"Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle... when the sun comes up, you'd better be running." - ABE GUBEGNA

Selous Game Reserve
Size: 29,816 sq km (11,512 sq miles).
Location: Southeast Tanzania, 450 km (285 miles)
Southeast of Dar es Salaam.

The Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania is the world's largest game reserve - 4 times the size of Serengeti. It is located in the Rufiji River basin and includes grasslands and forests. It possesses a diverse landscape from hot volcanic springs, sporadic lakes, channels from the Great Rhaha and Rufiji rivers. The Rufiji River, with its lagoons, sandbanks and lakes and the surrounding forests and woodlands that make up the Selous create a very unique unusual safari environment.

Covering almost 50,000 square km, an area greater than Switzerland, the Selous Reserve Tanzania is one of the largest areas set aside for wildlife preservation anywhere in the world, although only a small portion in the north section is allocated for photographic safaris. The vast area contained within the reserve boundaries accounts for 5% of the land mass of Tanzania.


The Selous has a broad range of big game: buffalo - the largest population in Africa; Nyasaland gnu; brindled gnu; hartebeest; Greater Kudu; sable antelope; eland; reedbuck; bushbuck; waterbuck; warthog; zebras; giraffe; and wildebeest. Safaris in the Selous are famous for the elephant, hippopotamus and rhino (although now few remain) populations. Also: lion, leopard, the spotted hyena and hunting dog are in abundance; cheetah are rare; there are over 350 species of bird and reptiles such as crocodiles, various snakes and lizards. There are many elephant, lions, zebras and other wildlife in the reserve.

How To Get There

A holiday to Eclipse Mbuyu Safari Camp is best organised by flying from Dar es Salaam – Mbuyu Safari Camp has an airstrip for light aircraft and the only Helipad available in the Selous Reserve.  Access by road is possible however the drive is approximately 6 hours in duration from Dar es Salaam.

When To Go

The Selous Mbuyu Safari Camp is accessible all year round. The Dry season runs from May – November.  The Wet season is variable, normally mid November – mid April. 

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