Selous Impala Camp

Reviews of Selous Impala Camp

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Below are independent comments from 258 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 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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Fiona, Neil and Imogen
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp - hard to fault it!

Great camp in a wonderful location. Enjoyed being next to the river and the boat trips in the evenings gave a whole different perspective.

Our guide, Omari, was very good. He worked out what we were interested in and made sure saw it. Lovely breakfast spots during our morning game drives. A great surprise sundowner by the river on our last night.

Staff were lovely and attentive. Tents clean, well appointed, and comfortable. Appreciated the eco ethos - flasks of cold filtered water provided rather than plastic bottles.

Enjoyed the pool. Overall very relaxing.

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Maggiek
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

This was a wonderful camp, perhaps the best we have stayed in. Crystal is a superb manger making everyone feel welcome and special.

The location on the banks of the Rufiji is brilliant and both dining and our tent took full advantage. all the Staff were friendly, helpful and provided outstanding service.

The food quality puts most city restaurants to shame. It was varied, beautifully cooked and presented with panache.

Guiding was high quality, with considerable knowledge of birds as well as mammals.

The special attention given to my 70th birthday was delightful - we even had a full moon over the table!

Thanks to everyone at the camp

Our minor criticism is nothing to do with Selous Impala. The range and number of mammals was lower than we were expecting. This was partly compensated by the brilliant boat safaris and the expensive bird life.

Personally, we would have preferred the chance to sit with other people for evening meals, although we are aware this is personal taste.

Overall, this is the best camp we have stayed at.

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Mr and Mrs Bowley, West Sussex
Arrived on: 2-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

This was our first safari so we didn't know what to expect from the camp, the whole experience was amazing. Because the camp is small the service is personal. Warmly greeted from the airstrip by your guide with a cold towel, drinks and nibbles. At the camp the management team immediately meet you. You have a dedicated waiter and Maasai for the duration of your stay so you feel like you have your own personal team taking care of you. The camp wasn't full so we had a personal guide for all our safari trips. Ezra was a lovely guy, calm, genuine and incredibly knowledgeable we learnt so much. The food was delicious, breads and cakes all homemade and tasty nibbles to accompany drinks.

The safari trips were our highlight we went out twice a day, in Selous the guides can drive off the main tracks so you get very close up with the animals. On our final safari we did a bush walk and at the end we came to a clearing where they had set up table, chairs and a bottle of bubbly to celebrate our final evening watching the sunset - gorgeous.

The Impala team have a friendly family feel, Christal delivers a great front of house, regularly checking in. The level of service and care was extremely high and made for a wonderful stay. We really struggle to find something that would have improved our stay, maybe there could have been more lighting in the tent to help get ready or unchanged but this is really a tiny point and we have to remind ourselves we were in tents after all!!!!!



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Martina from Klosterneuburg
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Great Beginning with our Great Guide Festo

Selous Impala Camp offered a fantastic beginning of our itinerary.

As far as our game drives are concerned, we were lucky to have such an experienced and ambitious guide as Festo is. It was, however, interesting to feel a difference concerning the behaviour of the animals in comparison to the other places we were going to see later on: obviously the wild life is still touched by the fact that the Selous was and in a big part still is a hunting area. Most of the time you could see animals on the flight.

Festo's skill to make us watch and somehow even meet a lot of fantastic animals was under these circumstances was therefore even more appreciated by us (funny that the camp manager did not join us in our enthusiasm about Festo's skills !!! )

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Mr & Mrs A from London
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Magical Selous Impala Camp

We stayed at Selous Impala camp for four nights as part of our 2 week honeymoon in Tanzania. After chatting to Lyndsey at Expert Africa, we chose the Selous for our first ever safari as we wanted an experience that was as remote, personal and as special to us as possible. We were not disappointed. The whole trip was magical - bristling with the excitement, surprise, colour, charm, wonder and danger that makes a safari such a unique and treasured experience. Topped off with very good food, glamping style accommodation and staff that couldn't do more for us.

We knew the safari was beginning in earnest, when we touched down on a rutted mud runway in a tiny plane - in the middle of nowhere, and were met by our friendly and unimpeachable guide Gerard. He drove us in the LandCruiser to the camp, where on the way we spotted giraffes, warthogs, impala (of course) and lots more wildlife on the way. We were then warmly welcomed to the camp by very friendly staff - efficiently managed with unflappable Nick - who made sure we were well looked after for the whole trip.

During our time, we went on a numerous drives into more and more remote parts of the park. It's very lush in June and the foliage gives plenty of places for the wildlife to hide - but to us, that's what made it even more fun. We discovered elephants, giraffe, warthogs, impala, waterbucks, eagles, crocodiles, hippos, wildebeest, bush pigs, buffalo, zebras, baboons etc in good numbers. In terms of 'big cats', we didn't catch sight of anything more than a leopard's pawprints - or see a lion, but as daft as it sounds, when we spotted a rare African civet and a hyena, we almost jumped out of the jeep with excitement, as they came out of nowhere.

We'd definitely recommend doing a boat trip as you see a different side of the bush altogether and the river runs alongside the camp. Some very large crocodiles, hundreds of beautiful birds, hippos close up (whilst keeping a safe distance!) and other wildlife that comes down to the water. Also recommend doing a bush-walk as it really connects you with the environment and let's face it - it's a bit scary and exciting to walk through the bush with your guide, an armed masai and a gun-toting ranger when there's a dozen different ways for you to get eaten all around you.

Accommodation was just the right side of luxury for us. It was a large zip-up canvas tent/lodge which had beautiful dark-wood furniture inside. In the middle of the night, a hippo (who'll remain nameless) would brush the tent as it came back from its night feeding and plunged snorting into the river which run past the tent - which surprisingly you got used to pretty quickly.

Food was excellent. Hopefully we're not being patronising - but it was extraordinary what the chef could get conjure up and there was real flair in the fare. They even gave us a recipe at the end for a steak marinade because we said we enjoyed it so much. Service was also great - with Victor our waiter always full of smiles, laughter and creativity.

What else... stunning stars at night (discovering the Milky Way isn't just a chocolate bar.) Romantic candlelit dinner with a crocodile watching over you. Babbling bush babies burgling bread. Plunge pool to cool off in during the day and a hot shower to wash away the day's dusty endeavours in the night. Plus, all the nice little touches that would spoil the surprise if you knew them. Hopefully you can tell that we enjoyed the trip!

Funnily enough though - for all the thrills of the chase, the adrenalin rush of a charging hippo steaming towards you and the frenetic snapping of the camera shutter to get 'that shot', it was the tranquility of sitting by a beautiful lake at breakfast overlooking a group of monkeys on the beach, in the relaxing company of Gerard our guide that perhaps stays with us as much as anything else. A man, who seemed so utterly at peace with this world that it's no surprise that he'd been working at the Selous for many years, deftly steering people like us through the bush into the very heart of what makes people fall in love with an African safari.

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