Sand Rivers Selous
When To Go

When To Go

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When to go green

January

Green, lush and full of life

When to go info LOW season rates, save over 30%

When to go wildlife Depending on the rain, wildlife may be dispersed so you might have to work a bit harder, but the rewards are always great. The bush is also beautiful and green, trees in flower and full of life. Birds starting to get breeding plumage.

When to go weather Normally quite a hot month and there is the chance of the odd shower. Walking best done early or in the cool of the late afternoon.

February

Beautiful month, weather erratic

When to go info LOW season rates, save over 30%

When to go wildlife Wildlife is unpredictable because a lot depends on the rain. If the rains have been drawn out, the bush may still be thick and wildlife dispersed, so you've got to know where to look. Wildlife is found most often in woodlands.

When to go weather Often one of the most beautiful months here, but a lot depends on the rains which are erratic at this time of the year - it can either be quite green or reasonably dry. The odd shower still possible and the bush can still be thick.

March

Great walking, birding & boating

When to go info LOW season rates, save over 30%

When to go wildlife Wildlife viewing depends on how good the rains have been, but generally we expect to look a little harder and for the animals to be away from the river.

When to go weather Selous still likely to be green and beautiful and this is one of the best months for birding, boating and walking. The river normally rises and there's still the odd chance of a shower and dramatic cloud formations.

April

May

June

Dry season approaching

When to go info LOW season rates, save over 30%

When to go wildlife The water recedes, grasses dry out, leaves begin to fall. Wildlife is in top condition. Fishing is usually superb once the water levels fall. Many birds still have their breeding plumage, June is an exciting month for new lion cubs and pride dynamics.

When to go weather June is a common month for many plants to flower. June is typically cool, with some rainfall early in the month. Days are often overcast, which makes for great afternoon and late morning safaris. Good time for fly camping.

July

Cool, dry, great wildlife

When to go info Combine with Kigelia Ruaha and get 2 nights free on a week's safari

When to go wildlife Wildlife is concentrated along the river and lakes. Walking is superb as the vegetation opens up. The sand river and jungle game drive route comes into season. Fishing and river sightings are excellent as sand banks are exposed for hippos and crocodiles.

When to go weather July is typically the coolest month with overcast skies but 0mm of rainfall. Cool, overcast mornings allow for fantastic long walks. Excellent for fly camps.

August

Cool, dry, great wildlife

When to go info Combine with Kigelia Ruaha and get 2 nights free on a week's safari

When to go wildlife Marshes such as the Garden are still well watered and become popular spots for herbivores, and therefore predators. Elephant sightings in camp occur regularly, even daily. Predator sightings are typically excellent. Fishing good.

When to go weather The weather remains cool with typically overcast skies in the morning, but begins to warm up by the end of the month. Excellent month for fly camping.

September

Wildlife gathering at Rivers & Lakes

When to go info Combine with Kigelia Ruaha and get 2 nights free on a week's safari

When to go wildlife River and lakes team with wildlife. An excellent month for predators; game loses condition and becomes vulnerable around drinking spots. Elephants continue to gather at the river to feed and begin to dig drinking holes in the dry riverbeds.

When to go weather The Selous becomes ever drier, water sources become more critical. Weather completely dry and temperate. Excellent time for fishing, boating and flycamping.

October

Dry, excellent wildlife, warming up

When to go info Combine with Kigelia Ruaha and get 2 nights free on a week's safari

When to go wildlife By the end of the month, even some of the smaller lakes and the garden become dry. Elephants resort to stripping bark off trees for sustenance. The first migratory birds begin to arrive. Fishing and fly camping are good.

When to go weather October often brings isolated storms and rain showers. Temperature and humidity increase considerably. Best month for sunsets.

November

First rains, good wildlife

When to go info LOW season rates, save over 30%

When to go wildlife November is typically still fairly dry, but we may see the first rains. The grasses sprout 5-7 days after the first sustained rainfall. Migratory birds begin to arrive. In dry years, herbivores become desperate and do not venture far from water sources.

When to go weather Temperatures are consistently warm and rainfall is erratic, with some years bringing isolated showers and other years bringing more sustained rainfall.

December

Great birding, wildlife begins to disperse

When to go info LOW season rates, save over 30% in early December

When to go wildlife Wildlife movements depend heavily on rainfall patterns but by the end of the month, herbivores begin to utilize fresh grass in the woodland habitats. Wildlife sightings along the river decline and fishing starts to get trickier due to sediment.

When to go weather December is typically a month of change. Migratory birds become ubiquitous, trees begin to grow new leaves, and by the end of the month, the green season has set in. December is a very hot and humid month. Fly camp may be disrupted by rainfall.

The Selous is an alluring wilderness no matter what time of year you visit. The dry season which runs from June until the end of October sees water sources drying up, and the wildlife congregating around the rivers and numerous waterholes. This makes for excellent big-game viewing, particularly when it comes to predator action as the herbivores constant quest for water makes them vulnerable to opportunistic hunters. The movements of the wildlife in the park is a little more predictable and so our intrepid team of guides traverse the winding water ways, in vehicle, on foot and by boat in search of exciting wild action. 

From November the rains begin to arrive in Tanzania and this heralds the arrival of youngsters of all shapes and sizes. The impala and many other antelope choose this time of plenty to have thier babies, which again yields exciting opportunities to witness predators in action. A huge highlight of this time of year is the birding. Migratory bird species arrive in the area and don their very impressive breeding plumage, often an explosion of unexpected colour in the bush as they flit from tree to tree. Boating is excellent as the river level rises.