Selous Game Reserve

DESCRIPTION

Selous Game Reserve was established in 1922 and covers 5% of Tanzania's total area. The Rufiji River bisects the Reserve and has the largest catchment area of any river in East Africa. The river is an important feature of the reserve providing the opportunity to watch the diverse water-based wildlife.

A broad range of game can be found including wild dog, elephants, hippos and rhinos as well as buffalo, antelope, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, lion, leopard and cheetah. The incredible diversity of bird life in Selous includes over 350 recorded species.

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

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Azura Selous

Azura Selous is a luxury lodge located in a remote part of the Selous wilderness in Southern Tanzania, overlooking the rapids of the Great Ruaha River...

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Impala Camp

Impala Camp overlooks the Rufiji River, sheltering under Borassus palms and Tamarind trees...

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Kiba Point

Kiba Point is a private camp ideal for safaris with family or friends. The 8-bed camp is booked on a totally exclusive basis only, including all activities: game drives, walking safaris, birding, boating and fishing trips...

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Lake Manze Camp

Lake Manze Camp is situated on the banks of Lake Manze. The area is one of the richest in terms of game in the entire Selous, both in the dry and the wet season...

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Rufiji River Camp

Rufiji River Camp is located on the banks of the Rufiji river, at a point where the river is animated by many different species of animals. There is a constant flow of animals coming down to drink at the river which is usually full of hippos and groups of crocodiles resting on the sandbanks...

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Sand Rivers Selous

At the heart of an intricate network of sand river channels, oxbow lakes and open plains, Sand Rivers is a small safari lodge set on a curve of the Rufiji River...

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Selous Serena Camp

Set amidst dense indigenous forests, Selous Serena Camp is the ultimate wilderness retreat. With 360-degree views over the surrounding bush...

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Serena Mivumo River Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Rufiji River, with views down to the plunging torrents of Stiegler's Gorge, Serena Mivumo River lodge offers just twelve timbered chalets each with a private viewing deck and plunge pool...

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Siwandu (previously Selous Safari Camp)

Siwandu (previously known as Selous Safari Camp) is situated within an open palm forest on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, a massive lake adjoining the Great Rufiji River...

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The Retreat

The Retreat is a unique all-suite tented lodge located in the remote far north of the Selous. It is situated in wild bush on the banks of the Great Ruaha River...

ITINERARY IDEA

Day 1: Selous Game Reserve

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s capital, her largest city and main port, a situation which dates back to colonial times. The distinctly African, colourful markets are well worth a visit and both a German and British influence can still be seen in the architecture around the city.

Day 2 - 4: Selous Game Reserve

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Following its recent expansion, Ruaha is currently East Africa’s biggest national park and the second-largest on the African continent. It is also Tanzania’s most sizeable elephant haven and home to a profusion of bird species, including kingfishers, plovers, egrets, hornbills and sunbirds. Crocodiles and hippos thrive in the Great Ruaha River, which flows along the sanctuary’s eastern border and in the dry season between July and November, animals flock to the last remaining water sources, presenting an exceptional wildlife spectacle. There are a number of accommodation options available but some close for the wet season in March and April.

Day 5 - 7: Selous Game Reserve

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The remote and little-visited Selous Game Reserve covers more than 5% of Tanzania’s total area and is the largest of its kind in Africa. At an unbelievable 55,000 sq km it is almost twice the size of Belgium and four times larger than the famous Serengeti in the North. The landscape here has remained almost as it was before tourism began and the massive park has only a few accommodation options.

The Great Rufiji River and its tributaries are the lifeblood of the reserve, creating a network of forests and woodlands around the lagoons, sandbanks and lakes with tall palm trees adding to the scenic splendour. Because of its size and remoteness, the reserve has over 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephants, 108,000 buffalos and an estimated 1,300 of the worlds’ roughly 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs, giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt wilderness. Boating, walking safaris and fly camping are all available in the Selous.

Day 8 - 12: Selous Game Reserve

Meal Basis: Half Board

Rising up from the Indian Ocean approximately 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, this idyllic archipelago consists of Zanzibar and Pemba islands as well as numerous smaller islets. Zanizibar Island (known locally as ‘Unguja’) is characterised by exquisite white sand beaches fringed by palm trees and lapped by turquoise waters lined with coral reefs brimming with an abundance of exotic marine life. This underwater paradise is a mecca for water sport enthusiasts who flock here for the excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing on traditional local dhows. The island’s cultural heart is its old city, Stone Town - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa - with its maze of narrow alleyways, lively bazaars, mosques and ornate Arab houses.

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