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This reserve boasts an incredible variety of wildlife.

Located in the south of Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest and oldest game reserve. Named after Englishman Frederick Courtney Selous, a conservationist, hunter, explorer and author whose adventure books on Africa became best sellers in Victorian England, this reserve boasts an incredible variety of wildlife. Covering an area of over 50 000 square kilometres, the reserve varies in topography from rolling grassy woodlands and plains, to rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River.

The river is the lifeblood of the park and its tributaries form a network of lakes, lagoons and channels that sustain complex ecosystems, complete with several volcanic hot springs. The Rufiji offers a superb method of game viewing especially during the dry season when animals congregate there to gain nourishment. Along the river, an assortment of antelopes, crocodiles and hippos are commonly seen as well as black and white colobus monkeys in the riverine forests. Linked to the Rufiji is Lake Tagalala where waterbuck, reedbuck and bushbuck gather at the water’s edge and Regal sickle-horned sable and curly-horned greater kudu can be spotted in nearby thickets. The reserve is also home to about one third of all the highly endangered wild dogs in the world and over 440 known species of birds have been recorded in this abundant region.

In the dry season (June to October) an ancient migration of elephants takes place between the Selous and Mozambique’s Niassa Game Reserves. This is one of the largest natural trans-boundary eco-systems in Africa and it’s estimated that about 64,400 elephants roam between the two parks. One of the last remaining pristine true wilderness areas in the world, the conservation area allows walking and boating safaris, however no permanent human habitation or permanent structures are permitted. An essential visit on any trip to Tanzania, the Game Reserve is an ideal way to experience the classic African safari.

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Roho Ya Selous lies in the very heart of the photographic sector of Nyerere National Park.

Roho Ya Selous

Set on a small peninsula overlooking the water, it is in a prime position for game-viewing and exploring the rugged and beautiful region. It is not uncommon to find a giraffe wandering along the sandy path behind the camp on its way to the water. Accommodation consists of stylish tents with en-suite bathrooms complete with indoor and outdoor showers and verandahs to enjoy the evening breeze and watch game as they pass through. Guests can relax with a delicious dinner and drinks while enjoying the nighttime sounds of the bush. A swimming pool is available to cool off on hot days. The camp offers a variety of activities such as game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris with expert guides.

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