Things to do in Selous
So many safaris focus on the Big Five – but a bush walk encourages you to turn your attention instead to the smaller details. Learn to identify creatures from their tracks, find bones – and teeth! – embedded in the earth, and discover the diminutive reptiles and insects of the bush. But this doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself face to face with a herd of buffalo or hungry lioness – and the experience is sure to be more memorable than any encounter from a Land Cruiser. Bush walks are only possible as the reserve regulations are more relaxed than those in the national parks.
Unlike Tanzania’s northern parks, Selous can be exlpored by boat. Cruises on the Rufiji River and Lake Tagalala are a soothing alternative to bone-shaking game drives – as well as getting you up close to the animals. Hippos yawning, elephants bathing and giraffes splaying their long legs to drink are some of the scenes to look forward to.
Do check age restrictions if travelling with kids. Selous can be a fantastic place for children, but most lodges will have a minimum age, and bush walks, for example, are only available for children aged over 12 – or in some cases 16.
Game drives in Selous are exhilarating – and definitely worth getting up at the crack of dawn for. But after several days of early morning bush walks, sunset river cruises and nighttime game drives, you may just feel like you need a holiday from your holiday! This is where Tanzania’s islands come in. Many itineraries hop over to Zanzibar, Mafia or Chole Islands for a well deserved rest after all that activity – once in your beachside villa, you can lie in as long as you like.