- Prime Rufiji River location
- Intimate camp with swimming pool
- Excellent wildlife in vast reserve
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.
- Stunning open-fronted rooms
- World heritage site
- Fantastic motorboat safaris
- Private lodge
- Ideal for groups and families
- Fantastic Selous game reserve
- Beautiful riverside location
- Stunning pool, spa, private plunge pools
- Game drives and guided walks
- Fishing and boating excursions
- Beautiful riverside setting
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Boat trips
- Fishing and birdwatching
- Great location on the banks of the Rufiji River
- Traditional 14 Tent Camp
- Swimming Pool
- Down to earth and good value
- Rustic tented safari camp
- Wilderness Location
- Comparatively good value
- Excellent wildlife
- Traditional safari camp
- Vast, unspoilt Reserve
- Fantastic staff
- Old favourite
- Remote National Park
- Chalets have river views
- Lodge has elevated position over the plains
-Remote, unspoiled location
-Overnight fly camping
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019