Roho ya Selous
Roho ya Selous Camp: Our View
Roho ya Selous, meaning ‘The Heart of the Selous’ is a relatively new Camp which opened in August 2017. Roho ya Selous is situated on the west side of Lake Nzerakera just north of the inland Delta formed by the Rufiji River. Set on a hill, Roha ya Selous is situated in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve, offering a classic Safari experience in southern Tanzania.
Located within Tanzania’s 'Southern Circuit', Roho ya Selous is home to one of Africa’s largest Wild Dog populations.
Roho ya Selous Camp has beautiful, lush landscapes with special residents including rare wild dogs, yet there are far fewer visitors here than in the Northern Parks of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Therein lies its charm.
Roho ya Selous is a smart, comfortable, tented camp of understated luxury, in a great location.
The guides are knowledgeable, and one can expect to see plenty of crocodile and pods of hippo. To hear the Fish eagles calling is an unforgettable experience. There is an abundance of wildlife. Giraffe walking past your tent is a regular experience at Roho ya Selous.
Roho ya Selous Camp: Quick Facts
- 8 stretch canvas tents tucked into the shade, including 1 family tent
- En-suite bathrooms with hot running water, showers and flushing toilets
- Over-bed “evening breeze” cooling system
- Swimming pool
- Complimentary laundry service
- Solar power, with back-up generator
- Families with children aged five and older are welcome
- Walking Safaris are limited to ages 16 and above for safety.
- The closest airstrip is 15-20 minutes away
Roho ya Selous Camp: The Details
Roho ya Selous offers eight stretch canvas tents in the shade, including 1 family tent, all nestled between the trees and spaced out for privacy. The tents are tastefully decorated in a neutral colour scheme with green accents, contemporary wall hangings and a few select pieces of furniture. The combination of stretched canvas roof, rustic stone floor and bamboo walls makes for a stylish overall aesthetic. The highlight of each tent is definitely the huge open side offering a completely private view of the bush.
The “evening breeze” cooling system is an almost-silent, low-power air-conditioning system which helps to keep the interior of the mosquito net over the bed cool. In the summer it can get hot in the Selous.
Each tent has a large en-suite bathroom featuring both an indoor and an outdoor shower (outdoor showers are screened with reeds for privacy), his-and-hers sinks, and a dressing area. Complimentary toiletries are provided.
The dining area and lounge are open-sided canvas tents on raised stone platforms which allow for uninterrupted views of the lake and its surroundings. The décor is elegant with sofas and soft furnishings in understated tones.
The small swimming pool offers welcome relief during the heat of the day and is a great addition to the Camp. There are a number of chairs dotted around the pool, as well as sun loungers.
One of the advantages of visiting the Selous is the range of Safari activities on offer. Most of the camps in the Park, including Roho ya Selous, offer a wide range of activities, including game drives, walking safaris, boating safaris and fishing. Guests staying for at least two or three nights will have the opportunity to experience most of these activities during their stay.
As this camp is the first for its owners in the Selous, they have brought in a number of their best staff from across the Tanzanian operation - guides, managers and camp staff - so there is an excellent team behind the running of the camp.
Like most of the camps in the Selous, Roho ya Selous isn’t able to run extensive night drives - as the park’s authorities don’t allow these in most areas of the Park.