Rufiji River Camp enjoys an enviable location high up on the banks of the Great Rufiji River.  Spectacular sunsets are chorused by hippos grunting and a plethora of bird song.Selous Game Reserve is dominated by the Great and Sprawling Rufiji River, so what better place to stay than right along the banks.

The Camp
Rufiji River Camp was redesigned in 2009 to compliment the perfect location on a promontory in the river bank. Built by local craftsmen, the Camp combines Makuti palm roofs with Selous sourced paving stones and farmed hard woods to create a beautiful and comfortable accommodation from which to enjoy the Selous Game Reserve.  The shaded swimming pool is a great way to cool off between safari activitis.

Classic Tents
The tents are all pitched underneath thatched roofs with massive verandas giving views up and down the river.  Each tent has an en suite bathroom, with solar heated water for showering.  There are 11 individual classic individual tents well spaced along the river bank.

Rufiji has 3 suites, each with 2 large tents on a shared platform with private plunge pool.  Each tent has it's own stylish bathroom.  The suites are ideal for famillies or friends wanting some extra space and privacy or the extra touch for the special anniversay or honeymoon.

Dining / Bar
With the focus on the river views and wildlife, the restaurant and bar are built to reflect this.  Al fresco dining lit by star light, private dinners along the river bank or that end of the evening coffee sipped from the depth of a sofa in the upper level coffee lounge - it can be difficult to choose!

The tents and main buidling are all have ramped access, but there is no specific adaptations in the tents.  Plastic chairs can be provided for use in the shower and staff are always on hand to help as needed.  Getting down to the boats may require some assistance as the path is steep with steps.

Nestled within woodland along the banks of the great Rufiji River lies the award winning Selous River Camp, an enchanting safari camp tucked into the untamed African bush adjacent to the vast, unfenced Selous Game Reserve.

You are offered a choice of accommodation at Selous River Camp, Mudhut or Tent.

Situated along the river bank are our five unique Mudhuts, each spacious Mudhut room has an en-suite bathroom and a view of the Rufiji River. For a more wild experience or for the budget traveller, we also have camping tents located in our forest campsite.

Mudhut Rooms

Selous River Camp offers only six ensuite Mudhut rooms, each situated overlooking the river and providing comfortable accommodation which blends entirely into the surrounding forest.

Each unique mudhut is built from locally sourced materials by local craftsmen using traditional techniques. The palm thatch roofs and mud walls keep the mudhuts cool during the heat of the day and help the Mudhut to disappear into the surrounding bush. Mudhut rooms are furnished with beautiful rustic furniture all made by hand in camp, mostly from natural materials found close by. Bedspreads and curtains are all made by our tailor from Tanzanian Kitenge cloth. The rooms are softly lit in the evenings with paraffin lamps.

Each Mudhut has an en-suite bathroom with large hot water 'rain' shower, flush toilet and hand made terracotta wash basin. Water is heated by traditional wood burning stoves. The rooms are designed for couples, with each hut having a four poster double bed. Two extra single beds can be added if required to create a cosy room for a family, or a twin room for friends.

Staying in these remarkable rooms is an experience in itself, being so different from the usual accommodation on offer. Sleeping in a Mudhut allows you the chance to relax with some of the comforts of home in an incredible rustic setting whilst experiencing the magic of falling asleep hearing the hippos honking in the river below and the bush babies in the trees above.

Quick Info:
- Doubles, twins and family rooms available
- Ensuite bathroom with hot water shower
- Bedding, towels and mosquito netting provided.
- Children welcome

Tented Camping

Spend your nights in true camping style under a canvas tent in our Rest Camp!

Located in our woodland campsite, our simple tents are equipped with two single beds (bed linen provided), chairs, a table and palm leaf mats. The seperate, shared bathrooms are clean, airy and insect proof where you can shower in comfort. None of the tents have electricity and the campsite is lit in the evenings with paraffin lamps.

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 – no traffic jams of safari vehicles with visitors queuing to see a predator here! The lodge is right beside the mighty Rufiji River, lifeblood of the Selous. Our location on the high riverbank is truly spectacular, especially at sunset as the vast expanse of water turns crimson and purple. Comfort and security are combined with the sheer excitement of being in such a place.

Accommodation comprises of four en-suite luxury tents, built on two meter high platforms under thatched roofs. Meals are served in our beautifully thatched main area overlooking the Rufiji river. We are happy to cater for vegetarians and guests with other dietary requirements. Fresh river fish is on the menu when available, and roast duck has proved the most popular of our excellent chef’s dishes along with his range of home-made soups. After dinner you can sit around our fireplace listening to the sound of the river and animals in the night, and marvel at the complete peace and tranquillity of the place.

The tents stand on two meter high platforms under thatched roofs beneath palm trees. All of them having a magnificent view with two overlooking the Rufiji river and two overlooking the bush and an animal waterhole.

The tents are very spacious, and a family of five would have lots of room. There are large windows with mosquito netting on three sides to let in the breeze and light. The toilet, as well as the shower and wash basin with hot and cold water, are at the back on the platform outside the canvas of the tent. The silence, except for the sound of birds and animals and the wind in the doum palms above, makes you aware that you are very much in the ‘real’ Africa!

A generator is run for about four hours in the evening, and thereafter an inverter and batteries enable you to use a bedside fan and charge your mobile phone, camera or laptop for a few more hours.

Our thatched ‘makuti’ style bar/restaurant has a dining area as well as easy chairs, both under the roof and outside under the trees where you can sit around with a cold drink while looking out over the river.  Our bar is well stocked with a good selection of wines, spirits and local beers.

Selous Kinga Lodge is another wonderful reason to visit the magical Southern Tanzania. This paradise-like retreat is strategically and exclusively positioned on the banks of the awesome Rufiji River with the amazing Selous Game Reserve as the next door neighbours. Staying at this 20 beds safari lodge is an excellent and memorable experience filled with adventurous wild nature moments by the day and romantic relaxing ambiance by the night.

Selous Kinga Lodge welcomes you to share its secrets; the staggering and diverse natural beauty found in this part of the country, abundance of wildlife and a very scenic setting the lodge enjoys. The lodge guarantees every guest – top class amenities and facilities, a genuine warm hospitality from the lodge staff and the local people and last but not least, the most amazing variety of fresh and delicious cuisine. Southern Tanzania’s hospitality scene will never be the same again as Selous Kinga Lodge has just redefined bush luxury as we used to know it.

Tetvia Bar & Dinning Area
The main building in the central part of the lodge with a good view of the river and the amazing sunsets hosts the dining area, the bar.

Each cottage and tent is beautifully designed and furnished in a romantic contemporary African style, equipped with en-suite facilities.

Swimming Pool
A lovely designed swimming pool is there for a swim between the activities and there are a good number of comfortable chaise loungers.