Selous Game Reserve covers an area of 55,000 sq. km. It is situated in the southern part of Tanzania, bordered by Mikumi National Park to the northwest and by Udzungwa Mountains National Park and Kibasira Swamp to the west. The greater part of northern Selous is reserved for photographic safaris, and it is one of the most beautiful and game rich areas in the whole ecosystem.
Selous Game Reserve is amongst the largest well-watered distinctive wildlife in Africa and the largest protected areas in the World and is relative undisturbed by human impact. It is perhaps the most immaculate wilderness still remaining in Africa with a wide variety of wildlife habitats, including open grasslands, acacia and miombo woodlands, swamps and riverine forests in many branches of the mighty Rufiji River which flows through the reserve. Due to its unique ecological importance, it was designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982.
Its wildlife is spectacular, with some of its mammal and reptile populations the largest in Africa, namely buffaloes, elephants, hippos, wild dogs and crocodiles. Other wildlife include the wildebeest, impala, water buck, zebra, eland, the greater kudu, sable antelopes, giraffe, baboon, the velvet and blue monkeys, and the black and white colobus monkey which can be seen in certain riverine forests moving from tree to tree in family groups. There is a large population of predators including lions, leopards, cheetah and the spotted hyena, and about 440 species of birds in the Selous, of both resident and migratory birds.