Selous Game Reserve is the only most extensive reserved area in Africa. It was named after Frederick Selous, the first conservationist and famous game hunter, in 1905. This park became a protected area in 1896 under the German Governor of Tanganyika, Hermann von Wissmann. This has been a lion conservation unit since 2005; this park depends on the Rufiji River, the source of life for the creatures living here. However, the Tanzanian Government 2019 started a substantial hydroelectric power project known as Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station, which is expected to produce 2,100 megawatts yearly. This park covers an area of 19,000 sq mi.

What animals to see in Selous National Park?

Nile crocodiles, African buffaloes, African wild dogs, Elephants, hippos, lions, and Maasai giraffes, to mention a few. Safari to Selous National Park is one of the best experiences you can be guaranteed in your African safari tours. This undisturbed nature will surely immerse your family in a deep love of the African savannah. At East African Touring Safari Company, we recommend at least four nights here to ensure the maximum wildlife experience. There are the best safari camps that offer a smooth and comfy stay like Roho ya Selous.

Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve

What activities can be done in Selous National Park?

There are several add-ons on your safari tour in Selous National Park, such as Walking Safari, Boat Safari along the Rufiji River, Fishing safaris, and photographic safaris. June to October is the best time to visit Selous National Park because it is when the park experiences the dry season, which makes all animals assemble at Rufiji’s River bank for drinking. Getting to Selous National Park is a hop flight from Dar es Salaam, which takes about 45 minutes, while from Ruaha National Park is an hour.

Can I go to Selous National Park by train? Definitely YES! TAZARA, a train railway from Dar es Salaam to Ndola Zambia, transverses through the Selous National Park and gives a fantastic glimpse of wildlife and beautiful viewings. It usually takes up to 5 hours from Dar es Salaam. 

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