The Selous Game Reserve, covering 50,000 square kilometres, is amongst the largest protected areas in Africa and is relatively undisturbed by human impact. Significant concentrations of elephant, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile, amongst many other species, occur here. The reserve also has an exceptionally high variety of habitats including miombo woodland, open grasslands, riverine forests and swamps.
It was named after Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunger and early conservationist who died there in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during WW1. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature.
The Rufiji River, the lifeblood of the Selous Game Reserve, runs gently through the landscape, fanning out into an enormous delta on reaching the Indian Ocean. Its tributaries form a network of lakes, lagoons and channels. Boat trips on the Rufiji are popular as are walking safaris which are permitted in the Selous.
Best time to visit: June –February.