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Selous Game Reserve reviews

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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 would really suggest to try the Southern Tanzania on your next visit!
I was lucky to travel to Selous in the time the TAZARA trains (Tanzania-Zambia Railway) were still running by schedule (more or less). A great experience on its own! The train ride felt like one big adventure, meals served in our cabin, having a drink at the bar in the train seeing the landscape passing by, the stops in the little village with the bursting colors of the womens khangas en kitenges who came to our windows to sell us fruits and snacks and of course the occasional stops: sorry a buffalo is on the trail, sorry elephants are blocking our way. And after this fantastic train ride, Selous National Reserve....
Wooow... you sometimes feel it is only you which is driving around. I mean I think on my first game drive in Selous, we actually met four other vehicles, three of which we met at the entrance gate and one when we were having our picnic break with a fantastic view over the lakes! Everything just feels wilder, animals react to the sounds of vehicles, except for the lions who just open one eye! And then, for me the absolute highlight: African Wild Dogs. My most favorite animal which always manage to capture me with their fantastic hunts, their well organised pack life! Oh and did I mention the game walk we did? Once on foot you realize an elephant is a truly majestic animal!
And after all this excitement, what would one love better than sipping a cold gin-tonic while watching hippos in the Rufiji River?

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Beautiful memory

Visited: Jan 2017 Reviewed: Feb 22, 2017

The Selous is the Largest game reserve in all of Africa, named after the great explorer Frederik Courtney Selous, who is incidentally, buried in the park at a grave site that can be visited by guests in the reserve.

The photographic area of the Selous is in the northern part of the park, spanning about 3000sq km. The area is mostly flat and steady at about 50-6... read more

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A must-visit park in Tanzania

Visited: Jul 2011 Reviewed: Jan 11, 2016

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 n... read more

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Splendid safari

Visited: Nov 2015 Reviewed: Nov 30, 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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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

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

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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 fo... read more

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