The Safari Air Link flight to Selous Game Reserve departs at 10:30 and arrives at approximately 11:15 (times may vary with schedule requirements). The guide from Rufiji River Camp will be at the airstrip waiting to greet you and take you to check in at Rufiji River Camp. Accommodation at Rufiji is in large furnished tents with extensive platform veranda and en suite bathroom.
This huge conservation area is a World Heritage Site and named after Frederick Courteney Selous who died in the reserve. The area north of the sprawling Rufiji River is reserved for photographic safaris. The river is a myriad of wide open water, lakes and channels and Selous is the only reserve that offers boating safaris in addition to the more classic vehicle and walking safaris.
Selous is estimated to have one third of all Tanzania’s African Hunting Dog. The landscape is predominantly flat and covered with miombo trees. Lions and leopards join the Hunting dogs as prevalent predators in the reserve and there is a good variety of prey animals from wildebeest and buffalo to smaller animals like warthog and impala. The river supports a rich and varied bird life, the banks providing a nesting bank for the bee eaters and fishing grounds for Kingfishers.
Day 1 includes an afternoon game activity which will have been arranged prior to your arrival by the manager. Game activities are on a shared basis, with groups of 4 or 6 in vehicles, boats and on walks. Larger groups may be accommodated in a single vehicle up to 8. The afternoon activity departs at 16:00 and returns at dusk in time to freshen up before drinks around the fire.