The reserve stretches for 55,000 sq kilometers. It is Africa's largest game reserve and a world heritage site. To give you a scale, it is larger than Switzerland and almost four times the size of the Serengeti, yet still un-spoilt my mass tourism.
Most of the area is covered by miombo woodland, interspersed with grass plains, wetlands and forest. Perhaps the most alluring aspect of Selous is the ability to explore the reserve by boat. Just imagine winding your way through channels and swamps where elephants bathe, hippos snort and crocodiles slip silently away.
Selous contains about one third of all the wild dogs in the world. Their need to roam vast areas and their formidable hunting skills has caused many to be shot, but here they have boundless woodlands and savannahs in which to roam.
Along the Rufiji River, an array of grazing antelopes, crocodiles and hippos are commonly seen as well as black and white colobus monkeys in the riverine forests. During the dry season from June to October, the concentration of animals along the river is astonishing. Linked to the Rufiji is Lake Tagalala where waterbuck, reedbuck and bushbuck gather at the water’s edge. Magnificent sickle-horned sable and curly-horned greater kudu tend to keep to the longer grass and wooded shrubby areas.
In the dry season an ancient migration of elephants takes place between Selous and Mozambique’s Niassa Game Reserves. This is one of the largest natural trans-boundary eco-systems in Africa and at the last consensus it was estimated that 64,400 elephants roam the two parks, with 84% on the Tanzanian Side.
If angling is your passion there are endless possibilities for landing a tiger or cat fish.
The hot springs at Beho Beho are wonderful to soak away dust. It is in this area that Captain F C Selous is buried, the British soldier and naturalist from which the name Selous comes.
Last but not least, as Selous is a Game Reserve and not a National Park it is possible to experience this environment on foot. A walking safari is we think one of the most exciting and fulfilling ways to explore. On foot you can reach areas not accessible by road or river, with stunning views of Selous not to mention the animals.
The animals tend to congregate around the Rufiji River between July and November and again January to March, but Selous is a beautiful tranquil place to visit year round.
Road access is only possible during the dry season and most visitors fly in from Dar es Salaam by charter planes.