The Selous Game Reserve, covering 50,000 square kilometers, is amongst the largest protected areas in Africa and is relatively undisturbed by human impact. The property harbors one of the most significant concentrations of elephant, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile, amongst many other species. The reserve also has an exceptionally high variety of habitats including Miombo woodlands, open grasslands, riverine forests and swamps, making it a valuable laboratory for on-going ecological and biological processes.
Several animal populations are Large numbers of elephants, black rhinoceroses, cheetahs, giraffes, hippopotamuses and crocodiles live in this immense sanctuary, which measures 50,000 km2 and is relatively undisturbed by human impact. The Selous park has a variety of vegetation zones, ranging from dense thickets to open wooded grasslands, nyasa wildebeest and hartebeest are typical of the miombo woodland. Other relatively widespread mammals include yellow baboon, leopard, spotted hyena, the largest population of the wild dog in Africa (endangered: approximately 1,300). There are also side striped jackal, puku, klipspringer, and red and blue duikers. Rarer species include Sanje crested mangabey, Uhehe red colobus (vulnerable), black and white colobus monkey, topi and Sharpe’s grysbok.
The birdlife is rich: 350 species of bird have been recorded including knob-billed duck, southern ground hornbill and bateleur eagle, Stierling’s woodpecker, white-headed lapwing, the endemic Udzungwa forest partridge (classed as vulnerable) and the rufous-winged sunbird (also vulnerable). The adjacent Mikumi lowlands and mountains and Kilombero wetlands and the nearby Udzungwa Mountains are rich in vulnerable bird species which, like the Kilombero weaver, might stray into the reserve. The globally threatened wattled crane, corncrake,and lesser kestrel also occur. Reptiles and amphibians are numerous but little studied.
Interesting Facts About Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve is the Largest Game Reserve in Africa (bigger than Switzerland, 4 x larger than Serengeti National Park)
Has the largest fauna reserve in the world.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Elephants, hippopotami, African wild dogs, cape buffalo, and crocodiles can be found in this park in larger numbers than in any other African game reserve or national park.
Over 440 known bird species co-exist with other wild animals.
Combination of 3 safari experiences i.e. Walking, Boat Safari,and by 4X4 Safari vehicle.