Selous Game Reserve

The Selous Game Reserve is, to our minds, the greatest piece of wilderness area in Africa. Located in Tanzania’s Southern safari circuit and accessible via Dar es Salaam, Selous Game Reserve is an impressive 45 000km2 in area – by far the largest reserve in Africa with a surface area greater than the country of Denmark. By all accounts it is a magnificent conservation area that gives those lucky enough to visit it a true taste of untouched Africa.

Famed for having the largest populations of wild dogs, elephants, buffalos and giraffes in Africa, Selous Game Reserve is also the only reserve in Tanzania and Kenya where it is possible to safari on foot and on boat, as well as the more traditional game drives. Despite all of this, the reserve is surprisingly free from crowds and remains as unspoilt and pristine today as it was thousands of years ago. 

Water is abundant in Selous Game Reserve, with the Rufiji River feeding a large amount of smaller lakes, springs, swamps and pools. This year round source of water both sustains the incredible populations of animals, and also houses distinct aquatic birds like kingfishers, pelicans and 440 other avian species native to the area. With such abundant grazing for the herbivores, it goes without saying that Selous Game Reserve is also home to a healthy population of predators including lions, leopards and cheetahs.

As mentioned above, it is possible to soak in the majesty of Selous Game Reserve either on foot, in a vehicle or by boat- which sets it apart from other parks and reserves. Early morning walks give one a chance to get up close and personal with the African bush and are accompanied by expert guides and an armed ranger. These guided walks give one an opportunity to learn more about the intricacies of the bush – such as unique insects, smaller animals and plant life – that one often misses when observing from a faster moving vehicle.

With so much land to explore and an incredible choice of accommodation options, Selous Game Reserve is one of the only places in East Africa where you probably won’t see another vehicle when out on a game drive. It is Africa at its expansive best, and is well worth a visit.

 

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Rufiji River Camp

Rufiji River Camp

Rufiji River Camp is found on a serene stretch of the wide Rufiji River in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. This tranquil and secluded river is known for attracting diverse African wildlife, providing guests with optimal game viewing both from the land and from the river. If birding is your thing, you’ll be exposed to a wide range of birdlife. A wooden boardwalk leads to each of the twenty charmingly African en-suite tents, which have their own private thatch-covered verandas. A spot of luxury in breathtaking natural surroundings, the camp offers an authentically African safari experience.

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Beho Beho Camp

Beho Beho Camp

The unique Beho Beho Camp is the pioneer camp in Tanzania’s enchanting Selous Game Reserve – one of the largest reserves in Africa, densely populated with a spectacular myriad of wildlife. This camp’s individual and private location on the highlands of the lush reserve is ideally situated for the cool breezes enjoyed there, creating a great setting for a truly luxurious and exceptional African safari experience. Beho Beho offers a number of well-appointed and homely suites (“bandas”) in large stone cottages, thatched with cooling palms and gorgeously furnished, with beautiful en suite stone-built bathrooms and ample space for a comfortable stay.

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Amara Selous Luxury Tented Camp

Amara Selous Luxury Tented Camp

The Great Ruaha River in the Selous Game Reserve is home to Amara Selous, a luxury tented lodge located in Tanzania. Known for its pristine, unspoilt wilderness Tanzania offers incredible game viewing opportunities. Wild and untamed, the Selous Game Reserve is a World Heritage Site – its endless grasslands stretching as far as the eye can see. Providing lavish comfort and secluded intimacy in a serenely beautiful setting, the lodge offers exciting safaris and peaceful relaxation. Each of the twelve luxurious en-suite tents boasts their own private plunge pool and deck for viewing the birdlife and game that pass by.

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The Retreat Selous

The Retreat Selous

Hidden on the remote northern end of Tanzania’s vast Selous Game Reserve lies The Retreat Selous. Renowned for its luxury and tranquility, this secluded lodge aims to provide a soulful African safari experience, centered around an appreciation of the unique ecosystem of the wildlife sanctuary on which it is sited. The Retreat offers a variety of opulent suites, furnished with great attention to detail. Many natural materials are used throughout, ensuring ambience and a serene harmony with the surrounding environment. Everything at The Retreat Selous aims to be of the highest standard – delectable cuisine, pristine accommodation, a variety of activities and luxurious pampering.

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