"Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle... when the sun comes up, you'd better be running." - ABE GUBEGNA

Discover the nature


Covering an area of around 50,000 sq.km, the Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest protected wildlife areas in the world. Despite this great size, the reserve is largely uninhabited by man and is recognised as Africa's largest unspoiled wilderness. In recognition of the unique ecological importance of the reserve, it was granted World Heritage Site status, by the United Nations in 1982. Very little development has taken place in the Selous, and this makes it most natural wilderness remaining in Africa today.

Situated in the south-eastern part of Tanzania, Selous was first mentioned by 19th-Century European explorers. The name Selous is in memory of the naturalist, hunter and author Frederic Courteney Selous DSO, who died fighting in World War I and was buried near where he fell in the reserve. His real-life adventures inspired Sir H. Rider Haggard to create the fictional Allan Quatermain character.

The reserve contains a wide variety of wildlife habitats, which include open grasslands, acacia and miombo woodlands, riverine forests, and swamps. It is home to thousands of the big mammals, hundreds of bird species, countless small animals, and many reptile varieties.

The River Rufiji is the main feature in the Selous Game Reserve, with main tributaries twisting and turning across the flood plains as the river runs towards the Indian Ocean. The river's delta contains the largest mangrove forest in the world. Boat Safaris on the river and on the adjacent lakes are a special way to observe wildlife and to see some of the best scenery in the reserve. Hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, buffaloes, and a large variety of water birds such as herons, kingfishers, and geese are abundant in and around the river.

Game drives are also attractive, especially along the shores of the lakes and the rivers. Evening drives provide a great experience of seeing the sun going down over the lakes. The adventure-seeking traveller can also explore this reserve on foot. The authority of the reserve or the camps organizing the tour will provide an armed ranger for these excursions.



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