"The centrepiece of Tanzania’s southern safari circuit, Africa’s largest game reserve is dominated by the Rufiji River as it flows atmospherically through a meandering labyrinth of open lakes, swampy islets and connecting streams inhabited by densest concentrations of hippo, elephant and giraffe. It is the only one of Tanzania’s major safari destinations where game drives are supplemented by boat safaris and guided walks, making for a uniquely rounded and multi-dimensional safari experience. ”

- Philip Briggs

Selous Game Reserve

The Selous is one of Africa’s great wilderness areas Created in 1922 and subsequently inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it extends over an unimaginably vast 47,500km2 – making it larger than Switzerland, and roughly equivalent to the combined area of the Kruger, Hwange and Serengeti National Parks! It also protects some of Africa’s most impressive wildlife populations, including some 150,000 buffalo, 40,000 hippo, 15,000 elephant and 4,000 lion.

A boat cruise on the Rufiji is a highlight of any Selous safari. Expect dentist-eye views of the river’s gigantic crocs and hippos, a profusion of water birds, giraffe and buffalo coming down to drink, and brilliant red sunsets silhouetting the fringing borassus palms.

Game drives offer a good chance of witnessing lion kills, or stumbling across a pack of African wild dog (the Selous harbours the world’s largest population of this Endangered canid), while guided walks come with a real likelihood of encountering elephant on foot.

For a fully integrated bush experience, most camps in the Selous offer fly-camping excursions, which entail sleeping beneath a glorified mosquito net on the shore of one of the lakes.

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WET SEASON

A rather unpredictable time of the year with the heavy showers or thunderstorms, but these are usually in the afternoon and are short-lived. The heat combined with humidity does make things a little uncomfortable, during the middle of the day. Roads can also be very tricky to navigate!

All in all not an ideal time to visit, unless you are very keen to sight migratory birds.

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

A brief drier interlude before the more intense ‘long rains’ in March, April and May.

Its location so close to the equator means that temperatures throughout the year are very consistent, the variable in play is often altitude, which varies greatly across Tanzania. With perhaps the exception of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area daytime temperatures are warm to hot throughout the year, yet mornings can be surprisingly cool. So if you intend to visit an inland safari region, we could always recommend bringing a warm fleece.

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December. There are some exceptions to this, such as the Southern and Western safari regions which tend to have a more continuous wet season from November through to May.

The best time for a safari in Tanzania ultimately is defined by the type of experience you are seeking. Generally, the Northern Circuit parks (The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara) are good all year round, but with subtle variations. Tarangire is the exception in the Northern Circuit which along with the Southern (Selous and Ruaha) and Western (Katavi and Mahale) are however generally at their best during the drier times of the year. Sadaani is a little different, at it's best when the plains are very well watered, and thus ideally visited just after the rains.

Coastal and Island destinations are generally at their very best during the dry season when the weather is a little more stable and sunnier.

WET SEASON

A rather unpredictable time of the year with the heavy showers or thunderstorms, but these are usually in the afternoon and are short-lived. The heat combined with humidity does make things a little uncomfortable, during the middle of the day. Roads can also be very tricky to navigate!

All in all not an ideal time to visit, unless you are very keen to sight migratory birds.

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

WET SEASON

A rather unpredictable time of the year with the heavy showers or thunderstorms, but these are usually in the afternoon and are short-lived. The heat combined with humidity does make things a little uncomfortable, during the middle of the day. Roads can also be very tricky to navigate!

All in all not an ideal time to visit, unless you are very keen to sight migratory birds.

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

WET SEASON

A rather unpredictable time of the year with the heavy showers or thunderstorms, but these are usually in the afternoon and are short-lived. The heat combined with humidity does make things a little uncomfortable, during the middle of the day. Roads can also be very tricky to navigate!

All in all not an ideal time to visit, unless you are very keen to sight migratory birds.

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period as the land gradually dries up after the ‘long rains’, as this happens wildlife will begin to migrate back to the water, with the Rufiji and it’s adjoining lakes becoming a magnet for wildlife!

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period as the land gradually dries up after the ‘long rains’, as this happens wildlife will begin to migrate back to the water, with the Rufiji and it’s adjoining lakes becoming a magnet for wildlife!

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period as the land gradually dries up after the ‘long rains’, as this happens wildlife will begin to migrate back to the water, with the Rufiji and it’s adjoining lakes becoming a magnet for wildlife!

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period as the land gradually dries up after the ‘long rains’, as this happens wildlife will begin to migrate back to the water, with the Rufiji and it’s adjoining lakes becoming a magnet for wildlife!

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period as the land gradually dries up after the ‘long rains’, as this happens wildlife will begin to migrate back to the water, with the Rufiji and it’s adjoining lakes becoming a magnet for wildlife!

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

WET SEASON

The start of the wet season. A rather unpredictable time of the year with showers or thunderstorms, but these are usually in the afternoon and are short-lived. The heat combined with humidity can make things a little uncomfortable, during the middle of the day. Roads can also be tricky to navigate!

Depending on rainfall amounts, this can still be a great time to visit the Selous, before the wildlife has dispersed too much.

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

WET SEASON

The start of the wet season. A rather unpredictable time of the year with showers or thunderstorms, but these are usually in the afternoon and are short-lived. The heat combined with humidity can make things a little uncomfortable, during the middle of the day. Roads can also be tricky to navigate!

Depending on rainfall amounts, this can still be a great time to visit the Selous, before the wildlife has dispersed too much.

Its location so close to the equator means that Selous Game Reserve generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. Even though there is a large altitude difference throughout the park (from 40 to 1,317m or 131 to 4,321ft), the game viewing regions in the north are generally low lying. Therefore temperatures remain high, usually averaging around 30°C or 86°F during midday. Temperates at times can, however, exceed this, peaks of over 40°C/104°F are possible before the beginning of the rains. Mornings are a more pleasant 21°C or 70°F on average, so our advice would be to get up early to take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are are two distinct wet seasons, Selous has just one long extended wet Season, which last from November to May. This wet season is characterised by afternoon thunderstorms; it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Selous is a seasonal area, with superb game viewing in the driest months of the year, as vegetation thins and wildlife becomes a little more concentrated around the Rufiji River and it’s adjoining lakes. Ideally it this, therefore, best to visit during the height of the dry season.

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