Selous Game Reserve
Size: 54,600 sq km (21,100 sq miles)
Established: 1922 – became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982
Distance from Dar es Salaam: 200 km (124 miles)
Selous is by far the largest game reserve in Africa and it is also bigger than Switzerland! It was named after the famous English hunter/explorer Sir Frederick Courtney Selous who died in 1917 during WW1 in Beho Beho.
Selous has many diverse habitats and the land is made up of a mixture of Miombo woodlands, rolling hills, savannahs, rocky outcrops, swamps, lakes and rivers. The majestic Rufiji River, the largest river in Tanzania, is the lifeblood of the reserve and along with a network of many tributaries, lakes, lagoons and channels, plays a vital role to the ecosystem.
The Selous Game Reseve is divided into two parts. The northern Selous covers only about 5% of the reserves total area and it is purely dedicated to photographic safaris.
The southern Selous is the area south of the Rufiji River and it is split up in to several hunting concessions which are leased out to professional trophy hunting companies.