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Selous is the largest wildlife reserve in Africa; it is located in southern Tanzania and covers an area of approximately 50,000 km2. The reserve is named after Sir Frederick Selous who was a famous conservationist and big game hunter. Selous was designated a UNESCO heritage site in 1982.

The landscape inside Selous consists of varied terrains; it contains woodlands, grasslands, open plains, river sandbanks, lowland forests, and swamps. The Rufiji River is a dominant feature inside the reserve; it winds through the reserve forming small lakes that provide water for animals. The lakes also offer a great opportunity for boat safaris inside Selous.

Inside Selous, you will see herbivores such as buffaloes, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, wildebeests, kudus, sable antelopes, elands, and hartebeests; you will also see Africa’s top predators such as lions, hyenas, leopards, and the endangered African wild dogs.

Accessibility & Activities

Selous is accessible by light aircraft from Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar or by road throughout the year. At Selous, you can participate in boat safaris along the Rufiji River, walking safaris, and game drives.


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