Roho ya Selous

Location: Selous & Southern Tanzania | Tanzania

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

Nestled on a wooded peninsula between Lake Manze and Lake Nzerakera, Roho ya Selous is a haven of tranquillity for visitors to the Selous and a superb base from which to enjoy the varied activities for which the reserve is renowned. Lovely public areas, spacious comfortable rooms and even a secluded swimming pool all combine to help make this a truly wonderful spot for a safari.
Perfect forWildlife enthusiasts looking to be at one with nature whilst still enjoying the luxurious touches associated with a modern safari experience.
In the knowThe camp is owned by the East African safari operator Asilia Africa, who also own camps in the nearby Ruaha National Park, so combining Roho with one or both of their camps there will make for a magical way to spend a week in Southern Tanzania.

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Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Set in a secluded grove of trees with views out to the lakes, Roho is a wonderfully quiet camp, but one that still offers easy access to the prime driving and walking areas of Selous, as well as the waterways and channels which attract visitors here for the abundance of avian life.

Rooms at Roho ya Selous

Roho has eight safari tents, including a two-bedroom family tent, which are set in a semi-circle around the public areas. The tented rooms all have stone floors, mesh walls and spacious bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. Cosy sitting areas are found in each room and the beds are equipped with the revolutionary air-cooling system Evening Breeze, a subtle but effective alternative to air-conditioning. With the bush just yards away, you’ll get a real sense of being in the wilderness whilst relaxing in your tent.

Food & drink

As one would expect from a camp of such quality, the food at Roho is superb, but mealtimes remain a hugely laid-back affair. Breakfasts are enjoyed either in-camp or, if the morning activity has been a long one, out in the bush, with both continental and cooked breakfasts on offer. Buffet lunches are usually in the shaded dining tent and have plenty of light salads on offer, along with delicious fresh-baked bread. Evening meals are taken either out in the dry riverbed in front of the camp or on the lawn in front of the bar - fittingly for Africa, these usually involve plenty of meat grilled over an open fire, although vegetarians are well catered for as well.


Despite its remote location there is a swimming pool tucked away to one side of the lodge which is a popular place to relax in the afternoons.

Activities at Roho ya Selous

No two days at this fantastic camp have to be the same, given the sheer variety of activities that are on offer. Go on morning and afternoon game drives to explore the area around the camp, which allow you to have close encounters with a huge variety of wildlife. Longer morning drives offer the chance to visit and even swim in the hot springs found in the Selous, which is a fantastic experience.

Those looking to be energetic can enjoy walking safaris, which are great for seeing the smaller things often missed when on a vehicle, such as birds in the trees, and your expert guide will bring the local landscapes to life.

Boating safaris are hugely popular in the Selous and an ideal way to spend the afternoon, and you can try your hand at catching tigerfish and catfish on a catch and release basis. The camp also has a very smart fly-camping set-up which is an amazing way to spend a night out in the bush for those on longer stays.

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Hotel location

Roho ya Selous is 15 minutes’ drive from the Selous Mbuyu airstrip, which is an hour-long light aircraft flight from Dar-es-Salaam.

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