Selous Game Reserve

About Selous Game Reserve
When To Go

The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania.

Standing as the largest game reserve in Africa, Selous is also the second largest conservation area in Africa sized at 5,000 square kilometers. It is definitely noted as even four times bigger than the Serengeti. While in Tanzania, it is very special to take a safari to Selous as it is one of the most remote game reserves hence least visited parks in Africa. Because of it’s elaborate and unique beauty, the Selous has so many safari animals and thus has it in history that UNESCO declared it a world heritage in 1982.

Hot volcanic springs, sporadic lakes and channels from the nearby rivers such as the Great Rhuha and Rufiji rivers make Selous Game Reserve to have such a diverse landscape. The big herds of Tanzanian Elephants for example are attracted by the River Rufiji that flows through the reserve. The most popular on Tanzania safaris are the boat trips along the Rufiji River.

Apart from being very famous for elephants, rhinos and hippopotamus, the selous game reserve also has a vast range of game including: brindled gnu, Nyasaland gnu, sable antelope, eland, greater kudu, waterbuck, hartebeest, zebras, giraffe, reedbuck, warthog, spotted hyena, lion, leopard, hunting dog, in addition to the largest populations of buffalo in Africa.

Wildlife viewing in Selous Game Reserve is best from late June to October. It is Dry season and wildlife is easier to spot since animals gather at water sources and vegetation is thinner. Many lodges close from March through May.

Quick facts

Best time to go: June to October
High Season: June to October (The tourist area around the Rufiji River gets crowded)
Low Season: March, April and May (Many lodges are closed)
Best Weather: June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Worst Weather: March and April (Peak of Wet season)


June to October – Dry Season
  • Spotting animals is easier since they congregate around waterholes and rivers and there is less vegetation
  • It rains very little and most days are sunny
  • There is less risky of contracting malaria since there are not as many mosquitoes
  • Humidity is lower, and the heat isn’t overpowering
  • Dust and drought are common
  • Some areas can get quite crowded


October to May – Wet Season

  • Scenery is beautiful and green
  • Crowds are less during March, April and May – prices might be lowered to attract tourists
  • It is peak bird watching time since migratory birds are present
  • Roads become muddy and hard to travel
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good as during the middle and end of the Dry season
  • Many lodges close from April to May
  • Heat and humidity can be a burden