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Selous Game Reserve epitomises the Africa experienced by many of its early explorers – raw and untouched. Only in its northern extremity in the area of forest set around the mighty Rufiji River, has the Selous suffered the incursion of man, and it is still home to a vast range of birds and mammals.

Wildlife safaris may take you to the lakes where, in the dry season, herbivores gather to drink and the carnivores lie in wait. Walks accompanied by an armed guide offer the opportunity to see Cape buffalo, elephant and perhaps lion, and a boat safari provides you with the thrill of getting close to hippos and crocodiles. Although poaching affected the African elephant population in the 1980s, careful management and conservation schemes have brought their numbers back to a healthy level. There are also large numbers of Nile crocodile and African wild dog, lion, leopard and many species of plains game.

Covering some 54,600 square kilometres of southern Tanzania, the park is named after Frederick Courtney Selous, the famous 19th century hunter and explorer whose books were bestsellers in Victorian England.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, eland, African elephant, greater kudu, wild dog
  • Where: Southern Tanzania, Tanzania

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This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Best of the South

This is Tanzania at its wildest and an ideal choice for the discerning wildlife enthusiast seeking a pioneering Africa trip. Rugged and remote, crossed by wide rivers and inhabited by large numbers of predators including lion, leopard and cheetah, Selous and Ruaha are two of Tanzania’s best kept secrets.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Siwandu Camp

Siwandu (formerly Selous Safari Camp) is made up of two camps, with six and seven tents respectively, situated in palm grove on Lake Nzerakera, merging with their surroundings in an unfenced area where wildlife roam free. Each tent has its own pool, bar, dining area and kitchen, vehicles, boats, and walking guides.