Tanzania Wildlife Safari


Selous Safari

Remote, raw and filled with wildlife, the Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve. Yet unlike the iconic destinations of Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit, it remains relatively unknown to outsiders.

The sheer scale of the Selous Game Reserve is difficult to imagine. Nearly four times the size of the Serengeti, this massive conservation area is home to Africa’s Big 5 and all the top predators - lion, wild dog, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena. And the animals are present in large numbers too: a Selous safari is fantastic for sightings of large elephant and buffalo herds as well as healthy populations of hippo, giraffe and sable antelope.

Phenomenally wild and beautiful, the defining feature of the Selous Game Reserve is the great Rufiji River which creates a series of interconnected lakes and palm-fringed channels. The river teems with wildlife: Jurassic-size crocs bask on sunny sandbanks, elephants browse on swampy islands, storks and spoonbills patrol the shallows, and exposed mud banks are covered in crimson clouds of carmine bee-eaters. Consequently, many Selous safari lodges lie on or near the river and offer boat safaris along with game drives in open-top vehicles.

You can also expect some adventure. The Selous isn’t subject to the restrictions that govern Tanzania’s other national parks so along with game drives and river cruises, visitors can go on guided walking safaris that last anything from a few hours to a couple of days with a night of rustic fly-camping. There's not much that can beat the thrill of being on foot in big game country but you'll be in the company of armed rangers and expert guides.

The best time to visit the Selous is during the June to October dry season when wildlife congregates around permanent water. A fly-in destination, this virtually unexplored reserve is rarely visited in isolation so we recommend combining a Selous safari with a stay at Ruaha or Katavi - the other savannah parks in South Central Tanzania equally as wild as Selous - or Mahale National Park, a pristine rainforest reserve on Lake Tanganyika, complete with chimpanzees, forest birds and dazzling clouds of butterflies.

Browse our range of Selous tours and safaris or simply chat to one of our Africa Experts and they'll tailor-make a safari to your specifications; you can even add on a beach holiday on Zanzibar or laid-back Mafia Island - just ask us how.

Selous Accommodation

If you're looking for a unique safari experience, our selection of tried-and-tested Selous accommodation is sure to inspire you and will make planning your trip so much simpler. We've chosen Selous' best lodges and tented camps in remote, prime game-viewing locations along the banks of the Rufiji River and our Africa Safari Experts will be happy to make specific accommodation recommendations according to your requirements.

Third Tours & Safari Co. Ltd


Third Tours & Safari Co. Ltd staff are highly qualified, experienced, fun, friendly and very safety conscious. We strive to employ staff who are passionate about and recreationally involved in the activities that they guide. We are very proud of the quality of our staff and the variety of their experience. We also think they are a pretty good looking bunch.

Third Tours & Safari Co. Ltd


Third Tours & Safari Co. Ltd specialises in abseiling, climbing, canyoning and hiking adventures in the Greater Third Tours & Safari World Heritage Area. We also excel at exclusive/private small group departures, and teams that are looking to customise delivery of these activities to achieve their aims and objectives.

Third Tours & Safari Co. Ltd


We have confidence in the quality of all aspects of the adventure experiences we conduct. Because of this, if you are not 100% satisfied with your experience – if part of your adventure doesn’t meet your expectations – let us know and we will fix it for you. If the issue remains unresolved – if you aren’t completely satisfied by our response – we will refund you for the part of your trip that you were not satisfied with.