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Selous Impala Camp

Selous Game Reserve


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Selous Game Reserve


Mdonya Old River
Ruaha National Park


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One of the best things our camps offer is that we don't cram you into vehicles on game drives.
We don't put more than 4 people in a car, except for possibly on airstrip transfers
Take a look at our cars and boats.

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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Leopard in Selous
Camouflage! Leopard photo by Tony, Debbie and Jeremy Grace at Lake Manze

Hippos near camp - photo by Eaton family

Hippos on Lake Manze - photo by Eaton family

Ruaha Leopard
Leopard in Ruaha - photo by Rebecca Phillips (Camp manager at Mdonya Old River)

Ruaha leopard climbing

Ruaha leopard - photo by Piera Grella

Humbodt's Heron
photo by Haikki Kainulainen

This very rare Madagascar or Humbodt's heron was sighted by Haikki Kainulainen, who took this photo at bird island in Selous,
whilst staying at Selous Impala camp - on 10th March 2009
. It was seen once in 2007, and again by others in 2009 and 2010

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Safari News:

Mdonya Old River camp news - October 2015

News from the Wild side

Ruaha in the Dry Season

The sun is burning hot and a difference in air pressure and temperatures on the ground are creating dust devils
on the dry landscapes rustling up dust all over the bush.

Ruaha Elephants along a sand river

Water is becoming a much scarcer and important resource, a relief is found along the Great Ruaha River and around several springs,
for the animals this is the only way to survive.

Baobab flower  Ruaha toothbrush flower

This is the peak of the dry season, hard and cruel.
Life is continuously changing, and a promise of rain is encouraging us with grey clouds approaching and the clear scent of rain all around.
Baobab trees are starting to flower and a cool breeze in the evening refreshes our minds.

Lion kill Ruaha - giraffe

Ruaha lions

Ruaha lions

Sightings have been good of numerous prides of lions along the sand rivers, the massive buffalo herd following the water sources,
elephants with some very young calves, leopards, herds of herbivores and even a rare encounter with a Caracal!

Mdonya elephant in camp

Mdonya elephant

In camp there has been a decline of elephants wandering through as they wonder other areas of the park searching for food.

Read on....

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Leopardess with cubs sightings at Selous Impala camp - by Ezra Llomo and Kharidi Mtile - August 2015

Ezra Llomo
Ezra Llomo - guide at Selous Impala camp

We got very lucky over the last week with multiple sightings of a female leopard and her two cubs. She had recently killed
an impala and safely stashed it in a Tamarind tree.

Selous Leopardess

She was keeping close to the kill letting her cubs feed on it for a few days, as they are unable to eat as much as the their mother in one sitting.
This allowed us to return with our guests to the site morning and evening for three days.


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Lake Manze camp in Selous - game diary October 2015

Sightings of the Month

Vervet moneky - photo by Eaton family

Giraffe photo by Eaton family

Lions snuggle - photo by Eaton family

October saw the start of the Impala dropping the young ones in anticipation of the rain and the new growth
of the sweet grasses found in the Selous. Wherever you go they are bouncing and running about
celebrating their new lives and the chance at life. Obviously this new crop does bring out the plentiful predators
that are able to pick them off due to their inexperience .There have been many sightings of Lions,
Leopard and Hyena joining in on this feast of young Impala. The circle of life here does have a meaning.

Hippos near camp - photo by Eaton family

Elephant mud-bath

Unfortunately in their desperation to find water in these drying up ponds many young Impala are getting stuck.
Our guides, drivers and guest have managed to rescue a good couple of them from an untimely death. Thanks guys.

Buffalo by lake near camp

Banded Mongooses by lake near camp

As the smaller lakes and pools of water dry up the animals have moved ever closer to Lake Manze
that still has plenty of water. This in turn has allowed us to have more sightings of animals in and around camp.
A new group of eight elephants have made their presence known feasting on the Doum Palm fruits around camp.

Laygos the resident elephant at Lake Manze, having a nap

Laygos the resident elephant at Lake Manze, having a nap

Laygos the resident elephant at Lake Manze, having a nap

Laygos the resident elephant at Lake Manze, having a nap

Laygos our resident elephant is still a major treat with his show off attitude. Having a lie down nap
next to the entrance to the dining area …. again …. priceless.


Sunset on Lake Manze with fish eagle - photo by Eaton family

Thanks to all our valued guests that visited Lake Manze and helped make our days shorter. See you all again someday.

Safe travels!

By Shaun, Milinda and all Manze Team.


Guest Comments

"Oooh!!! Really have no single word to express the good time I had here. First of all nice friendly people , nature expressing itself, so amazing .
Keep it up guys cause you help everyone to go into it and to miss it before departure. I really enjoyed the camp, Milly and Shaun's
way to make people feel at home without any thought of going back home.
Already miss you guys."
Bernice from Rwanda, in Manze in October 2015.

"Amazing place in an amazing park. Very nice people and excellent food We will never forget our stay here. Thanks for everything" .
Paula and Jan, Jolande and Arno. The Netherlands. In Manze in October 2015

 "Fantastic few days and phenomenal knowledge and kindness by all staff. A wonderful start to our honeymoon."
Mike and Kate, in Manze in October 2015.

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Selous Impala - a stay at the camp in January 2015 - Comments 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.

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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 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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