Top 5 reasons to visit Selous


While gliding by way of one of many waterways that meander by way of Africa’s largest sport reserve, you may be mistaken into pondering you’re within the coronary heart of the Okavango Delta. With pods of hippos effervescent and buffalo wallowing, the parable that solely Botswana produces such an iconic water expertise is dispelled. Tucked into the South East of Tanzania and spanning over fifty thousand sq. kilometres, there’s a community of everlasting waterways that point out the Selous Recreation Reserve.

When most individuals consider Tanzania, the primary space that involves thoughts is the Serengeti. Notorious for the Nice Migration of wildebeest, individuals from all around the world flock to see this spectacle. Subsequent to the Serengeti you’ve got the equally well-known Ngorongoro Crater which is labelled as among the best locations to see the ‘Massive 5’. What many individuals don’t realise although is that Tanzania is dwelling to way over simply these two wildlife areas. If you happen to want to escape the crowds of North Tanzania however nonetheless need unimaginable wildlife viewing, then the Selous must be your subsequent vacation vacation spot.

Beneath now we have highlighted a couple of of our favorite particulars in regards to the Selous to offer you a style of what you possibly can anticipate from a safari there.

Intimate and personal safari expertise

The most effective factor in regards to the Selous is that there aren’t any crowds. With everybody flocking to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, this enormous sport reserve has loads of area for the few guests who embark on their journey right here. With much less individuals, there are fewer automobiles. This permits for a much more private safari expertise. Your sightings gained’t be interrupted by ten different automobiles surrounding the animals and as a rule, you gained’t be sharing your sighting with anybody else. Your wildlife experiences might be far richer and extra relaxed than you’d usually anticipate.

Not like the parks within the North of Tanzania, the Selous isn’t a Nationwide Park. As an alternative it’s made up of many personal concessions permitting the foundations to be much more relaxed than wherever else in Tanzania. Off-roading is allowed and while you could solely have the ability to view a cheetah by way of your binoculars on the open plains of the Serengeti, the foundations right here will mean you can get the very best view of the animal, permitting for higher photographic alternatives and intimate experiences.


The everlasting waterways that unfold like veins throughout the panorama enable for one in all our favorite actions in Selous. Setting it aside from another reserve or park in Tanzania, Selous can provide boating safaris all yr spherical. To get eye to eye with crocodiles and hippos that is one of the best ways to {photograph} them and expertise what it’s prefer to be of their habitat. In case you are a eager birder than a ship safari is a should. With some lodges investing in photo voltaic motors, you may get a really private and in-depth look into their lives. The river has lots of of various chook species to watch and tick-off, it isn’t unusual to glide as much as a colony off bee-eaters nesting within the banks or catch the purple flash of a malachite kingfisher grabbing its dinner. Different water primarily based actions additionally embrace fishing and visiting the pure scorching springs that are extremely really useful.

Strolling safaris are the final word bush expertise. Not like most reserves the place vehicular safaris are the norm, Selous is the most effective place for a strolling safari in Tanzania. With all of your senses heightened, it should shortly change into obvious that there isn’t a higher method to really feel at one with nature on this huge panorama. It’s a actually humbling feeling to grasp how small we’re within the pure world.

With out the restrictions that you just discover in Nationwide Parks, the Selous Camps function with none limitations. This lets you have an unimaginable as soon as in a life-time safari that you could be not get wherever else. For these searching for romantic prospects of their journey, then the fly tenting/ bush tree-house sleep out is an unmissable alternative. After making your method to the sleep out level, both by automobile or by foot, an evening beneath the celebrities listening to the roaring of lions and the grunting of hippos will make it an evening you’ll always remember. Throughout the day, bush breakfasts or lunches are additionally organized, whether or not you’re out on a sport drive or not, bush eating experiences are to not be missed. Nothing compares to arriving to a desk arrange on the banks of a river or a wonderful look-out level which makes each mouthful style sweeter.

Luxurious lodges

The most effective secret in regards to the Selous is that it has extraordinarily luxurious lodges at wonderful worth. You gained’t discover this quantity of luxurious for a greater value in Africa. It makes Selous a gem for safari goers who love nice worth luxurious. Beho Beho and Sand Rivers are two of essentially the most spectacular lodges in Tanzania and it’s laborious to have a favorite between the 2. Each have distinctive guides and unimaginable meals, but each are set in two fully completely different habitats that means that point spent at each will give two fully completely different experiences.

Beho Beho is about on the facet of a valley, wanting down and into the rolling inexperienced vegetation that’s studded with baobabs and features a meandering stream that winds its well beyond the lodge. Every banda now has its personal personal plunge pool that provides everybody that further little bit of privateness.

Sand Rivers overlooks the mighty Rufiji River. With the ebb and circulation that follows the seasons, you’re virtually sure to see and listen to the assorted mega-herbivores which might be drawn to the life-giving waters. Every room has its personal ‘waterfall bathe’ while the beds have gorgeous views out onto the river. Run by Nomad, the camp retains its conventional African appeal, the bar space has been constructed round an ever-growing tree, but nonetheless presents the final word luxurious keep.

The fantastic thing about Selous is that it could possibly additionally cater for many who don’t need to spend too massive, however nonetheless desire a wealthy and significant expertise. Lake Manze is the proper luxurious lodge that retains the authenticity of a real safari. No electrical energy within the tented lodging means you need to take note of the pure world that you end up surrounded by. You gained’t discover a extra peaceable and relaxed camp wherever else.

Wild canines

Wildlife viewing can’t be assured wherever. Whether or not you’re within the Sabi Sands in South Africa, the Okavango Delta in Botswana or the Masai Mara in Kenya, there isn’t a certainty that you will notice animals. The identical might be stated for Selous, nevertheless the wildlife viewing right here is improbable. There are nice populations of lions and elephants, loads of grumpy dagga boys and even a couple of black rhino lurking within the scrubland. The Selous is a typical dry season park, with the sport viewing getting higher because the dry season progresses (between July and October). It’s value noting that because of the heavy rains, camps shut in April and Might earlier than reopening in June.

There’s one explicit animal that makes Selous irresistible for new-comers and repeat friends and it’s the most enigmatic character of the bush: the wild canine.  With an estimated inhabitants of between three and 4 thousand people, Selous is among the final strongholds for these critically endangered canids. Regularly persecuted throughout Africa for his or her roaming habits, the wild canine inhabitants is regularly fluctuating and their future has by no means been extra unsure than it’s now. To witness these animals within the wild is an expertise you’d always remember, whether or not they’re interacting amongst themselves or chasing down prey, you might be positive a morning or a day spent observing wild canines will go away you with fond recollections and full reminiscence playing cards.


Selous is extraordinarily accessible and solely a tiny fraction of your time (and cash) will have to be spent on journey. The Selous is simply a twenty minute flight from Dar es Salaam and solely an hour or so from Zanzibar. It the proper vacation spot to start out a safari-beach mixture and will positively be everybody’s bucket lists!

Marc Harris is Managing Director of Tanzania Odyssey. Tanzania Odyssey is a number one tour operator that has specialised in Tanzania since 1998.

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