The Selous Game Reserve is the largest wildlife area in Africa. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this pristine, uninhabited area is larger than Switzerland. Selous boasts Tanzania’s largest population of elephants as well as large number of lion, leopard, African hunting dog, buffalo and hippo. Only in Serengeti will visitors see a greater concentration of wildlife. Once home to over 3, 000 black rhinos there are sadly now a few hundred left. They tend to hide in the dense thickets but sightings are possible.
The topography of Sealous varies from rolling savannah woodland, grassland plains and rocky outcrops cut by Rufiji River and its tributaries, the Kilombero and Luwegu, which together cover the greatest catchment area in East Africa. The Rufiji, which flows from north to south, provides the lifeblood of the Selous and sailing or rafting down the river is a superb method of experiencing game especially during the dry season between June and October. The park gets its name from hunter-explorer Fredrick Courtney Selous, whose books were the best sellers in Victorian England.
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