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Stately Borassus palms rise from the swamps between the Rufiji River and the northern lakes.

“The Selous is characterised by an amazing diversity of habitats. Miombo woodlands dominate the reserve. The woodlands are interspersed by spectacular dry sand rivers, which become raging torrents during the rains. The reserve is drained by the mighty Rufiji River. Downstream of the Stiegler’s Gorge, the Rufiji creates important seasonal floodplains with lakes and swamps. The diverse habitats harbour an impressive fauna of large mammals, including globally significant populations of African elephants, black rhinos, lions and wild hunting dogs.” - Kishore Rao, Director, UNESCO/World Heritage Centre


“Soaring in a microlight above the lakes of the Selous at dawn is probably as close as I will ever come to seeing heaven. What truly makes the Selous special is that so little has changed from what the sights and sounds would have been one hundred or one thousand years earlier. While that may sound wonderful, one of my great fears is that the same sentence may not be able to be written even five or 10 years from now, and that would be a tragedy. Sadly it takes more good fortune than I had to see a rhinoceros in the Selous today, and there are far fewer elephants than there were a generation ago. But with any luck and with some hard work by dedicated management, that can change for the better within a decade or two, a tiny blip in the life of the Selous. If this book and my efforts over the past six years do nothing else, I hope that they will help in some small way to ensure that what is in the Selous today will be there for many future generations of Tanzanians and for the rest of humanity to experience.” - Robert J. Ross