Roho ya Selous

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

At a Glance

  • The camp enjoys incredible views out over the reserve and has good wildlife activity through the camp

  • Expert guides will take your on morning walks through the bush to discover the wildlife activity from the night before

  • Boat trips provide a slower paced safari experience while offering plenty of excellent photographic opportunities

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Roho ya Selous is closed from the end of March through to the end of May. 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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Roho ya Selous is situated in the very heart of the magnificent Selous game reserve. Perched on a hill overlooking the water, this small tented camp is the perfect place to spend a few days and discover the wonderful wildlife and contrasting landscapes.

Roho ya Solous, meaning “the heart of the Selous” is due to open September 2017 and promises to offer memorable experiences for everyone who visits. Located in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve this small tented camp offers an intimate and authentic safari experience accommodating guests in just eight luxury canvas tents.

The Selous offers excitement and adventure with distinct habitats such as swamps, beautiful lakes, open plains and rivers waiting to be discovered with expert guides. While the reserve is home to a diverse spread of wildlife such as buffalo, lions and hippos, The Selous is also famed for its large wild dog populations that thrive here. These rare predators are highly intelligent and it is astonishing to see them in action when hunting their prey, covering vast distances in packs and not giving up until they have achieved there undertaking. The reserve also has excellent bird life with over 400 different species recorded in the area including the elusive Pel’s fishing owl.

The camp comprises eight spacious tents including a family tent, all of which are hidden away within the trees to induce maximum privacy. The luxurious tents are stylishly furnished while maintaining traditional safari charm. Each tent has been designed with comfort and ease with the added luxury of ‘evening breeze’, a cooling system surrounding the bed to keep temperatures cool through the hotter months. The tents are all ensuite and have the added luxury of both an indoor and outdoor shower. A shady veranda offers an inviting spot to relax in between activities and watch the wildlife pass through camp.

Roho ya Selous offers many different activities for everyone, including morning and afternoon game drives, walking safaris to discover the smaller creatures and track wildlife on foot. Boating safaris are one of the big draws of The Selous and offers a great opportunity to get close to the wildlife along the banks of the river or pass wallowing hippo pods in the shallows. The rivers also have good numbers of tiger fish and catfish so any keen fisherman can try their hand and cast a line - all fishing is on a catch and release basis.

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Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed at Roho ya Selous. Walking safaris are limited to ages 16 and above for safety.


  • 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

Roho ya Selous is situated in the Northern part of the Selous Game Reserve. The lodge is at the centre of many diverse habitats - from gorges to open plains, woodland to lakes.

How to get there

11 hour international flight to Dar es Salaam via Nairobi, followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Mbuyu airstrip and from there it is 30 minutes by road to camp. There are numerous daily flights to Mbuyu airstrip from Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Ruaha, Mafia, Pemba and northern Tanzania.

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