User Reviews – Nyerere NP (Selous)

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Alistair Tough Visited: August 2005 Reviewed: Jul 31, 2012

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Driving in from the Uluguru mountains gave a particularly pleasing experience.

lynetter   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: February 2008 Reviewed: Aug 22, 2012

35-50 years of age

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It wasn't crowded and didn't feel at all touristy. There were lots of animals and we were able to go offroad in the jeep and so we saw a huge amount, more than I ever dreamed.

Juha Blomberg Visited: September 2011 Reviewed: Nov 18, 2012

Selous Game Reserve is a marvelous place to visit without masstourism hassle.
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I visited Selous Game Reserve at the end of September 2011. Selous is a wonderful safari place where you can almost on your own move around and see lots of wild animals. In our safaris we saw only few other vehicles in the area. Selous Wildlife Lodge is excellent place to stay. Service is luxury, food, "tents" and people. Location is a minor problem, you have to drive quite far to see the "big ones". We managed to see lots of lions, elephants, impalas, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. I recommend Selous to all safarilovers. And if you are in a honeymoon... go to Selous Wildlife Lodge, they sure know how to make your honeymoon unforgettable.

p_ouseley Visited: August 2014 Reviewed: Apr 11, 2015

An authentic safari experience
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This is the place to go for an authentic safari experience. The park is huge and the wildlife abundant but the number of other vehicles very minimal. As a result, on numerous occasions we found animals in the wild such as lions and elephants and were the only vehicle present. This is a big contrast to stories we have heard of 10-15 cars for each viewing in the more well known game parks in Kenya and Tanzania. Our trip was also much better value than the larger parks. Would recommend to all.

mogace (Nikki)   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: February 2015 Reviewed: Apr 13, 2015

50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

short but sweet, great variety of wildlife
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We had a very brief visit to this wonderful reserve. The variety of wildlife was great with many amazingly colourful birds. The rangers were very knowledgeable as well as being friendly and professional. I would love to return here and recommend Selous highly.

Mieke Verschueren, Belgium   –  
Belgium BE
Visited: November 2014 Reviewed: Apr 20, 2015

Email Mieke Verschueren, Belgium  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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Because we were before in Serengenti, we had seen there everything, so Selous was for us rather poor

Ann-Chatrine   –  
Sweden SE
Visited: January 2015 Reviewed: Apr 23, 2015

Email Ann-Chatrine  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Interesting reserve to see if you have been to other traditional reserves.
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For us Selous Game Reserve had two major advantages compared to other more popular reserves: Less tourists and different landscape. Unfortunately we went there in january, so the animal life was a bit poor at that time. But that was okey, since we saw most of the animals we wanted to see, but not so many of each kind. For example, we saw three lions, not thirty.
The walking safari was very interesting, too, and we had a really good guide.

Thomas Zumbiehl   –  
France FR
Visited: March 2014 Reviewed: Apr 27, 2015

Email Thomas Zumbiehl  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

One of the most interesting wildlife experience
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In a previous travel, my wife and I have visited other parks in Tanzania (see below). We had great time watching the wildlife. That was our honeymoon travel (yes, we love wildlife !)
So, we had the wish to come back to Tanzania to see the wildlife again. As we stayed on one of the Zanzibar islands, we decided to take a short tour at the Selous Game Reserve. We choose this park because there is not so much tourists. We wanted a park where we could feel almost alone, in communion with nature and wildlife.
We were absolutely seduced by the park. It is really big, has some roads but is clearly saved to be a wild area where animals and birds can leave in the wild.
We have also appreciated a lot to have both car safari and boat safari in the same area. That was the first time we made a boat safari, close to hippos and elephants.
We spent one night in a tented camp. This is a really exciting experience. Maasai people were there to help us make our way between our tent and the lobby because wild animals move freely. That is fun.   –  
Sweden SE
Visited: December 2011 Reviewed: May 3, 2015

65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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Larger than anything. Wildlife is usually har to find and weather can be tricky, really hot and humid. But this place is for the turists who want to meet the real wild Africa. I´m really glad to have been there before it gets too crowded like the other parks.

Nuno Grilo Visited: September 2013 Reviewed: May 21, 2015

Awesome experience that everyone has to try at least once in their lifetime
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We chose Tanzania as the destination of our honeymoon. My wife was quite reluctant with the choice, but she forgot every fear as soon as we got there.
Sells Game Reserve is a great destination for those that want to run from the crowds, usually seen in the north of Tanzania and south of Kenya. In this areas, the landscape seems a lot more spectacular, ant that's why I just give 4 stars to the Selous Game Reserve. But I can swear that the landscape in Selous, is just awesome.
The best thing in Selous Game Reserve is the exclusive feeling of the experience as you see very little people while still being able to finde a big diversity of fauna and flora.
We stayed in Siwandu and we can just say good things about it. Friendly people with a nice service and an awesome cuisine. The tents are very luxurious and it is awesome to wake up and watch the wildlife just at your door.

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