The Selous Game Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the largest protected wildlife area in Africa. The Selous is larger than Switzerland. The Selous boasts Tanzania’s largest population of elephants as well as large number of lions, leopards, African hunting dogs, buffalo and hippos. Once home to more than 3000 black rhino, several hundred still remain.
The topography of the park varies from savannah wood land, grassland plains and rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River and its tributaries, the Kilombero and Luwegu rivers, which together cover the greatest water catchment areas in East Africa. The Rufiji , which flow from north to south, provides the life blood of the Selous. Sailing or floating down the river is a superb method of seeing game, especial during the dry season between June and October. The park get its name from the hunter explorer Frederick Courtney Selous, whose books were best seller in Victorian England.
How to get to the Selous;
By road, from Dar takes nine hour during the dry season and may be impassable during the wet season; scheduled, or chartered flights from Dar, Zanzibar, Mikumi, Mahale, Katavi, Ruaha and Arusha are often the best means of visiting the Selous