Deep in southern Tanzania lies the Selous Game Reserve which is Africa’s largest conservation area. It is a pristine wilderness area away from the crowds found in Tanzania’s northern parks. The Selous has many lakes and rivers which are its lifeblood, making it perfect for a water-based game viewing. The Selous is also known for fly-camping which is walking safaris where guests sleep out under the stars in the heart of the wilderness in mobile camps.
The Selous attracts species more commonly seen in southern Africa such as Sable Antelope and the floodplains are home to the less commonly seen puku antelope. The Selous is home to over half the remaining African Wild Dog. The Selous is known for its lion sightings and large herds of Buffalo. Other species include giraffe, eland, hyena, hippo, crocodile, kudu, baboon, wildebeest, zebra, impala, hartebeest, colobus and vervet monkeys.
The Selous is one of the places in East Africa where visitors can enjoy walking safaris among the big game. The network of rivers and lakes offers some of the best boating and water-based safaris to be found in East Africa. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to safari activities. The Selous offers the best game viewing in the dry season between July and October and excellent birding during the wet season in January and February.
Access: How to get to Selous Game Reserve
Most visitors to the Selous will fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. Then catch a scheduled or charter flight into a private airstrip in the Selous. Connecting regional flights are also offered from Zanzibar and Arusha. Most flights are combined with Ruaha. There is a road from Dar es Salaam but the road is in bad condition and the journey takes around 7 hours.
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