Selous Game Reserve (1982)
United Republic of Tanzania
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Large numbers of elephants, black rhinoceroses, cheetahs, giraffes, hippopotamuses and crocodiles live in this immense sanctuary, which measures 50,000 sq. km and is relatively undisturbed by human impact. The park has a variety of vegetation zones, ranging from dense thickets to open wooded grasslands.
The lifeblood of the Selous is the Rufiji River with tributaries that form a network of lakes, lagoons and channels. These water sources attract an array of antelopes and predators such as lions and leopards, and contain plenty of crocodiles and hippos.
|Black and white colobus monkeys live in the riverine forests and splendidly horned sable and kudu antelopes graze in the shadowy shrublands. A boat on the Rufiji River is the perfect vehicle from which to watch game, especially during the thirsty dry season months of June to October when many animals are drawn to the water.|
The park is named after the British conservationist, hunter, explorer, and author Frederick Courtney Sealous (pronounced 'seloo'). The Selous, at 55000km˛, is the second biggest conservation area in Africa, and the largest game reserve on the continent. As comparison, the reserve covers an area more than twice that of Denmark, is bigger than Switzerland and is nearly four times the size of the Serengeti.
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Other World Heritage Sites in Tanzania (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Tanzania Section, for further information about the individual properties.
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Revised 21 aug 2006