Selous Game Reserve
The Selous Game Reserve, established in 1922, covers an area of 55,000 sq. km. Stretching inland from the coast; Selous is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. The Reserve is divided into four sections. The west, the east and the south are mainly hunting areas, while the north is reserved for game viewing. Nearly three quarters of the vegetation are Miombo woodlands, and the mighty Rufiji River, which flows through the reserve, plays an important role in the Selous ecosystem.
The reserve was named after Captain Frederick Courtney Selous, a naturalist, explorer and hunter, who died there in action in 1917. In spite of the fact that for many years it was an important hunting area, Selous still contains the greatest concentration of big game left on earth. Last survey estimated an animal population of about 10,000 to 15,000 sable antelopes, 20,000 to 30,000 elephants, 120,000 to 150,000 buffaloes, and quite a few rhinos.
Besides game drives commonly offered in other parks, boat trips and walking safaris are organized here, providing a wider game viewing opportunity and experience. The best time to visit the Selous is from June to October. During the rainy season, between March and May, some parts of the Selous become inaccessible and game drives are temporarily suspended.