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Selous Impala Camp

Selous & the South

Rating: Deluxe    Price from: £250 - £370 pp full board

Selous Impala Camp overview

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.

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Mrs Ruth Samways

"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! "

Mr. Geoffrey & Mrs. Jillian Abbott
"This was luxury camping but with the drama of the possibility of hippos under our tent platform at night! Everything was wonderful with walks, drives & boat-trips with many surprises. The camp manager was always helpful with all aspects of our stay. A great location!"
"Impala camp in Selous was lovely in all respects. There was plenty of game in the immediate vicinity, and I had giraffe, bush babies and hippos around my tent most nights. The view in the evening from my wooden verandah as the sun set over the Rufiji river was absolutely wonderful. However, I suspect the camp at the absolute epicentre of game viewing is still Lake Manze and we had a longish drive to see most of the “serious” animals. Once we did so, we saw plenty of lions, a pack of 15 wild dogs and even a leopard which strolled right up to the vehicle which first spotted it (not mine, sadly- I only caught a few minutes as it disappeared into the deep bush). Hippo, monitor lizards and crocs on the river beneath my tent were commonplace and the birds were as I remembered them from my last two trips, spectacular. The robberies themselves were certainly very bold - vervet monkeys descended on my early morning tea and biscuits and left devastation in their wake; weaver birds ganged up to deprive me (successfully) of my breakfast cereal; and in the evening the bush babies distracted my attention and stole the delicious bread rolls from my plate. "
Mrs. Julia Crisp
"The camp was fantastic on pretty much all fronts. My one disappointment was the food. Not that it wasn,t good but i would have liked to have had the opportunity too eat local food and try local recipies. I know they have to appeal to the masses but for me it was a wasted opportunity."
Mrs. Anne White
"Clean, comfortable, safe, food was good and staff were exceptionally welcoming and helpful. Lovely surroundings and a real 'immersion' experience. Even the sounds of Andreas (hippo) at night beside our tent was not alarming but thrilling. My only suggestion would be to include a local African food option on the menu occasionally. "

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