Selous Game Reserve
The Selous Game Reserve, at 55,000 square kilometers, is the second largest conservation area in Africa, and a proclaimed world heritage site.
The reserve covers an area twice that of Denmark and is a true wilderness with a rich variety of wildlife. It is virtually untouched and remains one of Africa’s best kept secrets.
Visitors have a plethora of opportunities to witness Africa’s unspoiled wilderness from a range of perspectives, including boat excursions along the Rufiji River, exhilarating hikes, and once-in-a-lifetime fly-camp safari expeditions into the bush.
The Selous Game Reserve offers superb African getaways and an unparalleled experience with a peek at Africa the way it was meant to be.
What You’ll See
Over 3/4 of a million animals inhabit this great wilderness
This wilderness has been largely untouched by humans and contains the world’s largest concentration of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, hippos and wild dogs. Other species include lion, giraffe, baboon, zebra and the greater kudu.
Over three quarters of a million animals inhabit this great wilderness. The park is split into two contrasting grounds, the Selous and the Mikumi, by the great, winding Rufiji River.
The reserve is also a haven for bird lovers; more than 350 species of birds have been identified here including the goliath heron, fish eagle and kingfishers to excite any keen ornithologist.
The reserve combines many types of vegetation, from the Beho Beho Mountains to the Rufiji River with lakes, streams and swamps full of buffalo, waterbuck and Borassus palms.
Stieglers Gorge, 100m deep and 100m wide, is a magnificent natural feature with a cable car that ferries safari vehicles across the river. It also happens to be a spot favored by leopards.
The highlight of a trip to the park has to be the river safari on Lake Tagalala. The area features a zone for spotting lions and elephants as they come to bathe in the lagoons. Watch out for hippos and crocodiles!
In the Beho Beho section of the reserve, the hot springs at Maji Moto are a great place to soak away the dust and achy bones that are common to overland safari travel.
Also in the Beho Beho area is the grave of Captain Frederick Courtenay Selous, the British hunter, soldier, naturalist and great eccentric who gave the reserve its name.
Source: Tanzania Tourist Board
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