Elephant, Buffalo and Lion hunting in Tanzania

Hunt big Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Lion in the Selous of Tanzania 

Hunting Big Game in the Selous - Tanzania

The Selous Game Reserve is situated in the southern part of Tanzania and named after Frederick Courtney Selous, a famous hunter and naturalist who was killed and buried there in the First World War. It is uninhabited and divided into some 46 hunting blocks, varying in size from 300 to 500 square miles. The size of each block has been determined from its topographical situation and game concentration.

The vegetation is mainly ‘Miombo’ bush with dense thickets in some areas. Some of the largest rivers in Tanzania flow through the Selous. The Selous offers some of the best areas for hunting Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Impala, Warthog, Eland, Sable and Greater Kudu in Tanzania. Our partner in the Selous is Luke Samaras. Born and raised in Tanzania, he has over 40 years of hunting experience and a unique knowledge of this vast land. He is hunting 4 different blocks in the Selous which offers a huge variety of game and landscape.

Hunting Block MS1 - Is one of our largest concessions with over 1,300 square kilometers, it contains three major sand rivers the Namatete river, the Kitope and the largest Umswega river this creates a habitat that holds a great deal of game. Our best Lions and Buffalo have been hunted over the years from this area. The Lions have a characteristic dark ginger mane. The Buffalo average 40” with the biggest shot around 50’’. Elephant, Sable, Kudu and Eland hunting is also of quality. The best hunting time for MS1 is September through December.

Hunting Block U4 - Is our smallest concession with just under 800 square kilometers but is one of our most picturesque concessions. The majority of the area is along the Rufiji river. The area produces some of our biggest Leopards, good Lion plenty of buffalo 38 to 40’’ average, an abundance of Hippo, very good Crocs, Waterbuck, Greater Kudu, Eland, Bushbuck and all the plains game. This area can be hunted from July through December. There is also a good tiger fish, giant catfish and golden catfish fishing in the rivers.

Hunting Block LR1 - Is our most central consession. It is 1,200 square kilometers in size. The majority of habitat is Miombo woodland with a number of smaller sand rivers. This area has produced a number of good Elephant with Bulls drinking at a key water points during the dry season. Sable, Eland and Leopard hunting is also good. This area can be hunted from mid-July through to December.

Hunting Block LR2 - Has 1,145 Square kilometers. It has a diversity of habitat from Miombo woodland to thorn scrub, to thicket belts but also has a large sand river running through, the Kimburu River. When it comes to hunting LR2 is famous for “You never know what is round the next corner”. All game is abundant in this area and can be hunted from July through December. 

Luke Samaras Safaris offers you a hunt in the classic East African tradition. The picturesque Safari camps are very comfortable and equipped with a spacious mess tent, insect and snake-proof sleeping tents with toilets and hot showers, fridges and freezers to keep food fresh and a plentiful supply of ice for your drinks. The cuisine is of the highest standard and all palates are catered for utilizing the game meat and birds combined with seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables flown in regularly. You will be looked after handsomely by our friendly staff including cooks, mess stewards, waiters, porters, drivers, mechanics, trackers, and skinners. There is radio communication daily with Dar es Salaam. The team of Professional Hunters are very experienced and highly qualified, each equipped with a four wheel drive vehicle.

Hard Facts

Hunting Area
Selous, 4450 sq. kilometers

Best for
Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Lion and Leopard, Plainsgame, Crocs & Hippo

Hunting season
1st July – 31st December

Best time to go 
August - November


Trophy Pictures


Hunting the Selous