GUIDE ON SELOUS RIVER CAMP IN TANZANIA
Selous River Camp is a value, budget African tour camp just outside the boundary of the 55,000 square kilometer unfenced Selous Game Reserve in South East Tanzania. It is set in a wooded area on the bank of the imposing Rufiji River which forms a network of channels and oxbow lakes along the most accessible northern strip of the reserve. Nonetheless, it retains its wilderness ambience and simplicity with a choice of traditionally built mud huts and canvas tents offering two distinct levels of budget conscious comfort and convenience for your Selous River Camp Safari. Selous Game Reserve is named after adventurer and soldier Frederick Selous (who pronounced his name “Seloo”). He forfeited his life in action there during the First World War. His grave is a short game drive away and can be visited en-route to the medicinal hot sulfur springs in the Beho Beho Hills. The entire area is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to great herds of elephants, buffalo, prides of lions, pods of hippopotamus, rare primates and ungulates, and over 350 glorious species of wild birds, giving opportunities for some fantastic wildlife safari photographs. Many plants, insects and reptiles are as yet unrecorded as only 10% of Selous is accessible to photo safaris in Tanzania best experienced via an AfricanMecca recommended itinerary. The governing rules for a Tanzanian safari in a Game Reserve differ from those of a National Park in that they permit boating, fishing, walking, fly-camping and off-road game drives for prime sightings or outside the borders, but visitors are required to return to their camps by 6.30-7.00 p.m. safety curfew.
Accommodation At Selous River CampAn intimate and friendly atmosphere pervades Selous River Camp where two types of accommodation offer different levels of budget conscious vacations in Tanzania. There are 6 mud huts rooms with earth walls and thatched roofs, and 4 simple canvas tents that attract backpackers (where to stay in Selous – read more). The mud huts are set on the river bank that overlook the slow-moving Rufiji River, and are distinctive, spacious and basically furnished with large beds and day beds. Most furnishings are handmade to present Tanzanian craftsmanship at its best. They can be arranged for up to four guests per suite, in a double and two single beds subject to availability. En-suite bathrooms have handmade ceramic basins, flush toilets showers with hot water. The unpretentious canvas bivouacs on a forest campsite take two people and are for guests who prefer more affordable amenities and closer contact with the natural world. They have shared bathrooms and are equipped with beds, tables, chairs and palm frond mats. The entire camp is ecologically balanced, leaving as little environmental impact as possible. Lighting is by paraffin lamps. Batteries can be charged at the bar between 1800 hours and 2200 hours in the evening. The camp enjoys close links with local communities and is staffed by people who love the bush and delight in extending hospitality and sharing their knowledge of wilderness living on tour in Selous with AfricanMecca. There are set safari packages offered to cover board and most preferred African holiday activities, or you can choose extra options such as guided expeditions to local villages and farms.
Safari At Selous River CampSkilled guides at Selous River Camp will accompany you to explore the East African veldt, avid for close contact with the wildlife you only dreamed of encountering before you began to travel in Africa. A typical itinerary for a Selous trip would begin with an early morning guided walk, just as the animals are beginning to rouse to come down to water, returning for breakfast before the sun gets too hot. Approaching game quietly on foot, without disturbing them, you can see far more than you would on four wheels. Imagine a pair of fragile legged impala, heads down and horns locked, contesting for supremacy and mating rights over a harem of watching gentle-eyed does. Even a slow-moving chameleon can be more easily spotted if it does not freeze into static invisibility. For more daring encounters, a shade-roofed, open-sided land-cruiser with four wheel drive will get you closer to lions, rolling playfully in the golden grass, cuffing importunate cubs, or growling guardedly over the torn carcass of a graceful giraffe. Your guide can supplement his own local knowledge by radio communication with others to pinpoint the action you most want to see. Most characteristic of the Rufiji River is the boat safari in a flat-bottomed metal craft with powerful outboard engine, piloted by an expert amongst half-submerged hippos and basking crocodiles. These are all possibilities for your personal collection of unforgettable adventures in Tanzania with AfricanMecca (read more on when is the best time to visit Selous in Southern Tanzania).
Dining At Selous River CampOn arrival at Selous River Camp, you are met with cold drinks and refreshing damp towels to set the scene for continuing care and consideration with good company and cold beers in a relaxing atmosphere of campfire camaraderie. There is a well-stocked bar where AfricanMecca guests can enjoy river watching to the soothing sound of rippling water and the grunted conversations of wallowing hippopotami. Tasty and filling meals are served in the open-sided dining room beside the river. You can also opt for a tasty packed lunch to take with you on a full-day boat cruise of rivers and lakes, a fishing activity or a Selous game drive through forest and across flood plains to sites of special wildlife and ecological interest. Fresh fruit and vegetables come from the camp’s own organic garden and meat and poultry from nearby villages and farms. The adventurous cuisine is carefully planned to share aspects of both Tanzanian and European cookery, with freshly baked breads and Chelsea buns for breakfast, pies and quiches, soups and salads for lunch and delicious grills, steaks and roast chicken dinners with mouth-watering desserts to follow. The emphasis here is on spontaneity and ease as you settle into wilderness mode in good company and good spirits to enjoy the unique African wildlife safari ambience of an evening spent yarning, beer or cocktail in hand, around a blazing campfire beneath the endless diamond-studded dome of an African sky.
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When staying at Selous River 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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