Selous

Facts & History

Selous Game Reserve named after the British explorer and soldier Frederick Selous, is the largest game reserve in Africa.  It is the size of Switzerland. However, only the Northern sector is dedicated to photographic tourism. Selous is home to a large number of lion, the largest numbers of elephants in Africa and is one of the few places to see African Hunting dogs. Please view our latest birdlist.

Climate & Best Times to Visit

Sable Mountain is open all year round but we may be forced to cancel trips or advise against booking during April & May which is the main rainy season in Southern Tanzania.    We recommend people avoid April & May to be on the safe side.  Whilst you can get to the lodge and possibly do a safari during this period, you will be restricted to using the main all-weather track and to get your best safari we really need to get off road which is impossible when it rains.  When it has been raining, animals tend to stay in the bush because they do not need to visit the usual water holes of the dry season and they are therefore more difficult to spot. Please click on our Selous Safari Year Planner for our recommended best times.

The main peak seasons in Selous are July-October and Xmas/New Year.  However, January through March is a wonderful time to visit the park. Not only are international flights less expensive, but the reserve is green and lush because of the short rains of November-December.  During February lots of animals have their young so not only is the park more beautiful, there is more to see in terms of animals.  Whilst the climate is a bit hotter and from late February through March gets quite humid, it should be considered as an excellent period to see game.