GUIDE ON SELOUS MBUYU SAFARI CAMP IN TANZANIA
Selous Mbuyu Safari Camp is a comfortable, but unpretentious tented base from which to visit the Selous Game Reserve in South East Tanzania. The camp is open most of the year round, so AfricanMecca guests can choose to enjoy their African holiday among the wonderful wild flowers in November and December, the fantastic birds and newborn foals and cubs until March, or the abundant large mammals drawn to the Rufiji River for water between June and October. Year-round attractions include boating, fishing, walking, game-driving and visiting places of cultural and historical interest. Selous is the largest unsettled game reserve in Tanzania, with 55,000 square kilometers of protected wilderness, teeming with rare and wonderful plant and animal life. It is justly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, but as yet, surprisingly quiet and undiscovered by tourists on safari in Tanzania. Its history is fascinating. H.Rider Haggard’s Allan Quatermain was modeled on a real-life hero, Frederick Courtney Selous (pronounced Seloo) after whom the reserve was named. Its topography is widely varied, from ox-box lakes to sandy river valleys and from highland volcanic hot-water springs to miombo woodlands frequented by elephants and wild dogs, acacia glades providing forage for giraffes, riverine forest with diverse species of Colobus monkeys and grassy plains patrolled by lion prides, wild dogs, cheetahs and many more. It can conveniently be reached from Dar Es Salaam by air within an hour or a 6-7 hours tiresome exhausting drive.
Accommodation At Selous Mbuyu Safari CampThe camp is named Mbuyu, which means baobab because the main lodge complex is built around a huge arboreal Medusa, its root-like top-hamper rising impressively above the camp, a fitting introduction to the flora wonders of your Tanzanian tour. Along the swampy bank of Manze lake, 16 canvas chalets consisting of large tents covered by overhanging thatched makuti roofs provide wonderful views of the Rufiji River, its tributaries and its wildlife visitors, some of which venture within the confines of the camp. For this reason, the tented chalets have low ranch fences and are raised on stone decks with unusual flooring accessed by steps or ramps to a small viewing verandah. Rooms are clean and simply furnished with two single beds that can be joined to form doubles, and easy chairs, desk and safe. There are en-suite bathrooms with ceramic washbowls, flush toilets, and hot showers. Fans are provided as well as bottled drinking water and a free laundry service. Torches and whistles are on hand for communication with armed Maasai guards who patrol the camp. This is a real African wilderness safari trip, without internet, but compensated by a video library and the chance to play wildlife films in your tent, powered by solar energy and inverter. The camp is friendly towards AfricanMecca guests with children and less able visitors. There is a fine swimming pool, a safari gym and shaded sitting areas along the river shore as well as a viewing tower where you can take tea and appreciate the beautiful vistas towards the lake or the Beho Beho hills.
Safari At Selous Mbuyu Safari CampNo tour in Africa can be undertaken without the ubiquitous safari cruiser, adapted for game viewing in the tropics with roof awning, open sides and cold box for refreshments. In such style, you can home in on the creatures you want to see, led by your expert guide who may reciprocally share wildlife trailing intelligence with his colleagues about the latest tracks or sightings by on board radio to ensure your satisfaction. In this way, you will uniquely track down lion prides, approach vast herds of buffalo or wildebeest, outrun warthogs and shadow black rhinoceros or cheetah (read more on when is the best time to visit Selous for a Tanzanian safari). For closer encounters on the water, a skilled boat guide from Selous Mbuyu Camp will watchfully steer his metal craft between flocks of pelicans and storks, relying on his life-time knowledge and powerful outboard motor to provide high adventure, approaching crocodiles and hippos along the edge of a river or lake in perfect safety. But the best way to travel in Africa and immerse yourself in the wilderness is to walk, subtle encounters with herds of timid gazelles or ponderous elephants, and seeing the tiny jewels of nature you might otherwise miss on game drives. There are over 350 avian species in Selous. Some are raptors with startling wingspans. Some weavers and sunbirds are tiny feathered rainbows, whilst ground hornbills are noisy, prehistoric in appearance and unexpectedly endearing. Whether you choose to walk, boat, drive, cycle in the villages or simply stay in the swimming pool or camp gym, your Tanzanian adventure vacation with AfricanMecca will ensure you return richer in experience and healthier in mind and body.
Dining At Selous Mbuyu Safari CampAt Selous Mbuyu Camp, most food ingredients are obtained from local sources just outside the game reserve since no permanent human settlement is allowed within its boundaries. Food and drinks are available all day from the bar or dining area. Set meals are served from the restaurant, timed to coincide with the main Selous trip options. A Selous Mbuyu Safari Camp safari features activities organized to a predictable timetable. A brisk, early game viewing walk with an armed ranger lasts about two hours, giving you time to relax and shower before brunch, which is available until 1100 hours. A game drive in customized 4 x 4 transport sets out at 0700 hours as larger mammals move in from outlying area to drink at rivers and lakes, and will provide sandwiches or snacks and cool drinks if you prefer during the four-hour expedition. High tea at 1530 hours re-invigorates you after your midday siesta ready for another Selous tour excursion, perhaps by boat on the lake, with sundowners’ en-route as you take in the spectacular sunset or around the camp fire when you return by 1830-1900 hours to conform with the game reserve curfew of not intruding wildlife at night. In the main restaurant, overlooking the Rufiji River, the safari dinner is served from 2000 hours to 2200 hours. The menu is planned daily and the chef will comply with special requests where possible, and if they are made in good time at the time of booking via AfricanMecca.
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Dear Altaf, We had a really remarkable time in Tanzania and Zanzibar. Our favorite was Mivumo River Lodge in Selous. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and we will never forget it. Thanks to everyone at AfricanMecca Safaris for making our trip so special!
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When staying at Selous Mbuyu Safari Camp in Selous, we recommend combining it with offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale.
You may optionally extend out to Northern Tanzania safari parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
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