Boat safaris on the Rufiji or the reserve’s lakes are offered by most camps and lodges. Most also organise walking safaris, usually three-hour hikes near the camps, with a night at a fly camp. Vehicle safaris are permitted in open safari vehicles – a welcome change from Tanzania's northern safari circuit. Self-drive safaris are also possible.

Self-Drive Safaris

It’s 75km through the Selous between Mtemere and Matambwe gates. Spending a few days on each side, linked by a full day’s wildlife drive in between, is a rewarding option, although wildlife concentrations in the Matambwe area cannot compare with those deeper inside the reserve towards Mtemere. If you can only explore one area, eastern Selous is the best bet.