Selous Impala Camp

Reviews of Selous Impala Camp

Excellent(96%) From 213 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 213 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 & Mrs S from Reading
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

I had hoped for a better river view!

Good guides and good game viewing.

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Mr & Mrs D - London
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp just brilliant

Selous Impala camp was an absolute joy. Incredibly friendly and striking a great balance between first class service and informality it was impossible not to feel immediately at home. Andrea and Barbara as camp managers set a lovely tone for the place with their genuine passion for the quality of your experience and everyone from guides to drivers to waiters lines up behind them with what I can only describe as an effortless charm. No wonder even the animals can't stay away with the almost resident Hippo (Mr Andrea), Giraffe (Bryant), Bush Baby and Genet Cat all regularly playing their part at this special place.

The range of activities is a major plus with the opportunities to jump from Game Drives to River Safaris to Walks and every aspect is wonderfully guided, in our case by the brilliant Mokili. He and Peter, the driver, worked so hard to make the most of our time in the Selous and were a pleasure to spend time with: knowledgeable, open, chatty and interesting.

The attention to detail is more broadly a real strength. From moving you around to different dining spots, to the surprise opportunity to watch the sun go down from the banks on the river safari, the team have thought of every possible way of making the experience of staying with them a memorable one. And the food supports the specialness of the experience wonderfully well. We'd go back in a heartbeat.

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Vic & Linda
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Very good guides - we had Mokili (young but very well qualified, especially for birding) and Khalid driver. We loved having a vehicle all to ourselves.

Choice of food, private table and waiter. Good river safari. The main animals seemed to be situated closer to Lake Manze. Laundry was included, which was very useful. Fan was appreciated. Good en suite. Staff all excellent.

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The O family from London
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala safari

A very well-run camp, with excellent food and great facilities. Guides were extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and it was a great experience for us and the two grandchildren.

Barbara and Andrea made everything run smoothly. There's not a great variety of things to do, and animal life was a bit sparse and the best at some distance, so 3 nights would be the maximum optimum time to spend there - but would definitely recommend it.

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Mr & Mrs R from Crawley
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

We were very impressed with Selous Impala Camp.

We felt that the service was very personal. We had our own guide and driver for game drives and we could choose what we wanted to do. We went on 3 game drives and two river safaris. We saw all the animals we hoped to see and nothing was too much trouble for the staff.

We loved the bush breakfasts by the lake and dinner slightly away from the camp next to our own fire on one evening. It was great to sit round the fire before dinner to share stories. Barbara and Andreas, the managers, were very informative and we enjoyed looking at the stars. Food was good.

The accommodation was better than I had expected and very comfortable even though we were kept awake by bush babies on our tent every night!!

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The A family from Suffolk
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

An excellent camp set in a superb location next to the Rufiji river.
The wildlife experience on the river was superb, less so on the game drives, but we had been spoilt at a previous camp.

The guide's knowledge was excellent, but lacked an informal and intuitive touch

The food was excellent

The manager and staff were always on hand, very friendly and helpful.

Things to do better - style and approach of guiding as per other camp site


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Mr I from Kent
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Seemed to be designed for honeymooners

Impala camp was easily the least memorable of the three camps I visited. The location was nice, near the river, but the camp was clearly more designed for people who wanted a couple of nights in a National Park as part of a visit to Zanzibar. I thought the dinner arrangement was unsual - rather than the usual communal table each individual/group sat at their own table. It made it less of a memorable experience for someone travelling by themselves.

The game drives were OK but wildlife was not as relaxed at in Ruaha. The boat ride again was OK but involved racing up the river at quite a high speed and getting back to the camp at a specific time.

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Expert Africa comments

We were disappointed to read this review of Selous Impala, which usually receives reliably good feedback. We forwarded the comments onto the camp to see if they had any feedback on the issues raised. They too were surprised to read the comments. Selous Impala does operate a separate dining policy, which does mean that the atmosphere is slightly different to its sister camps Lake Manze and Mdonya Old River Camp, who have communal meals. Were sorry we didnt discuss these differences in more detail with this traveller and make him aware of the pros and cons of each camp. That said, the managers did advise us that they joined him for dinner on one evening to give him some company.

This traveller was fortunate enough to have been given a private vehicle which is not the norm at Impala. As a result he was able to do a full day game drive. However, unfortunately game viewing is never guaranteed, and there is always an element of luck involved!

It is unusual for the boat safaris to feel rushed at Impala. When questioned about this the camp thought that perhaps the boat captain was trying to make sure this traveller saw as much wildlife as possible. One point to note, as with the majority of national parks and reserves, is that by law, all safaris at all camps must be completed and all travellers back in camp by sunset it may be that he was rushing for this.

Again were sorry that this traveller didnt find his stay at Impala memorable. Perhaps this was the wrong choice of camp for him.

Mr G from Portslade
Arrived on: 30-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Guides were excellent and a great variety of activities - Vehicle, boat and walking safaris available.

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Dr N - Virginia
Arrived on: 11-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Up market, with all that implies

This is a very nice camp, with great facilities and food, appropriate for up-market (versus budget) travellers.

The opportunity for boat safaris on the river was a real highlight, with great views of animals and birds, plus sundowners on the shore. The camp draws lots of UK honeymooners on their way to/from Zanzibar, which to me was neither a positive or a negative.

Easily the best food of the 4 camps I visited in S. Tanzania.

Good, capable guiding and an excellent, friendly staff.

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Mr & Miss S from Huntingdon
Arrived on: 13-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

- Cannot praise this camp highly enough!!!!!!
- Accommodation was amazing (we had Tent 1) and I would go back tomorrow which, considering I've never camped and have always flatly refused to go on a camping holiday, is a huge achievement on their part!
- Staff could not do enough to help and were very attentive.
- Food was delicious and beautifully presented.
- Game Driver (Mpogo) was fabulous at finding interesting things for us to see.

Loved it, loved it, loved it...

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