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GUIDE ON SELOUS GAME RESERVE IN TANZANIA

Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania has 55,000 square kilometers (over 21,000 square miles) of pristine wilderness designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. It has been recognized as an important wildlife sanctuary since 1905. Four game reserves in the area were conjoined in 1922 to form the Selous Reserve, named after an English hunter, naturalist and soldier, who died in action there in 1917. After Tanzanian independence, the reserve was expanded to include elephant migration routes and now boasts arguably having one of the largest elephant populations in Africa. No permanent human settlements are allowed within its boundaries although Tanzania cultural village tour activities are encouraged outside the Selous reserve boundary. Apart from its massive herds of thousands of elephants and Cape buffalos, the reserve boasts a varied population of large mammals including huge pods of hippos and prides of lions as well as packs of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus in Latin) and families of black rhinoceros, both fast disappearing in other parts of East Africa (read more on when is the best time to visit Selous with AfricanMecca). The greater game reserve wilderness is centered within the 90,000 square kilometers of the Selous ecology which includes other conservation areas, notably Kilombero Game Controlled Area to the west and Mikumi National Park to the north. This is very varied terrain. Disdainful giraffes feed delicately on acacia trees in deciduous miombo woodlands. Herds of wildebeest and antelopes graze on the lightly wooded grasslands north of the majestic Rufiji River, ever alert for prides of lions snoozing in the sun.

The Great Ruaha River runs into Selous Game Reserve near the Matambwe Gate, north of Beho Beho Hills, through a landscape of volcanic hot sulfur springs, fast running rapids and river gorges where long-crested eagles hunt for shrews or even baby monkeys: dropping feet-first from the skies with high, keening shrieks. Over 440 bird species have been recorded on this stretch and others expanses, making it a Mecca for twitchers on an avian-seeking trip in Selous. It joins the stately Rufiji River with its navigable network of stunning oxbow lakes and tributaries forming an inland delta which rejoins to become a mighty waterway running to the Mtemere Gate and Airstrip to the east. Between the two gates, mainly on the north bank of the mighty Rufiji, this incredibly beautiful northern strip has been designated for Tanzanian wildlife vacations, mainly eco-tourism and photographic safaris bookable with AfricanMecca. The flora is also special with flat-headed acacias in the savannah giving way to wide-trunked mahogany and root-headed baobab trees in deciduous forests, and doum palm trees rearing above spectacularly scenic Lake Manze, where flotillas of gray-green-eyed crocodiles float with lazy flicks of their powerful tails, or bask on the banks in noonday sun. The rest of the area is deciduous miombo, riverine forest and palm groves, haunted by packs of round-eared, brightly patched African wild dogs, not to be found in such numbers anywhere else on expedition safaris in Tanzania. It is Tanzania’s richest, yet little known and unfrequented wilderness area, where it is still possible to feel the isolation, the vastness and the splendor of authentic travel in Africa as it once was.
WHERE TO STAY IN SELOUS
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WHERE TO STAY IN SELOUS

There is a fantastic range of choice of Selous accommodations, from the ultimate in pampered colonial era sumptuousness to the most authentic simplicity and immersion in the wilderness experience.

SAFARI & TOUR IN SELOUS
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SAFARI & TOUR IN SELOUS

The superlative way to experience all that a Selous exploratory tour offers is by a game drive through the area during the early morning or late afternoon, and combined with a walking and boating trip.

BEST TIME TO VISIT SELOUS
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BEST TIME TO VISIT SELOUS

The best game viewing is to be had in the dry season, from late June to October, when vegetation is sparse and when thirsty ungulate herds move towards water, trailed by lions, hyenas, leopards and wild dogs.

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  • AfricanMecca Safaris created a remarkable honeymoon tailored to our interests and desires. The quality of service and delivery of experience was unsurpassed. I highly recommend AfricanMecca Safaris to honeymooners, families, or any traveler.
    Noorin & Jason Nelson - Maryland, United States
  • We have just recently returned from our trip to Tanzania. Our last stop was at the Retreat in Selous. The arrangements made by AfricanMecca were spot on. Our thanks to the AfricanMecca team and Raza for a most exceptional trip!
    Warren & Sharon Hanselman - California, United States
  • Dear Altaf, We had a really remarkable time in Tanzania and Zanzibar. Our favorite was Mivumo River Lodge in Selous. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and we will never forget it. Thanks to everyone at AfricanMecca Safaris for making our trip so special!
    Rachel Flynn & Family - California, United States
  • We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
    Denise Paterson - Belmont, Australia
  • We had an absolutely unforgettable time. Both our guides were outstanding with so much knowledge. At Selous Game Reserve, we found a group of wild dogs cooling off near a pool of water. The safari was everything we had hoped for.
    Gunnar and Liz Kristiansen - Ontario, Canada
  • I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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  • AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
    Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA

EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR SELOUS IN SOUTHERN TANZANIA

When visiting Selous Game Reserve, we recommend combining your safari with a visit to Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ruaha and Ngorongoro. You may optionally extend out to Western Tanzania, and experience the off-beat wilderness areas of Katavi, Gombe or Mahale ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.

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