Named after a famous big game hunter and early conservationist (Frederick Selous), Selous is Africa’s largest and oldest game reserve. The Reserve is remote and visited by only a few who eventually appreciate that Selous is utterly beautiful. The beauty of the park is matched by the quality of a safari here; boating, walking and fly camping compliment standard game driving in thriving wildlife areas. The Selous is a superb safari destination for both family safaris and African honeymoons, all the better for the ease of getting there and the lack of crowds.

The Northern section of Selous is home to a network of channels and lagoons that run off the Rufiji River. This lush landscape provides a water supply for the region’s game and towards the end of the dry season the concentration of animals around these water sources is phenomenal. Selous is in its peak season from July through to the middle of November which is when the dry season is raging and all the game homes in on the few permanent water sources. The sheer volume of game in the Selous is outstanding but it is the Selous’ reputation as the last true stronghold for African wild dog that draws the enthusiasts.

Getting there: Either road transfer or domestic flight.

What to do: Balloon Safaris, bird watching, Boating and Canoeing, camping, game drive, Walking Safaris.

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