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Unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime, a bucket list must!

We had an unforgettable time here in mid-November, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. The staff are excellent, the food of high quality and fresh (and lots of it!), and the views across the water including 24/7 hippos and crocs, and occasional baboons (all at a safe distance) fantastic. The rooms are comfortable and open-aired e.g. you get the sounds of the jungle and the occasional small visitors (geckos, small scorpions that run away from you) and sometimes some big visitors (we had hippos and buffalo but the staff insist on escorting you at night for this reason, and the animals are off elsewhere during the day). There is no air con in the rooms but in spite of daytime temperatures hitting mid 30s it never felt uncomfortably hot at night. It’s a relaxing vibe which is important as it’s early starts and you want to get the most out of the safari as it’s the main reason for going - and it’s sensational. You can sleep under the stars in the middle of the bush (we didn’t) but we did everything else - lots of jeep safari, a walking safari, water safari, hot springs and a night safari. You’ll need the right clothes to blend in and avoid biting insects - khakis and beiges - but the camp do laundry for free so no issue if you don’t have sets of clothes for every outing. Our guide (Godfrey) was a legend and from reading the guestbook he’s not the only one, very kind and understanding and so helpful and knowledgeable - we saw everything you can over 4 days including lions, leopards (a couple who were there at the same time as us saw a leopard kill too), elephants, giraffes, warthogs and so many more (all the big five other than rhinos!). Though there are smaller herds / prides here, that’s paired with an escape from crowds - you feel completely isolated here which doesn’t seem to be the case in Serengeti etc. Though four days is a good amount of time to explore and experience, we didn’t want to leave the Selous bubble!