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Birding Trips in Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania

Birds in Selous Game Reserve

With more than 440 bird species that have been recorded inside the park, the Selous is a wonderful place for bird watching. The most eye-catching habitats of birds in this reserve are the islands, channels, sandbanks plus lagoons, together with mighty River Rufiji. A great way to watch the bird species here is taking a boat safari. From November up to April, there are various Migratory birds.

Notable birds

The Common Spur-winged lapwing

The Common African spoonbill

The rare Pel’s fishing owl Rare

The Common White-headed vulture

The Common White-fronted bee-eater

African wattled lapwing

Birding specials

African skimmer

Black-winged stilt

Böhm’s bee-eater

Broad-billed roller

Brown-headed parrot

Brown-necked parrot

Carmine bee-eater

Dickinson’s kestrel

Palm-nut vulture

Pearl-spotted owlet

Pel’s fishing owl

Racket-tailed roller

Rock pratincole

Thick-billed cuckoo

White-backed night heron

White-backed vulture

White-fronted plover

White-headed lapwing

Yellow-billed stork

Best time for bird watching

The Selous is a wonderful bird watching destination throughout the year. Since migratory birds coming from Europe or the northern part of Africa are present starting in April, this the finest time for watching birds. The resident species begin Nesting almost at the same time therefore it is really easy to see the birds while in breeding plumage. Towards the finish of the wet season, the majority of the camps closed (in April), and then opens again in the month of June. For the best game views we recommend that you travel then which is from June up to October.


Some of the most commonly spotted bird species within the Selous Game Reserve are: the brown-breasted barbet, Mangrove kingfishers, African skimmers, palm-nut vulture, freckled nightjars, grey-hooded kingfisher, waders, broad-billed roller, green-billed coucal, long-tailed fiscal, red-winged warbler, Boehm’s bee-eater, black cuckoo-shrike, green-capped eremomela, spotted-flanked barbet, Bennett’s woodpecker, a pearl-spotted owl, Dickinson’s kestrel, yellow-bellied bulbul, red-billed helmetshrike, red-faced Crombec, green-capped eremomela, red-throated twin spot, white helmet-shrikes, Sterling’s barred warbler, Livingstone’s flycatcher, Arnot’s chat, spotted-flanked barbet, wattle-eyed flycatchers, red-throated twinspot, grey Penduline-tit, Layard’s black-headed weavers, a pearl-spotted owl, purple-banded sunbird, Von der Decken’s hornbill as well as the mosque swallow.

Best parks for birding in Tanzania

All the renowned safari parks provide amazing opportunities for watching birds and also  specials may easily be seen almost everywhere you go. Arusha National Park which is usually overlooked offers a wonderful variety of habitats and prides in an overwhelming list of approximately 400 species living within its small area. Also Lake Manyara presents a great diversity of water associated bird species.

A Southern Tanzania Safari

Safaris to the Southern part of Tanzania incorporate visits to Selous and Ruaha wildlife reserves, although the more costly Western areas has  Katavi as well as Mahale game reserves.

Southern Tanzania whose most well like national parks are Ruaha plus the Selous is really less visited as compared to the parks in the northern part of the country, however these parks offer short and long safaris, boat safaris, game drives in open sided safri vehicles as well as the unique yet very thrilling walking safaris.

These parks offer small tented lodges that offer more privacy as compared to the large hotels in the North, and this is pretty cheaper compared to accommodation offered in the north

Selous is just 45 minutes flight from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar, and is cheaper than the return flight to the town of Arusha, or North of Serengeti.
Selous Game Reserve Safari

Getting To Selous

When To Visit Selous

Birding in Selous