The largest game reserve
in Africa covering an area the size of Switzerland,
Selous is possibly Africa's last great wilderness. Despite
its size, however, this UNESCO World Heritage site has
only a handful of high-end safari camps, allowing it
to maintasin a low-impact exclusivity that is granted
by few parks elsewhere.
Opportunities for foot safaris and game
walks, boat explorations and the classic 4WD safari
in open vehicles add a further unique element to the
Selous safari and ensure its reputation for pure bush
adventure remains untarnished by volume.
Selous stands unique amongst the major
safari destinations of Africa in offering a wider range
of safaris than the traditional 4WD-based vehicle safari.
Boating explorations along the Rufiji River are a wild
and adventurous safari experience as can be had, cruising
amongst hippos, crocodiles and a full checklist of water
birds, and getting closer to the attendant wildlife
that drinks from the bank, as any other method would
allow. Elsewhere, the game walks with armed ranger and
guide allow a privileged viewpoint of the game that
teems along the riverine
Hippo have been operating safaris of distinction
across the Selous for over ten years, using the ground
experience of their affiliated camp to explore at length
this UNESCO-honoured biosphere
The oldest of the camps in Selous, and with, arguably,
the prime of the locations, Rufiji River has been
looking after visitors to Selous for as long as
people have been wanting to photograph rather
than shoot the wildlife. Twenty tents with a central
mess area are laid out along the river bank, with
panoramic views of the sunset and the river, and
a resident coterie of wildlife that never allows
you to forget the wilderness of your location.
|There is a safari-simple, back-to-basics
minimalism to the camp that can come as a welcome
break from the sometimes stuffy seriousness of the
expensive camps, and the cost, as the cheapest of
the camps in the expensive Selous, add further to
its charms. A shaded swimming pool, library, mess
area and the Tuscan kitchen of the Italian management
have all been expanded recently, to charming effect,
making Rufiji our recommendation for the perfect
mid-range Selous experience.
Located in the North of the Reserve, Beho Beho makes
for an excellent alternative or balance to the Rufiji-sited
camps in Selous. With 8 individual and spacious
Bandas, (stone built and palm thatched cottages)
furnished with king-sized beds, Zanzibari day beds,
writing desks and comfortable 'suite' furniture,
the recent upgrade of the camp has attracted good
reviews from our clients.
|The guiding here also comes highly-recommended,
the opportunity to explore a different sector of
the Selous proving a worthwhile balance to their
experience of the reserve.
Sand Rivers - The most luxurious of the
Selous camps, and arguably of those in Tanzania.
The liberal use of rough-hewn stone makes it questionable
as to whether it could be defined as a camp at
all, but the optimum standard of the bush luxury
and safari style remains uncontested.
Eight bush -
appointed rooms are spaced out along a riverbank
peninsula, a site comparable only to Rufiji River
Camp for location, and fitted with tasteful, rustic
fittings and furniture. Unlike many camps of this
standard, SR thankfully dispenses with the antiques
and keeps it simple and tasteful.
Overnight fly camping is a speciality
at Sand Rivers, offering the opportunity to experience
a night 'out in the open', in especially adapted
mosquito nets under the night sky.