The Selous Game Reserve stands as the largest safeguarded wildlife area across the African continent, covering a sprawling expanse of 54,600 square kilometers. This expansive terrain encompasses a diverse wilderness featuring forests, grassy plains, mountains, and open woodlands. The reserve’s name honors Frederick Selous Courtney, a notable hunter and explorer. Established in 1922, it achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 1982 due to its abundant wildlife and untouched natural environment.

Positioned in the southern part of Tanzania, along the southern route of the Tanzanian safari circuit, the Selous Game Reserve offers a distinct escape from the bustling tourist crowds commonly found in the northern safari destinations like Serengeti. Instead, it presents an extraordinary wildlife encounter.

River Rufiji, the country’s largest river, courses through the heart of the Selous Game Reserve, creating an intricate network of swamps, channels, and lakes that shape a truly unique ecological system. The reserve is divided into two primary sections by this river: the northern and southern Selous.

The Northern Selous, which makes up only about 5% of the reserve’s total area, has been designated exclusively for photographic safaris, with hunting strictly prohibited. On the other hand, the southern Selous is divided into several hunting blocks, each covering approximately 1,000 square kilometers. However, it’s crucial to emphasize that we neither operate nor support wildlife hunting activities.

Within this national reserve, you’ll find a diverse array of mammal species and over 455 bird species. Among the unique inhabitants are puku antelopes, African wild dogs, and sable antelopes. Notably, the Selous was once home to a substantial elephant population, but due to rampant poaching, their numbers have significantly dwindled.