The Selous Game Reserve (pronounced “seloo”) is the largest game-reserve in Africa. An excursion to this reserve located in Tanzania’s southern game-circuit will present one with new and exciting opportunities for traditional game-drives, walking safaris, and boating excursions.
The Selous Game Reserve was named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist. The reserve covers an area just over 21,000 square miles and no permanent human habitation or permanent structures are permitted. All (human) entry and exit is carefully controlled by the Tanzanian Game Department, making it one of the last remaining pristine true wilderness areas in the world. The Selous Game Reserve was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature.
The reserve hosts over 800,000 mammals, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffalos, zebras, impalas, gnus, hartebeests, waterbucks, giraffes, kudus, warthogs, grysbok, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, bush babies, baboons, Vervet monkeys and mongooses. And that’s without mentioning the reserve’s specialty – an abundance of hippos and crocodiles. You will be certain to see many of the animals on our bush excursions!