Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
At a Glance
Watch the wildlife from the telescope on your balcony
Join a walking safari with one of the infamous guides
Spend a night under the stars in the romantic treehouse
Sit by the pool and soak up the breathtaking views
Dine all together and enjoy hearing about everyone's tales from their day's activities
Sit with your morning coffee and watch the game from your deck
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Beho Beho is closed from mid March to early June.
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, typically considered the best months for game-viewing as the wildlife is more concentrated around water sources and the grass is grazed and trampled down. Selous and southern Tanzania is typically hot and humid from December to May, without a dry period to break up the rains, so travel is not recommended during the British winter months.
To start planning your holiday to Beho Beho
Beho Beho is a small exclusive safari lodge in one of the largest game reserves in Africa, the Selous. This Tanzanian gem offers a unique safari experience encompassing a varied landscape, from forests and plains to lakes and rivers.
Beho Beho, meaning “gentle breeze”, is situated in the cooler highlands of the Selous Game Reserve and is the perfect safari refuge for those guests looking for a combination of untouched wilderness, outstanding hospitality and expert guiding, arguably some of the best in Tanzania. The main lodge includes a large open sided lounge/dining area and, together with the cocktail bar and ’billiards room’, it provides a sophisticated setting for post safari relaxation. The raised swimming pool and decking is an ideal place to cool off during the heat of the day.
Accommodation consists of eight open-fronted guest bandas built of local stone and palm leaf thatch, with en-suite facilities including an open-air shower. Each spacious banda has a lounge area and private veranda with magnificent views over the woodland, open glades and gorges below. There is also a beautiful treehouse, ideal for a romantic sleepout under the stars.
From the lodge, guests can explore a unique combination of habitats, including riverine forest, miombo woodland, open plains and the fascinating lake regions of Tagalala and Mwanze. As well as game drives, guided walking safaris are a speciality and usually undertaken in the early morning or late afternoon. There are also a number of boats stationed at Lake Tagalala, which provide an opportunity to view the resident hippos and crocodiles at close quarters, as well as an amazing number of birds.
Families or groups of friends travelling together can opt for the privacy of Bailey's Banda, the family house at Beho Beho. With a private guide and vehicle at your disposal, and accommodating four guests, it is a great option for those looking for a little more privacy on their safari.
Beho Beho has eight individual very spacious Bandas, (stone built and palm thatched cottages) furnished with king-sized beds, Zanzibari day beds, writing desks and comfortable 'suite' furniture. The front of the banda is totally open and extends on to a spacious verandah. The banda can be secured for the night with 'tented curtains' or left open as desired. Each banda has a separate dressing room leading into an en suite bathroom with twin basins, high flush WC and an 'open air' shower.
Bailey's Banda is the private house, and although still part of the main camp it does have its own driveway enabling guests to have an entirely private safari experience if they wish. With two double bedrooms in a similar style to the rooms of the main lodge it also boasts its own living room, bar and private swimming pool. The house comes with its own dedicated team of staff to look after guests every need.
There are 8 bandas which each have a spacious double bedroom with dressing area and en-suite bathroom. The bandas are open at the front and all have a large verandah with seating.
It is felt that this style of camp is not suitable for young children and there is a minimum age of 12 years. Children (over 12 years) who have an interest in wildlife and who are comfortable in an adult environment thoroughly enjoy the camp.
The open sided lounge and dining areas together with the cocktail bar and 'billiards room' provide a sophisticated setting for post safari relaxation and the swimming pool and deck an ideal place to cool off.
The main activity on offer is guided walking and game drives - the vehicles are specially adapted 4WD vehicles which offer raised seating for better game viewing. Game drives are best taken early in the morning or at dusk. It is also possible to visit Lake Tagalala & Maji Moto - after a short drive you will arrive at Lake Tagalala for your boating safari. The lake is surrounded by a number of natural springs which attracts amazing birdlife as well as a large hippo and crocodile population. The quality of guiding at Beho Beho is second-to-none, and one of the real selling points for staying here on safari.
Camilla Whitworth (Staff)
Looking back on my stay at Beho Beho I couldn't quite believe how much I saw, especially as I was only there for less than 24 hours. I instantly knew why the ldoge was known for being one of the most luxurious lodges in the Selous when presented with the most delicious, varied and creative buffet lunches I have ever had. Interesting salads, freshly baked foccacia and dishes such as squid wrapped in chorizo and thai style beef skewers filled our plates.
After lunch we had time to enjoy our rooms, which are totally open fronted meaning you could spot game from your balcony or simply listen to the hippos in the distance.
Walking safaris are one of Beho Beho's specialist activities so just as the air was cooling a bit, we headed out into the bush on foot. Not even 25 metres from the camp the baboons all started going beserk so following our guides instruction closely we stopped only to see a leopard chase a baboon across the path directly in front of us. A seriously exhilarating start to the walk! We further explored the area, avoided some buffalo and finished with a well earned gin and tonic whilst watching the sunset over the bush.
Thinking our game viewing was over for the day we sat with the managers and guides before dinner, which illustrated as to how in tune they are with the bush as out of the corner of their eyes, mid conversation, they spotted a leopard slinking towards the watering hole in the darkness, another incredible sight. We then moved on to dinner, set-up under the stars which was again, unbelievably delicious. Before bed we managed to have yet another stroke of luck when a breeding herd of elephant came to the watering hole to drink, made even the more special as there was a tiny baby, flanked by its elders, having a splash with its trunk. My expectations had been exceeded by more than I could imagine!
Beho Beho treated me to incredible game sightings, amazing food and lovely staff... what more could one want.
Boat safari in the Selous Game Reserve
Get up close and personal with the hippos in the Selous' mighty rivers and lakes on a boat safari, perfect in the late afternoons when the wildlife often comes to the shore to drink.
Fishing in the Selous Game Reserve
While in the main the Selous Game Reserve is an arid area, certain sections are blessed by the permanent waters of the Rufiji River and the northern lakes. These water sources are home to great volumes of catfish, and the fierce fighting tiger fish.
Selous walking safari
Follow your guide on foot as you explore the Selous, focussing on the smaller details that make up the ecosystem which you often miss on a game drive.
Sunsets over the Rufiji
Sunsets on the Rufiji River are some of the most spectacular we have ever witnessed!
Location & directions
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Beho Beho camp is in the Northern sector of the Selous game reserve, it perches on the lower slopes of Namikwera Hill overlooking Kipalala Hill, offer panoramic views over the Rufiji river flood plain. 145 miles south west of Dar es Salaam, as the crow flies, the camp is 3 miles from the grave of Frederick Courteney Selous.
How to get there
11 hour international flight to Dar via Nairobi. All Internal flights to Beho Beho leave from Dar es Salaam and take aproximately 1hour. Connecting flights to Beho Beho can be on either Coastal or Zanair.