Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania
Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa. At a vast 56,000sqkm it is the size of Switzerland, and is, without question, one of the most important refuges for large mammals on the planet. UNESCO have recognized this by giving it World Heritage status, but they also recognize the pressure on it, and have currently deemed it threatened.
Only the Northern sector, which comprises some 12% of the total area, is set aside for photographic tourism, but this is able to ensure that many routes available to traverse may be done so entirely alone.
The great reserve is home to some of the largest populations of Africa’s mammals including lion, buffalo, hippo and very importantly, African Hunting dogs. The Selous elephant population has for most of the last century been the largest on the continent, but the current poaching crisis, which is blighting many parts of Africa, has affected that status. With around 15,000 elephants (October 2014 census), it remains the second largest single population of any conservancy, but the area can comfortably hold five times that amount.