Selous Game Reserve
With its 50 000 sq. km Selous Game Reserve is one of the
world's largest protected wildlife areas. The reserve is one of
the UNESCO World Heritage sites famous for its large elephant population.
There are about 60 000 elephants in the area which they share with 150 000 buffaloes, 40 000 hippos,
over 3 000 lions and many hundred thousand antelopes. There are about 440 different bird species in the
It has only about 5 000 visitors a year so here one has the African bush and wildlife
to oneself. There are a number of small safari camps in the reserve. The area South of the Rufiji
river is reserved for hunting and provides the reserve with 90% of its income. It costs US $15 000 to hunt an elephant or lion. For a buffalo
one has to pay US $21 000.
“You hunger for a long safari…. it bites you badly.”
Helen Saderson, 1904 quoted by Errol Trzebiwski, The Kenyon Pioneers