Selous Private Camp

Selous Private Camp: Our full report

6 double/twins
1st June to 25th March

Selous Private Camp is immediately next to its larger sister the Selous Safari Camp and is very similar in style and feel. This camp has a minimum of four tents and a maximum of six, and has to be booked out on an exclusive basis. This makes it perfect for families or groups who are looking for an exclusive experience.

The rooms at the Private Camp are exactly the same as the main camp in size and style. They are also elegant and spacious, with an open-plan bedroom, leading onto a bathroom which has views over the river.

Selous Private Camp has a small and intimate lounge, bar and dining area which is open sided and under thatch. There are some large comfortable cream sofas as well as some wooden armchairs with cushions for the seat and back. All of the soft furnishings use natural coloured fabrics, which combined with lots of beautiful carvings give a rustic African feel.

This area then extends to a small open-air section where the swimming pool is situated, with some comfortable-looking loungers – a perfect, shady place to relax after a morning out on safari.

Although guests here are welcome to visit and use the facilities of the main camp, guests from Selous Safari Camp are not permitted to visit the Private Camp.

Safari activities at Selous Private Camp focus on game drives and boat trips with knowledgeable guides – there are all shared with the visitors staying at Selous Safari Camp.

There are a few walking trails around the camp, though for those wishing to do lots of walking safaris it might be worth considering a few days fly-camping to avoid repetition - the safari guides tend to use only a few regular routes.

When we last visited, walking safaris began at 6:30am, and returned at about 10am – thus avoiding the midday heat.
Boat and 4WD safaris started later, at around 08:00 – with breakfast beforehand. The safaris then last until about midday (depending on what you find), when you return to camp in good time for lunch at 1pm.

There’s then time to take a siesta or relax for a few hours, before the afternoon safari starts at 4pm, which usually return to camp around sunset.


Location: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Ideal length of stay: 3 – 4 nights

Directions: Selous Private Camp can be accessed by fly-in and transfer – the Selous is a 35-minute flight from Dar es Salaam and then the camp is only a 5-minute drive from the airstrip. Alternatively, it is around a 6-hour drive from Dar – depending on the weather and therefore the state of the roads.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: Breakfast consists of fruit, cereals, toast and then eggs of your choice. The timings for breakfast are between 7-10am, so that guests can have a flexible start to the day. Lunch is then served at 1pm and is 3 courses with a light starter, main and desert. Dinner is served at 8pm after a sundowner in the bar and is also a 3-course affair.

Though we did not sample the food at the Private Camp, we did eat at the Selous Safari Camp which uses the same chef for dinner. We would therefore expect the Selous Private Camp to have a mix of tasty international cuisine.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Drinks are not included.

Further dining info: Yes - however there are no phones in the rooms so this has to be organised in advance.

Special interests

Birdwatching: When we were last here we saw a fantastic number of species, including the ground hornbill, hadeda ibis, brown-headed parrot and white-fronted bee-eater. The Selous is definitely a top place for birdwatching in Tanzania.

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Wildlife safaris: Selous is an excellent game reserve with great populations of big game from large herds of elephants and buffalo to lion, leopard and an excellent population of wild dogs. Black rhino are present in very small numbers, but they are rarely seen

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Private villas & houses: The Selous Private Camp is great for private safari holidays in Tanzania. It can be booked exclusively for groups or families between 8 and 10 people travelling together and comes with your own intimate lounge area and private guide and vehicle for an amazing safari experience.

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Attitude towards children: The camp are happy to welcome children over the age of 6yrs, however they feel that whilst in camp children are the full responsibility of the parents.

Property’s age restrictions: Children must be 6yrs or over. Children must be over 16yrs in order to walk or fly-camp whilst staying at Selous Private Camp.

Special activities & services: No

Equipment: No

Notes: Parents should also be aware that this camp is not fenced and wildlife can pass through at any time – children cannot be left unaccompanied.


Communications: For all intents and purposes you should consider yourself out of contact. Though there is internet in reception at a fee of $5 for 15 minutes. As the internet here is used by the office – they would rather this was not used if not essential.

TV & radio: There is no TV or radio – this is deepest Africa!

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There is a first aid kit at Selous Private Camp for minor injuries and illnesses. For emergencies, the camp has links to the flying doctors in Dar es Salaam which is a 35-minute flight away.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: There are around guards on site 24hrs a day as well as Maasai armed with spears and pangas to escort you to and from your room at night. All of the rooms also have whistles, so that if you need help in the night you can call for attention.

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the communal areas


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Included – though hand washed, sun-dried and ironed with a charcoal iron. It is not advisable to put any delicates in the wash at Selous Private Camp.

Money: There is no currency exchange at Selous Private Camp.

Accepted payment on location: The camp prefers payment for any extras in cash and they accept US$, Tanzanian Shillings, Pounds or Euros. However they are also able to accept credit card; there is no charge for Visa (the preferred card), however charges do apply for Mastercard and Amex. The camp will also accept travellers cheques, but not ones from Thomas Cook.