Reviews of Selous Impala Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Magical Family Safari at Selous Impala Camp
WOW! What a magical experience for us all. We travelled to Selous with our three children aged 8, 11 and 15 and are all agreed it was a very memorable holiday indeed!
The camp is great we were made to feel extremely welcome and Barbara organised for us to dine an hour earlier as our youngest was very tired come early evening. The family tents were comfortable and well situated for watching activity down by the river and we were lucky enough to have a family of elephants spend a day and night eating their way through the trees in front of our tent.
We saw all that we wanted and more. My son was lucky enough to see a leopard but unfortunately the rest of us did not spot it before it vanished. Our guide MPogo was wonderful. He looked after us very well and was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and Selous. We very much enjoyed the bush breakfasts and would not have missed these for the world.
We then continued our holiday in Zanzibar at Unguja Lodge which was equally magical. We left Zanzibar the day of the Nairobi airport fire and cannot praise Expert Africa, in particular Liz Woollen, enough for her efficiency and help in getting us back to the UK via Egypt - in as painless a way as possible.
Game viewing straight from the airstrip !
Our guide, Andrew, and our tracker, met us at the airstrip and offered us a game drive rather than going straight to camp. Of course, we said "yes please" and saw lion, giraffe, elephants, hippos and crocs before even getting to camp. We were worried that the next 4 days would be a letdown but how wrong we were. Unforgettable experiences piled one on another
I've been on many safari trips before, in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia Ethiopia and Pantanal in Brasil, but this one was the best so far.
For my family, this was their first Africa experience, and I wanted them to see game in its natural surroundings without 50 other vehicles close by and with knowledgable guides who would respond to our questions and would try, within the rules, to comply with our wishes.
Selous is a huge reserve with very few camps and these are all small, so you do get an individual bush experience.
The trails are a bit rough but in return you see animals and birds in their natural habitat and, with luck, very close to. When you are tired of the bouncing in the open-topped Toyota Land Cruiser, you can do a bush-walk or a boat trip or a fishing trip or dip into the small swimming pool in the camp.
we had bush breakfasts every day - an experience in itself. And the sundowners ! Always in stunning locations seeing that red sun sinking under the horizon and driving back in the quiet of the evening gloom.
Masai always accompanied us around the camp, as it was open to the animals and snakes. even so my son couldn't leave his tent for an hour or so one day as he was visited by a baby elephant with its mother.
Fantastic safari camp
The camp was perfect, much more luxurious than we were expecting. All staff were friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The food was the best we had whilst we were away, which is surprising considering you only got to chose your main meal in the evening and all other food was a set menu. Our guide was very knowledgable and could spot animals a mile off.Read more about the whole safari
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As above.Read more about the whole safari
Great first safari at Selous Impala
We had an incredible five days at Selous Impala at the end of June. The camp combines luxury living with great customer service and of course amazing guiding. We were met at the airstrip by our guide Ezra and driver Rajabu and given cold flannels, drinks and snacks – that level of attention continued throughout the trip. The tents are gorgeous, with comfortable beds and great views. We had good wholesome food serviced by the same attentive waiter every day.
Of course the wildlife was great. We saw giraffes just wandering next to our tent. Game drives with lions, elephants, zebra and more giraffes and boat trips with crocodiles and hippos watching as we cruised along.
But it is the little touches that make the camp so special, sundowner drinks on the first night, a birthday cake and “Happy Birthday” being sung in Swahili by the waiters and Andre, the assistant manager, lending me clothes as mine were stuck in Nairobi!
Selous impala Camp
Fabulous location, knowledgeable and friendly staff, fantastic game viewing.Read more about the whole safari
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An extremely well run camp. The manageress was a bit overbearing and downplayed our concerns re food hygiene. Then on one of the game drives the guide gave us a drink of water out of his own cup, after a cursory swish to clean it! No cup was available for us. This in my view is not very hygienic! Perhaps bottled water should be provided for guests on game drives as it is in other camps.
The champagne welcome event was a nice touch. Gourmet meals were delicious. And thank you for the birthday dance, song and cake!
The boat safaris were particularly pleasant as they offered us some relief from the heat.
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very nice place, excellent guide and helpful staffRead more about the whole safari
Nice camp with nice people
Impala Camp is quite a nice camp. The tents are well equipped and comfortable and they have a veranda with a view on the river.
The management is doing every effort to accommodate the guests’ needs … and do succeed in that matter. For instance, when they figured out that I had quite important photo equipment and that I was interested in birding, they managed to give us a guide and a car exclusively for us, so that we could stop each and every time a bird was spotted without annoying other guests.
The camp is a bit remote from “the center” of the game reserve, which can be sometimes a problem when you have a lot of driving to do to access the place where animals are spotted. It’s then advisable to choose “early departure” game drives in the morning (6:30) rather than normal departure ones (8:00) to have the time to go to the places where “action” is taking place. They have several land rovers and several boats, so that you always can choose the activity you want to engage in.
We were lucky to have a guide named Dennis, who is a wonderful bird “spotter”. He is a very nice person and he showed us a lot of things.
The only average element was the food. Nothing terrible, of course, but nothing very good either.
Still a Great Camp
Our second time at Impala Camp and still as good as ever, friendly staff and management. Tents and beds very comfortable which is so important in this environment.