Fly-camping in Tanzania's Selous Game reserve takes you into real wilderness.
Selous Impala fly-camp: Our full report
If you are staying at Impala Camp for more than a few nights, then adventurous travellers should consider fly-camping as an option.
If you opt for a night's fly-camping, then you'll head out into the bush in the afternoon with a 4WD vehicle and guide - exploring further into the Selous Game Reserve - before arriving at the fly-camping site in the late afternoon.
There you'll probably find your chef starting to make dinner – and pre-dinner drinks are always to hand. If you'd like a bush shower, then it'll be filled with hot water for you – whilst there's also a long drop bush toilet, complete with sit-down throne and a wooden seat. Nearby you'll find the bucket sink, with a soap and towel provided.
Dinner's cooked over the fire, but you'll sit down at a lovely table with crockery, cutlery and glasses for it – and then perhaps retire to sit around the camp fire with a drink.
When you're ready to sleep, you'll retire to your own dome tent. These are reasonably-sized with comfortable double camp beds, bedding, pillows and a clothes rail. There's even a lockable chest, as well as a torch provided. There's plenty of space, but they're designed primarily for you to sleep in – not to lounge around during the day. The roof of each tent can be rolled back to leave only insect-proof gauze netting, and a clear view of the night sky, in all its glory.
You'll probably be woken by the dawn light and chorus of birds – a great way to wake up – and then continue your safari after a hearty breakfast around the fire.
Ideal length of stay: 1-2 nights
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Tea/coffee and filtered water are included, other drinks are extra.
Honeymoons: Fly-camping is very quiet and personnal - perfect for a honeymoon couple who want some quality time away from it all. Also being right out in the bush with few other people around is very romantic.See more ideas for Honeymoons in Tanzania
Birdwatching: The Selous Game Reserve is a great place to enjoy watching a variety of birds. On our last visit to Impala Camp we spotted beautifully delicate malachite kingfishers and regal African fish eagles. Heading out fly-camping gives you the option of exploring deeper into the park to find a wider variety of bird-life.See more ideas for Birdwatching in Tanzania
Power supply: None
Communications: You will be in the middle of the bush so should consider yourself out of contact. Though there will be a radio for communication with Impala Camp.
TV & radio: None
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Medical care: The guides are first aid trained and in an emergency will radio to Impala Camp.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: The guides at the camp are all armed.
Fire safety: There is a fire extinguisher at the camp.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: No Laundry Facilities
Money: Money is needed here - any purchases can be done at Selous Impala Camp.