Accessible by air, the Selous is still relatively untouched, and
a wilderness of tangled jungle and meandering 'sand rivers', bar
one - the vast Rufiji River - which winds its way majestically
through the reserve all year round. The wild, rugged plains are
home to everything from hot volcanic springs, 100 yard deep gorges
and sporadic lakes to vast wooded escarpments and dry
And that's just the terrain. With so much diversity the reserve
is able to protect a phenomenally large mammal population including
buffalo, hippo, wildebeest, zebra and impala. The local giraffe
population is also so large that the Selous has been nicknamed
Giraffic Park. Birders, too, will not be disappointed.
With all this food-on-the-hoof it's hardly surprising that there
are predators aplenty in the reserve. The Selous lion are famous
for their daylight hunting techniques, and wild dog, whose
predatory needs have often led to them being shot by farmers,
thrive in the boundless woodlands and savannah of the Selous.
Because the Selous is a game reserve and not a national park a
larger range of activities are permitted. Boating safaris are
increasingly popular and offer visitors a chance to see, up close,
and in all its splendour, the diverse wildlife along the Rufiji
River. Walking safaris, where guests track lions on foot and spend
the night in fly camps, are an ideal way to explore the park and
add a real touch of adventure.
Ruaha National Park Safaris
Tucked away in the Central Highlands, the Ruaha National Park
feels like completely virgin wilderness. Apart from a few isolated
springs, the only real water source is the Ruaha River itself,
meaning that during the dry season from June to November this acts
as a major attraction for game.
Like the Selous, the real joy of Ruaha is a distinct lack of
tourists, and thriving varied wildlife. Ruaha has one of the
greatest populations of elephant in any African park, and the dry
open hillsides encourage antelope and buffalo to gather into large
herds which are in turn stalked by some of the largest prides of
lion anywhere on the continent. This terrain is particularly good
for seeing not only lion but potentially leopard, wild dog and
numerous giraffe and zebra on a Tanzania safari.