Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve, named by Frederick Courtney Selous was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982. The Reserve was initially protected by the German Governor in 1896. It is now one of the largest conservation areas in the World.
Selous is home to a third of Tanzania's elephant and two thirds of the Hunting Dog population. The population of Dogs peaks in September and October and packs of upto 56 Dogs have been spotted in the Reserve. The Rufiji River is home to plenty of hippo and croc, and the Reserve is home to large numbers of Buffalo, Lion as well as a great many antelope species.
The sandbanks, oxbow lakes, islands and channels are home to over 440 species of birds, including 2 rare species, the Pel's Fishing Owl and the White-Backed Heron, which habituate the wooded sections of the riverbank.
Selous is dominated by the Rufiji River which sprawls out into a myriad of lakes and deltas which fill and empty with the rainfall. The predominant landscape is flat with acacia woodland.