|Size||54,600 km2 ( 21,100 mi2 )|
|Location||South of Tanzania|
|Getting There||There are daily scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. Charter flights can be arranged at much higher prices. By 4WD vehicle, a 6 to 8-hour trip from Dar es Salaam via Kibiti to Mloka and Selous. Between a 4 and 5-hour trip from Morogoro to Kisaki and Selous.|
The Selous Game Reserve, a World Heritage Site since 1982, is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world. It comprises an area covering about six per cent of Tanzania's land surface. Larger than Switzerland, it is the world's largest game reserve and second only to the Serengeti in its concentration of wildlife. It is also the sanctuary of the biggest elephant herd in the world, approximately 32,000 elephants live in the reserve - 70 per cent of those in Tanzania. Within the reserve no permanent human habitation or permanent structures are permitted.
The reserve is named after British hunter and writer Frederick Courteney
Selous who was killed during the First World War in the Beho Beho region.
Interesting places in the park include the Rufiji River, which flows into
the Indian Ocean opposite Mafia Island and the Stiegler Gorge, a canyon 100
metres deep and 100 metres wide.