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Elephants in Selous Game Reserve.
  Rufiji River Camp
Getting there
Selous looks as close to Dar es Salaam as neighbouring park Mikumi, which is only four hours by road from Dar. But Selous is far off the main road, and the dirt roads leading there are poor and seasonally difficult to pass. Therefore, you should plan for a full day travelling to the camp by road.
To avoid the long drives, most safari-goers visiting Selous go by air. The camp is set close to the Mtemere Gate airstrip, whereto there are daily scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam (and from Zanzibar via Dar). The flight time is about one hour. Smaller one- or two-prop planes are used for these flights. The lodge handles your transfer to and from the airstrip.
There are also railway stations in northern Selous, serviced by regular trains and by the private Safari Express trains. Travelling from Dar es Salaam is a four-hour trip. The transfer between the stations and the camp is a couple of hours on dirt roads.
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Rufiji River Camp
Selous Game Reserve
Rufiji River Camp is a tourist class camp in Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania. It's situated by the Rufiji River, not very far from the eastern park gate.

It's a medium size tented camp with some 20 tents, built around central bar, restaurant and kitchen buildings. It doesn't have the luxury standard as some other camps along the river, but the standard is comfortable enough and the atmosphere more relaxed.

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Rufiji River Camp was built in the mid-1970's and was the first camp in Selous. The setting by the river is good. You have a good view of and across the river, and you have good chances of seeing wildlife around.

Each tent sleeps two persons, but there is room enough for an extra bed for a child. All tents have a private bathroom with toilet and solar-heated shower.

The lodge offers game drives in the park. This is of interest mainly to guests arriving by air or train; if you arrive by road, you will probably do game drives in your own vehicle. The camp has good vehicles and guides.

You can also book bush walks, game viewing from boats, fishing trips and fly-camping, i.e. overnight stays in mobile camps in the middle of the bush. Combined with bush walk, fly-camping offers genuine safari and camp atmosphere.

Giraff, wildebeest and antelopes in Selous.

Safari seasons
The major parks of southern Tanzania – Mikumi, Selous and Ruaha – have the highest concentrations of wildlife during August to October, which is the end of a long dry season, when the animals congregate along the rivers. Most visitors come during this time of year (the parks still have significantly fewer visitors than the major parks of northern Tanzania, such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro).

November to May brings rain, but there is a drier spell during January and February, when safaris are possible.

Wildlife around the camp
Rufiji River Camp has one of the best locations along the Rufiji River. Hippopotamus, antelopes and elephants are often seen. As the camp is facing the bush, any animals may appear around camp. You shouldn't move around within the camp at night without an escort.

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