Selous Game Reserve.

Selous, Tanzania

Selous Game Reserve.

The Selous is Tanzania's Amazon, covering 50,000km² of wilderness, with open woodland, grassy plains, mountains and forests. The Selous Game Reserve (pronounced 'seloo', and named after the 19th-century British explorer and hunter, Frederick Courtney Selous) is Africa's largest game reserve.

It's almost three times the size of South Africa's Kruger National Park, and four times the size of the Serengeti National Park. The Rufiji River runs through the Selous, pretty much bisecting it into a northern and southern section, with most people tending to visit the area to the north of the river. Visitor numbers to the reserve are quite low compared to those found in Tanzania's northern parks.

The River also provides superb game-viewing, mostly during the dry season (June-October), when big game joins the hippos and crocodiles at the water’s edge.

The Selous contains one third of the world’s wild dog population alongside one of Africa’s largest populations of giraffe, huge herds of elephant and buffalo, lion, leopard, wildebeest, hartebeest, kudu, sable antelope, eland, reedbuck, bushbuck, zebras and many antelope and 450 birds species recorded in the park.

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