Lesser known, hugely rewarding
The Selous is Africa’s largest single reserve at more than 30,000 square miles! The mighty Selous Game Reserve is one of Africa's least known yet wildest conservation areas. It is fed by the mighty Rufiji River, the largest river in East Africa which supports over 1 million large animals, 2,100 species of plants, 250 species of birds, thousands of elephant and buffalo. One of the safari highlights here is its estimated 1,000 rare wild dog. (see video footage of a pack playing in the Selous)
The northern Selous boasts untouched wilderness and impressive wildlife that doesn’t need to migrate. That means you won’t see the huge herds like you do in the Serengeti or Masai Mara, but what makes up for this is is the fact that few visitors extend their stay to include the Selous.
It’s a very special reserve in our opinion because you can drive off road and get remarkably close to wildlife, you can go on walking safaris, take private ‘fly camping’ trips and really immerse yourself in the bush.
Important for any Selous safari is the standard of tracking and guiding. From first hand experience, we know guides here have extraordinary insight into the anatomy of all the species resident in the reserve, both flora and fauna. They will explain the mechanics of animals, the diversity of the wilderness and entertain you with stories.
Selous offers adventure and luxury safari holiday accommodation, so you can choose. We highly recommend at least one night fly camping. It’s all about venturing off the beaten track in Africa, sleeping out with the sounds of the wild around you. Don’t think it’s ‘roughing it’ because the camps ensure your comfort with lavish safari style trimmings straight out of the 1920s. You’ll have a shower tent with canvas bucket for hot water, a loo tent and wash area and a comfortable mattress complete with linens. The Selous safari deal clincher is the personal service whilst fly camping. Your sunset drinks will magically appear by the recently built campfire before a lovely dinner is served. As the sunsets on your Selous safari, we can guarantee an amazingly rich and rewarding, authentic safari holiday.