Dar es Salaam is the gateway to the southern safari circuit of Tanzania, and Selous is part of the southern circuit. Selous, at over 50 000 sq km is UNESCO proclaimed, and the world’s biggest national park. It is a beautiful game reserve that has many interesting sights and activities to offer and you should definitely pay it a visit while you’re in Tanzania. Here are a few reasons why you should visit Selous:
As transportation is constantly improving across the country, you can now access Selous from the northern circuit (Arusha) as well as Zanzibar!
Here are a few ways to get to Selous from Dar Es Salaam:
All flights to Selous, whether from Arusha or Zanzibar, go through Dar Es Salaam. Therefore, flying from Dar Es Salaam is one way to reach Selous. The flight takes about 2-3.5 hours, depending on your landing strip. There are many landing strips available in Selous and you can choose to land on any of them, depending on where exactly you want to go. Some of the strips include Beho Beho, Kiba, Matambwe, Mbuyu, Mtemere, Siwandu, Stieglers, and Sumbazi. The distance also depends on which strip you want to land on.
The flight from Serengeti which is routed through Arusha takes about 4 hours.
Fly from Zanzibar
The road trip from Dar Es Salaam to Selous is slow due to poor road conditions and requires a suitable car. However, it can become interesting if you make a stayover at Mikumi National Park, which is almost on the way. The road trip covers a distance of about 300-400 kilometers, depending on where exactly you want to go and it takes about 5 to 8 hours!
So, what are you waiting for? Fly to Selous now and enjoy your stay at the Selous Game Reserve. For more details, you can also check out the Expert Guide on Selous Game Reserve!