The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in the world. It is located in southern Tanzania. Since 1982 it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is due to its wildlife diversity and undisturbed nature you can find here. Although it lays far from Tanzania’s northern national parks, it it worth a visit. With a total area of 50,000 km2 and additional buffer zones it’s even bigger than Denmark!
Wildlife in Selous
There are a huge number of wildlife animals you can find when on safari in Selous game reserve. Lions, leopards, hippos and crocodiles live in Selous. You can spot endangered black rhinos, hard-to-find East African wild dogs as well as hyenas. Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffes, wildebeests and zebras live here too,the latter two are known by the great migration! And of course it is home to impalas, large numbers of Lichtenstein’s hartebeests, waterbucks and sable antelope in addition to elands and bushbucks. It is much quieter here than in the other parks, so you definitely have the chance of a unique experience during your Tanzania vacation! Selous game reserve was previously home to a very large number of many African bush elephants. Unfortunately numbers have greatly reduced because of excessive poaching happening in the game reserve.
Birds in the Selous Game Reserve
Selous game reserve is home to thousands of birds. Scientists have recorded over 445 different birds species that live in the various habitats within the Selous. The giant kingfishers, the pink backed pelican as well as the African skimmer live for instance near the lake areas. Along the sandbanks you will see the white-fronted bee-eater, fish eagle, carmine, ibises and palmnut vultures. The purple-crested turaco, yellow-billed stork, trumpeter hornbill, white-crowned spur-winged plovers, malachite kingfishers and various small waders are among the other water birds that you can see in Selous Game Reserve, as well migrant species.