Selous Game Reserve


Name: Selous Game Reserve
Country: Tanzania

The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania. It covers a total area of 54,600 km2. It was named after Englishman Sir Fredrick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist.


The Selous Game Reserve is home to large number of elephants, black rhino, lion, leopard, kudu, baboon, eland, hyena, zebra, impala, hartebeest, buffalo, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles found in the Rufiji River. It also has a rich birdlife of 350 species which have been recorded and they include knob-billed duck, southern ground hornbill, bateleur eagle, woodpecker and white-headed lapwing.

Climatic Conditions

There are is the dry season which sets in during June to November and is the best time for game viewing along the rivers. Elephants and predators are commonly seen.

There is the rainy season which occurs between January to April and is excellent for bird life and lush scenery but many roads become impassable after heavy rains. December to February is still good for game viewing but is usually hot and humid. The safari lodges are usually closed from March to May.

Major Attractions

It is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world. It also boasts one third of all the wild dogs in the world.


The park lies between 250-300 km south-west for Dar es Salaam and is often inaccessible during the long rains.

Getting there

  • By Road: Road transfers to the reserve.
  • By Air: Airstrips are found within the reserve.

Best time to visit

During the dry season.


  • Fishing
  • Walking safaris
  • Boat trips
  • Bird watching

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Luxury Camp

Set amidst dense indigenous forests the Selous Serena Camp is the ultimate wilderness retreat.  Luxuriously presented, each tent features an engaging mix of canvas walls, crystal chandeliers, opulent...

Serena Mivumo River Lodge

Serena Mivumo River Lodge is situated on the banks of the spectacular Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, in view of the mighty Stiegler’s Gorge. The Selous Game Reserve is home to large numbe...


Hidden beneath a shaded canopy of tall doum palms in one of Selous’ richest areas of wildlife, Lake Manze Adventure Camp is magnificently located on the shores of Lake Manze. The camp nestles betwee...


Situated in the north-eastern region of the vast Selous game Reserve as well as overlooking the mighty Rufiji River, Rufiji River Camp offers the highest possible level of comfort while remaining clos...