Best hotels and hostels in Southeastern Tanzania

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    Sand Rivers Selous

    Set splendidly on its own on the Rufiji south of Lake Tagalala, this is one of the Selous’ most exclusive options, with some of Tanzania’s most renowned wildlife guides. The eight luxurious stone cottages have full river views.

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    Selous Impala Camp

    Impala Camp has eight well-spaced, nicely appointed tents in a prime setting on the river near Lake Mzizimia. Its restaurant overlooks the river and has an adjoining bar area on a deck jutting out towards the water, and the surrounding area is rich in wildlife. The camp is especially good value if you take advantage of the flight-accommodation deals with Coastal Travels in Dar es Salaam.

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    Selous River Camp

    This friendly place is the closest camp to Mtemere gate. It has cosy, river-facing 'mud huts' with bathrooms, plus small standing tents surrounded by forest with cots and shared facilities. The bar-restaurant area is lovely, directly overlooking the river at a particularly scenic spot. Overall it's a great choice for budget travellers. Boat safaris, wildlife drives and village tours can be arranged.

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    Rufiji River Camp

    This long-standing, unpretentious camp is run by the Fox family who own camps throughout southern Tanzania. Set in a fine location on a wide bend in the Rufiji River about 1km inside Mtemere gate, it has tents with river views and a sunset terrace. Activities include boat safaris and overnight walking safaris. The dining area and tents are also wheelchair accessible.

  • Lodging in Selous Game Reserve

    Beho Beho

    On a hillside northwest of Lake Tagalala, not overlooking any water, Beho Beho is nevertheless a fine option. It's especially recommended for repeat safari-goers who want to get to know the Selous in more depth. The spacious stone and thatch cottages have commanding views over the plains, guiding is excellent and there's the chance for a night in a private treehouse. Boat safaris are done on Lake Tagalala, which is notable for its birdlife, as well as its hippos and crocodiles.

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    Siwandu

    This upmarket camp is set on a side arm of the Rufiji in a lush, beautiful setting overlooking Lake Nzelekela. It's divided into separate camps, each with a half dozen spacious tents, giving a more intimate, exclusive feel. There's a raised dining and lounge area on one side, excellent cuisine and impeccable service throughout. No children under six years of age. If you can afford the price tag, it's a fine base for a Selous safari.

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    Lake Manze Tented Camp

    The rustic but comfortable Lake Manze is favourably situated, with 12 simple but pleasant tents in a good location along an arm of Lake Manze. The ambience is low-key with a bush feel, and the camp is recommended for those on tighter budgets, especially as part of the flight-accommodation deals with Coastal Travels.

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    Lake Tagalala Public Campsite

    Lake Tagalala campsite has basic but good facilities, including cold-water showers and covered cooking areas. There is usually water, but it is worth also filling up a container when entering the reserve. The campsite is located roughly midway between Mtemere and Matambwe gates on a low rise near Lake Tagalala.

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    Sable Mountain Lodge

    Friendly and relaxed, Sable Mountain is about halfway between Matambwe gate and Kisaki village on the northwestern boundary of the reserve. There are cosy stone cottages, tented bandas, a snug for stargazing, walking safaris, wildlife drives and night drives outside the reserve.

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    Beho Beho Public Campsite

    Located at Beho Beho bridge, about 12km southeast of Matambwe and hence best accessed from Matambwe gate, with a lovely remote setting and basic ablutions.

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    Selous Mbega Camp

    This laid-back budget camp is located about 1km outside the eastern boundary of the Selous near Mtemere gate and just west of Mloka village. It has raised, no-frills tents set in the foliage overlooking the river, and reasonably priced boat and vehicle safaris. Pick-ups and drop-offs to and from Mloka are free. The 'backpackers' special' rate is for travellers arriving in Mloka or Kisaki by bus.

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    Special Campsite

    Camping completely wild can be arranged in the area between Mtemere gate and Lake Manze (northeast of Lake Tagalala). You will need to be self-sufficient, including bringing all food and drink plus a large container to fill up for bathing and cleaning water at one of the entry gates.