All these photos were taken by me, guests and other agencies in and around Impala camp in Siwandu in the Selous Game Reserve. They should give you some idea of this wonderful bush wilderness location and the many and varied activities we can undertake there.
The main area of the lodge is raised on a wooden platform giving you a view onto the river bank and surrounding area which is often visited by Elephant. Meals are taken on this raised platform or on the grass bank of the river. The 8 tented rooms are again raised on platforms with spacious balconies looking onto the river. The tents are spaced out among the Borassa palms and Tamarind trees. Well furnished with en-suite facilities, each tent is built on platforms and equipped with luxurious furniture, shower, WC, and dressing area.
The large meandering Rufiji River, with its network of channels, connecting lakes and swamps, offers the unique opportunity to go on safari by boat and experience the spectacular concentration of wildlife from an unusual perspective. Another activity hugely popular here is the highly regarded walking safari. The camp has skilled and knowledgeable guides who lead the game drives, boat trips, and walking excursions.
The Impala camp is serviced by a dirt airstrip and a light airplane from Dar-es-Salam. You are collected from the air strip and ferried to the camp 6 km away. The adventure really starts here as your luggage is unloaded.
Impala is a small select tented camp comprising 8 twin tents a central mess area and a swimming pool. The tents are each in their own clearing and not overlooked by each other. They are raised on legs above the ground and all provide a fantastic view of the river. Each has a comfortable double or twin bed, full washing and dressing areas and a hot shower and flush loo. All also have 240V power all day.
The Camp Site
The central mess area is also raised on stilts to give a great view of the river. Its an open and welcoming area where you will have all your meals whilst in camp. Adjoining it is the bar and a camp fire area. The staff are fantastic and will make you very welcome as will Barbara the camps manager.
Situated as it is on the banks of the great Rufji river and between two wonderful lakes boat safaris are great opportunities to see and photograph the local wildlife. The boat drivers are excellent guides and even more importantly excellent navigators getting you up close and personal to the likes of hippos, crocodiles and so many bird species its hard to list them all. This will be a wonderful part of your trip to Impala.
Impala camp is situated right in the middle of virgin bush and unlike so many other areas in East Africa you can explore it by vehicle with expert guides, trackers and drivers without seeing almost anyone else. This provides unrivalled opportunities for photographing the wildlife including the rare wild dogs as you explore the bush, the lake sides and the river gorges. The lake sides are also superb locations for breakfast !
Situated on the river and with a fantastic backdrop provided by tall borassus palms provides superb sunsets.