Selous Game Reserve


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A must-visit park in Tanzania

Written on: January 11, 2016   |   I visited in July 2011 Selous Game Reserve is an unmatched, unchallenged and undisturbed game reserve. Selous is among the worlds largest game reserves and has a significant concentration of wild animals like elephants, wild dogs, lions, leopards, black rhinos, hippos and crocodiles. The view of sunset from the Rufiji River is as amazing as anything can be. Once you witness it you will never forget the experience.
Selous is not as famous as other northern Tanzania's parks and you will find many vehicles in the reserve and that give you the feeling of actual wildlife and wilderness in the peace of Selous Game Reserve. You will actually feel that the game drives have been specially organised for you due to low density of vehicles in the park.
You will love to watch hippos and crocodiles in Rufiji River.You will also witness the hundreds of birds species in the park. If you are going to Tanzania, Selous is among the must-visit parks.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 30, 2015   |   Visited: Nov 2015.
The diverse Selous Game Reserve is one of the few places in the world whose ecology and biological processes are totally undisturbed by man. For that matter Selous Game Reserve is the 2nd largest remaining wilderness in Africa covering 44800kmsq. The life line of Selous is the river Rufiji which flows across the Reserve and covers the large parts of the wooded gras... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 17, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2009.
I had been to several of the northern parks of Tanzania numerous times already when I got a chance to explore the southern parks. Oh my, that was something I should have done way earlier! Okay I agree, if you want to go for the abundant wildlife, the incredible Great Migration, you should go to the Northern Parks. But if you already visited the Northern Parks, I wo... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Sep 18, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2012.
We spent a few days in Selous and have mixed feelings about it. It was definitely less crowded than the northern parks and we saw quite a few lions. However, in Selous, we were required to share a vehicle with others and it was an open-sided vehicle, which meant no place to rest the camera lens. Also, the foliage is much more dense here and it's far more humid than... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 15, 2013   |   Visited: Apr 2011.
My fondest memory of Selous was spending the evenings watching the sunset in the amazing African skies as I took a personal boat ride in the murky waters of the crocodile-infested yet calm part of the Rufiji River. I don't think you need to spend more than three days here but it is worth visiting this place simply to experience things most parks don't offer. For ex... read more

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Nile crocodile
African buffalo
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 15, 2013   |   Visited: Jan 2010.
I visited the Selous after having spent nearly two weeks in northern Tanzania. We had to take a very small (it was just the pilot and us) plane into the Selous from Dar es Salaam, so it's not as easy to get to as the northern parks are. As we were landing, a boy had to run out and chase a giraffe off the 'landing strip' (which was essentially soil). I will never fo... read more
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