Reviews of Selous Impala Camp
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Fabulous river location
A great camp in a superb location on the riverside and the swimming pool was a real bonus in the November heat.
Lots of crocs, hippos and elephants to observe and birds galore. Dennis was a top quality guide/driver and we would really recommend him and this camp. Evans, our waiter, gave us daily Swahili lessons over meals which more than made up for the fact that one does not eat communally at the this camp.
We spent the last four nights of our holiday at Selous Impala Camp. A safari drive from Lake Manze brought us to Impala - the best transfer ever. It was definitely the ideal order in which to visit the camps, starting with the basic, back to nature feel of Lake Manze and ending with the luxury of Selous Impala.
The family tents consisted of two adjacent tents on a shared raised platform from which the river could be glimpsed although the trees and plants obscured a lot of the view. The girls delighted in their own tent. The main areas of the camp were set around a large raised dining area. Every meal was superb with excellent food and fantastic service. We were looked after by Kafutu who was charming and helpful. He entertained our girls by teaching them to count in Swahili and how to fold the many napkin designs. On our walks to and from our tent, which was at the end of a spread out camp, we were looked after by Mahena, a young Masai, who was completely unperturbed by the hippo that crossed our path one evening. The swimming pool was wonderfully cooling in the afternoon heat.
Our safari guide was Andrew who was a fount of knowledge about the animals and their habitat and taught us a great deal. Our driver, Rajabu made us feel safe as we travelled around. We had several safari drives in the morning and evening. The breakfast stops were always in beautiful settings and felt very special, sitting out in the bush. Wildlife was abundant and we saw many species with their babies which were universally gorgeous - even the hyena cub. Our first boat trip along the river the evening we arrived was one of the highlights of the holiday. Gerard, our guide was delightful and twice we saw elephants crossing the river with their young. The superb finale was when we were ushered onto the riverbank to find a table and chairs set out for us with bubbly and snacks served up as we sat watching the sunset across the river. I thought I had died and gone to heaven!
We had a go at fishing one evening (although a morning trip would give better conditions) which was fun, but the only thing we caught was a crocodile which thankfully bit through the line before we inadvertently landed it. The bird life was outstanding especially along the river.
The riverside location and the quality of the guiding were the main reasons for our return visit.
Our request for our preferred tent and for Ezra as guide were met and so we got off to a good start.
Ezra and Kharidi made a great team and we saw and learned a lot-new birds included green pigeon and Bohm's bee-eater and we had glimpses of bush pig as well as the usual subjects .It was great watching large herds of zebra,impala ,buffalo and hartebeest running the gauntlet of predators towards the waters of Lake Manze.
The new manager Fausto was extremely hospitable and attentive and we enjoyed the company of his wife Fede on a number of game drives.( Fausto did ask us first!).
Be warned at this time of year the temperatures are in the mid thirties with very high humidity but the breeze on the game drives and the fans in the tent make it bearable.
Despite our preference for communal dining this is a great well run great camp with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Selous Impala Camp review
The camps is great, beautiful tents and great service. Probably one of the best in the area.
When you want to see lots of elephants and lions however, you better go to a different national park. There has been a lot of poaching of elephants and lions are nomadic and therefore are difficult to find.
I've seen lions every day though and for a "first timer" it's a perfect place to go on safari. The landscape is absolutely stunning.
We had a great stay at Selous Impala camp. A very comfortable camp, friendly staff and excellent food. We also liked the way they served the evening meals in a different area of the camp each night and we enjoyed being able to have our meal on our own rather than communal dining.
A great location next to the river and plentiful wildlife. We also enjoyed the game viewing boat trip and the opportunity to try our hand at fishing. Catching tiger fish was quite an experience, as was catching the bait using the local method!
Many thanks to our guide Andrew and to our driver Rajabu, who both contributed greatly to our game viewing.experience. We were extremely impressed by Andrew's detailed knowledge,
Small is beautiful
We went here specifically for the boat safaris and were not disappointed. We really liked only having six rooms and four other people when we were there-this meant that we always had a boat or jeep to ourselves-essential. We had room number one, as requested, which is on it's own over a small bridge and felt like being alone in the bush.
Because out of 47 concessions in the Selous, 43 are for hunting, game is skittish and sometimes hard to find. Our fantastic guide Gerald was a godsend. Not only in finding game and in amazing situations but also in his amazing knowledge. For those like us who enjoy the birds it was fantastic.
The service was a little hit and miss and our food being attacked by birds at breakfast and bush babies at night might have been fun once, but felt the management should have been stricter with the serving staff and stopped some guests from feeding them.
Overall, excellent and would recommend. Our only small complaint was that the new managers did not really have a very good ' bedside manner'
Expert Africa comments
Impala Camp tells us that usual manager Fausto was on leave at the time these guests stayed, and a temporary manager was in place. It was not new management as they thought, but Impala Camp are very sorry that they did not look after them as well as expected and hope it didn't spoil their trip.
More like a good lodge with tents
Very nice position giving the opportunity for water activities as well as drives. Very good accommodation and also very good guiding with a young and fairly inexperienced guide, Andrew, but who definitely knew his stuff and was very enthusiastic.
Excellent food and very well managed and organised. Pool excellent and very welcome after drives.
The meals served 'restaurant style' did definitely detract from a camp atmosphere but we still enjoyed it.
Luxury and wildlife next to the Rufiji
Just so terrific. Having not been to remote Africa before we didn't know what to expect from Tanzania and Impala Lodge. Suffice to say both were extraordinary. We loved Selous, and Impala Lodge was exceptional.
The staff and service was brilliant, the game drives excellent (our first sight was giraffes a plenty, and then we saw lions, a leopard, wildebeest, with Zebras, kudu, hippos, Goliath herons, bee eaters, hippos, and 2 resident giraffes-including Brian-and many many more animals). We loved the walk, the river landscape and we were looked after so well by Evans, our waiter, Hassan, Simon any all the staff. Dennis the guide put in huge effort to ensure we saw many animals and enjoyed the landscape.
We had no great expectations about the food but it was really good: the tomato tart and crime caramel were brilliant. Go there.
The only suggestion I have is to have combined, not separate, dining.
Incredible safari at Selous Impala Camp
Where do we start.......... everything about our stay was superb. Starting from the moment we flew in with a giraffe on the airstrip through the multitude of wildlife seen on our drives, the brilliant food and wonderful accommodation.
The service we received was excellent, everyone was very friendly and everything was done with a smile! In particular we want to mention our guide, Andrew, whose encyclopedic knowledge of the wildlife and vegetation made every drive a wonderful lesson.
We were amazed by the range and quantity of animals seen during our stay - from the giraffe around the camp, the hippo that visited at night and the elephants which passed only yards from our tent to herds of wildebeest, impala, zebra, lion, buffalo and more
The walking safaris were outstanding - seeing both large animals (elephants) and small animals (ants) while on foot was very special.
The range and quality of the food was stunning. We had breakfast in the bush each day, two-courses at lunch and then four-course evening meal under the stars. It was impossible to go hungry at this camp! There was almost too much food!
We would highly recommend this camp and would love to visit it again ourselves (the sooner the better)
Great variety of safaris at Impala
Excellent stay at Impala and plenty of different wildlife. It was good to have the opportunity for river trips (did two) and a bush walk, and to be able to go off road. When we went, there were not as many elephants as we expected, however, we were lucky to see one of the packs of wild dogs and to get very close to lions. The river trips were very interesting with the bank of bee-eaters' holes being a highlight. Dennis was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. The vehicle was open with a shade and comfortable. It was rare to come across other vehicles and there were a couple of occasions when we watching animals in the company of another vehicle.
The camp tented accommodation was very good and comfortable with an electric socket (UK 3 pin) - useful for charging equipment and for a hairdrier - and a powerful fan which was much appreciated. It was hot but pleasant at this time of year.
The camp was well run by Fausto and the friendly and attentive staff, inlcuding the Masai who were always around to escort us to and from our tent. On the whole the food was good, especially breakfasts and lunches, though one or two of the evening meal options were not up to the generally high standard. All meals were at separate tables and evening meals rotated between the decked areas or candle lit tables on the river edge (requiring vigilance for bread stealing bush babies) which we thought was a good idea.