Sleek new safari camp in Tanzania

Eight-tented Roho ya Selous is set in the heart of the Selous Game reserve and offers regular wildlife encounters

Asila Africa’s Roho ya Selous is a sleek and stylish new camp in the heart of Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve
Asila Africa’s Roho ya Selous is a sleek and stylish new camp in the heart of Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve

The vast Selous Game Reserve, covering 50,000sq km of southeast Tanzania, is a different landscape to the open savannahs of the Serengeti or the soft, blanketed hills of Kenya. It’s also a crucible of the conflict between sustainability and development, with uranium mining interests jostling for primacy at its borders and poaching having depleted its rhino and elephant populations.

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It’s therefore heartening that Asilia Africa (asiliaafrica.com) – which already has excellent safari and conservation form in the country – is setting up operations down here, amid still fairly abundant numbers of hippo, giraffe, cheetah, leopard and wild dog. Roho ya Selous (from $700) is Asilia’s very sleek and stylish new camp set on a bluff in the heart of the reserve, with eight guest tents and a crack team of guides who are there not just to find singular wildlife encounters, but to engage with the curious to help them understand the increasingly high stakes in this most urgent game of custodianship.

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