Roho ya Selous, Selous Game Reserve
Set on a hill overlooking the water, Roho ya Selous sits in the very heart of the Selous Game Reserve. Explore this vast wilderness, home to one of Africa’s largest populations of wild dog, with our expert safari guides.
The real magic of the Selous lies in the variety each day on safari brings. Whether you’re exploring on a game drive in search of leopard lurking in the shady boughs of a fig tree, or out on foot tracking wildlife that’s ventured close to camp during the night, this reserve is full of surprises. With just eight canvas tented rooms, each with air-cooling systems over your bed to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep in the hotter months, Roho ya Selous strikes the perfect balance between comfort and adventure.
Snapshot of Roho ya Selous
- Stylish tented accommodation with air conditioning
- Located in the heart of the photographic sector of the Selous Game Reserve
- Diverse activities led by expert guides – game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris
- Active Safari
- Family safaris
- Romantic Safari
Roho ya Selous Rates
Accommodation & Amenities
Balancing comfort and a dose of adventure, Roho ya Selous offers seasoned travellers an authentic safari experience in a prime position in the Selous Game Reserve. The name Roho ya Selous means “the heart of Selous” and what better place to base yourself for a safari than in this vast wilderness. Mixing indoor and outdoor living, it is the perfect space for some quiet contemplation to complement your adventures out on safari.
The open-sided mess area under stretched canvas offers plentiful shade and catches the breeze whichever way the wind is blowing. In the evening gather at the mess tent to share stories of your day’s adventures with fellow guests, enjoying a delicious dinner surrounded by the night-time sounds of the bush.
All of our meals are prepared in camp by our resident chefs, and are usually enjoyed communally. Breakfast is served buffet-style so you can choose from a lighter start to your day or a full cooked breakfast if you’ve worked up an appetite on your early morning safari. Light buffet-style lunches in camp include fresh salads and vegetables with your main course. Tea and cake at 4pm are a camp tradition and set you up for your afternoon safari, and dinner is a relaxed three-course affair, often served under the African night sky.
Please let us know in advance of your arrival if you have any dietary requirements, our camp chefs will be happy to cater for you.
From elephants swimming across rivers to coming across a pride of lions with cubs play-fighting in the grass, there is rarely a dull moment on safari in the Selous. Add to that the thrill of encountering wildlife on foot, or the surprise of a hippo emerging from the water with a snort just a few metres away from your boat and you’ll see why a safari here is so memorable.
African fish eagle
Pel’s fishing owl
The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.
05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Following breakfast, depart for a morning game drive or walk, or take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier
09:30–11:30 Arrive back in camp after game viewing, followed by breakfast (if you wish!)
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book or just relax
16:00 Afternoon tea
16:30 Depart for an afternoon on the lake, sipping G&Ts on the boat
18:30 Arrive back in camp
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars
FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
Families are warmly welcomed at Roho ya Selous and the variety of activities makes the Selous a more exciting destination for active children and the ease of access makes it appealing to families compared to lengthy road journeys elsewhere in Tanzania. Please note there is a minimum age of 16 years for walking safaris, due to safety, but there are no age limitations for game drives or boat safaris.
The minimum age for children to stay at the camp is 5 years and we have a family tent with an interior children’s room with its own toilet and shower.
Tucked away into the trees, each of the eight tents are set far apart to maximise privacy. They are stylish and spacious, measuring an impressive 60m² inside. Thoughtful details include an evening breeze cooling system over the bed to allow you to sleep peacefully even during the hotter months, and a beautiful wall hanging separating the en-suite bathroom, complete with indoor and outdoor shower. A veranda offers a shady spot to unwind during the heat of the day and watch game as it passes through camp.
Roho ya Selous lies in the very heart of the photographic sector of the Selous Game Reserve, a prime position for game-viewing and exploring this rugged and beautiful region. Set on a hill overlooking the water, Roho ya Selous sits close to a key waterway which links Lake Manze to Lake Nzerakera, where pods of hippos wallow and fish eagles perch on branches in search of their next catch. The camp is truly immersed in this wild environment, and it’s not uncommon to find a giraffe wandering along the sandy path behind your tent on its way to the water.
The Selous is quite unlike the grassy plains of the northern parks such as the Serengeti. Instead, you’ll find yourself surrounded by swamps, palm trees and of course the rivers and lakes which breathe life into this vast reserve. These diverse habitats are part of what makes a safari in Selous so rewarding; by traversing ever-changing landscapes on your explorations you are always encountering different flora and fauna along the way. As well as the traditional safari species including elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion and leopard, the Selous is home to one of the the largest populations of wild dog (also known as African hunting dog) on the planet. These canines are some of the most impressive predators in Africa, using their stamina to outrun their prey, travelling tremendous distances in the process. To see a pack of wild dog on your safari is truly unforgettable, whether this is your first safari or your hundredth. Birders won’t be disappointed here either, with more than 400 species recorded and a good number of the highly sought-after Pel’s fishing owl.
The Selous is renowned for the diversity of its safari activities, allowing you the chance to mix and match each day. Choosing between game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris each morning and afternoon, you will be accompanied by expert guides who will really showcase the beauty of this reserve and its resident flora and fauna.
Best for exploring further afield and searching for larger mammals and predators, game drives are a rewarding option for your safari. Using seven-seater open-sided vehicles with tiered seating, every guest is assured of an uninterrupted view of the wildlife. There is a roof for shade, power points for charging your devices and fridges to keep your sundowner drinks deliciously cool.
Immerse yourself completely in the rugged environment of the Selous on a walking safari accompanied by an armed expert guide, taking in the smaller details and tracking wildlife on foot.
No safari in the Selous is complete without a trip out on the water, passing pods of hippo in the shallows and crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks. Watch wildlife come to drink from the ultimate perspective, and enjoy drifting up close to bird colonies nesting in the riverbanks or on small islands.
Imagine going to sleep at night with only the sounds of the African bush around you, and the only lights the stars overhead. Asilia is one of very few operators to offer you the exceptional, highly adventurous option of fly camping. A night at your own personal campsite deep in the bush gives you a true wilderness experience: there is nothing between you and the African bush.
Combine your boat safari with a bit of fishing, a relaxing way to spend an hour or so in the afternoon. The rivers are home to good populations of tiger fish as well as various species of catfish.
Roho ya Selous 2019 Rates
$700 – $931 per person, per night
Rates include: Full board accommodation, all house drinks (except champagne), game drives, guided walks, boating safaris, fishing, transfers to/from Mbuyu and Siwandu airstrips and to/from Roho ya Selous, laundry service
Rates below exclude: Park fees, concession fees, fly camping (supplement of US$225 per person) transfers other than to/from Mbuyu and Siwandu airstrips, flying doctors/medical evacuation insurance, flights and airport taxes, gratuities, items of a personal nature, additional lunch (picnic or in house) US$25 per person
Rates below are per person, per night based on 2 people sharing:
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Season Closure: Roho ya Selous is closed from 15 March – 31 May ( Actual dates of closure are weather dependent)