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Get to know Tanzania beyond the Serengeti: visit the Selous for walking or boating safaris, big cats and plenty of plains game
Selous, like Ruaha National Park, is one of Tanzania's best second-time safari destinations, with the focus on walking, plains game vistas and – if you're lucky – cats, rhino and wild dog. What's left of the Selous Game Reserve today is the wonderful Rufiji River and everything north of it, including the vast spaces downstream of Stiegler’s Gorge. You need more time here to see the same number of species as you would in the north, but the river and boating experience are well worth it. You might find the scarce Pel’s fishing owl if you go as far upstream towards Stiegler’s Gorge as possible – and luck is on your side.
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Explore the Selous Game Reserve and Stiegler's Gorge by 4x4, boat or walking safari, looking for Pel's fishing owl, wild dog, rhino and elephant
'If you visit at the right time of year and stay as far upstream as possible, the Selous is magic. It's great for walks and boat trips on the river. Wild dog is seen regularly, or you might be lucky to see some of the last black rhino.'
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Sadly, south of the Rufiji River is a mess – 30 000 square kilometres of hunting and poaching. The Selous in the south of the country is more expensive to visit than the Serengeti yet corrupt administration and government mismanagement of hunting blocks have brought the greater Selous Game Reserve to its knees and many elephants are killed daily. We hope that the efforts of private NGOs and anti-poaching campaigns will tip the scale in favour of Africa's oldest game reserve in its battle against human greed. The same companies that operate hunting and poaching on a massive scale in the south of the country are selling photographic safaris in the north – a blatant conflict of interest. We try not to support hunting companies and owners of hunting blocks; only through collective effort can we have an impact on what happens in the Selous in future. There are some wonderful properties such as Sand River Selous, Beho Beho and Siwandu Camp (Selous Safari Camp) which play an active part in looking after the photographic part of the northern Selous. They are well worth supporting in what looks like a losing battle against hunters.
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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…