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Selous Impala Camp

Selous and southern Tanzania, Tanzania

Selous Impala Camp is a traditional tented safari camp with just seven guest tents set on raised stilts on the banks of the mighty Rufiiji River in the Selous Game Reserve. The camp is superbly located for some of the best game viewing in the Reserve.

At a Glance

  • Lovely tented rooms overlooking Rufiji River

  • Knowledgeable guides.

  • Use the pool to cool off in the midday heat

  • Great location within the park for excellent game viewing

  • Informal, relaxed atmosphere

Adventure, Wildlife

Insider's View

Head off on a walking safari in the early morning and listen to all the sounds of the bush waking up. It is a magical experience and great to see the smaller animals, study footprints and listen to the birds.

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Insider's View

Keep an eye out for the resident bush baby that often likes to put in an appearance at dinner

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Insider's View

Go on a boat safari to see endless numbers of hippos and crocs in and around the lakes and rivers.

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Insider's View

The scenery to enjoyed on game drives is some of the most beautiful to be found on safari.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Selous Impala Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Selous and southern Tanzania


Set in the shade of borassus palms and tamarind trees, Selous Impala Camp offers comfortable tented accommodation with a friendly and intimate atmosphere.

Each guest tent is set on raised stilts with its own private deck, ideal for relaxing in the heat of the day before the evening game drive or sitting out with your morning coffee and watching the animal life on the river in front of you. Two of the tents share a deck and these are therefore ideal for a family. Every room has an en-suite bathroom with shower, flush loo and twin washbasins. The decor is simple with local colors and fabrics but perfectly comfortable and remains a traditional safari feel to them.

Activities include daily guided game drives, boat trips on the river and fabulous walking safaris. The diversity of the activities are a real attraction to the Selous, you really do get to experience and explore the beautiful surroundings of the Selous Game Reserve and its diverse wildlife: from big cats, huge herds of elephants to enormous Nile crocodiles.

Guests often share stories of their day's game viewing over a pre-dinner drink in the bar before sitting down together for dinner on the spacious deck with views of the Rufiji River.

Should the midday sun become too much, there is a small pool which is ideal for a quick, cooling dip.


The Selous Impala Camp has eight safari tents set on high wooden decking with magnificent views of the river and of the forest beyond. The tents are "Meru-style" of green canvas and have double ceilings for coolness and double zipped doors, one of canvas and one of gauze, to keep out insects, and there are roll down canvas blinds on the netted windows, both inside and out. Generators supply power for most of the day. There is one family tent and the rest are doubles or twins.

The rooms all come equipped with stand alone fans to provide a nice breeeze, a safe, and flasks of drinking water. There is also a plug socket for charging cameras etc which operates at certain hours of the day.


As the camp is not really suited to small children, the minimum recommended age for children to stay at the camp is 8 years old. Please note however, that children under the age of 16 years are not permitted to take part in walking safaris in the Selous.


Near to the lodge is a sheltered, crystal clear swimming pool which overlooks the Rufiji. A dip in the pool is most welcomed during the heat of the day to help cool you down.


Game viewing can be done in a variety of ways. The experienced guides can take you out by boat to discover the secrets which lie in the waters of the Rufijj River. Boat safaris can be organized in the morning or in the afternoon. It is a unique experience to see the wildlife from a different point of view. The camp has six landrovers and four boats as well as a walking safari team with an armed guide. It is also possible to arrange fly-camping. If you wish to go fishing the camp can also arrange this for you at an additional cost for the rod hire.

Location & Directions

Selous and southern Tanzania, Tanzania

Selous Impala Camp is located on the banks of the Rufiji River between Lakes Mzizimia and Siwandu in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

When to go

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.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Selous Impala Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Selous and southern Tanzania

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