Selous Impala Camp
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Selous Game Reserve


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Selous Game Reserve


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Update on VAT 2014 Bill currently debated in TZ parliament:
For new bookings taken before VAT 2014 Bill is confirmed: For all safaris confirmed by a deposit there will be no VAT increase on our camp rates until the Bill is passed.
There is however the possibility of 18% VAT being added on National Park entry fees. As Park fees are paid to Tanapa at the time of stay,
we cannot avoid paying any increase in park fees, should it be instituted. (This would be about USD 5.4 pppn increase on the current USD 30 pppn in Ruaha)
For new bookings taken after 1st Nov 2014 we will issue information later.


Mbweni Ruins Hotel is no longer part of Adventure Camps. All bookings in place will of course be honoured.
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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.

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.

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.

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.
For bookings already in place, If you have not been invoiced for this at time of booking, it will be payable at the camp before you leave.

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Great photos taken by our guests:

If you have been to any of our properties and would like to share some of your photos with us,
please send to and we'll put them here for everyone to see!

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We are fortunate enough to have had a visit from a very talented photographer - Ruth Greenfield, from UK.

Here is a selection of photos taken in Selous and Ruaha:

Part 1: Selous

Selous Bee-eater

Part 2: Ruaha

Ruaha Elephants

Elephants drinking from holes in a sand river, ruaha

Ruaha lion

Ruaha Sunset


Safari News :

Mdonya Old River Camp Newsletter - February 2014


Selous Impala Game Diary March 2014 - by Omary Mahanja

Omary Mahanja
Omary A. Mahanja, guide at Selous Impala Camp

I was born in Kilombero, Morogoro in 1986.
After completing my education to form four at Malecela Secondary school in Tanzania. I attended a tour guide college in Mikumi campus [VETA] for one year. Now it is more than 3 years that I’m a guide at Selous Impala Camp.

The walking safari is one of the activities that the guests can choose here at Impala Camp. It is a very enjoyable way to observe the nature around the camp. We usually walk for a couple of hours and during this time we have the chance to really “feel” the bush, to see, smell and hear things around us. We look at details and small things that we don’t usually see from a vehicle - such as footprints, droppings, insects, shrubs and plants.

Acacia mellifera
Acacia mellifera

Acacia trees are widespread in this area; one of them is the indigenous Hook-thorn acacia (Acacia mellifera). The generic name ‘acacia’ comes from the Greek word ‘akis’, meaning point or barb. This tree is also commonly called “wait a bit acacia” because if you get caught by its hooked thorns you need a moment before you can release yourself.

Whistling thorn Acacia

Acacia drepanolobium - Whistling thorn or Ant-galled Acacia

Another interesting indigenous plant is the Acacia drepanolobium, whose common name is Whistling thorn, or Ant–galled Acacia. This is a small tree or shrub which could reach up to 6m in height and has long and narrow spines.

When the wind blows through this tree a whistle is produced, hence its name. Also the galls are hollow and inhabited by ants that protect the tree through spraying formic acid in the mouths of browsers animals. They also protect the shrub from other insects. This relationship between 2 organisms where both species benefit from the interaction is called Mutualism.

We try to involve the guests in identifying what they see, for example footprints and droppings.

Impala spoor
Impala spoor

Giraffe footprints
Giraffe spoor

Giraffe droppings
Giraffe droppings - female (left) and male (right)

The droppings of male and female Giraffe are different in shape; male droppings are pointed one side instead females ones are not pointed.

The camp is green
The camp is green - its the end of the season

Now everything around is lush and green…this means that the season is almost up and its time to leave… We will be back in May to welcome guests to the new season! See you then!!

Karibu Impala
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Lake Manze Camp - December 2013 - January 2014 Newsletter



News from the Environment

After a fairly disappointing short rains in terms of rainfall, January has been very hot and the land dry.

Everyday that has passed the land and grasses have been becoming progressively more golden in colour. Game viewing of course has remained excellent.

However just as we at Manze were starting to comment and discuss the potential effects of this unseasonal dryness on animal movements, Mother Nature sent us a game changer.

One night the heavens opened. When we emerged from our tents in the morning we found our rain gauge overflowing at 65mm of rain. This event and similarly high rainfall in other areas of the Rufiji catchment area have pushed the lake and channel water levels up extremely high for the season. Higher in fact than we have seen at this point in the season for years.

So the Selous is green again, baby animals are bouncing around with renewed vigor.

All is well again in the Selous.


News from Sightings 

Following the mid-month rains most of the large herds of zebra and wildebeest have moved out towards the north, away from the lakes and river, which is their dry season stomping ground because of their need to be near this permanent water source. However now there is standing water available elsewhere, where the grasses are nutrient rich and less grazed. There are still plenty around our area for us to see however, and of course our huge numbers of giraffe and impala are ever present. Big groups of Eland have been spotted.

Lion sightings abound as always and a coalition of six males have been wreaking havoc to our buffalo population; they brought down three in the space of week!

A good few sightings of the elusive leopard have been a highlight of some guests’ stay and we continue to see multiple sightings of various packs of wild dogs.

There is never a bad month to be in Selous and sightings overall have been great this January.



Your Tracks on our Path


"Wow! We start the New Year’s book! Everything was excellent as usual! We are here for the 3rd time – thank you for all"

Giusi and Roberto, 01.01.14

The tent was very good. I like the birds. Absolute the environment was fantastic and very nice and calm place. Selvi and Delisha, 13.01.14

It’s time to say goodbye, but we definitely hope to come back some day in the future. We’ve stayed here for 3 nights and absolutely enjoyed every minute. The sounds of nature and all the animals, birds are fantastic to listen to and nice to wake up with this ‘music’. The staff- absolutely everyone is so friendly, helpful, attentive at all times. We’ve loved the activities and are amazed by what we’ve got to see from the minute we’ve landed until our last day. Big thank you to the good eyes of our guide, driver, boat driver, the Masai who have been wonderful guards. Without these eyes we would have never seen all the wonderful – sometimes well-hidden details (for our eyes). A big thank you goes to Trisha! You’ve always offered your help, gave us great information and advice. Compliment to chefs and kitchen staff – our meals were fantastic – but the portions were just too big! We try to come back – we love it here! Asante sana!

Flavia and Rolf, Switzerland, 25.01.14


Our Wild Friends - Elephants


Manze’s most famous friends are our elephants. Whether it be passing by at breakfast time or hanging around all day shaking our doum palms for fruit, these moments with such impressive creatures are really rather special. Some guests this month even got to sit next to our ‘star of the show’ Lyagus as he lay down and slept at the lounge area. Elephants have been labeled many things by many people. Elephants are: keystone species, ecological engineers, symbols of conservation. They are thought of as being very intelligent, possessing a wonderful memory and having an emotional intelligence. And yet elephants are in grave danger. It’s thought that some 30 elephants are poached everyday for their tusks. In October an aerial census of elephants in Selous-Mikumi was coordinated by Frankfurt Zoological Society with the partnership of other key stakeholders. Last month they released the official numbers. Disheartening, though not surprising, as of October Selous is home to only 13,084 elephants. This is down from 39,000 in 2009, and 50 – 55,000 in 2007. The numbers speak for themselves. One of Africa’s most important elephant populations is being decimated. And it’s not just in Selous; it’s happening all over Africa. To know more about the elephant crisis:

Pam's Foundation
Udzungwa Elephant Project
Frankfurt Zoological Society


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From Phil, Tricia and all Lake Manze Camp staff - we wish you a great safari in Tanzania!

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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 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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Lake Manze Game Diary

Mdonya Old River Game Diary

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Klein Collection Safari Blog Selous Imapala Camp Dec 2013

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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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