GUIDE ON SELOUS WILDERNESS CAMP IN TANZANIA
Selous Wilderness Camp is a small, friendly, Moivaro tented camp located on the bank of the wide and slow-moving Rufiji River in Selous Game Reserve, a massive 55,000 square kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site in South East Tanzania. It is an ideal base for a value African safari holiday in Selous, offering contemporary comfort and convenience within a vast wilderness, populated by some of the largest herds of elephants and antelopes, pods of hippos and packs of wild dogs to be found on the continent. It is also home to hundreds of crocodiles and lions, as well as leopards and monkeys. The area is also a paradise for birders, with over 350 acknowledged species and 440 documented according to latest UNESCO reports. Due to its extreme wilderness nature, except for Selous Wilderness Camp, only the area north of the Rufiji River is conveniently accessible to photo tourists on safari in Tanzania. There is a range of available activities for AfricanMecca guests including boating, game driving and walking safaris in terrain ranging from riverside, lake, forest, miombo thickets and grassland. Selous Wilderness Camp has close, responsible links with neighboring communities outside the park boundaries. In collaboration with a Dutch non-profit organization, they have set up a clinic and have staff recruitment and employment training programs. By road, the camp is 6-7 hours minimum from Dar Es Salaam but only less than 1 hour into Mtemere Airstrip by air. On arrival, you will be met by your guided safari game-viewing vehicle and boat to the palm-shaded camp, an adventurous introduction to your tour of Selous.
Accommodation At Selous Wilderness CampsOn arrival at the camp, you are greeted by enthusiastic staff welcome team as you climb wide wooden steps up the river bank to the reception area, where refreshing cool towels and welcoming drinks await you. Here, you will find battery charging facilities as needed. 7 secluded roomy canvas tents, sheltered by woven palm frond roofs, provide comfortable accommodation with such unexpected touches as bubble baths and outdoor hammocks (read more on where else to stay in Selous on your East African safari). Set well apart, two twin and two double-bedded tents, a triple family tent and two special honeymoon tents all have fans, en-suite bathrooms with beautiful stone wash bowls, outdoor showers and sitting areas with safari chairs and wooden benches to enjoy peaceful outlooks onto the Rufiji River. A refreshing swimming pool offers AfricanMecca guests a vantage point for relaxed river viewing as they laze away the hot afternoon before venturing out on an adventure by road or river. You could fit in savory snacks and pre-dinner cocktails on a sandy river bank before until you must return to base by 6.30-7.00 p.m, according to the rules of the reserve. Or there is an open-sided bar, lounge area with a small library and dining area as well as a traditional blazing African safari boma campfire for evening sundowners as night falls over the river, which reflects the sparkling pinks and orange of a beautiful Tanzanian tour at sunset.
Safari At Selous Wilderness CampAlthough it is possible to enjoy river game-watching without leaving the camp, many extraneous activities are available. Because Selous is a Game Reserve rather than a National Park, walking safaris with armed guards can trail down and get sights of many wonderful creatures e.g. warthogs, sable antelopes and rarer Lichtenstein's hartebeest, blue duiker, rare Red Colobus monkeys, crested mangabeys and common game too. Game viewing safaris in shaded safari 4 wheel-drive vehicle with on-board refreshments and radio communications will take you safely and comfortably in search of lions, rhinoceros, painted dogs - African wild dogs with their conspicuous black and tan markings and perhaps a cheetah or a leopard. Herds of Cape buffalo abound and baboons, jackals and hyenas are much in evidence. You can also access the numerous dry river beds in the area where elephants can be seen digging for water in the dry season. Birdlife is amazing. You will see Fish Eagles, Bateleur Eagles and Ground Hornbills, Forest Partridges and jewel-like sunbirds. Boat trips are a major desirability on a Selous Wilderness Camp safari with AfricanMecca. Strong aluminum boats with powerful outboard motors are manned by skilled guides with a lifetime’s experience of the river and the haunts and habits of its timeless denizens. Cultural tour visits to Tanzania villages outside the Selous reserve boundaries offer a fascinating insight into the customs and lifestyles of the indigenous people as a fitting climax to your tour of Africa.
Dining At Selous Wilderness CampFusion dining makes feasting At Selous Wilderness Camp a memorable experience of Swahili cuisine, dishes which make the most of combining international menus with Tanzanian ingredients and preparation methods. Many of the ingredients are obtained from nearby communities, including fruit, vegetables and beverages allowing for local commerce and sustainability of the region. A leisurely early morning walking safari, after a wake-up cup of delicious Tanzanian tea or coffee, will give you an appetite for breakfast, with cereals, fruit and cheeses, toast and preserves and egg dishes, omelets or frittatas with pot breads all cooked over an open fire, a fascinating introduction to your Tanzanian vacation. Relaxation and a laid-back absorption of your wilderness experience is the key to a trip in Selous with AfricanMecca, where the rivers move with slow dignity and the wildlife browse undisturbed by human settlement. You can observe hippos wallowing in the river and crocodiles basking on its banks, as well as interacting or observing the beautiful birds and small mammals entering the camp looking foliage and insects. Lunch is a selection of hot and cold platters in the dining area, after which a siesta is highly recommended before setting off again on a river boat or game viewing drive until sunset, sundowners and dinner. Potjies, braised meats, roasts, tasty grills and baked vegetables are iconic of travel in Africa. All emerge from the bush oven to be enjoyed in the cool dining area or on the viewing deck by lantern light, accompanied by beers, wines and juices and followed by desserts, cognac and coffee/tea.
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When staying at Selous Wilderness 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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