Weighing in at over four times the size of the Serengeti, the wild frontiers of the Selous Game Reserve are home to a dizzying number of animals including over 200,000 cape buffalo, 80,000 wildebeest, 30,000 elephants, and the country’s most stable African wild dog population. The park is also home to Tanzania’s largest hippopotamus and crocodile populations.
Size: 55,000 square kilometres.
Location: A day’s drive from Dar Es Salaam.
Best Time: June to October or December to March.
To Do: Game drives, boat safaris, walking safaris, fishing, and hunting.
Known For: Tanzania’s largest reserve.
Selous is a difficult park to get to, but it rewards its visitors with its sheer size and the opportunity to explore its varied landscapes without ever having to bump into another human being. It is a wild and isolated place, and Tanzania’s largest river (the Rufiji) flows through it accompanied by a network of channels, lagoons, and swamps that are home to a huge variety of birds.