Roho ya selous
Selous Game Reserve
Permanent tented camp
Roho ya Selous
Opened in August 2017, this is a stunning, supremely stylish and very high-end tented camp in the heart of the Selous. It’s not the cheapest place to stay, but you certainly get what you pay for, from magnificent tented suites to brilliant food and wonderful game viewing, whether you’re on foot, in a safari vehicle or in a boat.
This beautiful camp opened in August 2017. It’s owned by Asilia, who have a superb selection of highly-regarded luxury lodges and camps in prime spots across Africa. From location to guiding and from accommodation to food and service, Asilia has a fantastic reputation.
Selous is a highly photogenic game reserve with varied terrain – lakes, mountains, river valleys, swamps – and an equally diverse wildlife population. It’s particularly famous for being home to one of the world’s largest populations of wild dog. ‘Roho ya Selous’ means ‘heart of Selous’, and the camp sits in a magnificent position in one of the best game-watching areas of this huge wilderness, near a waterway linking Lane Manze to Lake Nzerakera. Making the most of the environmental diversity, Roho ya Selous offers a range of game viewing activities, with game drives, safari walks and boat safaris. Catch and release fishing is also offered – a great way to relax – as is the adventure of fly camping by the river.
When not out on safari you can relax by the swimming pool, watching giraffes wandering past as hippos serenade you with their distinctive grunting song from the water. There’s plenty of classic safari elements at the camp, from 4pm tea and cake and dinners under the stars to sundowners by the river or by the camp fire and story-swapping in the mess tent. At night you sleep in air-conditioned luxury in huge, beautifully-styled and decorated tented suites with brilliant en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers.
Some Asilia properties are really quite firmly aimed at adult guests, but Roho ya Selous warmly welcomes children age 5 and over- and the variety of safari activities makes it a great destination for youngsters. One of the 8 tented suites is a family tent which includes a children’s room with its own en-suite loo and shower.
Times to Go
Peak time for wildlife viewing is the dry season (June to October), as wildlife concentrates around water sources – and Roho ya Selous is very close to water! From November to March the weather is humid and hot and there can be rain, but wildlife viewing is still great, as is the birding.
Roho ya Selous highlights
- Gorgeous new luxury permanent tented camp
- Superb location in the heart of Selous
- Game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris
- Spacious, air-conditioned tented suites
- Swimming pool
- Good for families too
Roho ya Selous location
Roho ya Selous
- 8 luxury tented suites
- Open June to mid-March
- Children aged 5+ are welcome
(16+ for walking safaris)
- Swimming pool
- Laundry service
- Air cooling systems in each tent
- Private safari vehicles (optional)
- Game drives
- Boating safaris
- Walking safaris
- Catch and release fishing
- Fly camping
Roho ya Selous rooms
The tented suites sit on stone platforms, beneath large, black mesh canopies supported by rustic poles, and are well spaced out, for maximum privacy. They’re a very good size (60m² inside) and tastefully and beautifully furnished in contemporary style, with large, canopied double beds (twin and triple configurations are also available), elegant wooden furniture, including a writing desk. Framed pictures and reed back walls are nice styling touches, and the front of each tent is open to the magnificent views. The ‘evening breeze’ cooling system over the bed is a definite bonus for the warmer months. The stone-walled bathrooms are superb, with twin basins, flush toilets and indoor and outdoor showers.
The family tent is the same size as the double tents and has all the same features, but in order to accommodate a children’s room as well, the en-suite double bedroom is smaller. Up to three youngsters can sleep in the children’s room, which has a bunk bed and single bed and its own loo and shower. Please note, there is no ‘evening breeze’ cooling systemin the children’s room.
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Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
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