We stayed for 3 nights in the luxury tent, which is raised on stilts near the water hole. It has a lovely wooden floor and panoramic views into the bush. It really felt like the sleeping in the bush. We had a proper flushing toilet outside and a shower (open to the sky). The tent has a roof of thatched (plant) material, which keeps the animals at arms length. Plenty of security close at hand (just in case). The camp itself is on the river bank and so breakfast/lunch and dinner are with wonderful views. The river boat cruise is delightful at dusk and the bush walks very educational with Patrick's knowledge of plant life and medicinal applications. The safari was great; we saw mostly every animal we wanted to see. The park fees are quite high at $65/p per day, however one cannot complain as this is massive conservation area and needs protecting. It was also good to go into the village on the cultural village tour - the village is a typical African village and not a 'bus in the tourists to a fake cultural experience'. People living their normal lives. Food in the resort is excellent and you will never be hungry. John the owner is very hands on and looks after his guests very well. Nothing is too much trouble. I thouroughly recommend the experience here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Selous Great Water Lodge* is located outside Africa's largest and wildest protected sanctuary for game. Here a million large animals roam amid a spectacular landscape that has far fewer human visitors than other reserves. The lodge is right beside the mighty Rufiji River, lifeblood of the Selous. Comfort and security are combined with the sheer excitement of being in such a place! We are an intimate, friendly lodge and pride ourselves on our genuine hospitality, offering a personal service to guests, and all at a very affordable price. From the outskirts of Dar es Salaam we are only five hours away by road. Otherwise you can fly to a nearby airstrip, perhaps on your way to or from Zanzibar or Mafia Island. Whichever way, we can organise it for you. Activities include private game drives with an excellent guide, river boat safaris into the reserve, riverbank walks through the forest, and cultural tours to villages and to meet local people who live from farming and fishing. Accommodation comprises of four luxury en-suite tents; two tents have a stunning view over the Rufiji river and two tents overlook the bush and an animal water hole. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks while admiring the spectacular view over the Rufiji river. After dinner you can sit around our fireplace under the stars, listening to the sound of the river and animals in the night. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Selous Great Water Lodge Tanzania/Selous Game Reserve