A Travellers Notes Through The Selous Safari Camp

Along with the Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the most famous and well-regarded areas of natural beauty in Tanzania is Selous National Park. It’s one of the largest faunal reserves in the world and home to millions of animals.

Named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, who was a hunter turned conservationist in the early 20th Century, this is a great place to visit on holiday – but why?

Size and scale

The reserve covers an area of about 21,000 square miles and is surrounded by additional buffer zones. That’s an area bigger than Switzerland.

Rather brilliantly, it is home only to animals and no human population lives within its borders and no permanent structures are allowed to be built within its jurisdiction. In fact, human entry is strictly controlled, with only authorized personal being allowed to enter the park.

This makes it the largest protected area on earth which is entirely uninhabited by man.

History

The area was first granted some form of protection in 1896 before becoming a hunting reserve in 1905. Today, it’s more about protecting the animals in their natural habitat than it is hunting and some of the animals I’m likely to see in the park including elephants, hippopotami, buffalo and crocodiles.

Although the animals are very much the primary concern, it is also important that people are allowed to see this incredible place. This is why it is still possible to experience a once in a lifetime safari in the Selous park.

As well as some big game, the area is also home to about a third of all the wild dogs in the world. These dogs are perfectly at home here and at reduced risk of straying onto farm land where they are in danger of being injured or causing disruption to local farmers. These smaller animals are just as intriguing as the larger species they live amongst, making this area a diverse and varied landscape of excitement.

The safari experience

My safari will take me along the Rufiji River where I’ll see a variety of wildlife. From grazing antelope to crocodiles, hippos and even monkeys all living together, it’s an incredible experience for travellers of all ages and inclinations – including myself!.

If I had booked my safari during the dry season, I could have seen the massive migration of the elephants, with an estimated 64,000 of them calling the park home.

Of course, water is the source of all life here so it’s the rivers that are the focal point of any safari. Yet, it’s not just on the banks where the wildlife is special. As well as crocodiles and hippos, there are also lots of fierce tiger fish and vandu catfish in the waters too, making this one of the last truly wild places on earth.

safari camp

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Privileged accommodation

Although no permanent structures are allowed in the park, safari lodges are temporary so I have stayed within the borders of the park during my visit: just another reason why a Selous safari is special.

Seeing all these animals in their natural habitat is a truly special experience and one that not many people get to have in a lifetime. It’s one of the most spectacular places on earth and one that it is a true privilege to visit – so glad I came!

If you’re interested in exploring Selous Safari Camp be sure to consider a guided tour for the best experience.

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