Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Area: 54,600 km²

The Selous game reserve is Tanzania’s largest and the most beautiful game reserve. It covers 54,000sq Km - it is said to be bigger than Switzerland and has a lake at the center making game viewing easy.

The reserve was named after Cpt. Frederick Selous in 1905. He was an explorer, naturalist and hunter. It borders Mikumi National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park and Kibasira swamp.

As Africa’s most protected area, the reserve remains to be the best place where one can combine game viewing and trekking. It is also a private game hunting site where legal hunting companies lease the land for hunting. There are 45 hunting blocks assigned to each company.

Other than game viewing, hunting and trekking, the reserve is superb for destination weddings or safari destination for groups, honeymooners and families. Moreover, boating safaris on the Rufiji river, game drives, and fly camping trip are activities one can take up once s/he gets here.

The Northern side of the park has lagoons that run off the Rufiji River, that supplies water to the reserve during the dry season. Most camps are located on this end for easy viewing due to the concentration of animals and the huge number of hippos and crocodiles.

The best time to visit the game reserve is as from July tso mid-November when it’s dry and a huge volume of game animals are at the water source and the most sought after African wild dogs are also present at this time.

The reserve is covered with a variety of vegetation like open grasslands, Acacia and miombo woodlands, swamps and riverine forests.

Some of the wildlife that can be found in Selous are: buffaloes, elephants, hippos, wild dogs and crocodiles. Other wildlife include the wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, zebra, eland, the greater kudu, sable antelopes, giraffe, baboon, the vervet and blue monkeys, and the black and white colobus monkey. Predators include: lions, leopards, cheetah and the spotted hyena.

Over 440 species of birds can be found here. The reserve is home to resident and migratory birds. 

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