Selous Impala Camp

Reviews of Selous Impala Camp

Excellent(96%) From 244 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 244 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.
The HBs from London
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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First safari experience at Selous Impala Camp

An excellent guide (Festo), a very engaging waiter (Victor) who was determined that we learn some basic Swahili which we found extremely useful as well as entertaining, and a delightful Masai escort (Njowe) in the camp.

Continuity of all the above staff who looked after us throughout our stay was a major factor in our enjoyment here, as was the range of different safari options each day - river, jeep and walking. We took advantage of all of them.

The reliable laundry service helped us keep our luggage to a minimum.

The dining experience was excellent. Moving us to different locations within the camp is a nice idea and the surprise champagne at sundown on our last game drive made it very special.

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Mrs M & Mr R - San Fancisco
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

This is a great camp.

Having a deck to sit on above the ground by the river was very nice. Tents were clean and comfortable.

The managers were interested in our experience and comfort. Each group has their own food server and butler.

The guide and driver worked well together. It was a nice change to have a river to boat on.

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Mr & Mrs E from Croydon
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Excellent and varied safari at Selous Impala

We particularly enjoyed the variety at this camp, with water safaris being a major activity, as well as driving and walking. Our excellent guide, Gerard, was really knowledgeable about the area and enthusiastic and passionate about wildlife. He made every day varied, fun and interesting. Breakfasts in the bush were good and we found new spots each day for our sundowners - the sunsets over the river were beautiful. Moshi our boatman was also very knowledgeable and helpful. Birdlife was fabulous.

Viewing a stand-off between a leopard trying to guard its kill - an impala it had hauled up a tree - and a pride of lions on our second day was amazing. It resulted in the leopard running away, chased by a lioness. Fortunately, the leopard escaped unhurt, but did not return to its kill on the remaining two days of our stay.

The camp is spacious, with tents well separated from each other. Rooms were comfortable and spacious and the food was very good. Staff were very friendly, welcoming and helpful - nothing was too much trouble. Evans, our waiter, provided an excellent service every day.

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Mr and Mrs A. from Sevenoaks
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

We spent four nights at Impala Camp, our first experience of safari. After the first night we and one other couple had the camp to ourselves. I suspect that even when the camp is full they have the ability to make everyone feel special, but we did feel particularly well looked after.

Our tent (if you can call it that - it felt more like a luxurious tree house!) was comfortable and well-equipped. The lighting was not that good and anyone hoping to get some reading done in the evenings would struggle, but other than that it had everything you might need. Being so close to the river and with thick bush close by there was quite a lot of activity - from our deck we saw (and heard) elephants, monkeys, bush babies and lots of rather beautiful birds.

The food was very good, if rather more plentiful than we could manage. The bush breakfasts were a particular treat - nothing quite beats getting up at dawn, and after a game drive sitting down to breakfast on the shores of a lake watching zebras, wildebeest, elephants and impala coming down to drink. Back at camp meals are taken at individual tables (rather than communally) which perhaps makes for a slightly more formal atmosphere - although one evening the staff set up a table (and a fire) away from the main buildings for us and our two fellow guests for dinner, with everyone's agreement.

We had a guide (Dennis) to ourselves throughout. This made the trip - his knowledge of the bush was staggeringly encyclopedic, his ability to spot interesting things at a distance bordered on the supernatural and his enthusiasm for sharing was infectious. He never lost patience even when to trying to help us to spot an animal in thick bush that was invisible to us, yet standing out like a beacon to him. It was particularly good to be able to alternate boat safaris with drives. All in all, this was an excellent introduction to safari.

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Mr R. from Cambridge
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Our best safari game watching yet and we have been on many in 6 countries.

Our guide Festo was extremely experienced and knowledgeable and made our solo drives a great learning curve. Although other Reserves have a wide selection of game, elephant were elusive, we saw 16 different lion and a leopard. Not only did any wife do a walk, accompanied by the Game Ranger Mary and her 0.45 rifle, we had 3 breakfasts in the bush each time in the middle of the Reserve with glorious viewed of the river.

Service and food at the Camp was the better than we expected and needing help walking to our well appointed tent the `Masai we ever helpful. Views from the raised eating area over the river were glorious.

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Mrs K. from Munich
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Luxury in the middle of Selous

Selous Impala Camp lies right on the river, with beautiful tents located on platforms allowing a view on the river. Marvelous facilities, great food, and a very professional team.

Despite the camp being somewhat larger than our first camp in Ruaha, the team managed to still give it the feeling of intimacy and personal experience. The guides were very professional and put special efforts into showing us the best of the park.

All in all, also with the possibility of boating safaris, a great complement to Ruaha.

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Mr & Mrs E. from the Isle of Man
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

The location was amazing and all staff very friendly and attentive. Our son thought it was great that we had our own dedicated Masai Warrior to escort us from our amazing tent to the public areas of the camp.

The only minor issue we had was if we needed something specific for our son to eat, i.e the same meat that was being offered but just cooked plain with no sauce didn't seem to get translated to the chef, even by the English speaking manager so only on occasions his dinner wasn't too filling but he survived on snacks we had taken with us in case the food was too rich for him. As i said a minor issue.

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Mr Farrier
Arrived on: 1-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Generally very good, well manage and friendly with good guide but food was not quite up to usual standard.

The wildlife was as good as could be expected in February with excellent bird watching.

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Mr and Mrs S from Somerset
Arrived on: 3-Jan-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Fantastic

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Mr & Mrs D - East Sussex
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Delightful land and water safari experience

We spent four days at Selous Impala. The weather was very hot, with only light showers one morning. Andrew (along with his driver, Rajabu) was an outstandingly good guide with a remarkable knowledge of every aspect of the role. It was particularly good that Andrew was our guide throughout and we did not have to share a vehicle or boat with others. We had good game sightings throughout our stay. The open acacia landscape which predominates is both attractive and good for game viewing.

We particularly enjoyed the variety of game viewing activities, with a mix of drives and boat safaris, along with bush walks. A remarkable concentration of crocodiles and hippos in the Rufiji river and lakes, as well as large numbers and a wide range of bird species.

We had a room with a view over the river. The pool was a very welcome facility during the heat of the afternoon.

The food was wholesome and perfectly adequate, but not special - although the bush breakfasts were excellent.

All the camp staff were very welcoming and friendly.

Slightly odd that tables for lunch and dinner were set for individual rooms rather than communally as in all other safari camps we have stayed at. This meant that there was limited interaction with other guests. The policy of charging for all drinks (other than tea and coffee) was also different from all other camps we have stayed at.

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