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Selous Game Reseve | Nyerere National Park

Selous (Nyerere ) National Park

The Selous Game Reserve is the largest protected game reserve on the African continent covering an area of 54,600 square kilometers comprised of a vast wilderness with forests, grassy plains, mountains and open woodlands. This reserve was named after Frederick Selous Courtney who was a great Hunter and explorer. Selous Safari Holidays are highly recommended as in size this reserve is twice the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and three times Kruger National Park in South Africa. 

 

This reserve was established in 1922, and in 1982 it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site thanks to its rich diversity of wildlife and uninterrupted nature.The Tanzanian national park authority (TANAPA) in 2019 proposed and declared a change of identity of the northern sector of this reserve such that it is known as The Nyerere National Park as a way of honoring President Julius Nyerere who was the first president of Tanzania. 

Today the boundaries of this Nyerere National Park are being properly established but according to sources it is believed that this park will encompass the photographic sector in the northern part of the reserve and stretch out all the way to the wilderness area of River Rufiji to the south. 

How to get to Selous (Nyerere ) National Park

Adventure guests looking out to visit the bush land heading to Selous Game Reserve have three modes of transport options from which to choose, that is to say flight, road and rail.

By Road

The Selous Game Reserve can be accessed on a road safari however, when traveling from Dar es Salaam, there is a direct route that covers a distance of 240 km / 149 miles following the eastern road. The drive is bumpy and long taking you 6 to 7 hours which is nearly half a day’s drive. 

By Railroad System

The other way to access the Selous Reserve is by using the TAZARA (Tanzania Zambia Railway) Starting from Dar-es-salaam.

By Air Transport

The third alternative to get to Selous Game Reserve is by using a charter flight. There are numerous departure flights connecting from Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and Arusha that land at different accommodations or public access airstrips.

Wildlife at Selous (Nyerere ) National Park

There are a number of wildlife  mammals found within this national reserve among which are: approximately 145,000 buffalos, 4,000 Lions, 100,000 wildebeests, large hands of giraffes, 35000 zebras, 40000 hippos, 250,000 impalas, large numbers of Lichtenstein’s hartebeests, waterbucks, elands and bushbucks, in addition to leopards, crocodiles and hyenas. Furthermore this is among the few wildlife sanctuaries on the African continent where you will find the puku antelopes the African wild dogs as well as the sable antelope. 

Birds In Selous Game Reserve

This game reserves is home to over 445 different birds species and these have been recorded to live in the various habitats within the reserve for instance along the lake areas are the giant kingfishers, the pink backed pelican as well as the African skimmer; along the sandbanks you will see the white-fronted bee-eater, fish eagle, carmine, ibises and palmnut vultures. The purple-crested turaco, yellow-billed stork, trumpeter hornbill, white-crowned spur-winged plovers, malachite kingfishers and various small waders are among the other water birds, as well various migrant species all visible

Mbeya to Selous ( Nyerere ) National Park

When to visit Selous (Nyerere) National Park?

The best time to visit Selous Game Reserve is during the June to October dry season, when game clusters around the dwindling waterholes and temperatures are less searing than in the southern summer. 

The rains fall in southern Tanzania from Nov-May, dispersing wildlife and blocking access, which means that most accommodation closes for this season. 

If you do fancy an out of season exploration, keep the short dry season (Jan-Feb) in mind; the landscape is still lush and green with blooming flowers – it’s a wonderful time for photography. 

Whenever you travel to Selous, though, you won’t be battling with crowds – its sheer size and remoteness gives it a wilderness feel year-round.

Safaris at Selous (Nyerere) National Park

Serengeti Trips

A safari in the Selous will not be considered complete unless you engage on one of the guided walking tours conducted here. You will get an opportunity to enjoy an up-close encounter with Mother Nature as you appreciate the beauty and serenity of this remote but beautiful reserve.

Boat safaris in the selous offer holidaymakers and an opportunity to explore the different water channels including lakes, River Rufiji and the smaller channels during which you will see various wildlife including hippos, bird and crocodiles.

Game drives are conducted early in the morning as well as in the late afternoon and these are normally conducted in open roof safari cars to offer tourists the most rewarding views of the animals. The park ranger guides are very knowledgeable about the best places the animals and they will lead you to those places.

Cultural Tourism

The Selous safari is a very authentic experience – it isn’t over-commercialised – and cultural tour reflects that too. The village visits are laid back, honest and unstructured. You can choose where to go and when.

Mloka village is situated down river from Selous River Camp, only a short drive by car. Home to many of our camp staff, a tour here is a very personal experience and the focus is on meeting locals, learning about their day-to-day lives, and visiting places like the primary school, market and police post.

The tour is as long or as short as you would like, can take place during any time of the day (although we recommend the cooler hours of the morning and late afternoon) and you can either stay in the car and see the village by driving around, or stretch your legs and walk around the village. Local artists, tailors and shopkeepers are always happy to be visited and the children are always very keen to say hello!

Cost / Tarrifs & Regulations

Nyerere National Park Guide

Entrance fee

Prices per day:

  • USD $50 per adult to enter  
  • USD $30 per child 

Carrying a small amount of Tanzanian currency, the Tanzania Shilling (TZS) is recommended as back-up when paying for items where credit card facilities are unavailable. Visitors can also review further details on overall Tanzania safari prices here

Regulations

Visitors must respect the rules of Selous Game Reserve, including the flora and fauna. Details will be provided at the park entrance gate.

Ruaha National Park FAQ's

during your Selous Safari Holiday there are a number of different activities you can engage in that will surely offer you a very memorable experience while in Africa as highlighted below.

Walking Safaris

A safari in the Selous will not be considered complete unless you engage on one of the guided walking tours conducted here. You will get an opportunity to enjoy an up-close encounter with Mother Nature as you appreciate the beauty and serenity of this remote but beautiful reserve.

Bird Watching Tours

With a bird list of more than 400 bird species holidaymakers interested in bird watching will surely not be disappointed while in the Selous. these guided tours will give you an opportunity to see different species including the giant kingfishers, pink backed pelican, African skimmer, white-fronted bee-eater, fish eagle, carmine, ibises, white-crowned spur-winged plovers, palmnut vultures, purple-crested turaco, yellow-billed stork, trumpeter hornbill and malachite kingfishers among others.

Boat Safaris

Boat safaris in the selous offer holidaymakers and an opportunity to explore the different water channels including lakes, River Rufiji and the smaller channels during which you will see various wildlife including hippos, bird and crocodiles.

Game Drives

Game drives are conducted early in the morning as well as in the late afternoon and these are normally conducted in open roof safari cars to offer tourists the most rewarding views of the animals. The park ranger guides are very knowledgeable about the best places the animals and they will lead you to those places.

Selous Fly-Camping Tours

For the more adventurous holidaymakers, you can set out on the selous fly-camping safaris which are organized by a number of camps. These adventures involve sleeping out in the African wilderness in basic tents under a mosquito net. These adventures are more suited for tourists who can do without so much comfort.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris

In Tanzania Hot Air Balloon Safaris are conducted only in the renowned Serengeti National Park found on the northern safari circuit as well as in the vast Selous Reserve in the southern part of the country offering visitors an aerial view of the plains below as you marvel at the different wild animals in the reserve.

A safari to Selous costs between $500 and $1500 per day/night per person. Generally speaking the cost of a Selous Safari will greatly be determined by the type of accommodation you will be staying at, as well as the number of days you plan to spend on you Safari. 

On an overall basis, the accommodation prices within the Selous begin at $400 for each person each night in budget facilities and may go as high as $1,500 for each person per night in the luxury facilities. 

Additional factors that may affect the cost of your Safari include the different activities that you will be engaging in for instance a hot air balloon safari in the Selous which costs about $500.

The park entrance fees to the Selous where revised for both adults and children and currently adults pay $50 per day from $30 per day while children pay $30 over day for children. On the other hand, an extra $25 per day has been introduced in addition to the present concession fee.

There are a number of types of accommodations offered with the Selous varying from the budget safari Tanzania, to, mid-range and then the luxury safari facilities. Below we have highlighted some of the best Accommodations you can stay at.
Siwandu Camp
Formerly known as the Selous Safari Camp, this was the very first safari camp in the Selous to offer luxury accommodations in this part of the reserve. It offers a accommodation in 13 rooms and its great location offers its guest an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscape to the fullest. Its an ideal location for a photo safari in Tanzania. This beautiful facility offers value for money and will surely satisfy every desires of a traveler will to spend some extra dollars on their accommodation.
Lake Manze Camp
Comprised of 12 well furnished beautiful tenets, the mid-range Lake Manze Camp is situated within the prim areas for wildlife viewing the Selous Game reserves along the shores of Lake Manze after which it was named. It will offer you comfort and exclusive service
Beho Beho
Located within the cooler Selous highland in the northern part of the Game reserve, this facility was the very first luxury facility to be established in this part of the Selous. It offers accommodation in 8 permanent bandas constructed using stone and each cottage has a thatched roof to offer its guest a true African ambience.
Sand River Selous
The Luxury Sand River Camp is located on the banks of River Rufiji the lifeline of Selous Reserve. Guests here will enjoy an idyllic ambience from where they can base to explore this vast wilderness. All its rooms are built with stone and have a thatched roof. It offers a variety of accommodation options including 5 standard cottages, 2 suites and a honeymoon cottage (the Rhino House) It also has great options for a family safari in Tanzania.
Sable Mountain Lodge
This budget lodge is found just outside Matambwe Gate in the northern region of the Selous Game Reserve, it is a good base for safaris continuing to Mikumi as well as Morogoro as well as those arriving in the park by train. This intimate camp offers good hospitality and it offers 8 stone cottages, 3 tented bandas that are raised in high wooden platforms offering sweeping views of the neighboring area.

3 Day Fly in Safari to Selous Game Reserve
Day 1: Zanzibar / Dar Es Salaam
Day 2: Selous Game Reserve
Day 3: Zanzibar / Dar Es Salaam
Average Cost: $ 1,162 per person

7 Day Wild South Selous, Ruaha
Day 1: Dar Es Salaam
Day 2-3: Selous Game Reserve
Day 4-6: Ruaha National Park
Day 7: Dar Es Salaam
Average Cost $3,900 per person

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