Selous Impala Camp

Reviews of Selous Impala Camp

Excellent(96%) From 210 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 210 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.
Mr N from Denmark
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

The service was excellent and so was the the efforts to fulfill my wishes. I was very impressed by the guide (Makomba) and driver (Aridi) who were at my disposal during my stay. I got a lot of good informations about the wild life while we were on game drives.

I had preferred dining in groups at larger tables in stead of sitting at individual tables at lunch and dinner but it didn't spoil my impression of an excellent camp.

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Mr & Mrs P from Worcester
Arrived on: 5-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Great safari at Impala Camp

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Impala, and have no complaints. Our guide, Ezra, was excellent and really 'made' our stay; he was knowledgable, interesting and amusing, and went out of his way to find out what we would like to see. He seemed to have binocular vision, and together with his driver Roger (?) made a great team. Abdullah, Hassan nd Gerard were also very good at driving the boat safaris. It was good to have the variety of walking, boat and car.

The accommodation was excellent, and the staff were very helpful. The little luxeries like early morning tea, eucalyptus flannels after a long day, juice befroe the afternoon safari, and always being welcomed back by Chloe and Mara were really appreciated.

Our only comments (not complaints!) were connected with food. the food was excellent - the only problem was that there was too much! Lunches could have been lighter, and it would have been friendlier if all the guests could have eaten at a long table more often. However, bush breakfasts were something never to be forgotten; coming round a promentory after 2 hours walking, and seeing breakfast laid out on a table by the lake was very momorable.

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Mr & Mrs R from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous - The River Makes the Difference

We loved the river safaris which were so relaxing after the Land Rovers - great views of wildlife from the boat, especially elephants.

Food was delicious - special mention for the home made marmalade!

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Mr & Mrs N - Bournemouth
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Staff incredibly helpful - I would say they enhanced the experience.. The balance of river and land advantageous ( Gerard the boatman deserves a special mention) Had a very unsettling elephant encounter on the way to dinner one night which was not dealt with very well by the Askari - other people at the lodge also commented that they found the attitude to animals in the camp perhaps a little casual.

Food was strictly average overall (poor on one night)but on 2 occasions the staff arranged a different venue with surprises to celebrate birthday and retirement which was much appreciated. Bush breakfast also good, Choice of sundowner drinks limited.
Swimming pool a huge advantage in such heat.

Availibility of fresh coffee also a bonus

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Mr and Mrs W - Letchworth Garden City
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Even better than last year at Selous Impala!

Our stay at Selous Impala Camp was truly wonderful - we were reluctant to leave after 5 nights which is a longer than average visit. We clearly enjoyed the experience last year as we came back - but this year was even better

We couldn't fault anything. Mara was acting Camp Manager whilst we were there and she was brilliant, nothing was too much trouble. Always smiling, she chatted with every guest at several points during each day checking that all was in order, attending to everything in great detail. She certainly gets things moving too - on our first day she located the missing binoculars (which had been promised for a few days by then) - and they arrived the next day!

I had a wonderful surprise birthday meal under the stars complete with a birthday cake (the first one I haven't had to make for myself for ** years!) accompanied by a procession of the staff and rendition of Happy Birthday and Jambo Bwana!

Our guide for the whole time, Ezra, was excellent. His happy smiling face greeted us unfailingly as we met for each new adventure! Ezra's excellent knowledge of birds, animals, insects and plants ensured that we had our best walking safari - and we saw Colobus monkeys too! All the game drives were wonderful (with Rajabu driving) and we enjoyed the huge amount of game viewing - and Ezra we never tired of our Leopard search!!

We had 3 boat safaris - all very different. The birds along the river are beautiful (Ezra's 'bling birds') - the malachite kingfishers patiently waited for us to take photos and we got some really great shots of them, the pied kingfishers and bee-eaters. Gerard got us very (but safely) close to groups of elephants crossing - a wonderful sight in the beautiful sunset.

We also enjoyed our Verandha Safaris, exchanging stories of the days events round the fire, excellent bush breakfasts, evening meals under the stars, the conversations with various staff and much more. This was certainly a very memorable stay. A big thank you to all at Impala!!





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Mr B Dorset
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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wonderful camp in a beautiful setting

We really enjoyed our stay in Selous Impala Camp. I expect we have stayed in about 20 game lodges/camps and Selous Impala Camp is the best by a margin.

The setting, accomodation, staff and, particularly, the food were excellent. The scenery and game might have been better in other areas but this camp was the tops. I find it strange that at both this camp and Magwusi the guides did not have binoculars.

We raised this locally but the point was not taken. Overall the guides were not as good as Botswana/Zambia but were 'good enough'.

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Mr & Mrs E from Letchworth
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Well organised camp. The staff and guides were excellent, the accommodation was confortable and well located.

All the activities were well run, but individual tables for meals made it a bit more formal than Lake Manze, but it meant you had more personal attention!

Everyone was particularly kind as they were aware of Margaret's accident the previous year and we had a special starlight dinner thanks to Tessa Zanacchi.

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Mr & Mrs B - Devon
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Every care and attention was given to us right from our arrival at the airstrip. Ezra , our guide with the huge smile, and Raja our driver were superb and were even able to show us wild dogs on the way to camp! Chloe, Mara and the rest of the staff took good care of us in camp. The tent was very comfortable and we certainly appreciated the electric fan!

The food was very good, enhanced by the beautiful setting overlooking the river and a view of the resident hippo.

We certainly saw plenty of animals and birds on our game drives, boat trips and in the camp but the most memorable would have to be the day we attempted to have a bush breakfast. A suitable spot had been selected and breakfast preparations started when driving rain rapidly moved in. Even the Land Rover couldn't supply shelter from the deluge so we got soaked and eventually moved on to dry out. Compensation came by way of a pride of lions 'playing' on the road. Suddenly the 4 lionesses became alert as they spotted a herd of eland. You can guess the rest. After many years of safari trips we saw our first hunt/kill – 2 huge male elands brought down by these superb hunting machines. And our vehicle was the only one to witness it!

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Mr & Mrs H - East Sussex
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Good river safaris from Selous Impala camp

River location allows good boat trips. A morning walk followed by breakfast by a lagoon and a return boat trip was a highlight. The bird checklist was a good idea

Dining arrangements of seperate tables lead to a less sociable atmosphere in the evenings.

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Miss G - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

We could not fault Impala Camp at all.

One of the things we especially liked about the camp was that meals were taken on individual tables rather than all together as a group as is usually the case at most camps. Even though a large table is nice and very sociable we liked how Impala organised their meals as it meant we could also have some meal time to ourselves. Thanks also to the staff and cook who looked after our menu as we did not eat any seafood. Everything was delicious.

The insect repellent in the tents was very useful and the inclusive laundry service was unexpected so a bonus. The swimming pool and surrounding area was kept lovely and clean and other African camps sometimes overlook this as it is often only used by the minority of guests.

A fantastic stay and highly recommended.

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