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Selous Game Reserve reviews

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Much more isolated than the north. But, much fewer animal sightings

Wanderlust
Visited: Jan 2010 Reviewed: Apr 14, 2013

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 forget my entrance into this park. The first thing that struck me was the difference in climate. Selous is very, very humid, unlike its northern Tanzanian counterparts which are arid. There are only a few camps that operate here, so you are limited on choice and nearly all of it is expensive. We stayed in Selous Safari Camp and it was great. We especially were fond of Andrew (aka Molly) who always put a smile on our face. What I was not fond of was the fact that we had to use the lodge's vehicles and guides. This meant sharing vehicles with other guests and using guides who were, for lack of a better word, apathetic. Because the humidity is much higher, the foliage was also much denser. This made animal sightings much more difficult. We did see many lions and hippos, but the calibre of animal sightings here is far inferior to that of the northern parks. What I loved about this park was its remote location. Aside from the other couple in our vehicle (who were cool), I saw no other vehicles. A big difference from the Serengeti.

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Unchallenged wilderness

Visited: Jul 2009 Reviewed: Oct 17, 2014

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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Less-visited park

Visited: Oct 2012 Reviewed: Sep 17, 2013

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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Watch the sunset as you take a peaceful boat trip in the Rufiji river

Visited: Apr 2011 Reviewed: Apr 14, 2013

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