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Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Africa’s oldest and largest protected area, is one of the continent’s greatest undisturbed ecosystems. Teeming with life, including one of the largest elephant populations and more lions than any other place on the African continent, large packs of wild dogs, and vast herds of buffalo, the Selous is a crown jewel of biodiversity and wilderness preservation.

   Robert J. Ross’ new book, The Selous in Africa: A Long Way From Anywhere, features nearly 400 photographs of this extraordinary place. The images showcase not only the large megafauna typically seen in a photographic book on African wildlife, but also the fantastic and often overlooked smaller creatures, birds, insects, and dramatic landscapes.

   It took time, and there were good days and bad days, but in the end Ross spent just over a year's worth of days between 2009 and 2013 getting to know the Selous Game Reserve. From Kinyanguru Hill in the north to the upper reaches of the Mbarangandu River in the south, and from the Mbarkia Mountains in the west to the Kingupira research station on the eastern border of the game reserve, he left no stretch uncovered.

   A selection of Ross’ images, as well as excerpts taken from various contributors to the book, are featured in the following gallery - offering an intimate glimpse into the diverse landscapes, flora, and fauna to be found in this cherished reserve.

   Read more about this week's author, and find out details on how to get your hands on this fantastic book, on the last page of this gallery

And if you'd love to spend some time in this game reserve, book your stay through Adventure Camps of Tanzania or organise a custom-built safari through Matembezi. Alternatively, contact Africa Geographic Travel for a safari crafted to meet your wildest expectations.