected with great care and attention. Small scale, hospitality and quality are paramount.
They vary in luxury, but are all in beautiful locations surrounded by nature and close to the animals.