Selous Game Reserve
TheÂ Selous Game ReserveÂ has an area of more than 50,000 sq km making it the world’s largest conserved area excluding polar regions. Selous is three times bigger than theÂ Serengeti National ParkÂ . The reserve is a World Heritage Site and covers almost 6% of Tanzania’s land. The Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a gamedrive in that area.
TheÂ Selous Game ReserveÂ is home to a high diversity of both large mammal and bird species. TheÂ Selous Game ReserveÂ has over 60,000 elephants and 40,000 hippos. The world’s largest population of African Hunting Dogs exists in the reserve. Of Tanzania’s 1,113 different species of bird, 430 have been positively identified within theÂ Selous Game ReserveÂ .
The photographic tourism section of the Selous is very atmospheric, displaying the grandeur of this incredible African wilderness. TheÂ Rufiji RiverÂ meanders its way through the Miombo woodland and Acacia-Terminalia savanna, connected by streams to five attractive lakes, which teem with hippo, crocodile and waterfowl.
A game drive along the network of rough roads is reliably rewarding, especially during the dry season around the lakes. Whether you are camping in the bush or staying at a lodge it is very easy to arrange a walking safari, where you will have a ranger with you at all times.
AÂ boat safariÂ on either the lakes or theÂ Rufiji RiverÂ is a fantastic opportunity to see the wildlife and thousands birds from a different perspective. When you leave the busier Mtemere region in the east other vehicles are a rare sight and you are just as likely to pass a ranger patrol vehicle as a safari car full of visitors.
Due to its sheer size and the remoteness of theÂ Selous Game ReserveÂ , a minimum of three nights is recommended although one or two nights is also possible. All inclusive fly-in safaris, with game viewing activities operated by the lodges are a popular choice. Should you really want the trueÂ Wild ThingsÂ experience, choose several nights bush camping. The TAZARA Railway (Dar es Salaam to New Kipiri Mposhi in Zambia) passes through theÂ Selous Game ReserveÂ several times a week and is also a great mode of transport.
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