The best place to see African Wild Dog is in the vast Selous Game Reserve. Named after English conservationist, hunter and explorer Frederick Courtney Selous,this renowned African game reserve is home to about one-third of all African Wild Dogs globally. Safe from farmers who shoot them for stealing livestock they have infinite space to hunt.
ELEPHANTS ON THE MOVE
Witness the ancient migration of elephants during the dry season, occurring between the Selous and Mozambique's Niassa Game Reserves. This is one of the largest natural trans-boundary ecosystems in Africa. It is estimated that 64 400 elephants roam the two parks, 84% coming from the Tanzanian side.
RUFIJI RIVER ATTRACTIONS
Travel the Rufiji River,the lifeblood of Selous,supporting hundreds of animals along its banks especially in the dry season. Discover herds of antelope grazing, crocs basking, hippos wallowing. Explore the rolling grassy woodlands and plains of the Selous, the rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River and the more than 2,100 plant species recorded.
MONKEYS AND FISHING
Black and white colobus monkeys play in the riverine forests while elegant sable and kudu like the longer grass and shady wooded areas along the river.Fishing is popular in Rufiji River – catch Tigerfish and slippery Vandu catfish which can cross land to find water using its primitive lungs when it is dry!
SPECIAL QUALITIES ABOUT SELOUS
- VAST SPACES: This 55 000 square kilometre game reserve is the second largest in Africa. It is nearly 4 times bigger than the Serengeti
- HERITAGE SITE: Selous is one of Tanzania’s 3 World Heritage Sites, acclaimed for its dramatic landscape and productive wildlife.
- WALKING SAFARIS: Discover a remote, untouched wilderness on foot. Stay overnight in rustic fly-camps under the stars in the middle of the bush.
- FEW PEOPLE: Very few visitors find this reserve thanks to its bad road access and lack of tourism infrastructure
TRULY AFRICAN SAFARIS
Find Selous Game Reserve in south-east Tanzania, only a 45-minute flight from Dar es Salaam and 90 minutes from Ruaha. The northern Selous, which covers 5% of the reserve, is devoted to photographic safaris while the southern Selous is segmented into several hunting blocks. Trophy hunters will have a field day here in the ideal dense bush.
WHEN TO VISIT
The best time for game viewing along the rivers is during the dry season, from June to November . Elephants come out of the bush to drink and predators are more easily seen. For fantastic birdlife and lush vegetation, the wetter months of January to April are ideal – but it can get very hot and humid and the roads almost impassable.
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