Selous Game Reserve, located in southern Tanzania, is one of the largest and oldest game reserves in Africa. Covering an expansive area of approximately 50,000 square kilometers, it offers a diverse and pristine safari experience. The reserve is named after Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and conservationist, and is renowned for its unspoiled landscapes and abundant wildlife.


expect to encounter elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, crocodiles, and a wide variety of antelope species.

Park Size

50,000 sq. km. (19305 sq. mi.)

Driving Distance

4.5 Hours from Dar es Salaam

What to Know

Selous Game Reserve Overview

Selous Game Reserve Highlights

Selous Game Reserve is characterized by its pristine and untouched landscapes, including open savannahs, dense woodlands, wetlands, and a network of rivers, including the Rufiji River. These water sources are a lifeline for the park’s wildlife, particularly during the dry season. The reserve’s size, varied habitats, and remote location ensure an uncrowded and authentic safari experience.

About Selous Game Reserve

The Selous Game Reserve was established in 1922 and is named in honor of Frederick Selous, a prominent big game hunter, and early conservationist. The reserve was designated to safeguard its exceptional biodiversity and ecosystems. Over the years, it has played a crucial role in wildlife conservation efforts in Tanzania.

Birdlife in Selous Game Reserve

Selous is a paradise for birdwatchers, with over 440 bird species recorded. The park’s diverse habitats, including riverbanks, lakes, and grasslands, attract a wide variety of avian life. Visitors can anticipate spotting birds like the African fish eagle, southern ground hornbill, and the Pel’s fishing owl.

What to Do


Game drives

Guided game drives are the primary activity in Selous, offering the opportunity to explore the park’s diverse landscapes and observe its rich wildlife. Experienced guides navigate the park’s roads, ensuring visitors have the best chance to encounter the resident fauna.

Walking Safaris

For a more intimate and immersive experience with the wilderness, guided walking safaris allow visitors to explore the park’s natural beauty on foot. These excursions offer a closer look at smaller wildlife, tracks, and the diverse vegetation of Selous.

Boat Safaris

Explore the Rufiji River and its associated lakes on boat safaris. These excursions provide a unique perspective on the park’s wildlife, allowing visitors to witness hippos, crocodiles, and various waterbirds up close.

Where to Stay


More lodging options are available, and you’re welcome to choose your own on your adventure with us.




Mid Luxury



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