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Selous Game Reserve


Diverse Wildlife

Home to a large herd of elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, wild dogs, and some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhinos, Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest wildlife reserve.

Rufiji River

One of the most interesting places in the park, Rufiji River flows into the Indian Ocean opposite Mafia Island and the Stiegler Gorge, a canyon 100 m deep and 100 m wide.

Astounding Birdlife

With over 440 species of bird recorded, Selous Game Reserve boasts an astounding birding destination.



The best time to visit the Selous Game Reserve is during the dry season, which runs from June to October. Additionally, since the park doesn't usually see as many visitors as its northern circuit counterparts, visitors can enjoy a more “one with nature” experience.



A protected area situated in Southern Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve covers a whopping 50,000 km sq and it also boasts additional buffer zones. Due to its diversity in wildlife and undisturbed nature, the Selous Game Reserve was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.

In addition to its outstanding birdlife, Selous also offers stunning views of wild animals, thanks to the number of beautiful lakes alongside the main circuit which is a great place to view the distinctively numerous giraffes, waterbucks, zebras, impalas, and buffaloes. Some of the key attractions of the Selous are the wild dogs and the reserve is home to several rare antelopes including the puku and sable.

Habitats in the Selous include grasslands, typical Acacia savannah, wetlands, and the extensive Miombo woodlands. Within the reserve, all human entry and exit are controlled by the wildlife division of the Tanzanian Ministry of natural resources and tourism, and permanent human habitation is prohibited.

A popular tourist destination, boat trips on the Rufiji are a popular activity and a section of the park along the Rufiji River has been designated a photographic zone. Going on a boat trip is a great way to enjoy the birdlife as you can easily catch a glimpse of the most conspicuous birds that are usually attracted to the lagoons, Islands, sandbanks, and channels along the Rufiji River.

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