Selous Impala Camp

Reviews of Selous Impala Camp

Excellent(96%) From 275 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 275 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.
Ms H & Mrs J from London
Arrived on: 31-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Perfect base in the Selous

After a wonderful few days in the Serengeti, this place was a complete contrast. Different vegetation, lakes, river safari, giraffe everywhere and good bird spotting. It was like a whole new holiday.

We were lucky to see lots of interesting and amusing interaction between species. Our guide Ezra was brilliant. The camp itself is very well run by the management team of Beatrice and David.

ALL the staff were attentive and friendly - all such lovely people.

Although booked into a twin tent, the Manager kindly gave us separate tents as the camp was not full - I was so happy !!

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Mary from Cornwall
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp Review

From the moment we were met at the tiny airstrip by Ezra, our guide for the next four days, until we were waved off by him as our plane took off, I can honestly say that we enjoyed every moment and wouldn't want to change anything.

We had a boat trip the first afternoon and met Ezra in the bar before supper to discuss the next day. We were woken at 6am with coffee and cake and began our morning drive at 6.30am. Our first safari, we were so excited. Another boat trip in the afternoon and back for a delicious supper. We had our own waiter for every meal and suppers were sometimes on the veranda of the restaurant and sometimes in a secluded spot with a bonfire to give us light. For the last two days we opted for a full day excursion so had breakfast and lunch in the bush - with a table and chairs! The most memorable lunch was by a lake, under a tree for shade, watching hundreds of large birds wading and catching fish - herons, pelicans, spoonbills, marabou storks to name a few. Ezra was an amazing guide and could answer any questions we threw at him.

At the camp we were allotted our own Masai to walk us wherever we wanted to go. This was because the camp was unfenced so open for animals as well as people. We had to call "Jambo Masai" when we wanted to leave the tent and he would appear and escort us to wherever we needed to go and wait until we were ready to return. He was very discreet. The camp had a swimming pool which was a treat after a whole day out in the bush.

The staff were all so friendly and obviously worked well as a team.

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Mr & Mrs C from Wokingham
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Really a hotel with game drives attached

Ive just written a lengthy tripadvisor review, so this is a summary

More creature comfort than Mdonya with some very good staff - but lacking any obvious enthusiasm for safari/wildlife. Camp management was very low profile and not confident in dealing with europeans.

Our tent (No 1) was very comfortable but was a long walk. It benefitted from animals coming past to the river. If you want this, ask for tent 1-3. The Masai who escorted us was lovely.

Food and service were generally very good, with bush-babies and weaver birds coming to the table (may not suit everyone). We contracted Tanzanian Tummy during our visit which we're still recovering from. Camp management unfortunately put us in a dark secluded spot for dinner one night and my wife got dozens of horse-fly-looking bites, several became infected. We didnt want to eat there and now wish we'd refused.

Very few other guests - really felt a bit lonely. A constant succession of one-night visits by travel reps "doing research". Shame none of them asked guests for feedback - even if they travelled with their company. Very annoying to see what we were paying for and glad Expert Africa were not amongst them.

Guides were knowledgeable but more interested in charging about in the Land Cruiser. This gave our worst safari ride ever and tended to chase animals away. Complained to management and it improved but felt that driver/guide was sulking a bit and was finding it hard to locate anything new to show us after 3 days. Boat safari really worthwhile and bee-eater colony was very special.

All in all, a bit disappointing compared to Mdonya Old River Camp in Ruaha, but perhaps OK if you wanted a light safari experience

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry to hear about these travellers experiences at Selous Impala Camp. We've spoken to the camp and they informed us that they allocated these guests tent 1 as it has the best view of the Rufiji River; the team at Impala are sorry that these guests felt the walk was too far, and they would have happily moved them to a closer tent should they have wished. We've found Impala guides to be excellent, however we are sorry to hear that the vehicles were faster than normal, leading to an uncomfortable ride. It is quite normal for travel consultants to pass through safari camps, often staying for one or two nights, and we are sorry to hear that they were not particularly sociable with other guests. We've spoken to Selous Impala Camp about all the issues raised in their feedback, particularly with regards to the vehicles, and the camp will take their comments on board to improve their service for future guests.

Mr & Mrs L from Herts
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp - 3 nights

A wonderful camp. Located by the very wide Rufiji river and in plentiful forest ,this was a totally different habitat from what we had seen in the Mara in Kenya. Our tent was very comfortable and overlooked the river. Hippos, bush babies and monkeys around the camp at night made life just that bit more interesting (read noisy for that!!). However, the morning chorus of the birds was delightful.

The staff were excellent, the game drives superb with plenty of animals to see, if a little more hidden than on the plains, bird life extremely good. Guides were very knowledgeable but need help with their English. Food was very good too. The river game cruise was different, especially when a too friendly hippo decided to 'play' with the boat. Too many crocs around for that.

On reflection, we might have not taken a morning game drive just to sit in the camp and enjoy the peace/tranquillity and game that can be enjoyed there. We had a hour or so of that as we waited to leave.

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Mrs C. from Horsham
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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an excellent safari experience

The camp was excellent. The accommodation and food were better than expected. Staff were tireless in making the stay as good as possible. The attention to detail was excellent. The water, driving and walking safaris were all very enjoyable and many animals were seen. A wonderful experience. Highly recommended. Perhaps also for people who have not been on safari before as we were so well looked after and given good advice.

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Al & Jules from Australia
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Superb Selous Impala Camp

We found Impala Camp a superb base for our safari activities in Selous Game Reserve. Its location overlooking the Rufiji River, and close to Mtemere Airstrip, meant easy access to activities in the area.

Overall here the staff were superb also. Our guide/driver Omari was amazing. How he could drive the rough tracks and sight game in all directions still has me wondering. On one day we did a 12 hour game drive, so he also set up our packed breakfast and lunch where we were seated at a table with cutlery, crockery, hand towels, tea/coffee... the whole works.

All of our interactions with the staff showed that they did everything possible to make our time here memorable. We did feel however that although the management duo tried their best, they lacked the personal touch we've found at other camps.

The food here is the best we've ever encountered on safari..... great variety and so well presented.








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Mike & Janette from UK
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Fabulous

Absolutely brilliant accommodation and safaris.

An amazing experience with lovely staff and great service.

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Mr & Mrs D from Sydney
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Wonderful introduction to safari for us.

Driving conditions quite difficult and long days were exhausting but this was not the fault of the camp.

As we went in June the trails had not yet been fixed up after the rainy season.

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Dad from UK
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp

First impression of the camp as you arrive is very good. The staff were attentive, particularly our waiter Victor. We enjoyed having a Masai guard to accompany us to our lodge each time. He was very polite and helpful.

Dinners were spectacular. I commented that the chef could compete with a Michelin star chef in London.

We were disappointed to have separate game drives. It is more fun to share a jeep with a couple of others, to share the experience. One felt all guests were being separated both for dining and drives, which was a shame, particularly after our experience at Mwagusi. But perhaps some people prefer that.

The lodge was lovely. Very comfortable bed.

Having a swimming pool was an added bonus. We could relax there after a drive.

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Doctors from Sheffield
Arrived on: 19-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Excellent. Our guide, Gerard, was absolutely top notch. Most impressed.

The camp was very good but tending to the slightly fussy and fawning. While the food was excellent, I am not sure how appropriate smoked salmon was in the Tanzanian bush.

When paying a significant amount for such a holiday beer and basic wine should be included.

We were slightly sceptical, but the boat safaris turned out to be really relaxing and enjoyable with masses to see.

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