Selous is Africa’s largest Game Reserve, the size of Switzerland and one of the last great wilderness areas on the continent and is one of the largest fauna reserves in the world. The Reserve is named after the legendary Sir Frederick Selous, a big game hunter and avid conservationist. Historically, the area is well-known for the many skirmishes between the German and British forces during the First World War. Due to its amazing wildlife diversity and vast areas of undisturbed wilderness, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
The Selous has a large river, the Rufiji River, flowing east to west through the middle of the reserve. The river itself is renown for its abundant birdlife and world-class sports fishing for the legendary Tiger fish. It also boasts a number of tropical palm-fringed fresh water and soda lakes, whose lakeshores abound with thousands of hippos and crocodiles. Large numbers of raptors are resident here and Ospreys and fish eagles are extremely common around the soda lakes due to the abundance of Tilapia fish that swim the warm shallow waters.
The area has a diverse population of large mammals including elephant, giraffe, buffalo, Greater Kudu, wildebeest, zebra, eland and of course a high density of predators that includes lions, leopards, cheetahs and Wild dogs.