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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.

Selous Impala Camp is closed for the long rains - Lake Manze and Mdonya Old River camps will close on 24th March.
All three camps will reopen 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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Female Impala with hors
Photo by Marc Mol - he noted the newsletter of Selous Impala camp in Jan 2015, with a female impala with horns.
This impala is like a sable!

Leopard in Ruaha
Photo by Marc Mol - a leopard named "Joy" in Ruaha - her name is Furaiha in Kiswahili

Cheetahs in Ruaha
Photo by Marc Mol in Ruaha - This 6/7 week old cub was one of 4, the other 3 were not so keen to show themselves, mum would also have preferred it if this little one stayed with the other siblings as she had hunting on her mind.

To see more of Marc's amazing pix of Selous and Ruaha please see:

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Safari News:

Selous Impala Newsletter February 2015 - by Andrew Singinika

A small article about a leopard and baboons in Selous

Andrew Singinika
Andrew Singinika - Guide at Selous Impala Camp

A week ago here in Selous game reserve after a good start of the day, we drove towards Mbuyu area where we saw the tremendous hunt of an African leopard. This guy was in a tree observing a feeding harem of impalas grazing in a distant area from him.


Selous Leopard


All of a sudden, he dropped quickly from the tree and began to creep toward the impalas and he blended in absolutely well so none could see him. Then he silently pounced on one of the baby impalas without letting the others realize what had happened. As he started dragging his kill they all became alerted and fled.


He made it quickly back to his tree and with an amazing twist of his prey gained the tree canopy before pausing to rest.  Becoming aware of our vehicle he became skittish and dropped once more on the ground and went straight to a valley nearby, lingering there. We decided to search the valley carefully and we spotted him again with another fresh kill of a baby wildebeest. As we were following to see where he was heading he abandoned it in a lush area which we don’t often visit, and just vanished in a flash.

We were waiting to see if he would come back and after some minutes we heard aloud bark of a baboon Since the bush was too thick we couldn’t drive in, instead we  decided to drive back to the first tree in which we saw him and parked in riparian forest afar off and waiting.


Selous Leopard under tree


Ater 20 minutes of waiting, the same leopard - which had a scar on the belly - suddenly appeared and went to his impala kill. He divided it in two and leaving head and skin he then moved the rest, consisting of more tender parts to a far tree.


Selous Leopard


From the main road this leopard could not be spotted . From our hiding place we saw other vehicles coming to the first tree and leaving, thinking the leopard had had enough and just left for a while. It was the wrong perception - he was just there watching them.


A Grieved baboon

Selous Baboon


Around Selous game reserve yellow baboon is the commonest primate type we host. Some few days back, on a game drive we spotted a baboon with two identical twins. The mama gave freedom to her twins just playing around while she was foraging with the rest of the troop. Unknown to them,  a Martial Eagle was hiding in a shady tree without moving a muscle, looking at the naughty playing baboons. As he kept drawing nearer and nearer, with great patience, his opportunity arose.  He came out as fast as a bullet and carried off one of the baby baboons. He could not fly far from the area with the heavy weight, so he landed in a nearby tree but he couldn’t secure his prey. Angry baboons were already climbing aggressively and vigorously to attack him so he had to abandon it. They brought the baby down but it was dead by the time owing to heavy bleeding.


Selous Baboon


This mama here is not just chilling but mourning for her baby which had been taken, and the baby right in front is the remaining one that has spotted the whole game… Oh how sad!

Read other Selous Impala Game Diaries

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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.

read more....

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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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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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