The remarkable 15,000 square kilometre Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania is rightly referred to as a nature park of the superlative. The Rufiji River, along with its various tributaries, is the lifeline of Selous and it is the water that flows from the Rufiji that forms the basis of life in this fascinating region.
The origin of the Selous Game Reserve dates back to the time of the German colonial government at the beginning of the 20th century. At that time, the waters of the Rufiji and its tributaries were an important habitat for the regionís many hippos and crocodiles.
The lack of rainfall, infertile land and 3 kinds of tsetse flies have made this land almost uninhabitable for man and even the small settlements, just outside the park, are few and far between.
However, the large variety of species here is overwhelming. It is not only due to its enormous size but also because of its impressive variety of wildlife that the Selous Game Reserve is most certainly one of the most remarkable wildlife sanctuaries in the world.