Selous Game Reserve : Facts, Features and More

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Selous is Tanzania’s largest game reserve and is home to massive herds of elephants as well as black rhinos, hippos, wild dogs and a diverse collection of birds. Split by the Rufiji river, it is an excellent place for water-based wildlife observation. This beautiful place is not congested like many of the parks to the north, and thus retains more of its wilderness.

Selous Game Reserve : Facts, Features and More

54,600 sq km (21,100 sq mi).


Southern Tanzania, due east of Mafia Island,along the Rufiji River


Getting to: 
Getting By 4WD, one hour flight from Dar, or by train from Kisaki.

Accomodation & Services



Why should you visit?

The Selous Game Reserve, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the large diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature. It was named after Sir Frederick Selous, an English hunter and early conservationist who died here while fighting the Germans during WWI. Within the reserve no permanent human habitation or permanent structures are permitted. All (human) entry and exit is carefully controlled by the Wildlife Division of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.

Elephants, hippos, African wild dogs, cape buffalos and crocodiles can be found in this park in larger numbers than in any other African game reserve or national park.

Although total wildlife populations are high, the reserve is large and densities of animals are lower than in the more regularly visited northern tourist circuit of Tanzania.

Interesting places in the park include the Rufiji River, which flows into the Indian Ocean opposite Mafia Island and the Stiegler Gorge, a canyon of 100 metres depth and 100 metres width. Habitats include grassland, typical Acacia savanna, wetlands and extensive Miombo woodlands.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your safari now!

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