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Selous Game Reserve

Tanzania's insider take:

Once the province of big game hunters and rugged adventurers, the Selous Game Reserve has slowly started to open up to nonhunting tourism. The Selous is Africa's largest wildlife reserve—the entirety of Switzerland could rest comfortably within its borders—and its varied ecosystems support large herds of elephants, hippos, zebras, and buffalo; one third of Africa's population of wild dogs; and a diverse mix of birds, including giant kingfishers, wattled crane, palm-nut vultures, and Pel's fishing owls. All camps, with the exception of the Selous Project, are located in the northern part of the reserve, above the Rufiji River; the southern section is zoned for hunting. In addition to jeep and walking safaris, many camps offer boat safaris that sail past the lurking crocs and wallowing hippos of the Rufiji. Because the park is so remote, you may have to book a private charter flight in order to visit—be sure to consider this additional cost when planning a stay in the region. —Collen Clark

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