Rufiji River Camp


Selous Game Reserve

Accommodation Type

Tented camp

Accommodation Level


Price Guide

Rufiji River Camp

This is a welcoming family-owned tented camp beside the Rufiji River in Selous. It’s one for more budget-conscious travellers, offering a good value for money base for exploring the Selous by land and water.

Rufiji River Camp is a long-established camp owned and run by the well-known Fox family. It offers land and water-based safaris at reasonable cost. Rufiji River Camp’s style is simple yet comfortable: polished wooden floors, high thatched roofs and feature stonework, all set within sight of the river. Relax in the upper storey lounge, swim in the pool beneath the thatched roof, watch animals and birds nearby, and dine by lamplight beside the river.

Days are varied, with a mix of 4×4, boat and walking safaris, all led by experienced guides and with bush refreshments as appropriate, adding up to an extensive safari experience in Selous Game Reserve. Fly camping is available for guests wanting a greater feel for life in the bush.

Foxes have other camps in southern Tanzania which combine well with this camp for a well-priced southern safari circuit.

Times to Go

Game viewing in Selous is good from about mid-June to February, with July to October being the peak dry season. April and May are the long rains, and November usually brings the short rains.

Rufiji River Camp highlights

  • Lovely position on the Rufiji
  • Watch hippos in the river
  • 4×4 and walking safaris
  • Sunset river cruises
  • Good value

Rufiji River Camp location

Rufiji River Camp


  • 14 tented rooms
  • Open June to March
  • Children welcome


  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace


  • Game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Boat safaris
  • Fly camping (optional)

Rufiji River Camp rooms

The 11 tents are located along the banks of the Rufiji River. They are walk-in safari tents in the classic mould set beneath thatched roofs. Interiors are cosy with comfy beds fitted with mosquito nets, standard and bedside lamps and wooden furniture and floor. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, 2 hand basins and a toilet, and a viewing deck to the front with a table and chairs. The front of the tent can be zipped closed at night.

The 3 suites are composed of 2 guest tents, each with its own en-suite bathroom and balcony, and a shared deck with a plunge pool, loungers and hammock. They are ideal for families or guest requiring extra space.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“The camp belongs to Foxes Safari Camps who operate a charity called Orphans in the Wild which is dedicated to health, education, community support and orphanage programmes in southern Tanzania.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
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.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.