Beho Beho was one of the first safari camps in the highlands of Selous, open to the cooling breezes after which it is named. The accommodation is very spacious, the game viewing excellent and the hospitality generous.
The guest bandas are open wood structures with thatched roofs. They have a large sleeping area which includes space for seating, a bathroom, dressing area and two verandas, one to the side and the other at the front of the banda, one of which contains a plunge pool. This main veranda leads off the sleeping area and there are no doors or screen between (although a curtain can be put up if you wish), so the bedroom is open to the bush. The room feels very secure and there is an electric wire beneath the veranda to deter any unwelcome guests. Rooms are adorned with tasteful African artwork.
Baileys Banda is a larger building with two storeys and can sleep up to four adults or a family of five. It is set slightly apart from the main bandas so is pleasantly secluded.
The lounge has comfy sofas and chairs and coffee tables. There are lots of books for you to look through as you enjoy a drink from the bar. You can try your hand at billiards if you wish.
Outside, a little way away from the main lodge, there is a swimming pool and a deck with sun loungers. Occasional barbecues and buffets are held here.
Activities include game drives in the national park, boat trips on Lake Tagalala and walking safaris, so there is quite a variety to choose from during your stay. Guests staying 4 nights or more have the option of a romantic sleep-out at The Treehouse with its mosquito net-draped bed and en-suite bathroom, complete with private dinner and breakfast the following morning. This needs to be booked and paid for in advance.
Open: Beho Beho is open from the beginning of June to the end of March.
Location: The camp is in the Beho Beho Hills in the highlands of Selous Game Reserve. There is an airstrip nearby for easy access.
Rooms: There are 8 guest bandas, all providing extremely spacious accommodation include a sleeping and seating area with a Zanzibar day bed, a dressing room, bathroom with shower, twin hand basins and a flush toilet and two verandas, one of which has a plunge pool. The sleeping area adjoins the front veranda and is open to the bush beyond. Beds have mosquito nets. Baileys Banda is a newer addition. It has two storeys and sleeps up to four adults or a family of five. It is set apart from the other bandas. There are battery charging points in all bandas.
Activities: You can go on game drives in the Selous, afternoon drives include sundowners, take boat trips on Lake Tagalala and go on guided walking safaris. If staying four nights or more you can spend a night at the treehouse a two hour walk from camp enjoying dinner by the fire, a luxurious sleep out and breakfast.
Facilities: There is a sitting area with comfy sofas and chairs, coffee tables and a selection of reference books. The camp has a separate bar area with a billiards table. The swimming pool is located a short distance from the main lounge and sun lovers will appreciate the loungers on the wooden deck. There is a floodlit waterhole near camp and animals frequently wander through camp.
Dining: Meals are eaten communally, those people staying at Baileys Banda can choose to dine privately.
Children: Children aged 12 and over are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in guest bandas but not in the main areas. The connection can be slow. There is a satellite phone for emergency use.
"This place has the real 'wow' factor. It is an English country houseparty in the bush! The designer has created truly stylish, HUGE stone cottages, which are like staying in an extremely elegant private house. The main pavilion, complete with full-sized snooker table, is breathtaking, as is the view. And the elephants wandering past the balcony make it just perfect. Incredible food, highly professional but friendly team - a real treat."