The Selous Game Reserve
This is the Africa that you have been dreaming of, away from the crowds of northern Tanzania where you will enjoy undisturbed game viewing with only a handful of other tourists. People come here for the variety of game viewing experiences, this is classic authentic Africa at its very best.
Not only is the Selous the largest game reserve in Africa, it is also a World Heritage Site, and steeped in history as the second oldest game reserve in the World. Few parks in Tanzania or the rest of Africa can offer the same quality or intensity of grass roots safari as the Selous Game Reserve.
To put the context of the safari experience to you, the Selous is over 45,000 km in size, which is over three times the size of the Serengeti. This equates to a game reserve that is bigger than Switzerland and in this huge space there are very few lodges. This gives you an incredibly special and authentic safari experience, the limited number of lodges in this vast wilderness means very limited tourism, making safaris here spell binding and very special.
This is a wild and rugged area, full of wild animals where you can walk, game-drive and take river safaris. With its rivers, plains and lakes, the Selous is somewhere you get a powerful sense of the scale of the African wilderness. Lots of people call it the crown jewels of Tanzania and it offers a variety of experiences, off roading game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles, boating and walking safaris. The Selous landscape is flat, with a few distant hills on the horizons. The Rufiji and Great Ruaha rivers glide and wind their way through a maze of lakes and swamps, the elegance is mesmerising.
The Selous has Africa’s largest elephant, buffalo, crocodile and hippo populations, as well as great numbers of lion, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, bushbuck, eland, greater kudu, leopard and antelope. It is also the best place in Africa to see the very rare African wild dog, over 30% of Africa’s wild dog roam these wild and rugged landscapes. Azura Selous is lucky enough to be home range for 3 packs of these beautiful endangered animals. Additionally it is one of the most important sanctuaries in Africa for the very rare black rhino. Year round it is a birders paradise with over 400 bird species recorded in the Selous.
The bush is mostly quite dense and the landscape is very varied. Your game drives are a real adventure as you drive up and down and over the rivers and ravines, off road and follow animal tracks to find what you are looking for – it’s a real adventure and you build up a strong rapport with your guide.
The Selous is a gentle place, whose pace is slowed by the languid heat and humidity of the coastal region. Safari here is a slow-paced, relaxed affair, of gentle game drives, walks, long lunches and late afternoons spent bird watching. It is the kind of place where people enjoy dozing off to the sound of a fish eagle as much as they do chasing around the bush in search of big game.
This is what makes the Selous a special place, especially when you compare it with the typical race around the Northern Parks of Tanzania. The south is far more intimate, relaxed, discrete and gentle.