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“Wow! What a memorable experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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Berkshire
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“Wow! What a memorable experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

There are probably a handful of places that you visit which leave such an impression on you, that in some small part, you consider it has added something to your character. And this, for me, was one of those places - quite impressive for someone who was a little reluctant about safari and opted to go as a compromise to keep my husband happy!.

Equally, if you want to see a top performing team in action, then Walter, Karin & the whole team at Beho Beho would be a fine example. As a guest, you feel like their whole raison d'être is about ensuring that you have the most fantastic experience. They all demonstrate such passion in their area of expertise, be that the bush and the animals, the food, the presentation of everything, down to how beautifully your laundry is folded & returned to you. When staying at Beho Beho, there is a sense that all is well with the world and that everything will be seamlessly taken care of.
We particularly loved the way in which each guide provides a slightly different flavour in the way that they connect with the wildlife and beautiful surroundings - this really helps to develop some depth & breadth in understanding the environment. Equally, they manage to effortlessly blend the guests who are more experienced safari goers with novices, like ourselves.

Be sure to take plenty of advantage of the walking safaris - as well as being very interesting and giving a new perspective on the landscape - they are also an excellent opportunity to build up an appetite for all the outstanding food that is served.

We would unreservedly recommend this property & experience - it is simply amazing and each day the team work hard to bring you a new 'special' experience, be that the guides on safari or Karin & the culinary team bringing new delicious foods or eating experiences.

A heartfelt 'thank you' to the Beho Beho team - keep doing what you are doing!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We spent five amazing days at Beho Beho. Walter the manager was incredibly knowledable and was constantly telling us interesting facts about the wildlife. corrine was an excellant host and ensured the food was supurb at every meal. I had the best samosas I have ever eaten. The best scotch eggs I have ever eaten. I have never had them before but the egg and bacon cup cakes, eaten for breakfast on the Little Serengeti surrounded by wilderbeast, impalas and zebras were amazing.
Most of our safaris were with Salum. He had an incredibly infectious smile and was so enthusiastic. Whilst following the three musketeers (three male lions) he got the jeep stuck in a ditch. When I say a ditch it swallowed the whole vehicle. He did after some time call for back up on the radio but continued to persevere and managed to drive out to the other side so that we could continue to follow. An amazing vehicle but also amazing driving. The reason he got stuck was because the three male lions were going towards a kill where there were over a hundred vultures, female lions and hyena. It was a risk and egged on by my wife he didn't have much choice. We did eventually catch up with the male lions, two of whom had scratches on their face and were cleaning blood off their paws. The lions were captivating although the one with really yellow eyes that looks right through you does make you wish the vehicle had doors.
We woke one night to the sound of grass being munched right outside our room. About two feet from the side of the bed is the external stone wall. It has a mesh covered "window" opening covered by a venetian blind. I pulled open the blind to find a very large grey head less than two feet away from me. Its very difficult to sleep with an elephant eating grass less than four feet from your bed but not a bad way to be kept awake.
We saw a huge amount and variety of animals from the vehicles and it was always exciting driving around wondering what would be around the next corner. We did go on a walk with Walter which had a totally different feel. You were aware that you really were in these animals domain and it definately heightened the senses. Walter's senses were definately heightened when we walked around a bush to find a hippo right in front of us. As hippos are enormous I do not think they jump back in surprise but I think he was as surprised as we were. Walter played to the tourists by momentarily raising his rifle. Luckily we went our separate ways.
The Selous is an amazing place and teaming with life both big and small. Thank you to Walter, Corrine, Heribert, Salum and everyone else who looked after us. We had an amazing time.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

i highly recoomend Beho Beho.. the staff are great the place is beautiful and animals all year round... really a great place to try out safari ! i went twice in 6 months and it is only getting better..

Room Tip: all rooms are identical and with great views you cannot go wrong with any room you choose
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

This was our third trip to Beho Beho. We return because the level of guiding is so superb. The variety of game to be found in the Selous is staggering. Accommodations are in individual bandas which are open across the front. We watched elephants, hippos, hyenas, Cape buffalos, baboons, and impalas from the comfort of our deck on our Banda. Game drives are each morning and afternoon. The option of game walks is also available and highly recommended. This year, Beho Beho has added an absolutely beautiful tree house in which guests have the option of spending a night. This should be a must do for anyone staying at Beho Beho.

Room Tip: Some bandas have soaked tubs which are delightful after a day of game walks.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Travelling as a family of 4 (children aged 12 and 14), from the moment we arrived it was clear Beho Beho was going to be something different. The managers Karin and Walter run an agreeably sociable camp where the emphasis is on the guests getting to know eachother and the hosts at lunch and dinner. The hill-side location is superb, guiding excellent (we had Heribert, Salum, Onesmo and Walter during our stay), the bandas luxurious and of course wildlife and landscapes stunning. We were lucky enough to be staying at the same time as the owner Charlie Bailey - and what a character he is. He and the other hosts paid particular attention to making our children feel included in the evening at the bar and at dinner, a time when they could have been so easily marginalised by the predominantly adult guests during our stay. We stayed at 2 other camps during our visit to Tanzania. All were fabulous, particularly Kwihala in Ruaha (excellent cat-centric guiding by Pietro) but Beho Beho will be fondly remembered for the warmth of the people, superlative location and guiding, and attention to detail.

Room Tip: The individual bandas are set reasonably apart for privacy. Bear this in mind when travelling with c...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

The bandas (accommodations) were soooo unique and perfectly appointed!!! Food delicious, game drives fantastic!!! A little too structured for my liking as far as eating schedule and times but worth the compromise there. Gorgeous scenery and SUPERB guides!!! Will return for sure!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Our group of 13, especially the women, loved Beho Beho. We visited for 4 nights in August 2012. We came from a tented camp in the Serengeti, which we all liked very much, but Beho Beho accommodations are true luxury. The bandas are large, well furnished and comfortable in every way. The showers are closed but open to the sky and were a great place to film the herd of 8 elephants which visited camp everyday. The herd included 2 very young elephants and they were a joy to observe.
The service and cuisine were first rate. If you just looked like you needed something, someone was there asking. Almost every meal was held at a different venue with dinner always under the stars.
The game drives, or walks if you prefer, commence at dawn and you return before noon for lunch and an afternoon swim (or nap). Tea is served at 4 and Karin provides lots of treats with tea. The afternoon game drive starts at 4:30 and concludes with sundowners.
The walks are something everyone should experience. We got quite close to elephants and that was pretty exciting.
We saw a leopard returning in the darkness from sundowners and lions on a fresh giraffe kill. Lots of water buffs, elephant, giraffe, etc. the bird life is wonderful, particularly at Lake Tagalala.
The only thing I would change is to give guests the option to do a full day game drive and not return for lunch. It would have been nice to have more time to explore the area around Lake Manzie.
You are unlikely ro be disappointed if you visit Beho Beho. The people, service and quality of accommodation make it hard to beat.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Selous, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Lindi Region > Selous Game Reserve
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Selous Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beho Beho was the first camp to be sited in The Selous, not on the banks, or the flood plains of the mighty Rufiji River, but in the cooler highlands so as to enjoy the 'cooling breezes' from which its name derives. Always designated as a 'private camp' it has fiercely protected its individuality and privileged location as one of the most 'magical' places it is possible to visit in safari Africa. ... more   less 
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Beho Beho Tanzania/Selous Game Reserve

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