Selous Impala Camp

Reviews of Selous Impala Camp

Excellent(96%) From 217 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 217 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.
The zebras from Newcastle
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Happy campers at Selous Impala camp

We had a wonderful time at Selous Impala camp and felt it made an excellent contrast to Mdonya camp in the Ruaha. The river offers another dimension to a safari and we could not have had a better guide than Gerard whose knowledge about the wildlife on the river in particular is outstanding. Our driver and guide Dennis who took us on our bush safari was also very knowledgeable. The camp is very well run by Chloe and her team and is in such a beautiful position that it all adds up to make for a wonderful experience, we loved every minute of it. Our waiter David looked after us very well in the restaurant and made us feel very at home and the food was extremely good. We would recommend this camp to anyone planning a safari. We liked having half day safaris with a rest in the afternoon and found this an ideal arrangement.

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The kudus from London
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

lovely and contrast to Mgwasi

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Parrot fish honeymooners - Peterborough
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Amazing stay at Selous Impala Camp

What can we say! From the welcome at Mtemere airstrip with cold apple juice, to the game drive between the airstrip and the camp on our first morning, the exceptional and abundant food served during our whole stay, the superb service and attention to detail from Chloe, Mara and all the team on camp, the widely knowledgable and amenable guides who showed us two prides of lions, a leopard, countless elephant, giraffe, hippos, zebra, wildebeest etc and the beautiful birdlife on display and were always happy to stop or reposition for that great photo, the bushbabies outside our tent all night every night (tent no. 6!) and the elephant that paid us an early visit on the first morning we woke up in camp when he climbed out of the river right in front of our tent, the candlelit dinner for two under the stars with complimentary bubbly provided for honeymooners and the relaxed nature of the whole visit we came away with a sense of expectations exceeded on all counts!

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Lesser kudus on honeymoon from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fantastic guide and driver team

Impala Camp had a great setting, food and tents, however what made this camp stand out were our guide, Ezra, and driver, Raja, who gave us memories we'll never forget. We were lucky enough to drop straight in on a lion kill fresh off the aeroplane, and from then the excitement never really stopped! From Raja's hawk eyes spotting leopard kill up in a tree who we then caught a glimpse of, to running back to the vehicle from bush toilet when wild dogs turned up unexpectedly!

But the smaller things we experienced with these both were really special too, such as hopping out the vehicle to eat marula fruit, watching the lion ant take his prey and learning all about the whistling acacia, we had such fun, and a really personal experience.

It was also really good to get a different perspective on boat safari, seeing all the hippo and crocs, and birdlfe around the lakes.

Overall Impala was an amazing first experience to safari.

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Mr & Ms Lion cub - Northamptonshire
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

From the moment we arrived at Selous Impala Camp, we were looked after like Royalty! I've never felt so spoiled and cared for at a resort. The staff were warm and welcoming and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation - our tent - was fabulous! Really luxurious and yet natural and in keeping with the whole safari experience - all mod cons catered for.

The layout of the camp was fantastic. It felt very natural and we really felt like we were in the middle of the bush! The restaurant and bar areas were beautiful - the decoration and layout were stunning as was the location, overlooking the Rufiji River - absolutely beautiful. The food was amazing - such choice and variety - a very talented chef indeed! Staff members were friendly, knowledgable and very professional.

Just an absolutely wonderful experience in every possible way! We would not hesitate to recommend Selous Impala Camp to anyone!

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The Clown Fish Family - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Seloue Impala Camp

See earlier comments

[ Ed: see the review below! These travellers stayed at Selous Impala Camp twice, taking a short one-night fly-camping expedition during the intervening time. ]

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Mr. & Mrs. Flying Fish - London
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Same as before! Brilliant...

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The Clown Fish Family - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Selous Impala Camp

Relative to Lake Manze camp where we started our trip, Selous Impala was rather more luxurious and less informal. This made it feel like we had started our trip all over again! The terrain local to Impala is more bush than scrub and so it affords a different set of game viewing, less zebra and impala, more elephants.

On one occasion we stopped to look back at an elephant emerging from the trees only to find that a herd of over 20 emerged and passed the Jeep on both sides and on into the distance, an awe inspiring sight. Leopards proved elusive for us despite Mpogo's best efforts but that did not detract from the overall excellent quantity of game viewing available.

Impala Camp encourages guests to leave camp early after a cup of tea in their tent and then break their morning drive with a bush breakfast. This seemed a very good system for optimum game viewing. We would then return after midday for a three course lunch and some close encounters with animals! Even during the middle of the day Impala has semi-resident and visiting large game.

The nature of the camp, with tents placed discreetly among the bush, means that you need to be vigilant at all times when walking without a Masai. Elephants are surprisingly quiet when not demolishing trees and although the Masai generally knew when Tempo where in camp, animals often crossed the river and came up into camp unnoticed. Thrilling and sometimes the cause of a delay to supper.

The family accommodation at Impala, two tents sharing a raised platform was ideal and the location, overlooking a sandy 'beach' where animals would leave the river was superb. Meals were served at you own table, in the dining area which overlooked the river, allowing you to continue watching game as you ate. At night the tables were moved out on to the deck under the stars.

A variation, if you feel you've done enough game viewing, is to go fishing on the river. It is a nice relaxing way to spend the morning and with simple rods and lines we caught two impressive fish without too much trouble.

All in all a fabulous 4 days.






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Mr. & Mrs. Flying Fish - London
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Excellent!

Comfortable accomodation, great food, beautiful location and well informed guides. Brilliant attention to detail in many aspects of the camp.

Only thing was that we were taken straight out on Safari from being picke up from the Selous airstrip - we were knackered! couldn't really appreciate our first sight of the Selous since we were so tired (overnight flight etc.). We were staying for 5 nights and so were not pressed for time - would have much preferred to have been taken to the camp to get a couple of hour's sleep. I suppose it might have been different if our stay was shorted and we were trying to fit as much in as possible! Would have been nice to have been given the optionb though...

Also - provision of drinking water when on safari during the day was not great - would have been nice to have been given a flask each rather than constantly having to ask our guide for a cup every hour or so. Hot weather = lots of water needed!

Two very small points in what was an otherwise excellent stay though! Well done Impala Camp.

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Dr M & Mrs C - desert and dunes
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

There are plenty of comments on how stunning the setting is for this camp; we can only echo them (although some tents have slightly more panoramic views over the river than others). Gazing at and listening to hippos is a magical experience. The location makes this an immediate reward - from the giraffe, hippo and elephant on the camp through to the activities on the river. A particular highlight must be sitting in our boat at sunset watching a herd of a dozen elephants swimming across the river.

The guides are excellent and knowledgeable, and the opportunity for a walking safari adds to he range of experiences you get here.
Service is very attentive- in fact over solicitous at times, but that would be nit-picking.

The food was of a much higher quality than we had expected from the brochures - Mohammed is a wizard with soups and you certainly eat well. Evenings a bit quiet and not a great deal of contact with other guests, but we were able to share our adventures - such as catching catfish and tiger fish despite never having been fishing at all in the Uk.

Please note the camp does not accept travellers cheques, so ignore the suggestion that this is a safe and convenient way to pay.

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Expert Africa comments

Travellers’ cheques used to be useful in Tanzania, but this traveller is quite right – it is becoming harder to use them, and Impala does not accept them at all.

In the last year we changed our website’s advice on this topic, and also our ‘Notes for travellers’ pre-departure information. Both now clearly state that travellers’ cheques are not accepted at Impala Camp and our general advice on travelling in Tanzania is that although most major camps accept credit cards, some of the more remote do not. Travellers’ cheques are rarely accepted at lodges when settling bills for extras — US$ cash are ideal, though UK pounds are also accepted.