Selous Game Reserve

The largest game reserve in the world, to which Mikumi National Pak is adjacent, the Selous in south-eastern Tanzania has some of the finest virgin bush left in Africa, where the last of the really big-tusked elephants and large-mane lions roam. It supports around one million head of game, is bigger than Switzerland and is a World Heritage site.

The Selous is relatively easy to get to - by 4WD it is eight hours drive from Dar es Salaam - but hard to get around, even though half a dozen airstrips have been constructed by the Game Department. From March to May floods sweep the valley, forcing the game on to the ‘islands’ of higher ground, where elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile, puku, buck, eland, sable and others concentrate.