Selous Game Reserve Travel Guide

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    Sunset on the Rofigi river
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Selous Game Reserve Things to Do

  • Boat Safari

    Definately one of the nicest things to do in the Selous is go for an evening boat trip. Sometimes animals can be a bit scarce, but you see plenty of hippos and crocs and HUNDREDS of birds. I was never really interested in birds until I started paying attention to the birds in the Selous. Look out for Boehm's Bee-eaters, all kinds of kingfishers and...

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  • Lions, hypos and the rest of the gang

    Well, no much point incoming all the way here without going out to the bush. See the travelogue section for some pictures.

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Selous Game Reserve Restaurants

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    by Selous_Katie Written May 9, 2007

    The importance of this local bar is not the food, nor the price, it is... the walls.
    I have yet to see such fascinating paintings as the paintings of various animals drinking beer on the walls of Diam Pub. Don't miss Bob Marley, the crazy impalas and the extra long snake.

    Also, don't miss the disco on weekend nights - yes, even in the middle of nowhere, with no electricity, there is a disco.

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Selous Game Reserve Nightlife

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    by Bregman Updated Feb 15, 2003

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    The theme is a bit misleading... By "people watching" I mean people watching the animals. If you have the chance, go out to a night safari. It's a little strange at start, but with time you start seeing things. You can see the glowing eyes of the nocturnal animals like hayenas, bush babies, dwarf antelopes and more. If you are really lucky, you might see a leopard, but they are exremelely hard to spot. The need to concentrate to spot the animals in the dark makes it a highly intense experience.

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Selous Game Reserve Transportation

  • In the trenches...

    The only way to get around the reserve is with a good, strong, 4x4 vehicle. The roads are in terrible state, especially after several days of rain. Fortunately, the local drivers can deal with most of the problems. Even if the ride sometimes feels lile a ride in a rollercoaster.

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  • Fast and Expansive Route

    The easiest way to get here is by a plane from Dar Es Salaam. I flew from Zanzibar by Zanair. They were OK, but they are not as good as Coastal Aviation.

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  • The Slow and Cheap Route

    The train arrives here three times a week: on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. The train leaves from Tazara station in Dar Es Salaam. The closest stop is Kisaki where a free transfer to the Sable Mountain lodge .

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Selous Game Reserve Warnings and Dangers

  • Night Frights

    When walking around at night (which really isn't recommended, but sometimes when you gotta go, you gotta go!) carry a torch and wear boots. Everyone's aware of the dangers of bigger wild animals at night, for example leopards, but not many people are aware of the Puff Adder. Puff Adders have a nasty habit of lying about looking like a big pile of...

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  • The relativity of time

    This is Africa! Time is a relative concept here. When I landed in the reserve, I found myself in the middle of nowhere with no one there. I waited for an hour with the pilot. He tried to contact the lodge with no success. He suggested we go up to the air to have a look and then we saw a vehicle arriving. It turned out that each side had its own...

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    by Selous_Katie Written May 11, 2007

    Favorite thing: There are 3000 African Wild Dogs left in this world... to put that in perspective, there are at least three times more cheetahs than that... and the Selous is home to the largest population of the Dogs (1700). I personally LOVE wild dogs. Before seeing them, I wondered what all the fuss was about - it isn't unusual for people to spend entire weeks following the dogs and ignoring all other animals. Since seeing them, I completely understand. The Dogs are the most interesting animal I've seen. They're always busy, always interacting with one another, and they some how accept your presence too... accept you into the group. It's a once in a lifetime experience that people shouldn't miss. If you visit the Selous, Look for WILD DOGS!

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