Hippo Camp is located just outside the Selous Game Reserve, close to Mtemere gate. It is beautifully set right on the banks of the Rufiji River, surrounded by lush riverine forest. A close-by pond attracts herds of elephant, giraffe, warthog and other game that can be clearly viewed from our tree-hut as they come to quench their thirst. The dining area as well as the tents all face the river and you can enjoy your sundowner on front-row as the sun sinks over the water in an explosion of orange, yellow, red and pink and the sounds of the African night set in. Access is mainly by air from Dar es Salaam. The flight to Mtemere Airstrip takes 45 minutes
Welcome to Hippo Camp
and from there it is only a 10 minute drive to Hippo Camp. If you prefer to go by road from Dar es Salaam, the trip takes roughly five hours via Kibiti. The first two hours are traveled on tarmac while the remaining time is on poor conditioned dirt road.
Our canvas tented huts blend harmoniously into the camp’s natural surroundings. They all face the Rufiji and allow for a cool and pleasant flow of river breeze. We have also introduced some VIP wooden huts, a couple with double story rooms and one with a single room raised on poles high above the ground. Each room has twin beds, en-suite bathrooms and a relaxing little verandah.
The camp has a central dining
Boat rides: We offer boat rides of around 3 hours. This is a great way to spot the abundant wildlife of the channels, lagoons and islets of the great Rufiji River.
Nature walks: A walk in the beautiful river surroundings is a rare opportunity to get up close with nature, and you never know what's around the next bush. It offers great opportunities for bird watching and you don’t have to be an ornithologist to enjoy the colourful kingfishers, the shimmering little sunbirds or the goliath heron posing as an old branch on the riverbed.
Game viewing: The river and surrounding areas offer a diversity of animals including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile to name a few. The area is also home to one of the few remaining African wild dog populations on the continent.
The camp is supplied with clean water from a deep well and electricity is supplied by two generators.
Day 1: Transfer from Dar es Salaam by scheduled flight to
Dry Season: June to mid November. This is the best time for game viewing along the rivers and lakes. Elephants come out of the bush at that time and predators are more commonly seen.
game fishing. You may fish from the riverbanks at the camp but fishing from a boat is much more rewarding.
Rainy Season: Mid November to mid December and March to May. Although wonderful for birdlife and lush scenery, many roads become impassable after heavy rains. April and May thus form the low season for visiting the camp.