Roho ya Selous Experience
The name Roho ya Selous means ‘heart of the Selous’, and that’s exactly where we are. Balancing adventure with plenty of comfort, the camp offers seasoned travellers an authentic safari experience in Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve).
Relax in our open-sided, canvas-roofed dining or lounge areas while reading a book or keep an eye out for wildlife around the lake. In the afternoons, take a dip in the pool to stay cool. In the evening, gather around the campfire with fellow guests to share safari tales before enjoying dinner surrounded by the sounds of the bush.
Meals and refreshments
Meals are all prepared in camp and served communally. Breakfast is a range of cereals, fruits and yoghurts or a full cooked option available after your morning game drive. For lunch, it’s a light buffet with lots of salads and veggies. Enjoy an afternoon tea before your afternoon game drive and return to dinner, a relaxed, three-course affair served under the stars. Guests can also opt for a private dinner next to the pool for extra peace and quiet.
Please let us know in advance about any dietary requirements and we’ll happily cater to you.
A Typical Day on Safari
The best time for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later. If you have booked a private vehicle, please discuss schedule preferences with your guide.
A day at Roho ya Selous starts with an early wake-up call and a cup of tea or coffee. Have some breakfast at camp or have your meal packed to enjoy on your morning game drive. You’ll be back in camp in time for lunch.
The afternoon is time to rest. Read a book, take a dip in the pool or have a siesta. Refuel with afternoon tea before heading out on to the lake, where you can sip a G&T onboard our boat. Round off the perfect day with drinks around the campfire and a leisurely dinner.
Eight stylish and spacious tents, including one family tent, are tucked away in the trees for maximum privacy. The canvas, bamboo and stone wall-ed tents with stretched-canvas roofs blend into their natural surroundings. The en suite bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers. The evening-breeze cooling systems above the beds keep temperatures comfortable during the hottest times of the year.
In the heart of Nyerere National Park — the largest reserve in Africa — Roho ya Selous is perfectly positioned for excellent game viewing, close to a key waterway that links Lake Manze to Lake Nzerakera. Here, pods of hippos wallow and fish eagles scan the landscape from their perches. Giraffes wander through camp on their way to the water and impala graze on the grass around our tents.
Nyerere is a different type of environment to the grassy plains of northern Tanzania. This is a marshy landscape of palm trees, lakes and rivers and is home to elephants, buffalos, lions, hippos, leopards and one of the largest populations of wild dogs on the planet. Plus, bird enthusiasts can try and spot the more than 400 recorded bird species, including a good number of Pel’s fishing owls, in the region. Despite the excellent game, there are far fewer visitors here than in the Serengeti, making the safari experience feel much more exclusive.
We warmly welcome families with children over 5 at Roho ya Selous. The ease of access makes the reserve a fuss-free destination. We have a family tent with an enclosed en suite children’s room, ideal for younger kids, and a range of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Please note that guests must be 16 years old to join our walking safaris, but there is no age limit for game drives or boat safaris. Please ask your agent about the option of hiring a private vehicle for your family safari.