The best place to see African Wild Dog is in the vast Selous Game Reserve. Named after English conservationist, hunter and explorer Frederick Courtney Selous,this renowned African game reserve is home to about one-third of all African Wild Dogs globally. Safe from farmers who shoot them for stealing livestock they have infinite space to hunt.
Witness the ancient migration of elephants during the dry season, occurring between the Selous and Mozambique’s Niassa Game Reserves. This is one of the largest natural trans-boundary ecosystems in Africa. It is estimated that 64 400 elephants roam the two parks, 84% coming from the Tanzanian side.
Travel the Rufiji River,the lifeblood of Selous,supporting hundreds of animals along its banks especially in the dry season. Discover herds of antelope grazing, crocs basking, hippos wallowing. Explore the rolling grassy woodlands and plains of the Selous, the rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River and the more than 2,100 plant species recorded.
Black and white colobus monkeys play in the riverine forests while elegant sable and kudu like the longer grass and shady wooded areas along the river. Fishing is popular in Rufiji River – catch Tigerfish and slippery Vandu catfish which can cross land to find water using its primitive lungs when it is dry!
Find Selous Game Reserve in south-east Tanzania, only a 45-minute flight from Dar es Salaam and 90 minutes from Ruaha. The northern Selous, which covers 5% of the reserve, is devoted to photographic safaris while the southern Selous is segmented into several hunting blocks. Trophy hunters will have a field day here in the ideal dense bush.