Rating: Deluxe Price from: £250 - £370 pp full board
Selous Impala Camp is in a lovely spot by the Rufiji River in Selous Game Reserve. It is between two lakes, and it really is a fabulously rich wildlife area.
The camp has just eight luxury tents set on high wooden decking with great views of the river and of the forest beyond. The colonial period furniture enhances the atmosphere of exploration and adventure. Each tent at Selous Impala has a dressing room, an en-suite bathroom with flush loo and good shower, and a verandah overlooking the Rufiji. The tents are spread over a large area, so they’re very private.
The lounge, dining area and bar are within the large thatched low-slung main building. You can also eat outdoors under the stars if you prefer. The bar and the fireplace overlooks the river - a perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink.
And after a day’s game activities, you can head for the swimming pool before settling down for a 3-course meal and a good chat by the fire.
By the way, don't be surprised if you get closer than you think to wildlife whilst here - animals very often walk through camp. Even elephants!
Open: Year round, except during the rains from around late March to 1st June.
Location: Set in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve overlooking the Rufiji River. It is between lakes Mzizimia and Siwandu. Mtemere airstrip is about a 45 minute drive from camp.
Rooms: 8 luxury, spacious tents raised on wooden decks, including a family tent with 2 bedrooms. The rooms can be configured as twins or doubles. They all overlook the river. All rooms are en-suite, with full running water and 24-hour power. There are fans to keep the rooms cool. Charging points are provided. Outside each room is a veranda with chairs and a table.
Activities: Daily game drives, guided walking safaris and boating safaris, and fishing on the Rufiji River. This is an incredibly rich wildlife area, and whether you’re game viewing on land or on one of the many rivers and lagoons, you should have a really rewarding wildlife experience. Fly camping is available at extra cost.
Facilities: The main lodge is a large open area housing the dining room, the lounge with comfortable chairs, a well-stocked bar and surrounding verandas for enjoying the spectacular views. There is a swimming pool set to the side of the dining area.
Dining: Meals can be served in the dining area, on the veranda under the stars, by the campfire or in the bush (on request).
Children: The camp accepts children 7 years of age and over. As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is limited mobile reception, no direct ‘phone or fax and no internet.
"The ideal camp with which to end my trip particularly as there were several opportunities to enjoy Selous from the water. Had my own Masai,(Moiy), to call & escort me everywhere - quite necessary to ensure my safety from roaming animals, especially elephants. This was rather restricting but we seemed to get on well with chats of just smiles & grins! "
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499