Selous Impala fly-camp

Selous Impala fly-camp: Our full report

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June to March

If you are staying at Impala Camp for more than a few nights, then adventurous travellers should consider fly-camping as an option.

If you opt for a night's fly-camping, then you'll head out into the bush in the afternoon with a 4WD vehicle and guide - exploring further into the Selous Game Reserve - before arriving at the fly-camping site in the late afternoon.

There you'll probably find your chef starting to make dinner – and pre-dinner drinks are always to hand. If you'd like a bush shower, then it'll be filled with hot water for you – whilst there's also a long drop bush toilet, complete with sit-down throne and a wooden seat. Nearby you'll find the bucket sink, with a soap and towel provided.

Dinner's cooked over the fire, but you'll sit down at a lovely table with crockery, cutlery and glasses for it – and then perhaps retire to sit around the camp fire with a drink.

When you're ready to sleep, you'll retire to your own dome tent. These are reasonably-sized with comfortable double camp beds, bedding, pillows and a clothes rail. There's even a lockable chest, as well as a torch provided. There's plenty of space, but they're designed primarily for you to sleep in – not to lounge around during the day. The roof of each tent can be rolled back to leave only insect-proof gauze netting, and a clear view of the night sky, in all its glory.

You'll probably be woken by the dawn light and chorus of birds – a great way to wake up – and then continue your safari after a hearty breakfast around the fire.


Location: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Ideal length of stay: 1-2 nights

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Tea/coffee and filtered water are included, other drinks are extra.

Further dining info: No - you are in the middle of the bush

Special interests

Birdwatching: Heading out fly-camping gives you the option of exploring deeper into the park to find a wider variety of bird-life. Whilst birdwatching at Selous you may see a range of birds, from malachite kingfishers to African fish eagles.

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Property’s age restrictions: Children under the age of 12yrs cannot fly-camp

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: None


Power supply: None

Communications: You will be in the middle of the bush so should consider yourself out of contact. Though there will be a radio for communication with Impala Camp.

TV & radio: None

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The guides are first aid trained and in an emergency will radio to Impala Camp.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: The guides at the camp are all armed.

Fire safety: There is a fire extinguisher at the camp.


Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: No Laundry Facilities

Money: Money isn't needed here - any purchases can be done at Selous Impala Camp.

Accepted payment on location: No money is needed here.

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