The Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa, stretching 45,000 sq. km. The reserve consists of a diverse landscape comprised of forested and mountainous areas, expansive fields, rivers, and flood plains. The Rufiji River runs through the reserve and is home to many fish species and aquatic wildlife.
Selous Game Reserve has a high population of a variety of animals including giraffes, elephants, black rhino, leopard, crocodile, hippo, and 440 known bird species. The park is also noted as being one of the most significant sanctuaries for the dwindling African wild dog population. Although the reserve is known for having high counts of wildlife, Selous sets itself aside from other parks and game reserves as its isolated location and extensive, un-touched land allow for visitors to experience a truly authentic and wild Tanzania Safari.
Once there, you’ll settle into your tented camp, enjoy the view across the savannah or over the river, sip a gin and tonic and soak up the sounds of the African bush. Each day you’ll join small groups of fellow lodge guests for game drives, walking safaris, or sunset river cruises led by expert naturalist guides. Get your binoculars ready – some truly special wildlife adventures await.
The Oldest Wildlife Reserve On The Continent
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There are a number of ways to explore the park, including game drives, river rafting safaris, boat cruises, fishing and walking safaris.
Hot air balloon safaris and fly camping are also possible. Bird enthusiasts can watch the 440 species from a boat, also taking in views of hippo pods and crocodiles, waiting for prey.
Safaris In Selous are easily, and commonly, combined with time spent on Tanzania’s beautiful Indian Ocean islands. If you’ll already be flying back to Dar es Salaam it is no longer, or more difficult to instead fly directly to Zanzibar or the Mafia Islands archipelago for a few days of beach bliss. Intimate, private safaris coupled with luxury lounging on coral-white sands makes Selous a perfect honeymoon choice.
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