The vast and remote Selous Game Reserve lies in the heart of Southern Tanzania and boasts stunning riverine scenery, lush woodlands and endless rolling grasslands. Buffalo, lion, wild dogs, hippo and crocodiles abound, along with the highest concentration of elephants in Africa. This beautiful, untouched reserve is a world heritage site renowned for permitting considerable freedom of activity. One of the first areas in Africa to offer extensive walking safaris, fly-camping is also possible, as are some of the best boating safaris around. Although tourism has increased in recent years, congestion remains low in comparison to Tanzania’s northern parks.
Trips to the Selous combine well with visits to the neighbouring Ruaha National Park. Undulating plateaus, rocky outcrops, statuesque baobab trees and gentle ‘Big 5’ game viewing characterise this far-flung wilderness. While Ruaha’s wildlife density is on the whole lighter than other areas, (or While Ruaha’s wildlife is on the whole more widely dispersed than other areas) patient exploration will be rewarded with thrilling sightings.
Well off the beaten track, these untrammelled parks are often cited as destinations best suited to experienced safari travellers. Accessible only by air, visits to the Selous and Ruaha reserves are not for those on a shoe string budget. However, the small number of high quality camps combined with abundant wildlife, stunning topography, and a low human footprint, make for a wow factor that’s hard to surpass.