Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve

One of the largest faunal reserves in the world, known for its untouched wilderness and boat safaris.

Selous Game Reserve, one of the largest faunal reserves in the world, spans over 50,000 square kilometres in southern Tanzania. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is celebrated for its vast, untouched wilderness and incredible biodiversity. Unlike the more frequented parks in the north, Selous offers a secluded and authentic safari experience, where visitors can immerse themselves in pristine landscapes and abundant wildlife.

What to Expect

Selous Game Reserve is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering a wide range of habitats, including savannas, wetlands, rivers, and woodlands. The reserve is home to significant populations of elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, and the endangered African wild dog. Selous is particularly renowned for its large herds of elephants and its substantial predator populations, including a notable number of lions.

One of the unique aspects of Selous is the opportunity for boat safaris along the Rufiji River and its interconnected lakes. These boat safaris provide an intimate perspective of the reserve’s aquatic life, with close encounters with hippos, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species. In addition to boat safaris, visitors can enjoy traditional game drives, walking safaris, and even fly camping for a truly immersive wilderness experience.

Activities and Highlights

  • Game Drives: Enjoy morning, afternoon, and full-day game drives with knowledgeable guides.
  • Boat Safaris: Explore the Rufiji River and its lakes, observing hippos, crocodiles, and diverse birdlife.
  • Walking Safaris: Experience the reserve’s flora and fauna up close on a guided walk.
  • Fly Camping: Immerse yourself in the wilderness with an overnight fly camping experience.
  • Birdwatching: Discover over 440 bird species, including the African fish eagle and malachite kingfisher.
  • Photography: Capture stunning images of wildlife, landscapes, and unique boat safari perspectives.


Selous Game Reserve offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury lodges and tented camps to more rustic bush camps. Each provides a unique experience, whether you’re looking for comfort, adventure, or an authentic wilderness experience.

Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season (June to October) is ideal for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around water sources. The wet season (November to May) is perfect for birdwatching and enjoying lush landscapes.
  • What to Pack: Bring lightweight clothing, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a good camera. Warm clothing is recommended for cool mornings and evenings. Insect repellent is also essential.
  • Health and Safety: Ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and anti-malaria medication. Always follow your guide’s instructions and respect the wildlife and local communities.

Experience the untouched beauty of Selous Game Reserve with Wild Call Tanzania Safaris, where every safari promises unforgettable encounters with nature and wildlife.


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