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Selous Game Reserve


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Selous Game Reserve


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  Update on VAT 2014 Bill recently debated in Parliament - no change will be made at this time, so there will be no increase in VAT on safaris.

All three camps reopened for the new season on 1st June. We still have plenty of space so contact us now at to book!

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We are often asked if we have WiFi at our camps - the answer is no.
All the camps have satellite internet in the offices for business communication but bandwith is limited do to the high costs.
The managers can send an email out for you if necessary, but we ask that you do not ask to use the internet except in emergency.

Visitors to Tanzania should be aware that our bush camps do not have credit card facilities.
We kindly ask you when arranging your travel money that tourism establishments in Tanzania generally accept
only Tanzanian Shillings and USD for extra payments such as drinks, laundry service, tips and gift shop purchases.

PLease note that in Tanzania US Dollar notes from 2003 or earlier are no longer legal tender and cannot be accepted by Tanzanian banks.
We cannot accept them as payment for drinks and expenses in our hotel and camps - so please check that you are not carrying any with you to Tanzania.

From 1st June 2013 there is a "late departure" extra day's park or reserve entry fees charged at Selous (USD 75 pp) or Ruaha (USD 30 pp)
if you stay more than 24 hours on your last day.

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Great photos taken by our guests:

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These photos were taken while Ad Voss while he and his wife were staying at Lake Manze Camp in Selous and Mdonya Old River camp in Ruaha - in February 2015.

Elephant takes a Sand Bath in ruaha

Mdonya Old River campfirre   Mdonya Old River sundowner

more photos by Ad Voss

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Safari News:

Sunset on the Rufiji at Selous Impala camp
Sunset on the Rufiji at Selous Impala camp

Omary Mahanja
Omary Mahanja - guide at Impala camp

My name is Omary Mahanja, I have been working as a guide at Selous Impala Camp since 2011.


Rufiji River

Aerial view of the Rufiji River, near Selous Impala Camp


I am very happy to welcome you to enjoy this amazing bird life along the Rufiji  River  which is the largest river in East Africa and the biggest in Tanzania and can keep the water all  year long. Selous boasts more than 400 different species of birds, today I’d like to talk about  African Jacanas.


African Jacana


These sociable birds are known as ‘lily walkers’ because their slender legs and toes give them the gracefulness to walk on the lily pads that blanket their wetlands. Due to their smaller size, males are even better ‘lily walkers’ than females. They are also good divers and strong flyers.


The female African Jacana is more dominant than her male counterpart. They are twice as large as males and can be very picky about who they choose as a mate. The female African Jacanas does not generally choose the same male partner for every clutch of eggs that she lays. She lays four black-marked brown eggs in a floating nest. The males take responsibility for incubation, and sit on the eggs until the chicks hatch.


African Jacana


 A mating pair can have up to 30 clutches of eggs each season, resulting from either the same partner or various partners. After being hatched the young follow the male away from the nest within a few hours. They do not feed them but just look after the chicks providing warmth with their body and protection against predators. The male can pick up four chicks, two under each wing and carry them around.


Selous lake


At 18 days of age they are no longer carried but when breeding females are not around, adults and immature birds all live together without problems.

Read more Selous Impala Game Diaries

Selous Impala - a stay at the camp in January 2015
omments and photos by Diane and Michael Chalmers

Lion cubs Selous

We were lucky to see the lion cub triplets on two consecutive days and spent lots of time with them.


Selous lion cub


Selous lion cub


Selous Impala bush breakfast


The pictures of us with Ezra, Kharidi and Prisca were taken after a bush walk. During bush breakfast we got the call that wild dogs had been seen so we drove straight off.


Diane and Prisca


Prisca hadn’t seen them before so she came too! We watched the dogs for a while then the wildebeest and her baby appeared on the horizon.


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Mdonya Old River Newsletter - March 2015


This last month of the season has been disappointing in terms of rainfall compared with this time last year.  However, when the rain comes - it batters the camp ferociously and then we are back to brilliant hot sunshine again.  

Some areas of the Park do not appear to have received as much rain as Mdonya - a couple of weeks' ago both the Mwagusi and Mdonya Rivers were running at a healthy level but now, again they are reduced to a mere trickle in places.  Mdonya Falls continues to flow but sadly not at the rate of this time last year.  The Ruaha River however has a healthy level of water, indicative of heavy rain further up towards the source which is encouraging.  Within the camp the grass has grown to such a height now in the old river bed that we struggle to see our resident family of warthog and impalas.  

Gloriosa superbaStriga asiatica

 The flowers, however, continue to appear e.g. the Flame Lily (Gloriosa superba), Witchweed (Striga asiatica) and the Maroon Spikes (Centemopsis rubra) which break up the lush green of the grass.  We have the   The grasses provide a delightful variation in shape, size and colour and include the Giant Crowfoot (Dactyloctenium gigantium) and Goose Grass (Eleusine corocana).  It is however, noticeably obvious that the flowers are a lot later this year, not just in the Mdonya area.
Read on....

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Lake Manze Camp - February 2015


Leopard on car in Ruaha - photo by Bobby Jewell

Watch an amazing video of a leopard climbing onto one of our vehicles on a game drive from Mdonya Old River camp in Ruaha

For the story go to this newspage

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Safari Diary by Alan Montgomery, who visited all 5 of our properties in Nov-Dec 2012

Link to Danish translation for our Scandinavian readers.

Selous Leopard

Sunday 25 November - Impala Camp, Selous Game Reserve

We arrived this morning from rainy England.
After a short plane ride with Coastal Aviation, we land at Mtemere Airstrip in the Selous Game Reserve, where we are met by a guide and driver and taken to Selous Impala Camp. There we are welcomed by the Italian Managers, Barbara and Andrea.

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Steve Brynes runs a Safari blog, and has written some great articles about his stays at Kwihala and at Selous Impala :

The Safari Advisor

Kwintessential Kwihala: A Gem in Rugged Ruaha  - by Steve Brynes

Ruaha Lions  Ruaha Jackals

“Go West,” American journalist Horace Greeley famously advised young men looking for personal success in mid-nineteenth century America
Lounging at the airport in Arusha, I mused that the same advice appeared to be in play for the majority of visitors to Tanzania as they waited
to fly west to such iconic places as Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti in pursuit of safari success.
I’m not a young man, but my faculties are still reasonably intact, so I instead headed south to Ruaha,
a park known for its large elephant and buffalo herds, as well as its lion prides that can include twenty-plus members.
This course was set after much research, including extensive reading and speaking with those in the know, all of which presaged
a world-class safari without that major distraction of the northern venues…..people. And in much the same way, I decided on Kwihala,
a camp located near the Mwagusi River, an area renowned for its outstanding game viewing, as my base for a 7-day stay in October 2012.

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Other Safari News:

Lake Manze Game Diary

Mdonya Old River Game Diary

Selous Impala Camp Game Diary

Klein Collection Safari Blog Selous Imapala Camp Dec 2013

Klein Collection Safari Blog Lake Manze Camp Selous Dec 2013

Mdonya Sightings

Lake Manze Sightings

Alan Montgomery Safari Nov-Dec 2012

Steve Brynes visit to Selous Impala Camp 2011

Dominic Oldridge Safaris in Selous October 2010 and 2011:
Click here to see a slideshow of Dominic's fab photos of a Wild Dog kill
Click here to see a slideshow of Dominic's photos of the lions and leopards
Click here for a slideshow of weaver birds in Selous October 2011

Claire Robertson Safari June 2011

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Please note that children of 15 years and younger are not permitted to go on walking safaris in the Selous or Ruaha.



Pietro in Ruaha  Pietro Luraschi

We are especially grateful to Pietro Luraschi, who has taken many of the photos on this website.
Pietro was manager of both Selous Impala (2005) and Mdonya Old River (2005 and 2006)
and has done special guiding for Selous Impala in 2007.


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