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Unesco World Heritage Site, the Selous Game Reserve is undoubtedly the most fascinating natural area in southern Tanzania, with photo safaris occupying only a tiny fraction of an immense hunting territory. Everything here is Wild, rugged beauty, between cracked lands and impetuous streams of the Rufiji River.

  Everything happens as if they had signed a secret pact for the partition of the territory. This is true on the lakeside, like Tagalala, which is neither a strawberry candy nor an air of marshmallow film, which simply does not lose anything of its size, even at the height of the ” Summer, also holding in trophies at the edge of its banks a band of destemmed trees, until they burst on the spot one after the other, but this time too much water. Of course, this pact is obvious when you finally manage to approach the star, the Rufiji! This one, even in the heart of the country, where everywhere else the rivers have names only their beds of desolate sands and stones, it is through all the seasons that it crosses Selous of its powerful color flow Chestnut, swollen from the neighboring Great Ruaha River, also impetuous, but who decided in these uncertain areas to give up her life. Thousands of tons of water per second! A peaceful surface.

  Apparently, but spontaneously twisting ten meters away to slip away from the bottom of a mysterious and gigantic funnel … Before they go throw their waves mixed in the Indian Ocean, the two here draw a stringy delta Inland, a sort of liquid scarves intertwined, lined with evergreen trees and punctuated with beaches where the crocodiles fall asleep. A formidable spectacle that these meanders of banks and currents, on which watch as well as on a treasure a generous string of luxury lodges. For here is another of the contrasts of Selous:The extreme refinement, two fingers of a devastated nature …

  Contrast, which is here splendor! …At the hour of thirst for the beastsand to that of a glass of white the second ! A seemingly peaceful surface, but spontaneously twisting ten meters away to slip away from the bottom of a mysterious and gigantic funnel … Before they go throw their waves mingled in the Indian Ocean, the two draw here a stringy delta inland, kind of liquid scraps intertwined, lined with trees always green and punctuated beaches Where the crocodiles fall asleep. It is a formidable spectacle that these meandering shores and currents, on which watch as well as on a treasure a generous string of luxurious lodges. For there is still one of the contrasts of Selous: the extreme refinement, with two fingers of a devastated nature … Contrast, which is here splendor! … at the hour of the thirst for the animals -and that of A glass of white for the men, Selous remains Selououou, at the same time the burning silence of the stones and the kiss of a sun set without shame on the body of the water.

  For men! Selous remainsSelououou, both the silence burning stones and the kiss of aSun shining onthe body of water.

FREDERICK COURTENEY SELOUS

  It was at Frederick CourteneySelous (1851-1917) that the National Reserve of the Selous owes its name … Starting at the age of 19 from its native London for South Africa, F.C. Selous has almost entirely devoted his life in East Africa, and he was decorated for his many the Royal Geographical Society … As a hunter himself, he was one of the first to alert Europeans about the harms of uncontrolled hunting in Africa. In 1909 he served as a hunting guide for the American president Theodore Roosevelt, before serving the crown of England during The first World War, still in East Africa. It is in the BehoBeho of the former Tanganyika (the current Selous of the present Tanzania) that he was killed by the German troops. He is buried there in the bush.

  Selous is seldom known but a small part of the territory, the north, or the 2500 km2 dedicated to photo safaris), while the Reserve is immeasurably larger (55 000 km2), in almost all devoted to hunting (as a result, animals are more fearful than elsewhere).

  Registered as a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 1982 (at the same Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro), the Selous is extremely rich in animals (elephants, rhinos, many hippos, wild dogs, etc.). Because of its location in southern Tanzania (less frequented than the north), and in addition fairly difficult access by trails, tourism is developing in Selous on a first priority mode, with service by small planes and lodging in lodges or camps of very high standing (in general closed from March to June, during the rainy season). It’s very hot there in summer. This is, it is said, what explains why the lions of the Selous have a hair a little closer than their counterparts in the north of the country, and the males here have a strong preference for sparse manes.

  Where to Sleep in Selous Game reserves

  Lake Manze Tented Camp

  Mdonya Tented Camp

  Rufiji River Camp

  Selous Riverside Safari Camp

  Amara Selous

  Selous Wildlife Lodge

  Sand Riverselous

  Mivumo River Lodge