Elephants in the Rufiji River

Selous Game Reserve

This is the enormous park in Tanzania as well as Africa, and the second largest in the world covering an area of 45’000 km2.

This is the enormous park in Tanzania as well as Africa, and the second largest in the world covering an area of 45’000 km2. Its location is almost to the South of Tanzania. River Rufiji is one of the rivers that are found within the park and used to locate the park.

Attractions:
There’re supposed to be over a million animals in the park, which is probably best known for its large numbers of elephants. There are also rhinos among other animals that you are likely to see including the buffalos, lions, hippos, African wild dogs and crocodiles, while over 400 species of birds have been recorded which include the herons, fish eagles, kingfishers, various waterfowls and birds of prey.

Other attractions include the Great Rufiji River, Stiegler’s Gorge. You can also see and view the beauty of Selous Reserve by foot (walking) and by boat aside the use of road.

How to get there:
There are a number of approaches to the park.

Air: The most convenient is certainly by air and there are airstrips at all the camps in the park.

Road: You can use the Dar es Salaam – Kibiti – Mkongo road. Kibiti is the last place you will be able to get petrol. It is then 30 km form Kibiti to Mkongo, where a west turning will take you on to the final 75 km to Mtemere gate. It will take about 7 – 8 hours by road from Dar. The other road you can take is the Dar es Salaam – Morogoro – Matombo – Kisaki road, which will take you into the north section of the park – from Kisaki it is 20 km to Matambwe Gate. This route is a total of 350 km and will take 8 – 9 hours. The road to Morogoro is rough, should only be attempted in the dry season and will require a 4WD vehicle.

Train: Take the TAZARA railway as far as Fuga. From here, by prior arrangement, someone from the lodges will collect you. This may be expensive unless you get a group together to share the costs.

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