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Camping at our Selous Bush Campsite

The Selous National Park is the largest wildlife area in Africa; at 55,000 square kilometers this UN World Heritage site is larger than Switzerland. The concentrations of wildlife is therefore understandably huge.

It boasts Tanzania’s largest population of elephant as well as large numbers of buffalo, hippo and wild dog. Other species commonly seen are lion, bushbuck, impala, giraffe, eland, baboon, zebra and greater kudu. The park also has over 350 bird species and 2000 plant species.

In association with KIYODEA we have setup a community campsite located only an hour away from Kilwa, on the shores of Lake Maliwe in the buffer zone surrounding the park. The villagers maintain the site and act as our guides in the area. We always see crocodiles and hippos on the lake and occasionally run into some larger mammals on guided walking safaris and boat safaris.
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Camping in a settlement enables you to glean knowledge from people who have an intimate relationship with the bush whilst, the financial rewards reaped by the villagers are ploughed back into health and social care for the whole community.

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camping selous game reserve lake maliwe

Camping at our Selous Bush Campsite

In association with KIYODEA, a local Tanzanian NGO based in Kilwa Masoko, we have established a bush camapsite within the buffer zone of the Selous Game Reserve.

 Being situated within the buffer zone of this great conservation area means that human / animal interaction are common within the villages. The villagers have problems with elephants and baboons destroying and raiding crops and they share Lake Maliwe with a large population of hippos and crocodiles.

In 2012 construction began on a simple camping facility at the lake shore as a self sustainable means of income for the local villagers. The construction was funded by Kilwa Beach Lodge through KIYODEA and the villagers setup a NGO to handle the finances. The charges levied by the villagers are put towards fundraising targets to help the local area.

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Camping at our Selous Bush Campsite These targets include:

  • Crop protection measures
  • Human / Wildlife interaction investigations
  • Medical aid for the local dispensary and ward clinic
  • Educational equipment for local schools
  • Water provision for the village through a new borehole.

We encourage all guests on a trip to Kilwa Beach Lodge to visit the beautiful lake-shore and to help the local community.

For more information on KIYODEA please click here

Selous Facts
  • Largest game reserve in Africa.
  • Tanzania’s largest population of wild dog and elephant
  • Non- profit making community campsite setup in buffer zone.
  • Only an hour away from Kilwa, camp next to hippos!
KIYODEA Facts
In association with the Tanzanian NGO we have vowed to improve the lives of people living in KIYODEA.

The research centre was constructed as a means of income generation.

To find out more about the NGO and how you can help please see their website:

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