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This 5 Day Spectacular Selous (Tanzania) Fly in Luxury Safari takes you far off the beaten track in Tanzania to the remote camps in the north of the diverse Selous Game Reserve, providing an unmatched safari experience.

 
Selous lions
 
Along the banks of the Rufiji River, the Selous Game Reserve offers some of the wildest and most remote wildlife experiences in Tanzania. Great herds of elephant wander the floodplains and large numbers of the endangered wild dog can be seen here.

Explore Africa’s largest protected wildlife area by 4x4 safari vehicle, on foot and by boat as you traverse through grass plains, flourishing wetlands, swamps and dense forest. Witness the congregation of game along the banks of the Rufiji River, with its lagoons, sand banks and lakes. Birding enthusiasts will delight in the variety of birds species found along the river's banks. Expect attention-to-detail service, breathtaking landscapes and exceptional accommodation.

We have several camps to choose in Selous such as:
Fully inclusive camps:
Beho Beho (Min 3 nights required)
Sand Rivers Selous
Roho ya Selous

Full Board Camps:
Serena Mivumo River Lodge
Selous Serena Camp
Siwandu
Selous Impala Camp
Lake Manze Tented Camp
Rufiji River Camp
Selous Kulinda Camp (formerly Selous Riverside Camp)

Does not operate between 16 March and 31 May due to seasonal closures.
*Boat excursion depends on water levels and conditions.

The Selous makes the ideal romantic retreat. Pristine, undiscovered and the last of the great safari frontiers, it offers a multitude of unique experiences ranging from river safaris to wilderness picnics. As for accommodation, our supremely private tents and spacious rooms are specifically designed to deliver the ultimate ‘getaway from it all’ experience.

This safari begins and ends at Dar es Salaam.

Day 1:
Upon your arrival at Dar es Salaam International Airport you will be welcomed by a representative, who will drive you to your chosen hotel (it is possible to exclude the night in Dar if it is not needed).

Day 2, 3 & 4: Selous Game Reserve
Enjoy an early morning breakfast before you are chauffeured to Dar es Salaam Airport, where you will board your scheduled flight to the Selous Game Reserve. On arrival, a vehicle will be waiting to take you to the lodge or camp of your choice.

Day 5: Dar es Salaam
After breakfast you will be driven to the airstrip, where you will board your flight to Dar es Salaam Airport.
 
About the camps:
Beho Beho
 
Beho Beho Camp Banda Private Plunge Pool
 
Beho Beho comprises 8 bandas* that are built out of local stone and palm leaf thatch, and each has open vistas out across the valley. The bandas are spacious and airy and have been designed to capture even the slightest breeze - at seven degrees south of the equator this is an important consideration. For the 2019-20 season plunge pools and individual sun bathing decks were constructed alongside each banda allowing guests to sunbathe privately and enjoy a cooling dip whilst enjoying uninterrupted game viewing.
 
The interior provides a separate dressing room with ample space to unpack and store clothes and leads into a fully equipped bathroom with twin hand basins, flush toilet and a spacious open-air shower. The separate dressing room, that includes a personal combination security safe, leads into a spacious fully equipped bathroom. The bathrooms are supplied with Charlotte Rhys toiletries, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and soaps as well as a hair drier and bathrobes.

*Banda is an East African term for a permanent 'solid structure' erected to give protection from the elements and the animals, as opposed to the impermanence of a tent.
 
Sand Rivers Selous
The Rufiji River flows past the open-fronted rooms at Sand Rivers Selous
 
Sand Rivers Camp is located in the Selous game reserve in southern Tanzania. Sand Rivers has a wonderful position deep inside the Selous Game Reserve, where it overlooks a wide curve in the Rufiji River. It has a long-standing reputation as one of Tanzania's best camps, with luxurious accommodation, pleasant views and excellent guiding. Sand Rivers Selous is a balance between luxury and authenticity, giving guests a proper taste of the wilderness. The camp was originally built by Richard Bonham who used this area of the Selous Game Reserve for walking safaris throughout the eighties when the area was unknown. Built near Kibambawe point on the north bank of the Rufiji River, the camp is overlooking a mile-wide stretch of languid water, about 10 miles downstream of Stiglers Gorge. Elegant public areas are in stone and thatch, with a modest pool on a deck above the water. With just eight open-fronted rooms looking out over the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers offers variety, spontaneity and a gradual immersion in a seductively wild part of Southern Tanzania.
 
Sand Rivers Selous comprises 8 stone and thatched open-fronted cottages. The 5 standard and 3 suite rooms are raised on decks overlooking the river and beautiful decorated. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers. The 5 riverside rooms have a large living space and a small plunge pool in supplement. With the mix of white washed and stone walls, carved wooden furniture and African decorations, the result is a rustic yet homely and relaxed atmosphere. Sand Rivers has a very romantic setting right on the Rufiji River for Honeymooners.
 
The main mess is spacious, open-fronted and cool with a chill-out area near the library. The lounge and dining areas are situated in a thatched boma with open-sides right on the edge of the Rufiji River. The soft furnishings are comfortable with cushions, large sofas and chairs. Sand Rivers also has a small curio shop which sells a variety of items including beaded jewellery, kikois and goods such as t-shirts and caps.
 
Serena Mivumo River Lodge
Standing high on the banks of the slow, brown Rufiji River, with glorious views down to the plunging torrents of Stiegler's Gorge, the Mivumo River Lodge offers just twelve luxurious rooms, each of which is housed in a timbered chalet with a private viewing deck and plunge pool. Traditionally thatched, with high vaulted ceilings and picture windows, each room features an engaging mix of classic safari antiques and ultra-modern leather and rattan styled furniture. Softly lit and breeze-cooled, the lodge offers the ultimate escape to one of the world's last undiscovered wilderness frontiers.
Overlooking the Rufiji River, the spacious central dining room, lounge, library and bar each have their own spacious timber and thatched chalets, which are interconnected by broad wooden walkways offering excellent views of the hippos and elephants of the riverbank. High on the river bank is a spectacular ‘infinity' pool and sundeck.
 
Serena Mivumo River Lodge private viewing deck and plunge pool
 
Vast, pristine and largely undiscovered, the spectacular Selous Game Reserve is a World Heritage Site and the largest expanse of game reserve in Africa. Covering 55,000 square kilometres of rolling savannah, lakes, rivers and deltas, it is three times the size of Serengeti National Park and larger than the entire nation of Switzerland. Home to the largest concentrations of elephants in the world, this unique wildlife arena also boasts some of the most exclusive and pioneering boating safaris that Africa has to offer.
 
Selous Serena Camp
Selous Serena Camp accommodation

Selous Serena Camp is located in the Selous game reserve in southern Tanzania. The camp lies under shady forests on the banks of the Simbazi River in the north of the Selous Game Reserve. This is a 45 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar to the banks of the Simbazi River, followed by a 30 minute game drive. Selous Serena Camp is owned and operated by Serena Hotels. The charming tents are positioned under individual thatched roofs with fabulously rustic, yet luxurious interiors that include wooden, colonial bathrooms, chandeliers, four poster beds and luxurious rugs. Remotely located to the west of the main areas, this camp has a dozen comfortable rooms set either side of public areas with a two-tier pool.
 
The lavishly appointed camp consists of 12 tents positioned under individual grass-thatched shelters. Each is decorated with a mixture of luxury fittings and charming rustic features, four poster beds, armchairs, chandeliers and lovely local textiles. The rooms have stunning colonial bathrooms with claw-foot baths. Outside, a private deck overlooks the river channel. Some of the tents also overlook one of the water holes that attracts game animals, especially elephants. This serene tented camp is the ultimate in luxury safari camping. 
 
The charming central area - dining room, lounge, library and bar - is connected to the tents by broad wooden walkways. The attractive deck area, overhung by Tamarind and Sausage trees, offers excellent views of the hippos as they wallow in front of the camp. Alongside, an ‘infinity’ pool and sundeck makes this the perfect spot to relax. The Spa offers aromatherapy and a wide range of entirely natural massages, scrubs and body wraps.
 
Siwandu
Siwandu Camp Selous accommodation

Guests are encouraged to become at one with the bush surroundings but full consideration has been given to comfort within the camp itself. The spacious tents are luxuriously appointed, with en suite bathrooms and open air hot water showers. Ceiling fans are present in all the rooms situated above the king sized beds where guests can rest away the exertions of the morning activity and cool down during the heat of the day before heading out again later.
 
The camp as a whole is comprised of two separate camps, North and South. North camp possessing 6 tents and South camp with 7 tents. In this way, there is never the feeling of having too many people around and each camp can provide a high level of seclusion enabling guests to become familiar with all their fellow travellers as well as the staff. Each section has its own swimming pool, well stocked bar and dining area, and each has its own well supplied kitchen where chefs produce the finest cuisine. All meals are complimented by a good wine selection. No movement between camps is required as each has its own host, game viewing vehicles, jetty for boat safaris and walking guides.
 
For that intimate, quiet, wild feeling, Siwandu is perfect for forgetting all the troubles of the modern world and immersing ones self in nature with just the right amount of luxury in a very remote wild location.
 
Selous Impala Camp
Selous Impala Camp

Selous Impala Camp is located in the Selous game reserve in southern Tanzania. Set in an excellent position alongside the main Rufiji River, the camp is one of the very best options in the reserve. Fly for 35 minutes into the Selous Game Reserve to the airstrip, 14km from Impala Camp followed by a short safari drive, or boat ride to camp. Alternatively, it is a 6-hour drive from Dar es Salaam depending on the weather and the state of the roads. Selous Impala Camp is small, fairly basic, but well located in the northern Selous. It's set in a great location for game with easy access to the main river, lakes and channels by boat and some good game rich areas for game drives. Its setting on the water, its charm and personality is immediately evident as guests step on to the huge raised deck that houses the bar, sitting and dining area. There are traditionally dressed Maasai armed with a spear, who escort guests to and from their room at night along with an armed park ranger.
 
The camp has 8 luxury tents set on high wooden decking with magnificent views of the river and of the forest beyond. This is huge Meru tents on wooden platforms with six large gauze windows and well-fitted bathroom. There are 5 rooms on the right of the main building, and 3 on the left. Each faces out onto the river and is furnished in an African style with large beds and an en-suite bathroom. Tents have a spacious veranda with chairs and table, a large deck overlooking the river and two tents share a platform, making it ideal for a family. The tents are melting into the background, becoming part of their surroundings so that animals wander freely through the camp. There is 24-hour electricity in the rooms and floor fans.
 
Public areas are contained within a raised open-sided building which steps down to a ground floor bar and campfire on the riverbank. To one side there is a nice pool area, whilst the eight guest tents are raised on platforms above the river. The bar area is located across a short walkway and furnished with comfortable sofas and beautiful rustic-coloured cushions.
 
Lake Manze Tented Camp
Lake Manze Camp - elephant lying outside tent
Lake Manze Camp is located in the Selous game reserve in Southern Tanzania. Lake Manze Camp is the sister camp to Selous Impala camp and Old Mdonya in Ruaha. The camp has 12 meru style tents all with lake views, slightly raised on earth mounds which are covered in bush vegetation. Flights are available two times a day from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar and once a day from Arusha, Manyara and Ruaha with Coastal Aviation, to Siwandu Airstrip in the Selous Game Reserve. Road access is via Kibiti, Mikumi or Morogoro.
 
Lake Manze has decided, to a degree, to go primitive, coping with no electricity and using simple candles and lamps, although this is rather contradicted by having flush loos and running water in your bathrooms. Still, you are allowed a few luxuries in the bush. Situated at the heart of the core game area, this simple camp is designed for the outdoorsy guests. With simple accommodation, easy-going hosting and an intimacy which comes from having just 12 rooms. The camp maintains a simple, natural feel, and its rustic charm is reminiscent of the safari camps of days gone by.
 
Each tent has twin or double beds, and private veranda and are perfectly situated to enjoy the morning ritual of elephants trampling across an old, well-worn elephant trail in front of the camp towards the river. The tents have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilet and outdoor shower. Manze’s communal area is a large thatched roof stretching above a sand floor and furnished with armchairs and sofas. An idyllic spot for lounging with a drink in hand while watching the animals come and go.
 
Rufiji River Camp
Rufiji River Camp accommodation

Rufiji River Camp is located on the banks of the Rufiji river, in a point where the ample and tranquil river is animated by many and different species of animals. The tented camp, situated in the heart of the reserve, is environmentally friendly and each tent is equipped with private bathroom and a veranda facing the river.

There is a constant flow of animals coming down to drink at the river offering a permanent show to visitors of the camp. The water is usually full of hundreds of hippos as well as groups of crocodiles that laze in the sun on the sandbanks in the river.
 
A structure in the central part of the camp hosts the restaurant, bar and library, all with a view of the river and the sunset. All of the camp structures, kitchen included, are constantly renovated, attaining the highest level of comfort without sacrificing the emotion of a total immersion in a completely natural environment. Electricity and hot water are powered by solar panels, while UHV-filtered drinking water is available throughout camp (including tents). A covered swimming pool is situated in the camp, between the reception and mess area.
 
Selous Kulinda Camp (Formerly Selous Riverside Camp)
Selous Kulinda Safari Camp accommodation

Hidden amongst dense forest and on the banks of the Rufiji River, Selous Kulinda Safari Camp provides the most breath-taking view as dawn arises and a whole new adventure is about to begin. Overlooking the Rufiji River, Selous Kulinda Camp consists of ten of the largest and luxurious tented chalets in Tanzania. Its spacious tents have been carefully placed to provide privacy and blend into the nature’s surrounding, overlooking the Rufiji River and its hippos and crocodiles.
 
Lavishly furnished, the camp provides comfort, luxury but also a feel of arguably the most untouched bush anywhere on the African horizon. Attention has been paid to every detail to make sure you experience the true essence of an adventurous safari for a lifetime. With its most striking features, the diner and the deck provide you with the most sumptuous of African cuisine and sundowners. Be it a boat safari or a full day game drive, with a pool deck that stretches all the way on to the River it provides the perfect place to relax and cool off after a long day full of adventure.
 
Surely Selous Kulinda Safari Camp takes you into the Africa of a bygone era.
 
Roho ya Selous
Roho ya Selous - sundowners on the river

Roho ya Selous is a stylish tented camp offering a balance between comfort and adventure in the Selous game reserve. Set on a hill overlooking the water, Roho ya Selous sits close to a key waterway which links Lake Manze to Lake Nzerakera, right in the heart of the core fame viewing area.
 
There are 8 tented rooms, one of which is a family unit, each with an evening breeze cooling system over the bed to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep even in the hotter months, every day on safari here is different, exploring on game drives in open-sided vehicles, walking safaris with expert guides, and boat safaris and fishing on the lake, each activity offering a unique perspective on this diverse and beautiful reserve.
 
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