The park supports enormous numbers of wild animals: buffalo, elephant and wildebeest, as well as one of the healthiest populations of the endangered African Wild Dog.
Selous is still an uninhabited, untamed slice of Old Africa. In 1982, the Reserves unique ecosystem was recognized internationally and the area designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. The greater part of the northern sector of the Selous is earmarked for photographic tourism, and it is one of the most beautiful and game-rich areas in the whole ecosystem. Three-quarters of the Reserve is woodland of various types, short grassy plains, and seasonally flooded pans. Impressive riverine forests and dense impenetrable thickets are important habitats within the Selous. The wide, meandering Rufiji River is one of the largest water systems in East Africa..
Walking and boat safaris, as well as traditional game drives, are on offer to visitors to the Selous. Fly camping, or mobile walking safaris, are becoming a popular option for intrepid visitors intent on seeing the best of Africa on foot. Boat trips and longer safaris down the spectacular Rufiji River offer visitors a chance to see hippos, bird life and crocodiles up close. During a game drive or walk one might be lucky enough to see a pack of African wild dogs, disappearing throughout Africa but thriving in the Selous. These complex and fascinating mammals show little fear of vehicles, and it is often possible to observe their intense social life from close proximity.
Although the Selous is best known for its spectacular large mammals, it is equally celebrated for its abundant and varied birds. The river scenery is made all the more spectacular by the groves of Borassus palms, an indigenous species with tall fronds that sway majestically in the African breeze. Ancient baobabs, a tree held sacred by many tribal groups, stand majestically against the far-reaching horizon. Their dead, hollow, leafless trunks provide vantage points for Fish Eagles and nestsites for Egyptian Geese and Dickinson’s Kestrels
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