Nestled along a wooded stretch of the unmistakable Rufiji River within the Nyerere National Park, in Tanzania, you will discover nature, at its finest. Our base camp is simple in its aesthetic, yet stylishly and thoughtfully designed to bring you closer to nature.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the serenity of our breezy lounge and dining areas; placed atop wooden decking that offers the most spectacular views across the river, you can enjoy daily sights of animals coming to the water to drink.
Admire the touches of African art on display, spend some time relaxing in our hand-crafted seating, be inspired from within the pages of photographic journals and coffee table books, or simply enjoy the calm and quiet of our view.
Our bar area is situated a short walk across from the lounge, along a wooden walkway. Enjoy an evening drink alongside an old ngalawa (a dug-out canoe), in our comfy sofas or around a crackling campfire.
Just a short walk through the acacia woodland will bring you to your private home away from home. Raised up on decking, each of the six Meru-style tents has a veranda with two chairs and a table from where you can enjoy the sanctuary of the Rufiji River and all the land that extends beyond. For those travelling with family, we have two family units, consisting of two en-suite tents sharing a single platform.
The magic that goes on behind the scenes, is something that we are very proud of and would be delighted to take you on a 30 minute tour of our back-of-house facilities. With a dedicated water treatment system and solar panel power set up, we ensure that we live off the grid, off the land, and with mother nature in mind. We are also consciously and proudly 100% plastic-free.
Say hello to Deo, Bianca, Michael, and Marie. We are Selous Impala Camp, and each and every one of us is proud to be a part of this dynamic team. Coming from very different backgrounds all across the world, a shared passion for nature, Tanzania, and Africa at large, has brought us all together in our mission to develop and sustain local communities, with a dedicated slant towards eco-tourism. A sound relationship with Tanapa helps us to showcase the unique diversity of Nyerere National Park.
Michael Valstorp is the CEO of Piffany Copenhagen, a Danish design company manufacturing bespoke interior furniture.
Marie Valstorp has a background in psychology, with a deep interest in biodiversity, animal conservation, and community support through various NGOs in Africa. Marie first visited Tanzania at 10 years old and fell in love with the natural and scenic beauty of the flora and fauna.
Bianca Thielke was born in India, raised in Germany, and has spent the latter part of her life travelling the world as a photographer with her husband Thilo and their two children. Having seen most of the world, Thilo and Bianca have always been drawn to the serenity and beauty of Tanzania; so much so that the family took ownership of Kaliwa Lodge on the slopes of Kilimanjaro in 2012; and still call Tanzania home.
Deograsias Erastus Shirima began his career as a driver-guide in Africa visiting Uganda, Kenya, Namibia, and Mozambique, and later went on to become the very first Tanzanian to own a camp in the Nyerere National Park. Deo is married to Veronique, and they spend months of the year abroad in Switzerland. He is fluent in French, English, and Swahili.
Selous Impala Camp makes the African wilderness a safe place for the whole family to enjoy. Our skillful guides are knowledgeable on wild animals and their behaviour, as well as offering the best game viewing opportunities by vehicle or boat. In addition, our family tents are set on a joint platform which makes it safe and easy to walk between your tents. Families of up to three children, with a minimum age limit of 6 years of age, can easily be accommodated. Please note the fly-camping and walking safaris are restricted to 16 years and older.
The edge of the Rufiji River makes for the best romantic memories. Beautiful and private, our tents offer wonderful views from your very own veranda. Sleep in late or rise with the birds to head off on a wild game drive – whatever your preference, our team makes every effort to spoil honeymoon couples for an ideal treat on your Tanzania honeymoon.
Big 5 tracking, bountiful birdlife, wild water creatures, or the simple pleasures of driving through the bush or floating along the river… whatever your preference, Selous is a renowned game reserve with an abundance of sighting to make your experience with us, an unforgettable one.
Bird Lovers Paradise
Be spoilt for choice with over 400 species of birdlife within the Nyerere National Park. Click here to discover just some of the diversity seen within our camp area alone. If you’re interested in exclusive bird sighting game drives, we love birds as much as you, so we would be happy to oblige.