Selous Game Reserve – Nyerere National Park

A newly established Park is part of what is known as Selous Game Reserve. Founded in 2019 and covers over 30,000 square kilometres, now the largest National Park in Africa. The park boasts Tanzania’s largest elephant population and a large number of lions, leopards, African hunting dogs, buffaloes, and hippos. Species commonly seen are bushbucks, red and blue duikers, elands, hartebeests, hyenas, giraffes, oryx, reedbucks, impalas, waterbucks and zebras.

The park has the most extensive diversity of safari activities ranging from Romantic Boat Safari along the Great Rufiji River, legendary fly camping trips, walking and compliment classic game driving in thriving wildlife areas.

Why Visit Selous:

  • Wild Nature
  • All the plain mammals of East Africa can be encountered
  • Best chances of seeing a wild dog, but still no guarantee
  • Closeness to nature, thanks to good walking facilities and boat trips
  • The rough but exceptional beauty of the natural environment
  • A feeling of solitude because of the small number of visitors

What to Do:

  • Wildlife safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Boat safaris and canoeing
  • Bird watching
  • Sport Fishing
  • Camping safaris

Getting There:

  • Scheduled and Charter flight
  • Drive from Dar es Salaam

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit the Selous (for ease of game viewing) is during the dry season, between May and February.

ACCOMMODATION

Rufiji River Camp

Rufiji River Camp enjoys an enviable location high up on the banks of the Great Rufiji River. Built by local craftsmen, the camp combines Makuti palm roofs with Selous sourced paving stones and farmed hardwoods to create a beautiful and comfortable accommodation from which to enjoy the Selous Game Reserve. The shaded swimming pool is a great way to cool off between safari activities.

The camp has eleven tents, and all pitched underneath thatched roofs with massive verandas giving views up and down the river. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with solar-heated water for showering. The camp has three suites, each with two large tents on a shared platform with a private plunge pool. Each tent has a stylish bathroom.

Serena Mivumo River Lodge

Serena Mivumo River Lodge welcomes you with boutique sophistication, impeccable amenities and a breathtaking location set on the banks of the Rufiji River in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve (currently known as Nyerere National Park).

Beautifully designed chalets are spaced amongst the indigenous forest and feature brushwood thatched roofs, high vaulted to allow maximum light and breeze. Slightly raised on sprung wooden floors, each room features a charming mix of Edwardian crystal chandeliers, marble basins, classic safari antiques and subtly understated modern leather and rattan furniture.

Mivumo Villa offers three double bedrooms, each with its opulent bathroom. A private sun deck offers sun loungers, a plunge pool and a rain shower.

Roho ya Selous

Set on a small peninsula, Roho ya Selous overlooks a key waterway linking Lake Manze to Lake Nzerakera, in the heart of the core game-viewing area of The Selous.

This comfortable and stylish camp offers game drives, walking safaris, boating, and catch-and-release fishing and is ideal for exploring this diverse and beautiful reserve.

Beho Beho Camp

Sited on Kipalala Hill, above the Msine tributary of the Beho Beho River, it enjoys uninterrupted panoramic views over the Rufiji river flood plain. The camp is unique because it sits in the centre of five different eco-systems – riverine, mountainous; water systems; open and lightly wooded savannah; and mixed to miombo woodland.

Beho Beho has seven very spacious ‘bandas’ (stone-built and palm-thatched cottages) furnished with king-sized beds, Zanzibari day beds, writing desks and comfortable ‘suite’ furniture. The front of the banda is open and extends onto a spacious verandah. Each banda has a separate dressing room leading into an en suite bathroom with twin basins, a high flush WC and an ‘open air’ shower. All bandas are supplied with Charlotte Rhys toiletries and hair driers. In 2019 individual plunge pools were added to each banda.