Location & Contact

Stay in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Selous Serena Camp is extraordinarily located within the Selous Game Reserve. A World Heritage Site, the reserve showcases 55,000 square kilometres of savannah, lakes, rivers and deltas, and is home to the largest concentrations of elephants in the world.

Selous Game Reserve is a 45-minute flight from Dar es Salaam International Airport. A meet and greet service is offered from Stiegler's Airstrip, which is a half-hour game drive away from the camp.

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CONTACT DETAILS

Selous Serena Camp

P.O. Box 2551

Arusha, Tanzania

T: (+255) 786 999057 or (+255) 786 999054

E: selous@serena.co.tz or selousreservations@serena.co.tz

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LOCATION

You’ll find our camp along the banks of the majestic Rufiji River in the sprawling Selous Game Reserve - the largest of its kind in Tanzania, and home to one-third of the country’s wildlife.

Directions

The park lies 250-350km south-west of Dar es Salaam and is often inaccessible during the long rains (March to May).

By air: regular flights link the reserve with Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Arusha. There are also connections to the other northern circuit airstrips. Flights into the Selous are generally suspended during the March to May wet season.

By road: there are two options: the first is from Dar es Salaam to Mkongo via Kibiti (250 km). The second is from Dar es Salaam to Kisaki via Morogoron (350km). Journey times vary but are approximately 9-10 hours. 4WD is required throughout.

By train: the reserve can be reached by train from Tazara stopping at Kisaki, which is about 5-6 hours from Dar es Salaam.

About Selous Game Reserve

The spectacular Selous Reserve, a World Heritage Site and the largest expanse of game reserve in Africa, covers a massive 55,000 square kilometres of rolling savannah. About four times the size of Serengeti and larger than Switzerland, it is home to the Rufiji River and the largest concentration of elephants in the world. The reserve is named after Frederick Courtenay Selous, naturalist, conservationist and hunter, who was killed in World War 1 in the Beho region of the reserve.

Located in south-east Tanzania in a remote and little-visited part of the country, the Selous Game Reserve covers more than 5% of Tanzania's total area. In one of the last untouched gems of the nation's parks, a Selous safari offers the visitor a unique opportunity to see Africa the way the early explorers found it - pristine, alive with game, empty of tourists and utterly awe inspiring. 

The Rufiji River Delta connects the Great Ruaha River with the Rufiji River before emptying into the Indian Ocean. Home to a colourful array of water and bird life, the Rufiji River offers sanctuary to enormous numbers of hippos and crocodiles, which bask and wallow on its muddy brown banks. The Selous is also home to some of African's largest populations of elephants, buffaloes, hartebeests, sables and hunting dogs. Other easily-spotted animals include; lions, giraffes, antelopes and black rhinos.

The Selous is unique among Tanzania's game areas because it is a game reserve, and not a national park. This means that a wider range of activities are permitted such as; boating on the Rufiji River, walking and camping safaris. More controversially, large parts of the south of the reserve (90% of the total) are reserved for professional game hunting.

About Tanzania

Tanzania is known around the world as home to the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’. Experience the spectacular natural beauty and unique wildlife of Selous Game Reserve during your holiday in Tanzania. 

Tanzania's climate is predominately tropical. Coastal areas are usually hot and humid, but on the beaches a sea breeze cools the air considerably. The average day temperature is 30°C. Tanzania has two rainy seasons - the long rains from late March to June and the short rains from November to January. The long rains fall in heavy downpours, often accompanied by violent storms, but the short rains tend to be much less severe. The hottest time of the year is from December to March, before the long rains begin. The coolest months are June, July and August, when the weather is often overcast. In high-altitude areas such as Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Highlands, temperatures can fall below freezing.

The game parks of Tanzania have been set aside by the government as wildlife and botanical sanctuaries that enjoy a high degree of protection and management. 25% of Tanzania is gazetted as national parks and reserves making conservation a major element in land use. Tanzania has more than 20 game reserves including the world's largest, the Selous. Five game reserves have been declared and there are about 50 game-controlled areas totalling more than 120,000 square kilometres. Forest reserves make up 15% of the country. Tanzania's forests offer over 50 tree species and 200 species of shrubs.

The East African plains support some of the last great herds of wildlife left in the world, offering a greater number and diversity of species than any other continent: Tanzania offers over 80 major species, including ‘The Big Five' (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard), and 600 species of butterfly. From glacial mountain to savannah plain, semi desert to tropical rainforest, Tanzania's botanical versatility supports more than 1,000 bird species.

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