Huge, unspoilt and wild, the Selous game reserve offers varied terrain: a mix of open plains, rivers, lakes and woodland areas, and an abundant, exciting mix of wildlife to explore. At least three times the size of the Serengeti, but with a tiny fraction of the accommodation options, the Selous ensures an exclusive safari experience where not seeing another safari vehicle for hours at a time is the norm. Wildlife viewing here is rewarding with good numbers of lion, wild dog, giraffe, leopard, hippo, buffalo and elephant; birdlife is also seriously impressive, with over 400 species regularly being sighted. Other wildlife commonly seen includes impala, warthog, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, hartebeest and eland.
The variety of activities is one of Selous’ main drawing points, with excellent walking and boat safaris as well as 4×4 drives, making every day completely different and exciting. Boat safaris are a relaxing way of getting close to water-dwellers, as hippo, crocodile and other wildlife come to the river banks to drink whilst kingfishers and fish eagles catch their breakfast. Fishing on the mighty Rufiji river can also be arranged, with catfish and tiger fish being regularly caught and weighing on average 6-15kg (although some are as large as 50kg!).
Naturally at a slower pace, the focus of the walking safari is on the fascinating flora, animal tracking, dung and geography of the Selous. Nowhere in the Selous is fenced and you will therefore be accompanied by an armed ranger, as you never know what’s just around the corner! Typically walking safaris last for around 2 hours and cover 2 miles, so are far more of a stroll than a march and are suitable for most capabilities or fitness levels. A real favourite itinerary of the Holiday Architects team would be to enjoy a walking safari in the morning, followed by an afternoon boat safari and then game drives the next day.
Fly camping is widely offered in the Selous, encouraging you to leave your luxury tent or room behind and make your way into the bush for a back-to-nature night spent sleeping under the exquisite stars. Naturally, you will be fed and watered and the guides are never far away to help, answer questions and make a hearty breakfast ready for the next day’s adventures. We would recommend spending a minimum of three nights in the Selous to make the most of the wildlife and activities on offer.
Unspoilt wilderness area, one of Africa’s largest wild dog populations, land and water-based activities and a varied wildlife experience, go now before others find this hidden gem!