Selous Impala Camp

Reviews of Selous Impala Camp

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Below are independent comments from 263 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 and Mrs M from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 11-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala experience

We had a game drive to Impala from Manze and were dropped off at camp. Impala is much more luxurious and we enjoyed our stay hugely. It worked much better for us than going to the beach like nearly everyone else that we met.

The tent was a similar size to the other camps but much more private as we were in tent 6. The furnishings, including electric lights, fan and curtains made it a v comfortable experience. I preferred the enclosed bathroom but Mike missed being able to watch what was happening behind the tent. There were not many guests staying so we had an experienced guide and driver - Dennis - to ourselves.

Although we enjoyed the private dining we missed the chat over drinks and dinner that we enjoyed at the other camps. The food was incredible. Beautifully cooked, presented and served. We had a lovely waiter -David. He really went out of his way to make dinner fun, with bush babies and genet joining us depending on the location of our table.

Nick and Crystal, the managers were attentive and helpful.

We enjoyed the pool which was warm and clean.

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Trish & Steve from LUCAN
Arrived on: 3-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nzuri Kabisa Safari at Selous Impala Camp

We very pleased with our choice of both Selous Park and Selous Impala Camp. Flying from Dar with Coastal was an exciting start and we were on full speed ahead from the moment we landed. We travelled in early November so the wet season had begun so while animals were dispersed we were lucky to see a wild dog pack twice and, of course, thousands of birds. Our guide Ezra had an encyclopaedic knowledge of birds and also prepared a mean camp breakfast & lunch. The camp usually has one guide for every couple unless they are very busy which is a great advantage as you can plan your day to suit yourselves. The food was very good and the swahili lessons before we were allowed to eat every evening essential!!

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W Party - from Chorleywood
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Well-designed camp in good location

Would have given excellent but the camp was let down by the management. We had to tell Crystal that the towels had not been changed for three days, which normally I would not mind but in humid weather they don't dry. She thanked us profusely but we felt she wasn't quite on top of things and her responses to most things were formulaic. Our waiter, Victor was very helpful but, again he behaved in a formulaic way, which was obviously how he had been trained. In the other camps, we had been able to see the real person behind the training.

Our guide, Gerard was exceptional - very knowledgeable, wonderful eyes and an excellent sense of humour. We enjoyed every moment we spent with him and our last drive was especially memorable. He knew we wanted to see wild dogs and had been searching really hard all over the park and at the last moment, he had the message that they'd been found. We sat looking at eight gorgeous dogs and he said I'm sorry we're not having coca cola tonight I thought you might like this and he produced a bottle of champagne and three flutes. What could be better than drinking champagne and watching dogs!

The bush breakfasts were the best we've ever had - straight out of 'Out of Africa' and despite our minor critisms we would be very happy to go back to Impala.









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Ms B. from Seattle
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ms B. from Seattle
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

This is an ideal camp to start a trip. Very knowledgeable and generous staff. Lovely, small, intimate accommodations.
We had the best guide of the whole trip there - Festo. Actually the hosts were also very very good. I left feeling this is a camp run with much integrity. I appreciate the respect with which everyone paid to each other and to the environment.

I only wish the food had been either a little more interesting, or more healthy. It was fine, but nothing special. I wouldn't take much to tweak the menus a bit to add more interest.

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Mr G. from St. Neots
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 7 nights
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WONDERFUL SAFARI AT IMPALA CAMP,

COULD FIND NO FAULTS WITH THE CAMP OR ITS STAFF, EVERYONE WAS SO KIND AND HELPFUL AND NOTHING WAS TOO MUCH TROUBLE.
BEST SAFARI WE HAVE BEEN ON TO DATE, AND THIS WAS OUR 5TH ONE.
WE WENT OUT TWICE A DAY EITHER ON THE VEHICLE OR ON THE RIVER, WE ALSO DONE ONE WALKING SAFARI.
WE HAD EZRA OUR DRIVER GUIDE ON ALL OUR SAFARI'S WHO HAD SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE ON BIRDS AND ANIMALS.
EVERYONE ELSE IN CAMP CATERED FOR OUR EVERY NEEDS.
THEY MADE OUR VISIT SO SPECIAL.

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The V family Surrey
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Terrific Time at Selous Impala Camp

We were recommended this camp by friends and are overjoyed they did. We honestly would find it hard to fault it all.

Stayed in a family tent, great layout for my husband and I and two girls aged 13 and 11. It was very clean, the hot and cold running water worked perfectly and the beds were so comfy! All staff were incredibly friendly - from our lovely Masai who escorted us to and from our tent several times a day with spear in hand, to our smiling waiter who brought us the most delicious food... and of course our wonderful guide and driver Ezra who went out of this way to give us the best safari experience possible. Nothing was too much bother for any of the staff.

A boat safari was already planned for us on our first evening because the staff had thoughtfully considered we might be too tired for a long excursion by jeep. Very relaxing! Our six hour jeep safaris each morning flew by because there is so much to see! It's worth getting up for the 6.30am departure each day and it doesn't seem a chore because it is so exciting. Breakfast in the bush each day was great fun.

Useful to know: We applied insect repellent and no big problem with mosquitos at all (we normally get eaten alive despite repellent!)

The camp gives you a plentiful supply of drinking water in your room..

Food is healthy and delicious given we were in the middle of nowhere. Limited choice, obviously, but always something to appeal to our often fussy children.

Shower gel and shampoo are provided.

Laundry service is efficient - and free!

You might not be lucky enough to see a leopard or rhino (we weren't) but we saw everything else you could hope for and it was magical. Very few jeeps about from other camps so it never felt touristy.

Altogether an extremely well organised camp in a beautiful setting by the river , staffed by genuinely lovely people intent on ensuring we had a fabulous holiday. They even gave us a packed lunch for our journey when we left (when I confessI I had a tear in my eye saying goodbye to everyone!)

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Williams family
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

As a family we cannot praise this camp enough. They provided us with an experience none of us will ever forget. Ezra, our driver was so knowledgeable and passionate about showing us the area and animals. He knew the area extremely well and we were not disappointed in what were able to see and do. The river, walking and jeep safaris were all excellent. The snacks, drinks and meals provided whilst we were out on safari were amazing. Usually taken, sitting down at a table with an amazing view. The attention to detail in everything was incredible.The food was top notch and the friendliness and service provided by the managers, waiters, all the guides and massai guide was outstanding. We felt like we were made to feel part of a family . Everybody was interested in our day. At most, there are around 20 guests and so the camp feels homely and intimate. The attention to detail in everything which is done is amazing, even our serviettes were folded into the shape of elephants by our waiter Victor! Every night, there is a different cocktail provided and your table is set and positioned in a different place by the river or by the pool or on the outside terrace of the main camp building - lit by lanterns. We were constantly escorted to our tent by a polite, reassuring and handsome Massai guide. Our tents certainly epitomised 'glamping', with a deck raised on stilts, tea delivered in the morning, giant comfy beds and lovely bathroom. There is a refreshing swimming pool but to be honest, we did not have that much time to use it as we were constantly keen to go on safari. When we did relax, we loved to play cards in the comfy sofas and chairs on the main deck of the camp building, which is on high stilts, attractively built with a thatched wooden roof overlooking the river.
Our family, 2 adults and 3 children in their 20s, all felt that it was the best experience we had ever had on a holiday and we have all travelled a lot. We were certainly sad to leave.

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Ms K - New York
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful Experience at Selous Impala Camp

The experience was amazing and I would absolutely return!

Everyone was very friendly, the facilities were lovely and our guide was so knowledgable. He made us feel very comfortable around the animals.

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Mr L & Mrs M - Coventry
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 6 nights
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...a little bit of paradise in Selous

Having read the reviews of this camp prior to our visit, it transpired to be far more than we ever imagined, and worthy of those glowing reviews.
From the outset we were warmly greeted by the ever attentive Nick, Crystal and staff...enough to say it's an absolute credit to them all.
The camp has a lovely warm friendly informal ambiance....not regimented and pretentious. Consideration to your safety and well being is paramount, hence you are accompanied between your tent and the dining area, in the evenings and early morning.

The tent accommodation is well located overlooking the river, constant hot water on tap, comfortable bed, electric lighting.....all mod cons! The attention of the fine detail, to the interior tent decoration is remarkable, and the invisible "Tent Boy".....( I think I may have got a brief glimpse of him at "wake up" tea time !!) services the tent to a very high standard, turning the bed linen each night.....even your laundry is catered for !!....nothing is to much trouble or overlooked

A nice touch is that your evening meal dining table is set in a different location each night, there's even a table with it's own adjacent camp fire...how imaginative is that !... bush babies and the camp Genet are more than willing to join you for dinner !
The meals are beautifully prepared, with good ingredients, freshly cooked, and varied....and the wine's really good too !......a real fine dining experience.....Many thanks to our always attentive waiter...Evans....we had some great chats.

We were here for the wildlife, and a special thank you to Ezra....this guy is truly an exceptional guide, his polite friendly manner, knowledge, passion, all coupled with an unlimited enthusiasm in searching for wildlife....He knows no bounds when it comes to enhancing your safari experience
He would frequently search "off road" for those special sightings, and as a direct result of his persistence, we saw everything we hoped for, and so much more than we ever envisaged (too many to list here) We even realised our ambition to see Wild Dogs !

Selous Impala Camp, genuinely do go that extra mile in providing an amazing guest experience on all levels, on our last night boat safari we were surprised with "Sundowner" at an beautiful location on the river bank, sipping chilled champagne, to a breathtaking African sunset...what a memorable way to end our stay.

If after reading this review, and you're undecided where to stay in Selous, stay here, you won't be disappointed.This camp has got it so right!



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