Selous Kinga Lodge

4.2/5 – 10 Reviews

$1,080 pp (USD)

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Selous Kinga Lodge

(10 Reviews)
Office In:
Tanzania Tanzania
10-20 employees (Founded in 2012)
Tour Types:
Custom budget & mid-range tours that can start every day
Tanzania TZ
Selous Kinga Lodge Team

Selous Kinga Lodge Team

Located on the scenic banks of the Rufiji River in very close vicinity to the mighty Selous Game Reserve. The lodge is built on a game concession located only some few kilometres away from the ‘Mtemere Gate’ on the north-eastern side of the reserve. This small luxury lodge has 10 contemporary African styled safari cottages equipped with en-suite facilities, private bathrooms, a lounge and spacious bedroom area which is either double or twin-bedded.


Terribly organized safari tour (2-day fly-in/out Safari from Dar)

Terribly organized and chaotic tour, contact persons gave out contradictory information, horrible game-drive, many useless phone calls, dirty sleeping room full of millipedes, lodge staff friendly and food OK, taxi driver dropped me off at the wrong terminal to get the flight and later at the wrong hotel after the tour. I made very good experiences with other tour operators in Tanzania, so that I need to recommend: Do NOT book at Selous Kinga Lodge. Further details below:

I requested an offer for the “2-day fly-in/out Safari from Dar” via and was directly linked to Edward and Martin from the lodge who helped me to clarify first questions regarding the tour and send me the offer for the tour.

As soon as I had placed the down payment the trouble began. Martin called me several times. I did not have the feeling, that there was a language problem during the calls, however, almost no useful information was exchanged.

Taxi Pickup to and from the hotels, where I stayed before and after the safari tour were organized by Martin. I sent him the names and addresses of the hotels via Whatsapp. The taxi driver to bring me to the airport dropped me off at the wrong terminal, so that I almost missed my flight to start the safari. The flight was booked by Martin, so that he should have communicated to the driver were to bring me.

The taxi diver to bring me back to the hotel dropped me off at the wrong hotel. When I gave him the right address, he did not know, where it was, although I shared hotel names and addresses with Martin already weeks in advance.

I made the down payment for the tour already three months before tour start. In January Martin explained me, that he could only give me the flight tickets 4 days before departure, because it would be last minute tickets and there were not enough booked passengers on the plane, yet. At the end, the plane was full of tourists and the other tourists told me, that they have received the confirmation for the tour and the flight several months in advance.

The flight with Auric air itself was a great experience: New planes, friendly staff, great views out off the plane.

Edward explained me via email, that it was fine to pay the rest payment directly at the lodge. However, Martin called me only a few days before tour start, that I need to pay everything upfront. Because of that, I needed to give the money in cash to the taxi driver, who brought me to the airport. He could not give me any receipt or payment confirmation.

The game drive in Nyerere Park was horrible. The driver drove at full speed in direction of the animals so that in most of the time we were only able to see the backs of frightened creatures. Bushes and small trees were destroyed when they were run over by the car. Out of the driving car it was generally difficult to take pictures and good positioned stops were very rare.

When I entered the sleeping room, there were around 10 millipedes with a length more than 100 mm inside. I pushed them out, but when I came in the next time the were new ones inside. I understand, that the Lodge is in the middle of the nature. But I slept in comparable locations, where the sleeping rooms, tents or cabins were very clean from the inside.

Do not book at Selous Kinga Lodge. Choose one of the good alternatives.

Lovely bush setting, friendly and willing service

We chose this package because it offered a less commercialised experience than the famous game reserves further south and west. The lodge itself and our unit was charming and beautifully located overlooking the Rufigi River. The lodge staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. The chefs did wonders in the very limited space and the restricted access to ingredients at their disposal. Nixon, the lodge manager, went out of his way to give us as good an experience as possible. We had two game drives, two boat safaris, a bush walk and a village walk, and learned something from each of them. We very much enjoyed the experience of living in the bush and felt our original hopes had been fulfilled. After a 15 minute drive to the entrance to the reserve, we may have been unlucky in visiting immediately after heavy rains. The reserve was green and lush with lots of thick cover. As a result we saw fewer animals than we had expected. It is apparently the largest reserve in Tanzania, and it may be that there is just too much space for the animals to disappear into. For instance, there are allegedly 6000 elephants in the reserve but we did not see one. However, we came away with a good feeling about the product Kinga Lodge was offering and would encourage anyone to do the same.

Our Selous Kinga Lodge tour and stay was fantastic.

The staff at Selous Kinga Lodge were all very friendly. The service was fantastic, and food was great. We had a wonderful safari, our driver Ludovik was very knowledgable and knew exactly where we needed to go in the reserve for different animals. Altogether a fantastic experience and I would fully recommend to anyone. The reserve was beautiful.

Decent Safari

The lodge provided everything they promised with good communication. Food was fair, not great. A few choices for dinner would have been nice. The catfish dinner was terrible. I must say the lodge needs to provide proper cleaning to the employees. Most of them smelled horrible. Wash and use deodorant! Lastly, tell the guides to never tell a client who to tip and how much. Tip a guy who walks for 30 minutes with a gun???

Very friendly staff, superb tourguide!!!

Staff is very friendly. Kennedy was an outstanding tourguide. He knows a lot about the wildlife and went the extra mile in order to see the big 5.
The whole booking process was smoothly and everything was well organized (receiving flight tickets, pick up from my lodge in Zanzibar, transfer to airport, pick-up from airstrip…)
The only thing I did not like was the fact that european food was served like Spaghetti…I Wohls prefer more local food. That is why I am only giving 4 stars.

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