Selous Impala Camp

Reviews of Selous Impala Camp

Excellent(96%) From 219 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 219 of our travellers who have visited Selous Impala Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms G & son - Australia
Arrived on: 13-Jan-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Food:
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Selous Impala Camp review

Met on arrival, by guide a driver. Drinks and wet towels

Hussein had excellent english - instant game drive en route to camp. These 2 were our private guides throughout. Barbara ( Italian Manager) on hand for our arrival at camp. Very welcoming. 8 raised tents overlooking the Rufiji. Very Spacious with a large electriv fan. Double sinks and separate shower toilet. Very poor lighting for night reading. Guides and drivers on water and land excellent.

Food good for the location. 3 courses would be enough for dinner. Not enough salads - probably due to location.
Game viewing was excellent. Drives probably should be 1/2- 1 hour shorter.

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Mr E & Ms W - honeymooners from London
Arrived on: 29-Dec-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent
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Selous Impala Camp review

A very beautiful camp, with an unbelievable location on the river bank - eating to the sound of hippos in the river was amazing! The tent was stunning and felt genuinely luxurious. The food and service were both outstanding, our waiter Mohammed was unbelievably helpful and friendly.

The variety of safari was nice and we really enjoyed the boat safari and fishing (we got a few very big cat fish). The jeep safari was very different to Ruaha, with the land much drier and animals lesser in number. We did, however, see wildebeest, wild dogs, hyenas and vultures feeding on a hippo carcass. We very NEARLY saw a leopard on our last day - we found its kill (impala) in a tree but we couldn't find the leopard.

The only minor quibble is that the camp managers, whilst very nice, are obviously instructed to talk with you each time you are in the lodge - it felt like we had to give constant feedback.

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Mrs S & Family - Ipswich
Arrived on: 18-Dec-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Selous Impala Camp review

A bit smart for us! Accom and location very good. Food good.

River safaris wonderful, game drives not nearly as good as Mdonya (I think that we had been spoilt in the Ruaha together with recent rains having dispersed the game) but very knowledgable and charming guide. Great english and very patient with the children's many questions. Spent a good afternoon fishing and also visited a nearby village, sat in on primary school lesson etc.

Pool a welcome bonus. Only downside a noisy electrical system in tent which we had to have fixed (promptly fixed once asked). Generators are a mixed blessing, detracting from the natural wildlife noises.

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Expert Africa comments

When we passed this feedback on to Impala camp - they apologised for the disturbed night’s sleep experienced by these travellers. They explained that they don’t keep the generators near the tents, so guests shouldn’t usually be able to hear any noises like this. The issue was most likely the battery inverter, which is used to provide power when the generator is off. When there is a fault with these they sometimes make a noise - however this can be rectified quickly and easily by staff members.

Mr & Mrs B - Devon
Arrived on: 5-Dec-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Selous Impala Camp review

This was our second visit to Impala, chosen because of our previous experience.

We were pleased that overall, their standards have been maintained, and, although the food was generally good, there was room for improvement, wasn't terribly inspiring. Delighted that we had Ezra and Rajabu again as our guide and driver - they were excellent! Barbara the camp manager was friendly and very welcoming.

Actually had time to use pool this time in it's new location!

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Ms H & Mr F - London
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A truly memorable experience at Impala Camp

Where to start?! Our stay at Impala was truly memorable. We arrived at the camp and were met by the very friendly staff and shown round the amazing grounds. The camp is very luxurious.

The main dining area, lounge and bar are all on a stilted platform which allows you to relax and view the surrounding area. The pool area has just been built and is great way to cool off in the afternoon heat. In the evening you can dine in the main dining area or in more secluded spots on the ground with fires and candles burning all around you. It was fantastic to stay in the Selous itself as many other camps are outside the reserve.

We would regularly see animals in the camp but always felt safe as there were lots of staff and Massai around at all times. The setting is fabulous. The camp overlooks the river and so you can see hippos, elephants, crocodiles and a variety of birds on the banks of the river below. Our safari delivered in every way. We had the choice of game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris each day and other activities such as fishing in the Rufuji river. The staff were very flexible in arranging activities to suit our needs and combining activities to ensure that we got the most out of our stay.

We had the same driver and guide throughout most of our stay. This was perfect as it enabled us to build up a rapport with them so that we got the most out of each day as they knew what we wanted to see and what we had seen already. We were mainly interested in game drives (but experienced and enjoyed all of the other activities) and saw everything we wanted to see and more.

The most notable aspects of our safari were spotting a leopard, the African wild dogs and being up close by boat to witness a herd of elephants crossing the river. The food was excellent every day and they have a fully equipped bar and a good wine selection. On the early morning game drives the guide and driver would select a spot and unpack a whole array of breakfast dishes for us to sit and enjoy on the banks of the river. On boat safaris in the evening we enjoyed champagne while watching the sunset!

There were a number of people travelling alone at the camp and it was good to see that the staff (and other guests) made them all feel very welcome. As the camp can only take a small number of guests people tended to chat about their experiences and socialise without it being too forced. Overall our stay was outstanding - the service was incredible and, even though we were there for just a few days, the staff were all so friendly it was hard to say goodbye.

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Mr and Mrs R from Bath
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Selous Impala Camp review

Attractive site; good game viewing with the plus of boat trips. Our guide, Mpogo, was quiet but very knowledgeable and interactive. We were served at table by Mohammed who was also excellent. But we would have preferred the more normal style of communal eating. Barbara ran the camp very well and was superb at interacting with the guests to check on possible difficulties.

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Mr & Mrs V - Essex
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala camp stay

What a contrast. Impala camp must rank amongst the best camps we have ever visited and a match for the excellent Kwihala- more of an upmarket feel perhaps but retaining a bush ambience. An excellent location with well thought out siting of the tents and guest buildings. Excellent tents with excellent furnishings, lighting, water and those little touches that make you feel welcome in a camp- evidently due in no small part to the influence of the camp manageress, Barbara. The food was absolutely wonderful, the service first class and again with little touches that really made the stay- surprise bush sundowners, our table placed privately and romantically by a fire on our last night and our own 'private' genet in attendance!
The guiding was personal with a knowledable and friendly guide (Ezra) and (separate but also knowledgable) driver dedicated to us for the whole stay and the guiding was deliberately designed to our personal likes with all effort made to find things we wanted to see and done with enthusiasm, empathy and really good regard for the environment- no driving fast past baby impala for instance. We also went on walking safaris and these were proper walks with guiding adapted to our level of knowledge
An excellent camp and a credit to Barbara and Makumba (the head guide). We would definitely go again

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Mr & Mrs M from London
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Food:
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Selous Impala Camp review

Impala was a great camp in everyway, we had a super time, saw lots, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Mr & Mrs P from London
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Rooms:
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Great Birds at Sellous Impala Camp

The wildlife at Selous particularly the bird life was tremendous.
As it was meant to be better than its sister camp manze we were slightly disappointed, We prefered manze that we visited last year.

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Dr G & Dr E - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
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Food:
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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

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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.