The game reserve gets its name from the hunter-explorer Frederick
Courtney Selous, whose books about his exploits were best sellers
in Victorian England. Selous was killed by an Elephant in early
1900's during the First World War.
The Selous Game Reserve is the largest protected wildlife area
in Africa. Only in the Serengeti will visitors see a greater concentration
of wildlife. The Selous boasts Tanzania's largest population of
elephant as well as large numbers of buffalo, hippo and wild dog.
The remaining African Black Rhinos are also present in the reserve.
Other species commonly seen are sable antelope, bushbuck, impala,
giraffe, lion, eland, baboon, zebra, crocodiles, leopard and greater
The topography of the Selous varies from rolling savannah woodland,
grassland plains and rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River and
its tributaries, the Kilombero and Luwegu, which together cover
the greatest catchments area in East Africa. The Rufiji, which
flows from north to south, provides the life-blood of the Selous
and sailing or rafting down the river is a wonderful way of seeing
game, especially during the dry season between June and October.
The Rufiji River outside the reserve has a delta which accommodates
numerous birdlife species appropriate for the bird watchers to
visit. Walking safaris can be arranged. Advance booking is recommended
for walking safaris.