Reviews of Selous Impala Camp
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Selous Impala Camp review
This camp has a great location. However, I have serious concerns about how it is run. Customers are not given a personal water supply on game drives. This means that to have a drink, the truck has to stop, the driver pours out a cupful of water, which you have to drink on the spot and then return it to the driver, in order to set off again. This actively discourages you from drinking as it delays the drive and leaves you dehydrated. Unfortunately, the water supply in the rooms were not adequte to make up for this - we ran out one day and had to ask for the water to be filled up twice a day.
I also got the impression that they were actively discouraging customers from going on game drives:
1) after our first full day we were asked what we wanted to do the next day (two game drives) to which the reply was "not a river cruise?"
2) when wanting to go out at 6.30am "not at 8am?"
3) and on our last day (short transfer to another camp) "would you like a lie-in, late breakfast and enjoy the use of the pool?". We had to argue for a game drive, which they then cut short by an hour - depositing us at our next camp an hour prior to what they had expected.
I do not pay the amount per night that these camps charge to be palmed off onto cheaper and easier activities. If I am staying 3 nights, I expect 6 game drives at my convenience.
The atmosphere was not as welcoming as the other camps.
According to the guide book, this camp is only fractionally cheaper than selous safari camp - if this is the case, then safari camp is infinitely better value for money
Expert Africa comments
Impala Camp has rapidly acted on these travellers comments about the distribution of water, and have already put a new system into place for the drives. Each traveller is now given their own flask at the start of each game drive, so you no longer need to disturb the driver. They already refill the water in each travellers rooms three times a day, and will of course gladly offer more on request if that is not enough.
In regards to the activities from Impala Camp, we apologise as we think there must have been a misunderstanding between these travellers and the camp team. These travellers were keen to do a lot of driving, and the Impala team had wanted to make sure that they knew about the other activities on offer such as walking and boat safaris – as most travellers enjoy the variation of having different activities. They had not intended it to appear as though they were discouraging them from drives.
It is of course up to the traveller to choose their activities here, and Impala Camp are more than happy to facilitate this. The camp’s team apologise profusely if this did not come across properly and will try and be much clearer in the future.
The travellers also compare Impala to Selous Safari Camp. The latter is a much more luxurious tented camp, but it is usually between £70 – 120 per person per night more costly than Impala Camp.
Still the ideal safari destination
After two years we returned to Tanzania and felt compelled to revisit Impala Camp as we had enjoyed it so much previously. It did not disiappoint and it is still our ideal safari destination. This is because of the isolated beautiful setting on the river, it's small size, the relaxed atmosphere, the perfect balace of camping/comfort and last but not least the warm, attentive staff.
The river settting adds such variety to the available activities, i.e boat safaris and fishing, plus wallking and all day safaris are available which we have found not to be the case in some other camps.
The food was very, very good and beautifully presented and we enjoyed being looked after by the same waiter throughout our stay. David was excellent. The Management were relaxed, chatty and helpful which set the tone of the whole camp.
Our guide Ezra is, judging from our experience of various camps, second to none and has a very good command of English. His knowlege of plants, animals and birds is extensive and he has the knack of telling stories and giving information about the small things while we are waiting to spot the big things. Hence you are never bored and always learning. He is also great fun and looked after us well at all times. He is ably assisted by Rajibu his driver and they are a great team.
We can't wait to go back!
Selous Impala Camp review
The staff we spent the most time with were outstanding. Ezra, our guide, and Rajibu, our driver were an excellent team. In retrospect, Ezra was the best guide of entire trip and we had excellent guides throughout. His knowledge of the birds and wildlife went far beyond identification and general knowledge. They were both personable, helpful and endowed with a great sense of humor as was our meal attendant, David.
It was a bonus to have both a guide and driver which wasn't always the case in other locations. It allows more focus on finding wildlife.
The location of Impala with access to both the river and bush and the camp itself with its comfy tents made it the perfect introduction to an amazing country. There isn't one thing I would change about the place or the experience.
Amazing start to an amazing holiday!
Fantastic camp! From the moment, we arrived and met our guides gerad and arrid, to the time we were waved off to our next resort - the experience was faultless.
Our guides were fantastic - showing us all the things we wanted to see, plus educating us with their knowledge and understanding of the local enviroment and animals. It was really nice having the options for both game drives (the driving is very exhilarating compared to the UK roads!) and boat drives (which are very relaxing and chilled out after the bumping around in the 4by4s)
The tents were great - enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of the hippos and waking up to a giraffe eating the tree by the tent.
The food and service within the camp was varied and very tasty.
Selous Impala Camp
A friendly well run camp with a very spacious feel to it. Good food. Very good guide and lots of good game.
We especially enjoyed being able to take river trips instead of going out in the vehicle twice a day; lovely birds including bee eaters nesting in the banks.
Fantastic stay at Selous Impala Camp
We absolutely loved our time at Selous Impala Camp. From start to finish, all the staff made sure we had an amazing time and were completely looked after. The activites from the game drives to the boat and walking safaris were brilliant and the guides were very knowlegeable. They also added in lots of special touches that made our stay truely memorable.
The only slight issue we had was with the power in our room which kept on breaking down leaving us with a funny beeping noise in the middle of the night! The staff were keen to try and resolve the issue so hopefully it was just a once off.
Outstanding safari at Impala Camp
What an amazing time we had at the Impala Camp in Selous. Everything was superbly organised, the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The food was intereseting at times but very tasty.
Our guide Dennis, who we had to ourselves, was very knowledgeable and had the sharpest eyes when it came to spotting some of the animals. We had the opportunity to do boat and walking safaris as well as the drives. It was very flexible. The tents were very comfortable and clean. The Maasi guards were on hand at all times to escort us to and from the main area. The managers Barbara and Andre were very hospitable too.
To wake up in the morning with the wonderful sounds of the hippo just down the bank and the snapping of the crocodiles jaws catching fish as well as the amazing birds was more than we could've imagined.
On our last night we were given a table set up away from the others with our own little fire with our last dinner ending with a song from our personal waiter Mohammad (a lovely genuine guy) along with the other waiters and presented with a delicious Annivesary cake. They were all truely wonderful people, we, as well as all the other guests, were made to feel really welcome. Even Brian the resident giraffe was an amazing sight to see everyday.
I would certainly recommend this camp to everyone. We couldn't have wished for more (except to have stayed longer)
Selous Impala Camp review
Selous Impala is a step up in luxury from Manze and Mdonya. The tents on stilts were fabulous, though you did lose a bit of the direct connection with the bush. The food and service was superb - too much so. But this is a matter of taste rather than a criticism of the camp.
Slightly less choice in activities in that they wanted you to come back for lunch so no all day game drives. Our driver/guide was brilliant and his English was the best of the lot. it seems an awful lot for one man to do (rather than having a guide and spotter) but in terms of results he delivered.
Very nice management.
Expert Africa comments
We wonder if there’s been a misunderstanding here? The Impala team are adamant that they are happy to offer full-day game drives to any of our travellers who specifically want them. That said, such drives are long and hot, exhausting some guests, and the middle of the day is usually the least productive time for game-viewing. Hence the camp doesn’t really ‘push’ them, and we would not recommend a full-day drive early in your stay if you fly in straight from Europe or the US to the Selous.
Everything about Impala Camp was OUTSTANDING!
The people were delightful. The camp and its location were amazing.
The safaris were brilliant and being able to safari on the river as well was a real plus.
Selous Impala Camp
The Selous Impala Camp is a fantastic camp, in a great setting on the river. All the staff are extremely helpful and friendly, and we especially liked the fact we had our own safari guide and driver, Hussan and Ali, who were both extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the wildlife in Selous.
After spending 2 days on vehicle safari in Ruaha it was great to experience a river safari on our first afternoon in Selous, and have the chance to see wildlife from the boat. It was also great to have the opportunity to explore the park on foot. The tents are great, and it was nice to cool off in the swimming pool in the afternoon after an early morning safari.
The tables at dinner were set apart so that we had privacy from other guests and the food was lovely and plentiful! During our trip we were lucky enough to see most of the wildlife we had hoped to in Selous apart from the elusive Leopard! Overall Selous Impala offered a little slice of luxury in an amazing setting!