Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa and a World Heritage site. Fifty-five thousand kilometres of pristine wilderness are named after Frederick Courtenay Selous, big game hunter, explorer and naturalist. His book 'A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa' made the adventurer a legend in his own lifetime in both the States and Britain. He died in action during the First World War, in 1917, having been decorated for bravery and his grave is quite close to Mbuyu Safari Camp. The story of the process of the war in this part of Africa, known as the Battle for the Bundu, is fascinating and there is still a considerable amount of detritus left from the guerilla war that was waged. Sand Rivers lodge have a small collection of artefacts.
The Selous Game Reserve has four main habitat types: the alluvial plain of the eastern border; terminalia spinosa woodland; miombo or karoo - dry forest; and riverine forest. Abundant ground water from the innumerable springs fed by dependable rainfall means that there is no need for the large mammals of the Selous to migrate during the dry season. Consequently, this vast reserve boasts an impressive variety of game, birdlife and wild flowers.
At Selous you may find the large tuskers that are not in evidence in elephant populations in other areas. The Rufiji River supports a host of hippo and crocs. The rare wild dog runs in packs here, three hundred and fifty species of bird have been catalogued, the lions are heavily maned, troops of baboon play, fight and groom each other in the sunshine. Boat trips down the Rufiji, fishing on Lake Tagalala, walking safaris and a trip to the stunning Stiegler's Gorge are just some of the ways to spend your time in this gloriously unspoilt wilderness.
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