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TOURISM IN THE SELOUS GAME RESERVE
in the Selous Game Reserve
Winning the battle for
sustainable Tourism in the Selous Game Reserve are a small staff of
about 350 game scouts and technical staff; that is one scout per 140
square kilometers. The headquarters for the Selous Game Reserve
staff are in the Northern section of the Selous at Matambwe. The
battle for sustainable tourism in this vast game reserve has not
been easy and hard lessons have been learnt and now the battle for
sustainable tourism is beginning to be realized.
Half the income from
the Selous is returned to the reserve to help keep this park in
existence. A second scheme is involving the communities around the
park; by allowing controlled hunting by the local communities and
thereby providing direct tangible benefits for the local people.
Without local support from surrounding villages poaching would be
impossible to maintain. Working with and through the local
communities rather than against them has helped the reserve to
As a direct result of
international pressures hunting was banned in the 1980’s and an
immediate consequence was a devastating decline on animal
populations; especially the elephant populations. Hunting has been
reintroduced, well away from the photographic safari areas. The
money charged from these hunting safaris generates the main source
of income to maintain the reserve. It is though that as a direct
result of reintroducing hunting that poaching is no longer a threat
and animal numbers had increased noticeably over the past decade.
Sustainable hunting safaris are strictly controlled and they are
allowed in the reserve between the months of July and November.
Without this income the reserve in its present sate would not exist.
The reserve has set
out restricts for tourism in the Selous to keep the human impact as
low as possible. Tourist numbers are kept low and lodges and camps
strictly controlled. Over the past two years there have been several
new camps. The lakes in the west of Tanzania and especially the
Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater in the north of Tanzania have be
overwhelmed by a tourism explosion over the past few years. Park
fees have been increased dramatically from January 1, 2006 to direct
tourists from these areas and into the lesser know areas such as the
The tourism areas are
all in the north of the Selous game reserve and south of the Rufiji
River is a true wilderness. However, there are plans to develop this
area for the photographic safaris to reduce the pressure on the lake
area’s and the northern National Parks. Tanzania is keen to maintain
its parks and keep tourism under control and human impact to a
minimum. For further information on sustainable tourism or for
information on how to find your way around the Selous Game Reserve
contact us through website bellow.
information on sustainable tourism or for information on how to find
your way around the Selous Game Reserve contact
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