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Selous Impala Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Prime Rufiji River location
- Intimate camp with swimming pool
- Excellent wildlife in vast reserve

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Overview

Selous Impala is a stylish camp in a prime location on the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, Southern Tanzania. This vast and untouched reserve is a world heritage site known for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, huge number of big cats and the endangered wild dog. Accessible by plane, the nearest airstrip is just 14 km away, and from there it’s a short boat or vehicle safari to camp.

The open-sided communal area is set on a raised wooden deck with wonderful views and there’s plenty of space in the comfortable lounge. The dining area is also spacious and there’s a bar and fire pit to gather around in the evenings. The swimming pool, although somewhat small, is delightful and has lovely views of the river.

Activities include full-day, morning or afternoon game drives in open 4X4 vehicles, and wonderful cruises along the Rufiji River or in nearby lakes. Fishing, guided walks and fly camping are also possible at supplementary cost and subject to national park availability.

The accommodation comprises eight classic, East African style tents set into the acacia woodland. They are well spaced out on raised wooden decks to keep them cool, and to maximise guest privacy and views of the river or lagoon. Each room has a large, comfortable bed, a fan, writing desk, safe and dressing area. The en-suite bathrooms house a hot shower, flushing toilet and double basin.

Children of all ages are welcome and families of up to three children can be accommodated. The family unit comprises two separate tents on one raised wooden platform. As is the case across the Selous, walking safaris and fly camping are restricted to children of 16 years and over. However, the camp’s flexible approach to game drive duration is a real bonus for families with younger children. Given the genuinely wild location of this remote camp, parents must keep children of all ages under close supervision at all times.

Impala is a relaxed, intimate and elegant camp offering good value for money, with staff known for their flexibility and superb team spirit.

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based on 530 reviews

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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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