In the south of Tanzania, stretching inland from the coast, lies Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary; the Selous Game Reserve. It lies south of Mikumi, covers 6% of Tanzania's total area and is 4 times the size of Serengeti. It contains the greatest concentration of big game left on earth. Selous Game Reserve is internationally famous for its animals. It has the world's largest number of big game:- elephant, buffalo, rhino, sable antelope, hippo, lion. There are over 400 species of birdlife which include:- fisheagle, secretary bird, kingfisher, sunbird, hornbill, billstork and hammerkop.
The best time to visit is from June - October when the weather is cool and dry, the vegetation lush and the animals easy to see. Selous has the finest virgin bush, unspoilt by time. Although it remains one of the least scientifically researched areas in Africa, some 1700 botanical species have been identified.
In the far south, the vastness of the reserve and its general inaccessibility has turned the Selous into a magnificent refuge for animals, birds, insects and reptiles.
Vegetation: Woodland dominates, particularly the dry and sparse deciduous type known as 'miombo' but it is also a land of marshes, green savannah, grassland, acacia, ebony, baobab and shrubs.
As little development has taken place in Selous, visitors can experience the solitude of this game reserve in its most pristine form. Selous was designated a 'World Heritage Site' by the United Nations in 1982 due to its unique ecological importance. Selous game reserve is only 40 minutes away by air and 6 hours away by road from Dar Es Salaam.
Facilities include boat safaris along the Rufiji River, walking safaris and game viewing in 4 wheel drive vehicles. The tranquility one experiences at the Selous, the wildness of the atmosphere has no parallel anywhere on earth.