South Tanzania is often overlooked by those intent on visiting the more famous Serengeti, yet the south is highly regarded among passionate safari enthusiasts. Selous offers seriously good wildlife alongside extensive activities including boating safaris and guided walks. It’s a much quieter and more exclusive game viewing experience, giving you a good sense of just how vast the African wilderness is.
· Selous is all about authenticity, and getting there from Dar is an adventure in itself, as you'll get to experience the atmosphere of a typical African train, the Tazara. This single-track railway is 1,860km long and runs just twice a week. Despite being slower than a typical bus, it certainly isn't a boring journey, as you'll spot elephants, zebras, hippos, giraffe, buffalos and more from your carriage window. The bustling train will stop occasionally and you'll be greeted by villagers and locals selling fruits and souvenirs through the windows, giving you a real taste of Africa
· Despite being the continent's largest game reserve, the UNESCO World Heritage Selous is a very different safari experience to the Serengeti, due to the surprisingly small number of visitors. It is without doubt one of the most important refuges for large mammals on earth, home to large herds of elephants, plus buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, wild dogs, many bird species and some of the country's last remaining black rhinos
· Thanks to the diversity of the area, Selous also offers the opportunity to visit local Maasai villages and learn about their traditional culture
Take a look at these tours or just give us a call for a chat about your safari holiday plans: t: +255 73 7226398 or m: +255 713 323318
Remote Selous4 days, 3 nights
Price per person: US$ 1340
Selous Safari & Whale Sharks9 days, 8 nights
Price per person: US$ 3300
The Ultimate Selous Experience6 days, 5 nights
Price per person: US$ 3130
Safari Secrets of The South15 days, 14 nights
Price per person: US$ 5245
About Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa. At a vast 56,000sqkm it is the size of Switzerland, and is, without question, one of the most important refuges for large mammals on the planet. UNESCO have recognized this by giving it World Heritage status, but they also recognize the pressure on it, and have currently deemed it threatened.
Only the Northern sector, which comprises some 12% of the total area, is set aside for photographic tourism, but this is able to ensure that many routes available to traverse may be done so entirely alone.
The main peak seasons in Selous are July-October and Xmas/New Year. However, January through March is a wonderful time to visit the park. Not only are international flights less expensive, but the reserve is green and lush because of the short rains of November-December. During February lots of animals have their young so not only is the park more beautiful, there is more to see in terms of animals. Whilst the climate is a bit hotter and from late February through March gets quite humid, it should be considered as an excellent period to see game.read more