Selous Impala Camp
(7 units) 022 245 2005–6; 022 245 2004; www.adventurecamps.co.tz. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set up with help from Coastal Aviation in 2004, this unpretentiously tasteful new camp boasts a magnificent location on a wooded stretch of the Rufiji. It's relatively small, with just 7 Meru-style tents, built on wooden platforms with a private balcony. These are very comfortably furnished, in an 'old Africa' style. The camp uses Maasai guards to escort guests to their rooms at night. Impala has one of the most scenic locations in the park and its thatched lounge and communal deck looks out over the river to mountains, although one's gaze is usually drawn back to the Rufiji River by the elephants and other wildlife which visits it.
Activities are fairly flexible, inc game drives and boat trips, and the camp has a lovely swimming pool – allowing you to look out over the river and to the hills while you're in the pool. Impala is a very welcome addition to the Selous: a good camp that doesn't charge top prices. It seems likely to strengthen its reputation to become a firm favourite.
In combination with its sister-camp in Ruaha (the rather more spartan Mdonya Old River Camp), safaris are varied and particularly excellent value. US$375/630 sgl/dbl FB for drive-in clients (no activities); US$460/800 inc FB and activities.