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Rufiji River Camp

Rufiji River Camp was the first camp to be built in the Selous. It is still immensely popular and a great camp to stay in, offering value for money. The river in front of the lodge is alive with hippo and crocodiles and also attracts a large number of elephant to drink. In the main lodge area, there is a friendly bar with stunning sunset views over the river, campfire pit and an open-sided dining room with plentiful food. There is also a shaded swimming pool to enjoy between game drives, walking and boating safaris. The camp’s 11 classic tents offer a traditional stay, or guests can opt for one of the three larger suites, with private plunge pools.

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

Each tent is simple but spacious with Zanzibari beds, mosquito nets, wardrobes, writing desks and en suite bathrooms. The verandas have canvas safari chairs on which families of vervet monkeys like to sleep. There are also three family suites. Each of these has two large tents that are interconnected and built on to one platform that has a sitting area and a small private plunge pool. These are ideal for families or couples travelling together.

Location

The camp is situated on the eastern edge of the Selous Game Reserve on high banks overlooking the Rufiji River. The Selous is home to a third of Tanzania’s elephant, and two thirds of the wild dog population, two species which may be spotted from the camp. Easily reached, the camp is a 45-minute flight from Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam.

Food and drink

Rufiji offers a simple, tasty camp menu, and guests can expect fresh ingredients, with some grown on a local farm. Meals are served overlooking the river, and after-dinner drinks can be taken in the upper lounge. Breakfasts and lunches are usually back at the camp but may be served in the bush.

Families

Whilst there is no age restriction at Rufiji River Camp, there are no specific facilities or activities for children, and those under 12 will not be permitted on walking safaris. It is also worth noting that the camp is not fenced, and wildlife can approach at any time.

Facilities and activities

Activities from Rufiji River Camp are well organised and varied. It is possible to enjoy half- and full-day game drives in open 4x4s, walking safaris, and superb boat trips on the Rufiji River and nearby lakes. Fly camping can also be arranged for guests wishing to sleep out in the bush. 

Environmental and social responsibility

Owned and run by Foxes Safari Camps, Rufiji supports and works with local villages and community projects, primarily in the Mufindi area of Tanzania. 

Our opinion

Rufiji River Camp is a friendly and unpretentious camp. It has a great location perched above the river and the guides at the camp are approachable and knowledgeable.

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