Boat Safari In The Selous Game Reserve


The Selous Game Reserve is one of the very few places in Africa where it's possible to view wildlife from the water, and after the dust and bumpy roads of a game drive, there's nothing more relaxing that drifting along the river watching the wildlife.



Selous River Camp offers two types of boat safari, short 2-3 hour sunset or dawn boat trips along the Rufiji River outside the reserve (so no entry permit needed), or full day boat safaris which explore the Rufiji river as well as the lakes of the Selous.

Photo Credit: Richard Crombie


Short Boat Safari (dawn or sunset)

This boat safari is idea for seeing Hippos, Crocodiles and plentiful different bird species (including commonly the African Fish Eagle, Malachite Kingfisher, Goliath Heron, African Skimmer and Boehm's Bee-Eater... as well as many more). Monkeys (Blue Monkey, Savannah Baboon and Black and White Colobus Monkey) are often spotted in the trees along the banks of the river as well as Nile Monitor Lizards. We particularly recommend the sunset boat safari. The boat will stop off on a sandbank where you can stretch your legs and enjoy a cool drink.



Full Day Boat Safari

Leaving camp at 10am, this boat safari is a more in-depth exploration up the vast Rufiji River and into the Selous Game Reserve's lakes. On this boat safari, you can see everything you would normally see on a short boat safari, plus any other wildlife which is along the water's edge at the time. It's common to see giraffe, impala, waterbuck, kudu, warthog and - a highlight for those with good luck - elephants bathing or crossing the river. Your guide will stop the boat at the edge of one of the lakes so that you can enjoy a picnic lunch.


Photo Credit: Richard Crombie


All of our safari packages include at least one boat safari. If you're staying for more than three nights, or will have been on game drives before, we recommend including a full day boat safari as part of your itinerary.



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