Weighing in at over four times the size of the Serengeti, the wild frontiers of the Selous Game Reserve are home to a dizzying number of animals including over 200,000 cape buffalo, 80,000 wildebeest, 30,000 elephants, and the country’s most stable African wild dog population. The park is also home to Tanzania’s largest hippopotamus and crocodile populations.
Selous is a difficult park to get to, but it rewards its visitors with its sheer size and the opportunity to explore its varied landscapes without ever having to bump into another human being. It is a wild and isolated place, and Tanzania’s largest river (the Rufiji) flows through it accompanied by a network of channels, lagoons, and swamps that are home to a huge variety of birds.
One of the largest game reserves in Africa, Selous is four times the size of the Serengeti and boasts a huge variety of wildlife.
In addition to being home to more than 200,000 cape buffalo and 30,000 elephants, Selous is also home to Tanzania’s most stable population of African Wild Dogs. You’ll also find Tanzania’s largest hippopotamus population and an abundance of crocodiles.
One of Africa’s last true wildernesses, Selous is also a good option for hiking, boat safaris, and camping.