Roho ya Selous (Selous Game
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
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.
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
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
A Typical Day on Safari
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
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.
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.
Accommodation Rates:- From $700 per person per night
sharing. Please contact us for a suggested itinerary and