During a recent stay at Selous Impala Camp in the Selous Game Reserve, Matt was lucky enough to spend some time with one of the region’s finest guides – Gerard Mwakila. They took some time to discuss the area’s uniqueness and the importance that tourism plays in protecting the wildlife. Here’s what Gerard had to say…
Fly camping in the Selous
Nothing lets you experience the true wilderness of the bush quite like spending a night fly camping in the Selous. Perfect for those with an adventurous spirit and a love of the wild, you’ll sleep in a temporary camp set up deep within the reserve, with nothing but a mosquito net between you and the star-strewn African sky.
You will head out on a game walk with your knowledgeable guide, leaving behind the creature comforts of your accommodation until you return the following morning. At the end of the walk, you’ll stumble across your home for the night – a private camp with bedrolls laid out on the floor, framed by the delicate covering of mosquito nets. Your guide will serve up a delicious dinner around the campfire that seems almost miraculous given the simplicity of your surroundings. The night sky will begin to encroach and the blanket of darkness above will fill with stars. The howls of hyenas and rumbling of elephants remind you of your proximity to Africa’s wild beasts, but you’ll sleep safely in your bedroll with your guide keeping watch, until you wake in the morning to the chirping of birds, ready to return to camp.
Lots of the properties in the Selous offer fly camping, but one of our favourites is Sand Rivers, operated by Nomad Tanzania. Having earned its reputation as one of the foremost lodges in Africa, it is the quality of its walking safaris and fly camping experience which really sets it apart.