Tanzania is the land of the kilimanjaro, the Selous Game Reserve and the fabulous island of Zanzibar. Located between Kenya and Mozambique, it is famous for its National Parks and unparalleled natural beauty. Dodoma is the capital, but the city of Dar es Salaam is more well known, as it is the cultural and financial centre of Tanzania, where over 5 million people live in peace and harmony. The original name was Tanyanika, which was later modified with the annexation of Zanzibar.
Other major cities are Arusha, Manza, Tanga and Iringa, but there is still plenty of room for wildlife parks. these are a major revenue source for the country, together with the mining industry and agriculture.
The history of Tanzania:
Tanzania was already inhabited by humanoids over 2 million years ago. In ancient times, there were contacts with the Egyptians and other civilizations. Several countries have passed through Tanzania through the centuries, including the Germans, the British and the Portugese. In more modern times, Tanzania has been an independent and stable state since the sixties.
Tanzania is a country with a rich and colourful culture and a bright future, where a large diversity of cultures and beliefs live together in freedom.
The Selous Game Reserve
Why choose the Selous Game Reserve for your safari holiday? Selous is the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa where you can drive off-road, giving you incredible freedom to explore its secrets and get close to the animals. There are no asphalt roads running through it, so you really feel immersed in nature.
Selous has a very varied lanscape, mainly thanks to the immense Rufiji River that runs through it, giving way to densly forested areas, many tributaries with large sandbars (great for spotting hippos!), lakes and large open areas. Near our Africa Safari Camp there is a hot spring with a lake, where you can swim in 37ºC waters. Animals do not like thermal water, so they keep a safe distance. After a shower under a warm waterfall, you can continue your safari.
The many rivers and tributaries means that the animals can easily find water, and it also makes them very easy to locate, so you do not have to spend hours wandering around the park to see them. There is also a stunning variety of vegetation.
Importantly, our camp is the so called "photo area", where hunting is prohibited. The animals feel safe, and the ban is strictly enforced by the government.
Selous is also not far from the Indian Ocean, so the climate is mild compared to further inland - it is never really too hot or too cold.
The Selous Game Reserve
One of the largest faunal reserves in the world, The Selous Game Reserve is located in southern Tanzania, close the eastern coast of Africa. It was named after Sir Frederick Selous, a famous British big game hunter and early conservationist. The UNESCO designated the reserve a World Heritage Site in 1982, due its diverse wildlife and undisturbed nature.
The reserve covers a total area of 54,600 km² and has additional buffer zones. Within the reserve no permanent human habitation or structures are permitted. All (human) entry and exit is carefully controlled by the Wildlife Division of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
Selous is unique for the number and diversity of animals that can be sighted. Elephants, hippopotami, African wild dogs, cape buffalos and crocodiles are relatively easy to find and photograph.
Selous is a Game Reserve, so it enjoys many advantages over National Parks, including more freedom to explore and no time restrictions.
Interesting places in the park include the Rufiji River, which flows into the Indian Ocean opposite Mafia Island, and the Stiegler Gorge, a canyon of 100m deep and 100m wide. Habitats include grassland, typical Acacia savanna, wetlands and extensive Miombo woodlands.
The Selous Mtemere section has permission to drive off-road with open cars, bush-walk, boat safari and tour the villages. Even on busy days it does not get crowded, and you do not have to drive very far in Selous to enjoy the diversity of the wildlife - another advantage, unique to Selous.