Background_Where we go

Africa’s 2nd largest wildlife sanctuary was designated as a United Nations World Heritage Site in 1982

due to its diversity of wildlife and undisturbed nature.The Rufiji River creates a vast range of terrain and habitat within the 54,600 sq km reserve.

Named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, “The Last of the Big Game Hunters of Southern Africa” and an early conservationist, who died at Beho Beho in 1917 while fighting against the Germans in World War 1. The area was first designated as a protected area by the German Governor in 1896 and become a hunting reserve in 1905. Most of the park remains set aside for game hunting through a number of privately leased hunting concessions, but a northern section of the park along the Rufiji River has been designated a photographic zone and is a popular tourist destination.

Park Highlights Include:

  • The park contains about 750,000 large mammals including elephants, buffalo, hippos, and lions.
  • Walking safaris are permitted in the Selous and evening boat trips on the Rufiji are popular
  • The mighty Stiegler Gorge, where the Rufiji meets the Ruaha River, has thermal hot springs.
  • Remains of the German battle ship Konigsburg can be found inland from the Rufiji River Delta, where the ship had retreated for repairs after the Battle of Zanzibar during WW1.  Before the repairs could be completed, British cruisers located the ship and blockaded it, sending 2 monitor ships to destroy the German cruiser.
  • Game Drives

    Feel the thrill watching a pride of lions stalk their prey through the long grass of the savannah or family of hyenas playing

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  • Walking Safaris

    A walk through the African bush is a wonderful way to experience the savannah intimately. Getting out of the vehicle

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  • Mobile Camping

    Mobile Camping is an exciting way to experience the sights & sounds of the African wilderness.

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