The Selous Game Reserve lies in an area of practically uninhabited miombo woodland divided between southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique. Bisected by the great Rufiji River, the Reserve is a vast region of largely unexplored bush. There are a variety of different habitats, including the wide meandering river interlaced with myriad channels, swamps, terminalia woodland and magnificent grass plains. The sheer diversity of the landscape - from hot volcanic springs, placid lagoons and numerous river channels - makes the Selous a unique area in which to observe a large array of African wildlife
Perhaps the best way of exploring the Reserve is by boat, meandering through channels and swamps, and discovering hidden lagoons where elephant often come to bathe. Angling in the river can be an exciting way to pass an evening. Scheduled flights afford easy access to the Selous’ diverse lodges.
The Reserve supports a great diversity of mammals and is renowned for the volume of game harboured within it, especially the elephant population which is estimated at 65 000 - the largest in the world.
The park is named after Englishman, Frederick Courtney Selous - conservationist, hunter, explorer and author, whose adventure books on Africa became best sellers in Victorian England.