Joan Christensen stayed at Selous Impala Camp recently,
and kindly shared this super film of what she saw in the Selous Game Reserve.
Description of Camp
The camp overlooks the rippling Rufiji River, sheltering under Borassus palms and Tamarind trees
and provides superb comfort, wonderful wildife and dining under the stars.
Impala Camp was set up by old East Africa hand Gillie Zanacchi and his wife Tessa
as a retreat where they could take their friends
to enjoy the animals and the bush.
It soon became obvious they would have to share!
It is located about one hour's pleasant game drive from Mtemere Airstrip, in the eastern side of the photographic area of Selous Game Reserve, north of the Rufiji Rver.
It lies between two beautiful lakes - Mzizimia and Siwandu - which attract a rich variety of game,
both in the wet months of November, March and June, and in the dry seasons.
Impala camp is one of the smallest in the Selous, with only 8 tents, discreetly spaced apart.
They are well camouflaged and overlook the river or a lagoon.
You can see but not be seen....
Nick Wootton and Crystal Coetzer run the camp, assisted by Lorenzo Zanacchi together with a team of over 50 staff including our own armed chief game ranger, 6 teams of guides and drivers,
boat operators, chefs, waiters and Masaai askaris.
The tents are spread out along the banks of the river and a lagoon
There is a charging bank in the office, for charging guests' cameras, phones and devices that cannot be charged at the USB charging point in each tent.
When you arrive you will be welcomed at the reception; you may not be the only visitors!
The camp managers will talk to you about what you would like to do and see.
They will arrange game drives, walking safaris and boat safaris to suit your wishes. Flexibility is the key here and you will decide your own programme.
Walkways reach from the lodge to the bar and sundowner areas
The bar at night
The Lodge area overlooks the river and is a large and comfortable thatched low-slung building with wide verandahs.
It is a relaxed open plan area with a well stocked bar,
Elephants coming to check in....
Breakfast is a good start to the day, with plenty of fresh fruit, chef baked rolls, muesli and a full English breakfast if you want it!
The Italian coffee machine guarantees you fresh Tanzanian coffee - some of the best in the world!
Lunch is served in the shady lodge.
There is a raised fireplace area near the bar and restaurant, where you can enjoy a sundowner in the evening.
And evening dining is on the veranda - romantic under the moon and stars...
We love to bring you freshly prepared food and to set up special bush breakfasts, lunches or dinners on request.
The freshest fruits, vegetables, meat and fish are brought in from outside the Reserve for use in our cuisine
- based in international menus enhanced by Tanzanian flair and spices.
Near to the lodgeis a sheltered, crystal clear blue swimming pool which overlooks the Rufiji.
Just the thing after returning from a game drive in the heat of the day.
You will be escorted to your tent by Masaai askaris, who will watch you day and night, as animals do wander freely through the camp.
There you can make yourself comfortable and unpack, mabe take a shower or go for a cooling swim before lunch or dinner,
depending on the time of your arrival.
Location & Excursions
Located on the banks of the Rufiji between Lakes Mzizimia and Siwandu, guests get a chance to see lion, leopard,
buffalo, elephant, giraffe, warthog, kudu, impala
and a huge variety of birdlife in one of the richest game areas in Tanzania.
Game Drives, Walking and Boat Safaris are included in the excursions offered as part of the daily activities.