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Feel like an explorer in untouched Selous Game Reserve. Unlike the parks in Tanzania, this stretch of land is preserved as a game reserve, with no permanent human habitation. It is an impressive size, covering over 5% of Tanzania, Selous Game Reserve is bigger than Switzerland! It’s hard for even us to fathom that! Consequently, this reserve is a World Heritage Site. The Rufiji River that runs through it never fails to deliver stunning scenery and is the best place to experience water-based wildlife. The habitats within the reserve fluctuate between savanna, wetlands, and woodlands, making for diverse game viewing. With very few roads, and no souvenir shops in sight, a drive through this game reserve is truly the best way to witness Tanzania’s natural beauty.


Highlights:

Rufiji River – a popular tourist destination, you’ll have an unbelievable adventure floating down the rapids by boat.

Species: Selous has over 2100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephants, 100,000 Cape buffalo and some of the worlds’ remaining wild dogs and black rhinos. It also has a large population of lions, Masai giraffes, zebras, hippopotamus, and crocodiles

Size: 50,000 km2

 

Selous Game Lodge Weather
Month Temp Prec.(mm)
Jan   Min: 22C/72F – Max: 30C/86F 200
Feb   Min: 22C/72F – Max: 30C/86F 911
Mar   Min: 22C/72F – Max: 29C/84F 236
Apr   Min: 22C/72F – Max: 28C/82F 224
May   Min: 20C/68F – Max: 28C/82F 72
Jun   Min: 18C/64F – Max: 27C/81F 12
Jul   Min: 17C/63F – Max: 26C/79F 5
Aug   Min: 18C/64F – Max: 27C/81F 7
Sept   Min: 19C/66F – Max: 29C/84F 11
Oct   Min: 21C/70F – Max: 30C/86F 26
Nov   Min: 22C/72F – Max: 31C/88F 69
Dec   Min: 22C/72F – Max: 30C/86F 145
  Best Time
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
Best Time to visit Tanzania by Major Park
 Excellent
 Good
 Fair
 Poor

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Selous Game Reserve

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