Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Larger than Switzerland and with just a handful of small camps, Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania affords travellers an exclusive and wild safari experience.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the best places to visit in Tanzania. It sprawls over 5 million hectares, comprising miombo woodlands, open plains, wetlands and the Rufiji River. The Selous has a higher density and diversity of species than any other miombo woodland area. It is a key landscape for endangered wild dog, which share the reserve with plenty of crocodile, lion, leopard, hippo, elephant, black rhino, buffalo and more than 400 bird species.
On game drives, follow wild dog as they dash through the bush hunting for warthog and antelope. Cruise along the river, passing pods of hippo cooling off under water. Or head out on foot to study the Selous landscape up close, learning about everything from termites to trees.
June to August
The main safari season in the Selous is the long, dry season from June to October. This is when animals cluster around waterholes, rivers and lakes, making them easier to find.