Wild, beautiful and numerous. Originating from the Rufiji River – the park’s lifeline – a network of channels, lakes, lagoons, sandbanks and swamps form one of Africa’s most outstanding ecological systems – giving life to abundant game, extraordinary birdlife and vast, thriving, untouched wilderness. The Selous Game reserve, the largest nature reserve in Africa (and the second largest in the World) abounds in open space and liberty: fifty-five thousand square kilometers that enjoy the most unreserved luxury that one can dream of a rich and constant river. Within the reserve no permanent human habitation or permanent structures are permitted. All (human) entry and exit is carefully controlled by the Wildlife Division of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. Over 800,000 mammals, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffalos, zebras, impalas, gnus, hartebeests, waterbucks, giraffes, kudus, warthogs, grysbok, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, bush babies, baboons, Vervet monkeys and mongooses. And that’s without mentioning the reserve’s specialty – an abundance of hippopotamuses and crocodiles.
At least 440 bird species are documented residents of the reserve, but there are surely more to discover in a large part of the reserve few or no men have set foot. The sight of the innumerable birds that enliven the park is breathtaking: yellow-billed storks, marabou storks, spoonbill stocks, Goliath herons, ibises, gray herons, egrets and pelicans as well as weaves, starlings, geese, ducks and numerous birds of prey like eagles, falcons, kites, etc.
In the Selous there is such a variety of environments that in a single day it’s possible to pass from the bush to open savannah, to the Borassus palm of the more temperate riverbanks. On foot, on boat, every day, every hour, every season reserves incredible surprises: never-ending skies, flaming sunsets, nights in which the moon seems electrified, mountains, plains, dense bush, unending green fields interrupted only by a pair of umbrella like acacias, the enormous river with groups of playful hippos… Animals in liberty, running happily in the richness of their uncontaminated environment.