This Tour Is Offered by Selous Ngalawa Camp
Selous Ngalawa Camp
- Office In:
- 5-10 employees (Founded in 2015)
- Member Of:
- TATO, TTB & TANAPA
- Tour Types:
- Custom budget & mid-range tours that can start every day
The Selous Ngalawa Camp is a newly opened camp, bordering Africas largest protected area the untamed Selous Game Reserve.The Selous Ngalawa Camp situated in its own forest reserve, is the original camp set up along the mighty Rufiji River near the Mtemere Gate, the Eastern gate to the Selous Game Reserve. It offers Boat Safaris on the Rufiji River, Walking Safaris and Game Drives as well as cultural village trips to the Mloka village. Fishing excursions on the Rufiji River can also be arranged.
Bush feeling in Sadaani park
We did a 3- Day Safari to Saadani Park with Selous Ngalawa Camp starting from Daressalaam.
The booking was really easy, Donatus was quick to respond to our questions, but the organization of the tour was a little bit chaotic. In the end we didn't mind because everything was very good.
In Saadani Park there are not as many animals as in other parks. For antilopes it was very good though, we even saw a duicker. And we enjoyed the beautiful nature. The beach is really wonderful!
Our driver Msese was very nice, he is a good and experienced driver and knows the Saadani Park and its animals very well.
On the last day we asked to make a stop over in Bagamoyo. This was no problem for him, so we had the chance to visit the very interesting historic german fort.
The highlight of our tour was the camp where we stayed. It was newly opened, just outside the park and the owner Alan and his friend Richard made everything to make us feel welcome there. The food was delicious and we especially appreciated the toilet in the tent. Alan took us on a boat trip on a river with los of hippos and he even made a spontaneous walking safari with us. The Camp is situated nicely in bushland, so we felt close to nature there.
All in all, we recommend the safari to anyone who wants to enjoy some real
bush feeling not too far from Dar es salaam (around 3 hours drive).
Nice tour with a need of improvement
We booked a five day tour in Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park with this operator.
Before departure, communication was easy and quick with the office in Dar Es Salaam.
Upon request I was told that we have a private room and bathroom in a cabin/large tent, power and WiFi in all the camps. Also I was told that we could store our suitcases in the operator’s office while being on the safari and that we would be able to catch the last ferry to Zanzibar (4pm) on the return day.
However, none of these expectations were fulfilled.
Luckily, we could store our luggage at the hotel and I decided to book a flight to Zanzibar in the evening of return day instead of taking the ferry, which we never would have made in time.
As to the other promises: when we finally got to the first camp in Selous the first day after driving for 6 hours, our expectations were not fulfilled at all. Our cabin was rundown, there was no water in the sink and very little (and only cold) water in the shower. Power kept failing and of course there was no WiFi, which is fine but could have been told us in advance instead of lying to us. Provided food was eatable but not great (both nights for dinner we had rice with a little bit of vegetables and sauce).
In the afternoon of the first day we had a boat safari (as stated in the itinerary) which was quite disappointing because we merely saw a few hippos from great distance somewhere in the water.
The full day Game Drive the next day, however, was great!
Our driver Michael did a great job showing us lots of animals like giraffes, zebras, elephants, hippos, wildebeest, impalas and lions. This day as well as the full day tour in Mikumi Nationalpark two days later were a really great adventure for all of us.
What‘s really disappointing is the fact that three out of five days are spent in the car driving from one spot to another. So besides the 6 hours on day 1 we had to drive 10 hours from Selous to Mikumi on day 3 and then again 7 hours on the last day to get back to Dar Es Salaam. Surely, the operator cannot be blamed for bad road conditions, but it would be nice to know in advance how much time is really spent in the car.
Last but not least: the Bastian Camp in Mikumi is a great place, I would definitely stay there again! Even though we only got a tent with a shared bathroom on the camp site (instead of the promised private bathroom) this place was much nicer and cleaner than the camp before. For dinner there was a small buffet with soup, various main dishes and desert and for breakfast you could choose among various options.
It was mostly for this place and our great driver Michael that I decided to rate three stars for the tour.
Fantastic 3 days safari in Selous
Me and my family had an excellent communication with this company before deciding to go on safari. This clear communication was key for us to secure the expectation alignment on forehand. We had a detailed description of all 3 days: First day, river boat safari, second full day of private game drive and third day walking safari with a bushman.
The trip fullfilled all our expectations.
We saw a lot of animals, and our driver, William, made sure our safari trip already started from Dar Es Salaam and ended here, spiced up with all his knowledge about Tanzania. The villages and the landscape driving to the nationalpark was spectacular.
Ngalawa camp is basic, but beautiful, as we had hoped. Clean tents with toilet and shower. The camp will soon be equipped with a swimmingpool, but this was not ready yet.
Food was local and delicious, “far better than what what we expected” - qoute by our kids, 17 and 8 years old.
We will recommend this tour to everyone.
Gombe is well worth a visit
Gombe far exceeded our expectations. The guesthouse was lovely, the chimps were amazing & we had astonishingly good viewings. The guide, Iddi & tracker, Fidel were superb. The cook, Amos, was wonderful & his delicious meals were much better than expected. The boat journey was good, as was the visit to Ujiji. The night at Kigoma Hilltop resort was first class, as was their food.
Everything worked like clockwork. Our communication with the company was good, although we did have to do a lot of contacting ourselves.
The price was very reasonable too.
Just be awRe that you do not have a guide with you all the time & you are passed from driver to boat man etc. This is NOT a problem, but it could make some people nervous.
All in all, highly recommended.
Reliable and friendly
We had a great time at the Gombe Stream National Park and saw many chimpanzees up close! The trip was great and the safari organization was reliable, everyone was on time, and they emailed back with answers quickly. There were a few speedbumps, but overall a great trip. I would recommend Selous in the future.
Other Safaris & Tours30 – Offered by Selous Ngalawa Camp
3-Day / 2 Nights Mikumi
$405 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tourBudgetCamping
You Visit: Dar Es Salaam (Start), Mikumi NP, Dar Es Salaam (End)
3-Day Joining Group Budget Trip to Selous Game Reserve
$370 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle)BudgetTented Camp
You Visit: Dar Es Salaam (Start), Selous GR, Dar Es Salaam (End)
3-Day Mahale Mountains Budget Chimpanzee Trekking Safari
$990 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tourBudgetBanda
You Visit: Kigoma (Start), Mahale Mountains NP, Kigoma (End)
16-Day Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Lake Victoria and Zanzibar
$2,640 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tourBudgetCamping & Lodge
You Visit: Moshi (Start), Kilimanjaro Airport, Marangu Waterfalls (Highlight), Arusha NP, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro, Lake Natron, Lengai, Serengeti NP, Lake Victoria, Mwanza (City), Zanzibar (Beach), Nungwi (Zanzibar), Zanzibar Airport (End)
4-Day Gombe National Park
$995 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tourBudgetCamping & Hotel
You Visit: Dar Es Salaam (Start), Gombe NP, Kigoma (Town), Dar es Salaam Beaches, Dar Es Salaam (End)
3-Day Selous Game Reserve, Boat, Car Drive & Walking
$390 to $400 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tourBudgetTented Camp
You Visit: Dar Es Salaam (Start), Selous GR, Dar Es Salaam (End)
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