Rufiji River Camp Tented Camp
Perched up on the banks of the beautiful Rufiji River, this tented camp with its main lodge offer spectacular views across the hippo-filled river. Situated in the Selous Game Reserve, visitors are treated to not only game drives, but boating safaris, safari walks and fly-camping, too. This is truly wild, untamed Africa, in an area rich with game.
* Rufiji River Camp Highlights
- ∞Beautiful location overlooking the Rufiji River
- ∞Comfortable tented camp with easy access to everything Selous Game Reserve offers
- ∞Abundant game, including the Big Five and the endangered African Wild Dog
- ∞Boating safaris along the waterways of the Rufiji River
- ∞Al Fresco dining with views along the hippo-filled river
- ∞Walking safaris to get up-close-and-personal with the bush
- ∞Fly-camping, for a real African bush experience
- ∞Bush breakfasts or sundowners in the bush
More about this accommodation
The tents at Rufiji River Camp are pitched beneath cool thatched roofs, each with a large deck at the front on which to sit and gaze at the river, unspoilt bush and passing game. Spaced out along the river bank, to maximise views, there are 11 classic tents (twin or double) and three suites (sleeping four). They are all stylishly simple, with en-suite bathrooms and solar-heated water.
The suites are two tents, joined by a wooden platform, each with its own private plunge pool. They’re perfectly suited to families, or two couples travelling together.
While the tents don’t have fans, the gauze-covered windows allow the cool breeze in.
Main Lodge Area
The main area at Rufiji River Camp is beautifully arranged to give spectacular views across the river. Arranged under a large, high, thatched roof, the lounge provides a cool, relaxing spot to relax; the bar provides the necessary refreshments; a small library provides reading matter; and the dining area provides delicious food, under the stars!
Outside, there is seating around a camp fire – a safari necessity – the perfect place to sit in the evenings and discuss the sights and dramas of the day. A shaded swimming pool with sun loungers offers cool relaxation on hot African afternoons.
Game Viewing Activities
One of the best things about the Selous Game Reserve is the wide range of safari activities it offers. This unspoilt area is home to a huge diversity of game, from The Big Five to many different antelope, giraffe, zebra, warthog and crocodile, to name just a few.
Guided game drives are offered, usually in the cool early morning and late afternoon, when the animals are most active.
A favourite Selous activity is a boating safari. There’s little that can beat floating along the waterways of the great Rufiji River, watching animals come down to drink, wary of the crocs lazing on the banks, while hippos grunt and wallow in the water.
Guided walking safaris are also allowed in Selous, enabling you to get close to the bush, its sights, sounds and aromas at close range.
Fly-camping is available. This is where normal tents (so don’t expect luxury!) are set up in the bush at a temporary camp site. It is real 'living in the wild': cooking food over a fire and spending evenings chatting around the campfire, staring up at the breath-taking, starry African night sky and listening to the nocturnal calls of wild animals.
When To Go
Peak season in the Selous Game Reserve is during the dry season from June to February, when game-viewing is at its best. Short rains fall in October/November, and the weather is hot and humid until February. During this period, the river is full, vegetation is lush and the birdlife prolific.
Rufiji River Camp is closed for April and May, during the heavy rainfall season.
By car: Rufiji River Camp is 250 km from Dar es Salaam. The trip takes approximately six hours by car, via Kibiti, depending on the weather and road condition. Please note that some of the roads can be inaccessible during the wet season.
By air: Flights into Selous take 45-minutes from Dar es Salaam. It is a short, 5-minute drive from the airstrip to Rufiji River Camp.
Our Take on Rufiji River Camp
One of the oldest (and most well-established) camps in Selous, Rufiji River Camp offers simple, comfortable accommodation, with incredible views over the Rufiji River. We love all the different safari activities available here.
© Images courtesy of photographer Niels van Gijn.
- ∞Accommodation and all meals
- ∞Tea & coffee
- ∞Guided AM & PM/evening game drives (or full day) in open 4WD vehicles
- ∞A boat/walking safari
- ∞Airstrip transfers
- xPark entry and concession fees
- xBar drinks
- xInsurance and medical evacuation
- xItems of a personal nature
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= Star Rating Explanation
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.