Selous Impala Camp: The Lowdown

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Lovely little Impala Camp isn’t the fanciest luxury safari camp we’ve ever stayed in, but if warmth and charm are more important to you than interior design, we couldn’t rate it highly enough. The evening’s when it’s really at its best, as you call from your verandah for a Maasai warrior to escort you to dinner, and lie in bed listening to the grunts of the hippos down in the river.

What’s Impala Camp really like? 

There are eight Meru-style tents (including two double family tents), scattered along the banks of the Rufiji River. They’re dark green canvas, with carved wooden beds, a small bathroom to the rear, and a verandah in front for peaceful afternoons with a book or a pair of binos. The heart of Impala Camp is the main mess area, where you’ll enjoy candlelit dinners, light lunches, and food that reflects the Italian ownership of the camp. Outside, there’s a campfire where you’ll gather for early-evening star-gazing and the odd tall safari tale, and a swimming pool for an afternoon splash between game drives.

What can I do at Selous Impala Camp?

One of the things that makes Impala Camp so special is the sheer diversity of activity in the Selous. There are morning and late afternoon game drives (in the middle of the day it’s time for you, and the animals to snooze), as well as boat safaris on the river. These are a fantastic way to try your hand at a little fishing, admire the birdlife, or spend a lazy afternoon pottering as the sun goes down. If you want to stretch your legs after all of that tempting food, an early morning walking safari is a fabulous way to get up close and personal to the bush- you won’t get as close to the big game as you do from a vehicle, but as a way to really understand your environment, it’s hard to beat. Finally, for the ultimate wilderness experience, there’s the possibility of combining a walk with fly-camping, a night out in a remote bush camp, totally escaping the modern world.

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