The Selous is known in swahili as Shamba ya Bibi – literally translated as “women’s garden”. It has the largest number of several species of animals found in a single reserve anywhere in the world.

The Selous ecosystem encompasses a wide spectrum of wildlife habitats including open grasslands, miombo woodlands that cover three quarters of the reserve, and riverine forests. As a result of its unique ecological importance, the Selous was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982.

Selous was the son of a chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Born in England in 1851, he became a noted naturalist, conservationist and big game hunter. He was killed in 1917 while a Captain leading a detachment against a German position.

Flora / Fauna

Miombo woodland, open wooded grassland, riverine swampsAfrican wild dog, elephant, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus, buffalo, crocodile, white rhinoceros, 350 bird species.


The Rufiji River

Boat trips are one of our favourite things to do while in the Selous and we can generally be found in some small corner of the river photographing birds, crocodiles or hippos. 


Kibowhy Safaris is made up of local and international professionals who are pioneers of African safaris.


We only utilize specially outfitted  and equipped  4 x 4 safari vehicles for our safaris in Tanzania.


Choose Kibowhy Safaris as we aim to keep your safari the best and memorable by providing the best guide, accommodation and safari vehicle.

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