The shifting, easily eroded channels and lakelets of the Rufiji are bordered by groves of beautiful tall Borassus and Doulm palms which add to an almost primordial atmosphere.
During the dry season great concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo and many antelope fill the miombo woodland, swamps and grassy plains of the northern Selous, where permanent water is available adding to a wonderful, total-wilderness experience for walking and game drives.
Because of this water there is no migration as such within the Selous eco-system, which extends far beyond the boundaries of the Game Reserve and covers an incredible area of over 75,000 km2. Over 350 species of bird and 2000 plant species add to the complexity and attraction of this sanctuary.
Once you are in the Selous, you are in a most privileged place - the African bush as it has existed for thousands of years. Walking is permitted and there is no more exciting an experience than encountering large game on foot, or from small boats along the river where there are a tremendous numbers of hippo and crocodile!
We find the Selous a humbling place, in a quite different way to the magnificence of for instance, the Serengeti’s plains-and-kopje environment or Tarangire’s superb, multi-faceted, ecosystem.
The Selous is vast and raw; in places open and inviting, in places almost ‘closed’ and brooding; a hangover from thousands of years ago so that life itself seems fundamental; an environment where one is glad to be with the most professional of guides who can help guests to get the most out of this unique environment.
This really is a place not to be missed. In addition, the Selous boasts a number of truly excellent camps. Some of them are tented whilst others take on the form of small, boutique lodges, whilst others offer private villas, complete with one’s own private vehicle, guide and staff.
The Selous offers such a diversity in terms of activities, from game viewing in open vehicle, to fishing, to taking a boat along the lake, to walking safaris, for which the Selous has become renowned.
The walking safaris are superb and these can be anything from just one night to a fully supported five day or one week walking safari, all conducted on a completely private basis. For the one or two night walking safaris, a fly tent is erected on a sandy bank, from which you can see the stars above you and where you can enjoy the wonderful meals that are served beforehand.
The Selous is particularly known for its elephant, hippo and wild dog populations. The diversity of the scenery is simply staggering and being conveniently close to Dar es Salaam, means it is easily accessible.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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