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BEST TIME TO VISIT SELOUS FOR A SOUTHERN TANZANIA SAFARI

Selous has much to offer visitors on safari vacation in Africa at most time of year depending on their interests. 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 predatory lions, hyenas, leopards and wild dogs. This movement is not as pronounced as in the Serengeti since Selous is almost four times larger than the former, although the weather is dry and sunny during this time; Selous has a tropical, humid climate with varied water sources. The game are not massed in single species with exceptions of elephants and buffaloes but also variedly spread out along and around the shores and waterways, so you are also advised to travel by boat in addition to a land-cruiser to see a wide variety of mammals, birds and reptiles. Although Selous is a lesser known tourist safari destination, it can still be busy (not as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro) at this time around the Rufiji River -- this is due to the fact that only less than 10% of the land in Selous is dedicated to photography safaris. In November, when the short rains begin, many trees and plants flower profusely and the air is rich with the smell of burgeoning new life. Because there is less seasonal variation in rainfall and temperature in southern Tanzania where is Selous is located than in the north of Tanzania, it is a popular AfricanMecca tour destination from November through Christmas and New Year as Selous is normally combined with a beach vacation to the islands of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba.

By February, the reserve is rejuvenated with fresh green growth and the arrival of cubs, foals and youngsters of varied species. This is the preferred time for seasoned AfricanMecca guests who prefer quality to quantity, benefit from the reduction of accommodation prices and are more relaxed about their Selous personalized trip. The rains continue, usually with thunderstorms in the afternoon. But this still leaves time for muddy walking safaris in fresh, dense foliage and boat trips in high river waters. From March to May, some accommodation close because of the difficulty of traveling in this expanse of East Africa on challenging trails in the rains and the risk of venturing where impenetrable bush is crossed by sandy river beds subject to flash floods. Others offer discounts where accessible. Most flights into Selous are suspended from Dar Es Salaam around end of March and April at the height of the rainy season and driving may take seven or eight hours at a bare minimum. Birds are the main attraction in the wet, despite the logistical challenges. In total, over 440 bird species have been noted here. Giant and miniature kingfishers of all hues perch on branches over the water, on the lookout for dinner. Herons, pelicans, stints and other waders cluster in the shallows. Egrets perch on the heads of submerged hippopotami. Rainbow-feathered love birds paddle in puddles while dazzling flocks of migratory carmine bee-eaters flash by. A Humboldt's Malagasy heron was spotted here, the first recorded sighting in all Africa. The Selous Game Reserve keeps many secrets. There is no fully comprehensive record of its flora and fauna and many smaller species still wait to be discovered.
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.

GUIDE ON SELOUS RESERVE
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GUIDE ON SELOUS RESERVE

Selous 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.

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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.
    Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • 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 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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