The Selous is Africa's largest game reserve with a very high quality game viewing area offering a wonderful mix of driving, walking and river safaris. The Selous Game Reserve has an area of more than 50,000 sq km making it the world's largest conserved area excluding Polar Regions. Selous is three times bigger than the Serengeti National Park. The reserve is a World Heritage Site and covers almost 6% of Tanzania's land. The Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a game-drive in that area.
The Selous Game Reserve is home to a high diversity of both large mammal and bird species. The Selous Game Reserve has over 60,000 elephants and 40,000 hippos. The world's largest population of African Hunting Dogs exists in the reserve. Of Tanzania's 1,113 different species of bird, 430 have been positively identified within the Selous Game Reserve.
The park is bisected by the Rufiji River which gives the park its distinctive character and beauty - a truly relaxed, peaceful place.
The northern sector of the park is the focal area for safaris with large herds of elephant and buffalo alongside a healthy population of lions and the elusive wild dog. The many thousands of wildebeest, zebra, impala, greater kudu, hartebeest and eland all add up to make this a truly rewarding game viewing experience. There is also an impressive array of birdlife.
Safaris in the Selous are mainly lodge based, with visitors enjoying early morning and late afternoon activities whilst otherwise relaxing and enjoying the environment within camp. The walking and fly-camping options available are a true highlight.