Literally translating to “the heart of the Selous”, Roho ya Selous comprises of eight safari tents, an open-sided communal area, and a pool. The communal tent, made for relaxing after a hard day’s wildlife drive, boasts Wi-Fi access and a fireplace and is naturally the camp’s centre. Characterised by muted brown and green colours and well-chosen pieces of furniture – the occasional campaign chair, for instance, or art depicting local wildlife – the camp’s look and feel is both practical and charming.
Food & service
The staff are extremely hospitable and welcoming, while the food is divine. Each meal is prepared by resident camp chefs, and eating them communally is encouraged. For breakfast, guests have a choice between a light buffet-style affair and a more conventional cooked breakfast. Lunch – again buffet-style – often consists of fresh salads alongside simple, and delicious, main meals, while dinner is three courses, served (weather permitting) under the Tanzanian heavens.
The large tents offer an en-suite bathroom – which has both an indoor and outdoor shower – and large comfortable beds, alongside a veranda. Much anticipation surrounds the evening breeze cooling system, which prevents the interior of the mosquito net from getting too hot, a problem experienced travellers will understand all too well. The tents’ look and feel is completed by dimmed lamps and safari seats.
Returning guests make much of the senior guide, Hamza, whose knowledge and enthusiasm inspire the wildlife safaris. Driving, walking, and boat safaris are all possibilities, alongside fishing and sundowners.