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Selous Safari Camp

At a Glance

    Pros

  • you rarely see any other vehicles on game drives
  • great food
  • lovely view over the lake

    Cons

  • the boat trip up the Rufiji River is not available all year round, although lake trips will be available

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Selous Safari Camp Review

In the middle of the riverine bush on the banks of Lake Nzerakera, this luxuriously appointed camp comprises thirteen tents split over two intimate camps. Built on wooden platforms, the open-sided spacious tents blend in graciously with the surrounding wilderness. Each with two verandas, the tents are tastefully decorated in creams, browns, and whites with a big bed, antique wooden chests, hand-carved settles, and colorful rugs. An en-suite bathroom with his-and-her brass hand basins and an open-air hot-water shower overlooks the bush. Public palm-thatch areas of polished wood platforms ringed with rope and wood rails have comfortable cane furniture, African artifacts, camp chairs, and elegant pieces of furniture from a bygone age. The camp is unfenced, so be prepared for all sorts of game to wander past your tent or the main viewing deck. At night the camp takes on a fairy-tale atmosphere when it is lit by dozens of softly glowing gas lanterns. Activities include game drives and guided walks, fly camping, boating, bird-watching, or just relaxing on the veranda. The smaller camp (six tents) can be booked exclusively.

    Hotel Details

  • 13 tents.
  • Rate includes all meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 09-25-2012

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    Selous Safari Camp Review

    We arrive at Selous Safari Camp just after lunch. In January, Selous is a lot hotter than Ruaha. The tents are wonderful. They are big and open on all sides for breezes from the lake. They have a huge front porch and an even bigger back porch. Both are furnished with sofas, chairs, a desk and even hanging art! At both Selous and Jongomero (owned by the same company) there are safes for valuables in the tents. The baths are big – with double copper sinks, lots of storage, a wonderful flush loo and a big, big starlight shower. The beds are gigantic and have large ceiling fans above. There is electricity at all times – but again NO hair appliances allowed. All the tents are spaced around the lakeshore for wonderful views. There always seemed to be a giraffe or elephant or a herd of impala on the shore in front of our tent – or an elephant peeking over our shower wall! No kidding.

    On our first evening, we took the water safari on the lake. It is hot and very sunny at about 4PM when you set out – so take a hat and some long sleeves, but it cools nicely once the sun sets. We saw tons (no pun) of hippos, a swimming elephant, crocs and birds, birds, birds. The waterways were dripping with blooming bottlebrush and the weavers, swifts, and kingfishers were in full force. We were so close at times that I should have been using a macro lens. The boat drifts silently and the birds don’t even notice you’ve arrived. It was magical.

    We would absolutely give Selous Safari Camp our #1 rating. Overall, we just loved it. Meals are delicious – served at open-air tables surrounding the beautiful pool. The lounge is large and comfortable and the camp staff is charming. Our guide, Mwita, was excellent. He knew just how to find anything – including those 5-week-old lion cubs. The Masi staff (escorts to your tent at night) entertained us one night with their ethnic singing and dancing around the campfire. The vehicles at Selous are outstanding – the best we had anywhere.

    What I learned about Selous Safari Camp:
    There are actually two camps – the North and the South. We were in the smaller one – not sure which direction.
    Some of the tents are a bit of a hike from the main lounge. We were right next-door and I liked having easy access to the pool and lounge.
    They have a wonderful gift shop, but it’s not easy to find. Ask about it – especially about Jenny’s pen and ink drawings. She’s one of the camp managers and a gifted artist.
    If you have a special occasion they will really do it up right. We had a wonderful surprise champagne dinner on our own private veranda one night to celebrate our anniversary.

    by TC, 10/18/10

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