User Reviews – Nyerere NP (Selous)

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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.

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.

DaktariPaula Visited: November 2006 Reviewed: May 13, 2012

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I fear the park will lose its wilderness since they built this big roads....

squishsquish Visited: August 2009 Reviewed: Sep 9, 2011

The Selous was great-less touristy than other reserves, with just a focus on seeing amazing animals
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We really liked our safari in the Selous Reserve - we were able to enjoy both river boat and traditional jeep safaris. It was great that everything was so open and natural - we had elephants wondering past our tent every night and even had a cheeky monkey attempt to join us for breakfast. The reserve has a lot less people than others - some days we didn't see anybody else except our driver.

billt4sf   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2011 Reviewed: Aug 7, 2011

Email billt4sf  |  50-65 years of age

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not as many animals but wonderfully relaxed and lovely area

mrdiggler   –  
Germany DE
Visited: June 2011 Reviewed: Jul 15, 2011

Email mrdiggler  |  20-35 years of age

Completely different to the northern parks of Tanzania
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Selous isnt a National Park like the famous Serengeti with all the almost tame animals, therefore its kind of boring or even un-expected in the beginning when you see shy Zebras or Giraffes running away from Safari visitiors even when they are fare away (like 100m and more). But then, you'll end up with a more natural feeling - it's interesting to see big groups of Giraffes running scared ... but the thing I liked at most was that in the Selous you can stop the car, get out, have a walk, picnic or whatever. The drivers go whereever the car is able to go through the bush - and that makes the experience, because you're much closer to animals like Elephants or even the Wild Dogs. In general its not really touristy, so everything feels more like an expected bush adventure. Ah, and for me the flight in small plane was an "adventure" as well. So i'll recommend the Selous (afterwards) in combination with e.g. the Serengeti.

Schaapmans   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: October 2009 Reviewed: Jul 5, 2011

Email Schaapmans  |  35-50 years of age

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Selous is awesome. You can drive off the road. During a safari day you bump into all vehicles in Selous. That is about 10 4x4's. Make sure you have an awesome driver / guide / tracker. We had the best, tracking down leopard trails as he drove. Few vast plains, more shrub and dense (and dry) vegetation and some lakes. Wildlife is not so much habituated to humans as in other parks. Selous makes Ngorongoro your local European drive through safari zoo. You really track down animals for a true bush vibe and wildlife experience. Unique wildlife as well: wild dogs. Lucky enough to see a rare event in Selous: a leopard with young walking around closeby. Less wildlife density you will observer, but compensated by the awesome experience and unique events.

Susana Dente   –  
Argentina AR
Visited: January 2020 Reviewed: Feb 11, 2020

Email Susana Dente  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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Reserva que te permite ver a gran cantidad de animales.
Experiencias muy lindas

Adam Blair Golden   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2019 Reviewed: Oct 12, 2019

Email Adam Blair Golden  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

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Birds mostly go unnoticed because of big game. The birds are amazing here. There are no rhinos or cheetah.

Lyn Arnold   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2019 Reviewed: Aug 7, 2019

Email Lyn Arnold  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Fantastic Reserve: Full of Animals, Not Full of People
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Selous Game Reserve is a real jewel, full of wildlife and birds and intriguing flora with the added bonus of very few visitors. I stayed at Asilia Africa's Roho Ya Selous and it could not have been better. As a solo traveler, I look for places which allow me to be on my own (for meals or individual safari vehicles) and Roho was very accommodating. I could do as I pleased.

Selous' geography, with its river, plains, and abundant flora was a completely different experience than the Serengeti. I saw many hippos, giraffes, lions, and baboons there, along with the always-charming impalas. You will see almost all the great predators (if luck is on your side!).

The Northern Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater are fantastic to see; but if you are looking for a safari that does not resemble a drive-through 'zoo', with countless other vehicles surrounding a beautiful animal, Selous is worth visiting.

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