Selous Game Reserve
The Selous is the largest wildlife sanctuary on the African continent covering a staggering 54,600 square kilometres of southern Tanzania.
It consists of vast tracts of archetypal east African wilderness containing perhaps the greatest concentration of big game left on earth. Only in its northern extremity in the area of forest, set around the mighty Rufiji River, has the Selous suffered the incursion of man, butit is still home to a bewildering array of birds and mammals.
Selous Impala Camp stands on a small side canal directly on the Rufiji River. The eight tents are simple, but functional and have en-suite bathrooms, 24 hours electricity and fan for the hot days. The tents are located on high wooden platforms, so you have a good view of the canal and the river behind. Two of the tents are actual family tents, basically two single rooms connected by a common deck.
The elongated main building is also raised on stilts. The meals are served here under roof or in good weather on the present platform. At the front of the canal is the fire place and a rondavel with lounge and bar, usually the place where you can enjoy the Predinner Drinks. A beautiful, large swimming pool with sunbeds and sunbeds is very popular during the hot season.
The Selous Game Reserve is located in southern Tanzania and covers with 55’000km² wilderness 6% of the total land area of Tanzania. However, only the four blocks north of the Rufiji River are released for game drives, all the rest is still hunting area. The Rufiji River is with 600km the longest river in East Africa and he is the life line of the park. There are also five larger lagoons to the ramified river system: from Lake to Tagalala, Lake Manze, Lake Nzerakera, Lake Siwandu and Lake Mzizimia.
The park consists of 75% Miombo mixed forest, but the many beautiful palm trees, especially the Borassus and Doum palm trees, but also the many Candelabra trees (Euphorbia candelabrum) are striking.
The Sand Rivers Selous pampers guests in spacious, built of stone and thatched cottages, raised on stilts on a slope which stand above the river and offer beautiful views of the wide river landscape. There are five standard Riverside rooms with en-suite bathrooms and three hillside suites with large beds (with ceiling fan), extra lounge and private splash pool. The rooms have whitewashed natural stone walls, but are open to the front and open with a clear view of the river, where you can always see animals.
The main building houses the restaurant, the lounge / bar and a large pool. From the various decks you can see directly on the water and often hippos some hippos right in front of the camp. Especially the breakfast is a highlight here, when you wake up slowly at the first coffee and become aware of how beautiful the world can be.
The Siwandu Camp (formerly Selous Safari Camp) consists of two logistically separate camps, the ‘North Camp’ with six tents and the ‘South Camp’ with seven tents. The rooms are identical, only the main buildings differ.
The guest rooms are located on low platforms slightly offset from the shores of Lake Nzerakera under shade-spreading trees. There are large, octagonal tents with large double bed (ceiling fan), en-suite bathroom, outside shower and spacious decks on the front and rear. Above all, a huge bump roof provides protection from the sun and the weather. On the veranda is a small, romantic desk and some armchairs and small tables. The rooms are very spacious, romantic and attractively built.
BEHO BEHO CAMP
The Beho Beho is on a hillside and offers beautiful views across the plains in front of the camp. Eight individual, spacious bandas with stone walls and a roof of straw have a lounge, large beds, en-suite bathroom with dressing room and a large shower. The Banda is open towards the front and the elevated position ensures a pleasant ventilation of the room. A Zanzibari day bed is used when children stay with their parents in the room. For families or groups of up to 4 people, Beho Beho has built the two-storey Bailey’s Banda, a luxury banda with its own chef and staff.
The care at Beho Beho is familial and personal, you should feel like at home and you do not want too many changes in the camp. The stay at Beho Beho is therefore at least three nights.