Selous Impala Camp

Reviews of Selous Impala Camp

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Below are independent comments from 279 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 & 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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Mr & Mrs B from Marlow
Arrived on: 12-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nice riverside location...

A well run camp, managed by Nick and Crystal; as it was coming to the end of the season it was very quiet, so we had the attention of all the staff.  We had our own guide and a driver for all drives and they were endlessly knowledgeable and attentive; noticing when I was taking photos and stopping and starting appropriately.

All the tents were raised to allow the hippos to wander underneath and we were accompanied at all times by our lovely Maasai askari, Njoy....  There is a swimming pool which it was great to return to after a long, hot game drive.  The ceiling fan was essential with temperatures reaching 40C... and there was always cold drinking water in our tent.

The food was interesting and innovative; it didn't always work, but they asked for feedback and were genuinely interested in our comments....  Beer, wine and spirits were not included.

We were spoiled on our last evening with a special boat trip to see the elephants swimming across the river and a surprise sundowner of sparkling wine and nibbles, overlooking the river.

Come here to see birds, plus hippos and crocs in great numbers... and much, much more...

OTHER COMMENTS

1. There was no WiFi for guests, but they allowed us to send an email to family from the office.
2. The cold water vacuum flask in our tent was very welcome...
3.  We received a personal vacuum flask for cold drinks and a useful bag on arrival....
4. The chef also made samosas for us...
5. Tents are secured with a spring shackle to prevent access by marauding monkeys...

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Mr & Mrs S from E Sussex
Arrived on: 6-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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What an improvement since last visit

Since our last visit, (not sure how many years ago) they have certainly spent some money on the camp. All the tents are new and luxuriously fitted out. The swimming pool has been relocated and the dining area also moved back away from the edge of the river.

Nick and Crystal manage a well run camp. The staff are friendly and we must at this point mention Simone our Masai guide who escorted us everywhere in camp, what a friendly, very likeable guy who always met us with a smile as wide as the Rufiji river! Simone, we hope all your dreams and wishes materialise.

The food was superb and we understand that both Nick and Crystal like to take a hand in this. Dennis met us at the airstrip and remained our guide for the two nights spent here, he was an extremely experienced and knowledgeable guide.

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Ms M from USA
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Selous Impala Camp a luxurious retreat

This place has honeymoon-style pampering - eucalyptus-scented wash cloths precede meals in the bush, there's a turndown service for your bed, and the very friendly staff arrives at your tent in the morning with a tray with cookies and coffee just the way you like it. The views from my tent overlooked the Rufiji river, with birds flying past and hippoes calling.

You can do boat safaris, which allow you up-close and personal encounters with many species of river birds - egrets, jacanas, weavers, herons, kingfishers and many, many beautiful bee eaters.

My expert guide was Gerard for the drives - very pleasant company, and someone very knowledgable about the bush. Very nice to be out there with someone who loves this as much as I do. I've been doing safaris for decades now, but I learn new things each time.

The food was delicious and they took great care of this vegetarian.

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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 from San Fan
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 & 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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