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For your safari in Africa, the Selous Serena Camp gives you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the continent’s true natural beauty. The camp is located in southeast Tanzania and gives you access to the Nyerere National Park (Selous), the largest game reserve in Africa. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the reserve features savannah, lakes and deltas and is almost four times the size of Serengeti.

With few discerning visitors each year, Nyerere Park (Selous) truly does give you the isolated experience of being amidst the animals in the wilds of Africa. The camp was formerly branded as Selous Luxury Camp, and now features traditional canvas tents adorned with sophisticated modern touches, yet in a wilderness setting.

The camp offers family-friendly activities, as well as special extra services for honeymooners on their African safari e.g. breakfast in bed with imported wine to a private lunch or dinner for two. Activities at the camp include game drives, boating safaris, walking safaris, cultural visits with ethnic displays.

AfricanMecca guests can spend their evenings looking across the landscape listening to the soft sounds of wildlife, relax peacefully with a glass of cognac while searching for constellations in the night sky or join other guests in the lounge for delightful conversation and board games. As you plan your travel, the time of year will influence the wildlife experiences during your game viewing activities.

From June through October, the climate is dry and warm, and this is the time that you are most likely to see large concentrations of wildlife. From November through May, the weather is hotter and more humid, and there is a chance of short rains in November and December and long ones in April and May. The grasses are much greener, flowers are thriving and trees are developing delicate fresh shoots. Birds are abundant, and this time of year coincides with the birthing season of many species.

Accommodation At Selous Serena Camp

Selous Serena Camp offers 12 traditional tented accommodations during your adventurous holiday visit in Africa. Each canvas tent is designed with a thatch roof and has all of the homely comforts that you need for your Selous Serena Camp safari, such as a full bathroom, running hot and cold water, electricity and much more. The elegant interior is decorated with a shimmering crystal chandelier, exotic rugs and furniture that is hand-crafted from local rosewoods.

As the day ends, slip into a complimentary bathrobe and slippers and watch the sunset from your private deck before dinner and snuggling into your double or twin bed. Enjoy exceptional views of the flora and avi or terrestrial fauna as you follow crazy stone walkways to the camp's common areas, including the dining tent, lounge area, cozy library and relaxing bar. Your tour of Selous is sure to leave you needing a place to relax your mind and body, and the infinity pool and sun deck give you the perfect place to rejuvenate after a day of game viewing activities.

For the convenience of AfricanMecca guests, Selous Serena Camp offers a wide variety of services, such as laundry, valet, shoeshine, room service and much more. For families who are traveling on an African safari, Selous Serena Camp offers larger tents, children's meals, babysitting and special activities for children and families. Note the camp does not accept children under 7 years.

Selous Serena Camp offers special services for newlyweds, such fruit and flowers in the tent and intimate dinners in the dining area or on your private deck. In the morning, breakfast can be requested to be served in bed or in the bush. A couple’s massage in your tent is an excellent way to unwind after the day's activities.

Safari At Selous Serena Camp

With over 21,000 square miles (55,000 sq km) of remote, pristine land to explore, you will want to partake of all of the game viewing activities that are available during your trip to Selous. You may choose from game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris, and your guide customizes your activities to meet your needs while giving you the best opportunities to see the landscape and animals. You may see lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and many others, and the area is home to the largest concentration of elephants in the world.

For your tour of Africa, you may choose from morning or afternoon activities, and game drives are the most popular choice for seeing larger concentrations of animals and covering more ground. Most guests enjoy two activities per day. Boating safaris give you a unique aquatic perspective of Africa's natural beauty, and the walking safaris allow you to see the smaller denizens and plant life of the area.

Night drives are not allowed in the reserve, and all guests must return to the camp by 6.30-7:00 p.m. For your Tanzania safari game drive, you travel in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with a knowledgeable and skilled guide who has the expertise to take you to vantage points where you have the greatest opportunities to see the wildlife. Your guide travels in relation to the destination and wildlife experiences and describes animal behavior, habitats, species and much more.

Based on professional discretion, your guide may also use radio communication with preferred guides in other safari vehicles as an optional sharing medium to gather information, such as last sightings, footprints and sounds, to maximize your game viewing opportunities. Refreshments are available in your safari vehicle for your comfort and enjoyment during your game drive. Game drives are offered in the morning and afternoon, and you may enjoy sunset cocktails in the bush during your afternoon game drive.

Enjoy a boating safari along the Rufiji River during your tour of Tanzania with AfricanMecca. Bird lovers enjoy boating safaris due to the vast number of water bird species found in the river and along the shore. You travel in the comfort of a sturdy metal boat with an outboard motor while protected from the heat of the sun under a canopy.

Travel with a skilled and knowledgeable boat guide who has an intimate knowledge of the network of waterways. Using professional judgment and years of experience, your boatman navigates through the water watching for hippo and crocodile for your viewing pleasure, but also avoiding these semi-aquatic animals at a close distance for your safety. An interpretative walking safari gives you a view of the animals and flora that you may miss during your game drive (read more on best time to visit the Selous wilderness in Tanzania).

Escorted by a walking guide and an armed guard, you walk at a leisurely pace early in the morning. Walking safaris begin at 6.30 a.m. before the sun heats the day. Although walking safaris are designed to let you see the tiny creatures of the reserve, elephants, buffaloes, myriad of antelopes, other herbivores and predators have been sighted as passing or stationary game. Your escorted walker is a knowledgeable guide who explains the area's ecology, as well as tracking techniques, medicinal uses of the flora, bird species and much more.

Dining At Selous Serena Camp

Vacationing in Tanzania does not mean that you eat only nibbles of food washed down with bottled water. Selous Serena Camp provides you with scrumptious meals with incredible views of the African landscape. Game viewing activities on your AfricanMecca itinerary begin in the early morning when the animals move toward the water sources, so you are able to start early and savor the morning delights on return without the worry of missing the wildlife.

Your breakfast choices include cold and warm dishes, such as cereals, toast and croissants with delightful jams and marmalades, fresh fruit, cheeses, frittatas, omelets, waffles, scones, pancakes, freshly baked pot breads and much more. If you want to enjoy your breakfast among the wildlife, you may request a packed breakfast for your game drive.

After your morning Selous activities and siesta when your appetite returns, a lavish lunch buffet awaits you with international and local choices, such as meat, fish, poultry, fish, vegetarian options and much more. In the late afternoon, enjoy tea and delicate snacks, and as the sun sets, sip on a flavorful cocktail while you watch the setting sun paint the landscape in vivid colors.

For dinner, china and silver glisten in the soft light, and you choose from many dishes, such as salads, soups, cheeses, biscuits, vegetarian options and locally-sourced meats. As the night sky fills with stars, enjoy divine desserts with coffee, tea or cognac. For all of your meals, Selous Serena Camp offers old and new world wines, local and imported beers, spirits, soft drinks, fresh fruit juices, Tanzanian coffee and tea, fruit and herbal infusions and bottled water.

Related Pages

1. Nyerere (Selous) Safari Park Guide 2. Best Time & Weather To Visit Nyerere (Selous)
3. Nyerere (Selous) Map 4. Safari Lodges, Camps & Hotels In Nyerere (Selous)

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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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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!
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  • We had an absolutely unforgettable time. Both our guides were outstanding with so much knowledge. At Nyerere National Park (Selous), we found a group of wild dogs cooling off near a pool of water. The safari was everything we had hoped for.
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When staying at Selous Serena Camp in Nyerere (Selous), we recommend combining it with offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale.

You may optionally extend out to Northern Tanzania safari parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.



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