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Size: 54,500 km2/21,043 sq mi.
Best time to visit: July to October. Another good time is January to February.
Wildlife & attractions: General savanna wildlife, African wild dogs. Activities such as bush walks and game viewing from boats.
Getting there: Part of the road to Selous is fairly good tarmac, but the rest is poor bush road, so you should set aside a full day getting there. Some rivers en route may be impossible to cross after heavy rains.
A new road has been built to allow easy access to Selous from Mikumi, but you can only expect the road to be passable during the dry season from July to October.
Many visitors come to Selous by air. There are scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, and airstrips in different parts of the park.
Selous map
Selous map.
Tanzania map
Tanzania map.
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Selous Game Reserve
By Tanzania Tourist Board.
  Glossary
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This page in Swedish
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Tanzania:
Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve is situated in central/southern Tanzania and is one of the parks of the so-called southern circuit, also including Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa. It's the largest park in Tanzania, and one of the largest in Africa. The safari tourism is centred around the Rufiji River in the north-eastern part of the park, and most lodges and tented camps are situated in this area. Most other parts are difficult to access. Most of Selous south of the Rufiji River consists of hunting concessions, which are not open for safari tourism. Map of Africa Namibia Botswana South Africa Zambia Mozambique Malawi Rwanda Tanzania Kenya Uganda
 
View of the woodlands of northern Selous.

Much of Selous is covered by miombo woodland and grass plains. It has a strong elephant population, and a mixed wildlife including classic safari animals such as lions, hyaenas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, African buffalos and antelopes, for example Lichtenstein's hartebeest and greater kudu. The beautiful sable antelope can be found in the mountains on the northern park border.

African wild dogs
Selous is, together with Mikumi and Ruaha, one of few areas in East Africa where you have a fair chance to see the African wild dog. The park also has a long bird list. Among the species we have seen are ostrich, turacos, hornbills, carmine bee-eater and broad-billed roller.

Herd of zebras in Selous.

Bush walks and night safaris
Selous is a game reserve, which means that the park rules are less strict than in a national parks. This allows for activities such as bush walks, game viewing from boats on the Rufiji River, night game drives and even fishing in the river.

Most of Selous south of the Rufiji River consists of concessions open for controlled hunting. Hunting is not an option during a normal tourist visit to the park, though; hunting requires special permits, special safaris etc.

One concession, Lukula, in the southmost part of the park offers photographic safaris. This is a scenic area where very few safari tourists even come.

The southern circuit
The southern circuit, i.e. the safari region in central/southern Tanzania, is situated in a transition zone between two main vegetation zones: the acacia zone to the north and the miombo zone to the south. Animal and plant species from both zones may occur here, which means that you may see species not found further north, for example in Serengeti or Ngorongoro in northern Tanzania or in Kenya.

Flooded Lake Manze in Selous.

Lodges and camps

Sable Mountain Lodge.Sable Mountain Lodge is just outside the border of northern Selous. It's a smallish lodge spread over a fairly large area on a hillside facing the Uluguru Mountains to the north. The rooms are in stone bungalows and offer fine views. The lodge has a swimming pool and a waterhole.

More about Sable Mountain Lodge

Web site: www.selouslodge.com

Sable Mountain Lodge.Sand Rivers Selous is a small lodge with stone and thatch cottages, set next to the Rufiji River and offering good quality. It has five spacious standard rooms, two suites with private plunge pools, and a one-bedroom private house with private dining area, pool, bar, and private safari vehicle with driver. There is a dining area, a swimming pool and overall high standard. The activities include game drives, bush walks, fly camping, boat safaris and fishing.

Web site: www.sand-rivers-selous.com

Selous Wilderness Camp.Selous Wilderness Camp is a new tented camp, opened in 2009, situated south of the Rufijij River outside of eastern Selous Game Reserve. Acess to the camp is by boat from the northern shore of the river. Selous Wilderness Camp has seven tents with ceiling fan and outdoor shower, a mess tent and a swimming poool.

Web site: www.moivaro.com

Selous Riverside Safari Camp. Selous Riverside Safari Camp is a good tented camp set by the Rufiji River just east of Selous, outside the Mtemere Gate. It has ten tents with ensuite bathrooms and interiors in a fairly contemporary safari style. There is a dining area and a swimming pool. The camp offers game drives, boat safaris, bush walks and balloon safaris.

Web site: www.selousriversidecamp.com

The Retreat. The Retreat is a luxury lodge in the remote south-western part of northern Selous, set on a small hill along the Great Ruaha River and built around a fort. The lodge has six spacious tents on the hill, and four luxury suites by the river. A river hideaway has two more tented suites with private plunge pools, a swimming pool, and private staff, vehicle and boat. The lodge has a restaurant, a swimming pool, an outdoor spa, and safari activities such as game drives, boat safaris, bush walks, fly camping and fishing.

More about The Retreat

Web site: www.retreatsafaris.ch

Rufiji River Camp is situated by the Rufiji River just inside the park border of north-eastern Selous. It's a fairly small camp that has some 20 tents, a restaurant and a bar. The standard is good tourist class.

More about Rufiji River Camp

Web site: www.rufijirivercamp.com

Selous Impala Camp is a small tented camp by the Rufiji River, offering good quality, quiet atmosphere and a swimming pool. There are eight tents with ensuite bathroom. The safari activities include game driving, bush walks and fly camping (overnight stays in small tents out in the bush). The camp also has basic fishing equipment.

Web site: www.adventurecamps.co.tz

Selous Safari Camp is a high quality tented camp set by Lake Nzerakera, some 5 km/3 mi from the Rufiji River. It has nine spacious tents built on platforms. All have ensuite bathroom and elegant old style interiors. The camp has a swimming pool and offers various safari activities, including game drives, boat tours, bush walks and fly camping.

Web site: www.selous.com

Selous Private Camp is a sister camp to Selous Safari Camp, situated in the same area and facing Lake Nzerakera. It has four luxury tents with ceiling fans and two verandas, swimming pool, and lounging and dining area. The camp offers game drives, river safaris, bush walks, fly camping and fishing.

Web site: www.selous.com

Lake Manze Tented Camp is a new camp situated on the shore of Lake Manze. These are good surroundings for game viewing, although somewhat off from the Rufiji River. The camp has 12 basic safari tents with ensuite bathrooms. While most other camps in the area draw towards luxury, Lake Manze Tented Camp draws towards a campfire safari atmosphere. The safari activities include game drives, bush walks, boat safaris on the lake and fishing.

Web site: www.adventurecamps.co.tz

Kiba Point is a luxury private lodge set by the Rufiji River, and is a sister lodge to Sand Rivers. It has four very spacious, light and stylish villas with private plunge pools and river views, and is suitable for private groups of up to eight persons.

Web site: www.sand-rivers-selous.com

Beho Beho is, unlike most other lodges and camps in Selous, built on a hillside in a good game area, inland from the Rufiji River and the lakes. It is a high standard lodge with eight stone and thatch bungalows with ensuite bathrooms and two verandas. There is a dining area and a swimming pool. The lodge offers game walks, boat safaris, bush walks and fly camping, and has a reputation for employing good guides.

Web site: www.behobeho.com

Mivumo Lodge is set by the Rufiji River in view of Stiegler's Gorge (100 m/330 ft deep and wide). There are twelve rooms with ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, satellite television, private sundeck and plunge pool. The lodge has a restaurant, a library, an infinity swimming pool, and offers game drives, boat safaris and bush walks.

Web site: www.malalaluxurylodges.com

Selous Wildlife Lodge is a tented lodge by the Simbazi River in the south-western part of northern Selous. It has 12 permanently pitched tents with ensuite bathrooms. The safari activities include offers game drives, boat safaris and bush walks.

Web site: www.malalaluxurylodges.com

Selous Mbega Camp is a basic or budget lodge situated by the Rufiji River just east of Selous, outside the Mtemere Gate. The camp has 12 tents with ensuite bathrooms, and two stone bungalows. The lodge offers game drives and bush walks.

Web site: www.selous-mbega-camp.com

Lukula Selous Camp is a camp in Lukula Selous, a 1,200 km2/470 sq mi private photographic sanctuary in the park. Only one group of maximum eight guests is allowed to stay in the sanctuary at a time. The camp is a mobile tented camp, pitched in a scenic area on the banks of the Luwegu River for dry seasons from July to November only. There are four tents with stylish interiors and ensuite bathrooms with flush toilets, solar power and a mess tent. The main safari activities are game drives, bush walks and canoe safaris.

Web site: www.selousproject.com

Mbuyu Safari Camp is situated between Lake Manze and Lake Nzerakera north of the Rufiji River. The camp has been in disrepair, but is meant to reopen after renovations.

 
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