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Selous Game Reserve, established by the Germans in 1896 and gazetted by colonial Germany government in 1905, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982. It has the largest concentration of elephants in Tanzania and 430 bird species whose livelihood is the mighty Rufiji River, the largest in East Africa.




S: 9, 0, 0
E: 37, 30, 0


50,000 km²

Animals to find

Elephants, rhinos, hippos, eland, lion, leopard, African wild dogs, hyena, Greater Kudu and crocodiles.


Open flood plain and swamp to riverine forest to dense miombo forests.

Things to do

Tourism hunting and photographing, walking safaris, rafting, boat safaris on Rufiji River.

How to access?

By small aircraft that can land on various airstrips within the reserve. Road travel from Dar es Salaam to Matambwe via Morogoro 275 kilometres while from Dar es Salaam to Mtemere via Mloka is 185 kilometres. Tanzania-Zambia Railway Line (TAZARA) also offers train passenger service with visitors to the reserve disembarking at Matambwe station.

Investment opportunities

In hotel, lodge, tented camps (at Tembo Safari, Mkalinzu and Kinyanguru areas), transportation, hunting, canoeing, sport fishing, rafting and tour operator business.