Tanzania
Southern tanzania
Swahili Coast
Hippo tours
       
 
 
Southern Tanzania
Selous Game Reserve
Ruaha National Park
Mahale Mountains
Katavi National Park
 
 
Best time to visit
June - September
  Elephant and buffalo abound in dry riverbeds to east of camp. Wild dog start to den this time of year. Best time for walking safaris. Warm comfortable days with cool nights. Dry
October - November
  Heavy concentrations of game around inland lakes and river. Elephant and buffalo often seen wallowing in the water. Lion and leopard moving close by waiting for game to drink. Hyena and wild dog lie in the shallow water. Migrant birds start to arrive and the trees start to sprout leaves. Crocodiles are at their most active. Weather becoming dry and hot.
December - March
  Miombo is in leaf and pans have started to fill with water. Lots of elephant and general game in woodland. Prolific bird life, especially waders and water birds. Most animals calving, so lots of newborn and youngsters. Hot with possibility of rain, and increasingly humid
 
   

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

Rufiji River Camp
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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.
Beho Beho
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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.

Properties
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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.