Game Reserve


At 54,000 sq. kilometers, Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest protected wilderness reserve, three times larger than the Serengeti. The sheer diversity of the landscape - from hot volcanic springs, placid lagoons and the many channels from the Great Ruaha and Rufiji Rivers which bisect the reserve - makes the Selous a unique area in which to observe the full panoply of African wildlife. Most of Africa’s mammal species, from the largest to the smallest to the rarest, thrive here. In addition there are some 440 species of birds and more than 2,000 recorded varieties of plants.
The river & lake systems attract a huge diversity of animals including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile, and is also home to one of the few remaining wild dog populations in the world. Selous is a birders’ paradise with more than 300 bird species.

June to September: Dry and warm – animals are drawn to dwindling water supplies in the lakes around the river. With vegetation sparse, this is the perfect season for walking and for larger concentrations of game.

October – March: Hotter and greener. This is the season for bird and plant lovers and is the main reproductive time of year so a good time for seeing young.

November & Dec: Chance of rain, flowers are in abundance and the deciduous trees are starting new growth.