The Soul Selous Journey
The urbanized Dar-es-Salaam gradually fades away into clouds and eventually reaching the huge Miombo woodlands, lakes, swamps, animals, meandering roads and a passage of serenity. Selous game reserve Reserve in the Southern stretch of Tanzania.
Selous, as is commonly called, was named after a conservationist, Frederick Selous. The vast 54600 square kilometer land is huge. The game reserve has several airstrips. Elephants, cheetahs, rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, as well as crocodiles, occupy the sanctuary. The vegetation ranges from wooden grasslands to dense thickets.
The Selous, one of the largest conservation areas in the world. Selous is approximately three times bigger than the famous Serengeti National Park.
The World Heritage Site makes up 6% of Tanzania. Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a game drive in that area.
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Selous is home to a diverse range of bird and mammal species.There are close to 60,000 elephants and about 40,000 hippos.
The Selous is photographic and displays African wilderness grandeur. The Rufiji river meanders through Miombo Woodland connected with streams and lakes with waterfowl, crocodile, and hippos
A game drive along the rough roads of Selous is rewarding during dry seasons around the lakes. Whether bush camping or staying in lodge comfort, it is easy to make arrangements for a walking safari and have a field guide close by.
Boat safaris on lakes or the Rufiji river is an opportunity to see diverse birds and wildlife from a differing perspective.
The size of the Selous game reserve and its remote location, it is recommended to have a minimum of at least three nights. Fly-in Safaris and game viewing activities by lodges are popular choices. For a truly wild experience, try bush camping.
The wildlife in Selous attracts southern and eastern African wildlife, both migratory and resident with over 440 known bird species of birds. The lion population is strong here and a huge leopard population and home to hippos.
One way to reach Selous Game Reserve is by train, The TAZARA Railway route from Dar es Salaam to Zambia passes Selous Game Reserve a few times each week and is also one transport way.
Accommodation in Selous
There is a wide range of campsites and lodges around the Selous Game Reserve.
Lodges on Rufiji River banks as well as remote hilly locations are all within the game reserve. As there is a diversity of accommodation and a wide range of habitat longer stays at Selous Game Reserve are recommended
The main attraction is hot springs where soothing warm water dips are possible. Lake Tagalal is great for bird watching and home to hippos and crocodiles
The Ulitmate Bush Experience
- Unspoiled Woodland, grassy plant, bush sounds make up the best scenery.
- Exciting walking and boat safaris
Selous is African wildlife untouched in Africa and is easily reached from Zanzibar or Dar-es-salaam.