Safari in Selous Game Reserve
The largest concentrations of wildlife in southern Tanzania can be found in Selous National Park and indeed this is the biggest game reserve in all of Africa. This area has a size 45,000 km2, three times bigger than the Serengeti and as large as Switzerland.
When to visit Selous?
Selous Game Reserve is divided into sections, only some of which are open for tourists. But in those that are, large numbers of buffalo, elephant and wildebeest roam. The reserve is also home to the black rhino, giraffe, zebra, kudu, hartebeests, elk, hippo, lion, leopard, wild dogs, as well as puku and sable antelopes.
The Rufiji river runs through the center from which five lakes formed making up the popular game drive area. You will find the most animals near these water bodies including large prides of lions (up to 20 members in each pride). Because the terrain is flat and open, the lions tend to congregate here in search of prey. Boat-expeditions down the river or around the lakes are also possible.
The area is very vast resulting in long game drives to cover the diverse habitats of the park. But it is a pleasure to drive around in the early morning with breakfast at hand or in the late afternoon with a cold drink.
This really is a paradise for African expedition enthusiasts!
Visit Selous in the dry season
The best times to visit Selous GR are during the cooler, drier season from June to October, and into November, December and January. Much of the reserve is inaccessible between March and May as a result of strong rains.