Tourism in the Selous – Niassa Wildlife Corridor

Tourism is an economic income diversification strategy for the communities within the SNWC. Generated benefits can positively contribute to the conservation management cost of the communal Wildlife Management Areas and to the local economic development in terms of employment and the creation of new markets and economic spin-off effects. Thus increasing the villagers’ acceptance for wildlife and biodiversity, tourism contributes to the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage and the maintenance of the corridor’s biodiversity and integrity.

Presently the only form of tourism is hunting, which is already well established in the northern part of the corridor adjacent to the Selous Game Reserve. There the hunting concessions are world renowned for classic big game hunting safaris.

The southern part of the corridor with its outstanding landscape and the Ruvuma River is an attraction on its own. Meandering through a pristine savannah woodland landscape with rocky outcrops and inselbergs, changing from rocky braided channels with numerous islands to sandy beaches and over small rapids to long stretched quiet pools, the Ruvuma river forms there on 178 km the border between the Corridor in Tanzania and the Niassa Reserve in Mozambique. This area, where not any tourist has left his footprint yet, can really be considered as the last frontier of the African wilderness. Not only that this corridor connects the world's largest elephant range and can provide a true wilderness and remote bush experience, it also contains settlements with different culture and history and people, who have lived side by side with wildlife since time immemorial, willing to share their way of life.

This area has a great potential for tourism development that integrates nature with an authentic rural African culture experience, complemented by a range of soft adventure activities and cultural interaction between the local people and tourists. More information about tourism potentials can be obtained from the “Pre-feasibility Study for Development of Responsible Tourism in the Selous – Niassa Wildlife Corridor”. The document can be downloaded form the publication link on this website.

Presentation in Australia

The International Team Leader for the Selous_Niassa Wildlife Protection Corridor project gave a...

Selous-Niassa Wildlife Protection Corridor vitally important

The results from a recent short term study on wild dogs and other large ...