Southern Tanzania Camp Photos
This page links to both camps own website and their own photo galleries.
Please view it with my own selection of photos taken on a recent trip to the area.
The camps own photos should give you a good idea of the accommodation and surroundings for each camp although it has to be said that they are both always seeking to improve their already fantastic facilities so there will most probably be changes if you visit.
Both camps offer the visitor a true bush wilderness experience in an area with some of the purest remaining tracts of unspoilt game viewing in Africa. The region itself enjoys far fewer visitors than the more popular and traditionally visited northern part of Tanzania and the camps reflect this.
Selous Impala, the first camp on my trips, is one of the smallest in the Selous area, with only 8 tents, discreetly spaced apart. These are very well camouflaged and all overlook the river or a lagoon ensuring you can see but not be seen. This fabulous camp is under the expert management of Barbara, the only woman with a staff of 60. She ensures that everything runs incredibly smoothly resulting in a superb experience for all the guests on this trip and a superb introduction to Africa. We are there to experience and photograph Africa and its wildlife but an extremely comfortable and welcoming camp really helps. The staff at Impala are always first class and for my trips we were to have the services of the head boatman, a top driver and guide for the vehicle safaris and for the walking safari, the camps own head guide. I am so well know at the camp that I choose these people especially for my trips. The camp is 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 is a small, magical camp with easy access to the river and lakes and its abundant bird life, especially kingfishers, bee eaters, herons, and ibis along the rivers with their accompanying pods of hippos and numerous crocodiles.
The second part of our trip takes us to the Ruaha National Park. We visit both areas at the end of the dry season when the contrast couldn’t be greater. Ruaha is tinder dry and the once mighty rivers have all but dried up. We stay at a very small select, stylish and extremely comfortable tentedcamp right beside the Mwagusi sand river, on the edge of the escarpment and right in the middle of a beautiful and game rich area. At this time of year the wealth of game in the Ruaha is concentrated around the last remaining waterholes. Of all the camps in the park Kwihala is ideally situated to provide easy access and superb photography opportunities. Ruaha has a large and thriving lion population and an extremely high density of antelope, giraffe, zebra and buffalo all of whom risk their life daily visiting the dwindling number of water holes which they share with large prides of lions.