At approximately 50,000 square kilometers, the Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site covering more than 5% of Tanzania’s total land area. Selous game reserve is still an uninhabited, untamed slice of “Old Africa” and offers unforgettable game viewing in almost isolated surrounding. Well known for Tanzania’s largest population of elephants as well as enormous numbers of wild animals such as lions, leopards, buffalos, hippos and even black rhinos along side one of the healthiest populations of the endangered African Wild dogs; with the greater part of the northern sector of the Selous being one of the most beautiful and game-rich areas in the whole eco-system.
Other animal species commonly seen are bushbuck, red and blue duikers, eland, hartebeest, hyena, klipspringer, impala, giraffe, Oryx, reedbuck, waterbuck and zebra. Yellow baboon, vervet and blue monkey, and families of black and white colobus monkeys may sometimes be seen moving from tree to tree. Endangered red colobus inhabit only the west of the reserve but visits to observe this rare breed can be arranged.
The topography of the park varies from rolling savannah woodland and grassland plains to rocky outcrops cut by the wide meandering Rufiji River and its tributaries, the Kilombero and Luwegu, which together cover the greatest water catchment area in East Africa, the latter being home to the ferocious tiger fish and vandu catfish. With its associated wetlands, lakes and swamps,Rufiji river is one of the most outstanding ecological systems in the whole of Eastern Africa. Boat trips, walking safaris or the traditional game drive safaris down the spectacular Rufiji River offer our visitors a chance to see game and bird-life up close
Selous is equally celebrated for its abundant and prolific bird-life with more than 380 species recorded; these include the globally threatened wattled crane and the corncrake. The most conspicuous bird life can be found around the constantly changing pattern of sand banks, oxbow lakes, lagoons and channels along the Rufiji River whose scenery is made spectacular by the grooves of Borassus palms, an indigenous species whose tall fronds sway majestically in the African breeze.
Between a seven and nine hour drive, but only in the dry season, or a one and a half hour flight from Dar es Salaam.