Safari to the Selous Game Reserve
Africa's second largest park, the Selous Game Reserve, covers an area four times the size of the Serengeti. In addition to its staggering size, Selous is wild, remote and truly untouched and an excellent addition to any Tanzania safari.
Spanning a total area of over 50 000km², Selous Game Reserve is largely inaccessible to tourists, with much of the park reserved for hunting and research. Only the northern sector of the reserve is open to tourists.
One of the real distinguishing factors between Selous Game Reserve and the northern parks of Tanzania is that Selous lies at an altitude of only a few hundred feet above sea level as opposed to a few thousand. The climate here is very different, as are the fauna and flora - making for a very different, but no less remarkable safari experience.
The focal point of the reserve is the Rufiji River and the series of five interconnected lakes that it feeds, as well as its network of tributaries, ox-bow lakes and shallow sand rivers. A Selous safari offers a truly diverse experience, both in terms of the species found here and the range of safari experiences offered here (both water based and land based safari excursions).
Selous is a big park supporting plenty of wildlife and exceptional bird life. Home to staggering numbers of buffalo, hippo, wildebeest, zebra and impala, as well as an impressive giraffe population, a Selous safari is sure to provide ample sightings. In addition, the park is packed with predators, including over 4000 lion, an estimated 1300 wild dog, cheetah, leopard, and spotted hyena.
You're also likely to encounter elephant, although the populations are significantly less than they used to be before widespread poaching in the 70s and 80s which almost halved the population. Similarly, black rhino populations here are severely diminished.
One of the real draw cards of a Selous safari is the range of safari activities available. Unlike Tanzania's national parks, Selous Game Reserve is not bound by the usual stringent park rules. In fact, visiting the Selous offers a few things that the national parks don't, namely walking safaris, boat safaris on the rivers and lagoons, and camping. What this means is that you'll get to have a far more interactive experience of Africa's wilderness, with thrilling tales to tell on your return home of that time you tracked a lion on foot through Africa.