Selous Impala Camp

Reviews of Selous Impala Camp

Excellent(96%) From 251 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 251 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 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 S. from Oxted
Arrived on: 10-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

Impala Camp- excellent fun. Crazy animals around us all night. Good accommodation in the tents. No plugs in the tents. You need to mention this in your blurb. Good tea service in the morning. Great guides - very informative and educational. Good open sided Landcruisers. Other vehicles looked closed in. Didn't meet many other cars = excellent

Food was so so. Large quantities that we couldn't finish. Not great and could be improved.

Overall service was excellent. Could be bettered.

Water safaris also great fun

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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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MW from Leek
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp review

I made this return visit with my daughter for whom it was her first safari. I knew Impala camp would be an ideal contrast with Kwihala in Ruaha and this proved to be so.

Fausto was a very welcoming host ,very attentive to detail . Without being asked he supplied us with a few more hangers because he 'remembered i had requested these last time when i was here with my sister'.

It was good to have Ezra and Kharidi as our guides once again. This time together with Moshe we took a longer morning boat safari ,which meant the light was different and we could go further. We left at 6 as usual taking a bush breakfast with us.I thought we'd eat this on the boat but oh no. On finding a safe mooring spot out came the tables and chairs and they even constructed a platform of palm leaves for us to walk safely and dryly to land .

Although i prefer communal dining it isn't a reason to stay away .However on the last night Fausto arranged a BBQ which was shared with other guests.

I have been before at this time of year and so thought i was prepared for high temperatures and considerable humidity .On the last day i felt very befuddled and it transpired the temperature had risen to 43 C. Its a credit to all the staff that they continue to provide such excellent service in such conditions -and no even they don't get used to excessive heat.

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Mrs C. from Windlesham
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 5 nights
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LOVE this place !

This place is just perfect for us. We visited 9 years ago, loved it & loved it again.

The fact that you cannot see anyone else's tent from your own is a huge bonus. Tents are comfortable, plenty of charging time for cameras etc., lighting available constantly. Fantastic view of river with exciting sights & sounds of bush.

We had our own personal guide (Dennis) throughout our 5 night stay who was AWESOME. He knew so much about the bush, took time to explain it to us, was excellent at tracking & locating game.

We had a lovely warm welcome from Chania, the manager, and also Fausto when she was on leave, both friendly and very helpful.

A fishing trip was arranged for Mike, which he absolutely loved.

Our waiter, Victor, was such a kind man. He patiently was teaching me some Swahili words. On our last night he arranged a private dinner away from the main dining area with our own fire & Masai ! It was very touching.

Also, the surprise sunset champagne on our last day, a really lovely touch.

The Masai who escorted us to and from our tent several times a day, A kind and friendly man.

We loved that every night before dinner, you got to chat with manager/guide about your day, and what you wanted to do tomorrow.

I actually shed tears when I left.

I really hope that nothing changes here.


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Mr & Mrs M - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fantastic time at Impala Camp

Our key criteria for camps is the quality of the guiding, and we had an outstanding experience with Ezra (guide) and Aridi (driver/spotter). Both have an incredible ability to spot wildlife that to our eyes - even with binoculars - is very well hidden. Ezra is highly knowledgeable about every aspect of flora and fauna and showed us things we've never seen before, including the beautiful Impala Lily.

It's a very stylish camp, with the main communal areas and tents on wooden raised decks. Our tent overlooked a spot in the river occupied by a very large hippopotamous, and from our verandah we also saw buffalo and watched a goliath heron catch an enormous fish.

The food is excellent. Unusually (from our experience), dining is at invidual tables rather than communal. Guests are rotated around the tables, which at night are spread across the verandah, lower down on decking and beside the river. We had breakfast out in the bush on our game drives and the camp produced an amazing spread every morning.

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