Six to 8 hours drive towards the southern part of Tanzania, south of Dar es Salaam, is where the Selous Game Reserve is located covering an area of about 54,600 square kilometers. Selous game reserve is located in remote Tanzania and because of this making it easy to access mostly by small aircrafts.
Wildlife is much easier to watch during the dry season, when the animals gather at water points as well as the presence of thinner vegetation. Wildlife viewing in Selous game reserve is therefore best during this time, from June to October.The best time to visit Selous is June to October which also ranks as the highest season. The tourist area around the Rufiji River gets rather crowded. Most of the lodges are closed during the low season in the months of Mach, April and May .The best weather is experienced in June to October with little or no rains, where as the peak of the worst season sets in March and April.
During the dry season, it is easier to view as the game gathers around the waterholes and rivers with the vegetation being less. The rains are very little and it is sunny most of the time. There are few mosquitoes during the dry season hence less chances of catching malaria. The humidity is low with heat that is not over powered.However, because of the drought, there are lots of dusts and most places get quite crowded. A flight from Dar es Salaam takes a period of about 45 minutes to the park landing at the several airstrips that are located at the different camps.
This falls during the months of October to May bringing about fascinating scenery that is green. In the low season months of March, April and May, the prices have chances of being lowered in order to attract tourist, since the crowds are less. Bird watching time is at its peak as the migratory birds are present. The roads are hard to travel as they become very muddy around this season. It is not good to view wildlife as compared to the season during the middle and end of the dry season. Accommodation is also tricky during this season as many lodges are closed. The heat and humidity are also a bother.
Being a classic dry park, the Selous has game that gradually gets even better in the later times of the season as you travel. The biggest crowds of animals are usually an experience in the best time of the year which is July to October, although does not estimate the park during any time of the year. To have the best game viewing, it is done at particular areas throughout the year. January and February get the animals moving away from the feeding grounds that are fertile, thus the time when you have to choose your camp very attentively. At this time of the year, birding is definitely supper world class.