Remote and relatively inaccessible, the Selous Game Reserve in southeastern Tanzania is the largest game reserve in Africa, and the second-largest conservation area in Africa.

This World Heritage Site is Africa’s largest protected wildlife reserve – at 54 000km2 it is larger than Switzerland and four times larger than the Serengeti. Due to its remoteness, it is only accessible by light aircraft, which ensures a truly special and unique safari experience.

There are myriad attractions in the Selous Game Reserve, from the breathtaking natural wonders to the abundance of wildlife. The hot volcanic springs, lakes and channels formed by the Great Ruaha River and Rufiji River, the largest river in East Africa, make for a beautiful, diverse wilderness ranging from vast grass plains to wetlands, swamps and thick forests. The rivers are teeming with fish, which attracts an incredible variety of water birds. Selous is home to one of the largest hippo and crocodile populations in Africa, as well as the greatest concentration of elephant on the continent. Boasting over 2 100 plant species, 350 bird species, 100 000 Cape buffalo and about 4 000 wild dog, Selous is also popular for its many rhino and its large game population, including brindled gnu, Nyasaland gnu, sable antelope, eland, greater kudu, waterbuck, hartebeest, zebra, giraffe, reedbuck, warthog, spotted hyena, lion, leopard and more.

This is an excellent destination for the truly adventurous and the seasoned safari traveller looking for intimate and up-close encounters. As the Selous Game Reserve is not a national park, there are fewer restrictions on the type of safari activities on offer. As well as guided game drives, you can enjoy guided game walks and boating safaris; truly wild hiking safaris and fly camping – with just a canvas sheet between you and the African wilderness – are sure to ignite all your senses.

Selous Game Reserve

Things to do in Selous Game Reserve

Game-viewing drives

Nature walks

River cruises

Accommodation in Selous Game Reserve

Azura Selous

Azura Selous – in Tanzania's Selous National Park – is a window into the wild, untrammelled Africa that so enchanted early explorers. This vast World Heritage Site has a remoteness that ensures it is Africa’s largest undisturbed wilderness area and thus far more exclusive than its more famous African relatives. As one of just two lodges in this vast, untamed section of the park, Azura Selous guarantees its guests exclusivity and the solitude to savour their safari experience. While in the rainy season the Selous may at first resemble a vast English country estate with lush green grass beneath majestic shade…

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Accommodation in Selous Game Reserve

Roho ya Selous

With just eight tented suites, each with air-cooling systems over your bed to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep in the hotter months, Roho ya Selous strikes the perfect balance between comfort and adventure. Mixing indoor and outdoor living, it is the perfect space for some quiet contemplation to complement your adventures out on safari. Tucked away beneath the trees, the eight stretch canvas tents are set far apart to maximise privacy. The tents – which include one two-bedroom family tent that can accommodate a family of five – are stylish and spacious, measuring an impressive 60m² inside. Thoughtful details include…

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