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Selous Game Reserve

According to UNESCO Part of the area was gazetted in 1905 the German colonial administration and four reserves were established in the region by 1912 (total 2S0,000ha). These were combined to form Selous Game Reserve in 1922, named after captain Frederic Courtney Selous. Further boundary revisions were made after independence to include elephant migration routes. Accepted as a World Heritage site in December 1982.

The Selous Game Reserve, covering 50,000 square kilometres, is amongst the largest protected areas in Africa and is relatively undisturbed by human impact. The property harbours one of the most significant concentrations of elephant, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile, amongst many other species. The reserve also has an exceptionally high variety of habitats including Miombo woodlands, open grasslands, riverine forests and swamps, making it a valuable laboratory for on-going ecological and biological processes.

The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in Africa, with relatively undisturbed ecological and biological processes, including a diverse range of wildlife with significant predator/prey relationships. It contains a great diversity of vegetation types, including rocky acacia-clad hills, gallery and ground water forests, swamps and lowland rain forest. The dominant vegetation of the reserve is deciduous Miombo woodlands and the property constitutes a globally important example of this vegetation type. Because of this fire-climax vegetation, soils are subject to erosion when there are heavy rains. The result is a network of normally dry rivers of sand that become raging torrents during the rains; these sand rivers are one of the most unique features of the Selous landscape. Large parts of the wooded grasslands of the northern Selous are seasonally flooded by the rising water of the Rufiji River, creating a very dynamic ecosystem.

Watu Safaris will assist you in creating your trip in a personal, friendly yet professional approach while putting into considerations your interests, budget and time. With our hospitality, and customer care services which we impose along your trip accompanied with secure travel facilities, make a trip with us to the Africa's largest game reserve, the Selous Game Reserve and one of the favorite game viewing areas in Tanzania and Africa as a continent, located in southern Tanzania that includes a variety of animals species such as the Africa's largest elephants, wild dogs, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and lion prides, black rhinoceros etc. With the size and variety of resources available within Selous Game Reserve there are a lot of safari options available, few are as detailed bellow.

Standard game drives: to view large numbers of leopards, endangered African wild dogs, buffalos, giraffe, eland, hyena, sable, hippo, crocodile, kudu, baboon, wildebeest, zebra, impala, hartebeest, colobus and vervet monkeys along with over 450 species of birds.

Finest boat safaris: enjoy boat safaris when you reach Selous Game Reserve.

Best walking tours: such as walking safaris at Siwandu, Beho Beho and Sand Rivers in particular.

Fly camping trips and Adventurous mobile camp set up: which involve lengthy and makes that makes Selous in Tanzania with the greatest diversity of safari activities and options.

Sample Itineraries

Ruaha National Park - Itinerary for 5 days with 4 nights - Budget Option

Selous Game Reserve - Itinerary for 3 days with 2 Nights - Jimbiza Lodge

Mikumi National Park and Selous Game Reserve - 5 days with 4 Nights

Ruaha National Park - Itinerary for 4 days with 3 Nights

Mikumi and Udzungwa National Parks - 4 days with 3 Nights

(Suitable for schools educational trips, church groups, company get away etc)

Spotted Hyena looking for something to eat in Ruaha National Park during game driven during recent game drive

Read more about Selous Game Reserve from Tanzania Tourist Board website