Selous Game Reserve
The Rufiji River that flow its waters across the Selous about 250 kilometers long accommodates dozens of birdlife to its delta outside the reserve. Kingfisher, weavers, waders, herons, fish eagle and African skimmer are among more than 350 species that have been recorded.
Selous Game Reserve is located in Southeast of Tanzania covering an area of 45,000 square kilometers in Iringa region. The game reserve is the oldest and largest protected area in Africa. The reserve was named in 1922 after Frederick Courteney Selous, the British explorer who was killed in the reserve by an elephant during WWI. Selous was also keen naturalist and conservationalist as well as a hunter in the area. With its vast area Selous offers walking, boat, photographic safaris and hunting.
Selous provides shelter for large numbers of buffaloes, elephants, wild dogs, eland, reedbuck, bushbuck, hartebeest, wildebeest, Great kudu, sable antelope, zebras, crocodiles, hippos, warthog, giraffe and the remaining black rhinos. Others include lions, leopards, and the spotted hyenas in abundance with rare cheetahs.