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Selous Impala Camp

Last updated: 30 June, 2024

A highly affordable camp, on a very pretty tributary of the Rufiji River.

The camp is set on the riverbanks between two lakes, Mzizimia and Siwandu, behind reeds and riverine channels, which attract colourful birdlife. The dining platform offers good river views.

The camp might be simple, but its basics are good: excellent, fresh food, and super-friendly staff. Breakfast is delicious: home-made breads, fruit platters, espresso and orange-yolked eggs.

Local Maasai askaris, with heavy fighting sticks, are employed to escort guests to their rooms and protect them against wildlife. Book the tents furthest away from the main living area for the most peace and quiet.


Game & game viewing

Offers frequent sightings of lions, buffalos, elephants and giraffes, as well as particularly good birdlife. It’s an inexpensive, relaxed spot for game-lovers who are happy to forego luxuries.

Special activities

Activities are varied, with walking, boating, fishing and game drives all included, and the incredible bird watching – from flocks of pelicans to nesting carmine bee-eaters – sets this camp apart. On boat trips, not only do the crocodiles come out to swim, but elephants and buffalo, too.

Groups of up to four – or just two for romance – should request a night fly-camping deep in the bush, to experience Africa as it should be experienced. It’s basic but comfortable, and a team of staff go with you.

Activities are early morning and late evening, so there’s plenty of time to soak up the sun (or hide in the shade) and read or sleep.

Getting there

The nearest airstrip, Mtemere, is an hour’s drive away, receiving flights from Dar es Salaam (45 minutes), Zanzibar, Arusha, Manyara and Ruaha. They’ll pick you up from there (no extra charge).

Taking the kids

They welcome kids of all ages. There are no specific activities for kids, though the guides will take them on flora and fauna tours on the grounds. There’s a family tenet of two tents together on the same wooden platform.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Included
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed