User Reviews – Nyerere NP (Selous)

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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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camselrac1   –  
France FR
Visited: August 2014 Reviewed: May 26, 2015

20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Wonderful place, amazing landscapes and wildlife, few tourists
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Wildlife so great in a natural environment, no habitation except a few ecolodges and rangers. Ecolodge wonderful, without fences, animals passing by day and night, food simple but good, meals taken on a big table with everyone in the lodge, very nice guides well trained speaking english very well and sometimes even french !
Great differences in environment, between the lakes, hills, bush, hotsprings, forest...

Sarah   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: July 2015 Reviewed: Jul 30, 2015

Email Sarah  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

beautiful destination with breathtaking scenery
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Selous Game reserve is a beautiful destination with amazing wildlife and breathtaking views. Quite bushy so you really have to look for the animals but the views and nature is just gorgeous, the Hippo camp is very basic accommodation but the staff are very hospitable and friendly. Food was served daily and was tasty and well cooked. Our ranger Emmenuel was so kind and friendly we really enjoyed spending time with him and would definitely like to do this safari again. The walking tour was very entertaining with the bush man and the river safari was so fun when we stopped to watch the sun set it was just beautiful.

Chris G   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: August 2015 Reviewed: Sep 7, 2015

Email Chris G  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

A wonderfully natural safari experience
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We stayed for 4 nights at Azura Selous and had the most incredible time. Selous itself is a vast reserve, so we were fully appreciative of the fact that it may take longer to discover animals and they may be a bit more 'jumpy' around the 4x4's than in other parks - the upside to this is the fact that the whole safari just felt a lot more natural, when we did discover animals (and there are still a lot of wildlife about) it was great to hardly have any other vehicles around (often none at all) and there was a greater buzz when you did find them.

The accommodation (Azura) was fantastic, and we genuinely could not fault any aspect of it. The food, especially considering the remote location, was absolutely incredible.

I would not hesitate to come back here at the earliest opportunity, and I do wonder if we did choose a different park/reserve just whether it would feel as good - or if in fact it might have a slight zoo feel to it in comparison.

If I had to pick one minor irritation it would be the pockets of Tsetse fly about - although appreciate there isn't an easy solution to this and to be perfectly honest it isn't the end of the world as you do get used to it - plus there was always a can of insect spray to hand in the vehicles if needed.

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