of each banda. For those a little nervous of sleeping with just a mosquito net between them and the 'great outdoors' there is an ingenious arrangement of a curtain made out of tenting material, complete with gauze windows, which can be drawn across at night and securely fastened. The verandah itself reveals what must be one of the most magnificent views in Africa - a wild, unspoiled, wilderness stretching out to the far horizon liberally sprinkled with a wide variety of ‘big game’!
The main camp house is furnished in the style of a private house with comfortable seating and dining areas. Shaded and protected by a huge palm thatched roof there is also a full sized billiards table, a study with personal computer, the Eagle’s Nest lookout banda and the Parade Ground for communal meals. Meals are a moveable feast and are not confined to the formal dining areas and a feature of the camp is that each meal is taken at a different venue. Breakfast is usually taken in the bush.
The Treehouse is a wonderful experience that will certainly enhance your safari and give you an even greater fund of stories to take home. Just for two people, the Treehouse experience starts mid-afternoon when you leave the camp on foot accompanied by armed guides, to walk for approximately two hours through the splendid isolation of the Selous wilderness until you arrive at your home for the night - the Treehouse which is perched alongside and within a giant ancient leadwood tree overlooking a dry river bed. It one comes with a proper double bed swathed in mosquito netting and an en-suite bathroom complete with flush toilet! There is a choice of either sleeping under the stars or under the cover of a canvas pavilion - the bed comes complete with wheels, fine bed linen and a comfortable duvet - in fact everything one could wish for when sleeping up a tree in the middle of the African wilderness. After arrival and a welcoming cocktails enjoy a hot shower. As dusk turns to dark you are escorted to a clearing for a campfire dinner under the stars entertained and protected by your guide. After a romantic night of star gazing and being entertained by the sounds of the bush, the dawn brings birdsong and early morning tea, before heading off on foot to see the animals at their most prolific, returning for breakfast, where a suitably attired chef will cook up a gourmet breakfast to satisfy the heartiest appetite. The experience is completed by either walking or taking a game driving back to camp to resume the rest of your Beho Beho safari itinerary.
For total privacy and exclusivity there is Bailey’s Banda, a private villa positioned on the hillside overlooking the main camp that enjoys stunning views into the valley and the hippo pools which are certainly wild Africa at its very best. Staying in Bailey’s Banda is very much like having your own house in Africa. A luxurious haven for exploring the magnificent Selous game reserve but on your own terms - whether it is on foot, in your exclusive safari vehicle or your exclusive private boat on nearby Lake Tagalala. During the heat of the day what better than to have your own private pool, sun deck or the shade of a sun-umbrella and in the evenings dinner under the stars before settling down in the comfort of your own sitting room to enjoy some music or a movie before bed. Bailey’s Banda has two very spacious Beho Beho style en-suite bedrooms, one of them raised up on first floor level. Both have king-sized beds. The open-plan and open-sided main areas of the banda have many combinations of dining and relaxing spaces, together with a plunge pool and sunbathing/game viewing deck. The accent is on privacy with dedicated staff, its own kitchen (complete with chef) and exclusive safari vehicle. Game activities are tailor-made to suit you.
Beho Beho also has a number of boats stationed at Lake Tagalala, about a fifty minute drive from the camp. This excursion is usually done in the morning and offers very close encounter with the resident hippos and crocodiles as well as an amazing number of bird species. It culminates in breakfast under a shady tree and a walk to the nearby hot springs for a therapeutic swim in the warm mineral waters.
It is not always necessary to leave the camp to witness excellent game viewing as there is always something 'happening' around Beho Beho. The camp appears to be on a crossroads of animal migratory routes with the animals seeming to appear totally unconcerned about the human habitation. It is not unusual to see elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, impala, giraffe, wild dog, wart hog, hippo, baboon or hyena to name just a few, wandering through the camp at any time of the day or night. The flood lit water hole in front of the camp also enjoys a lot of activity, especially in the dry season, and boasts lion, leopard, serval and genet cats with pleasing regularity – but sadly not to order!!!
AT A GLANCE
- 8 Bandas
- Each banda has a separate dressing room leading into an en suite bathroom with twin basins, high flush WC and an ‘open air’ shower
- Bailey’s Banda which comprises 2 en-suite bedrooms with private plunge pool, dedicated staff, its own kitchen (complete with chef) and exclusive safari vehicle
- Swimming pool
- Big Five game reserve
- The first camp in the northern sector of the Selous Game Reserve perched on Kipalala Hill, offering panoramic views over the Rufiji river flood plain
- Early morning and late afternoon into evening game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles
- Boating excursions on Lake Tagalala & Maji Moto
- Guided bush walks accompanied by armed guides
- The bathrooms are supplied with Charlotte Rhys toiletries, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and soaps as well as a hair drier and his and hers bathrobes.
- All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, all safari activities, laundry
- Wi-Fi internet access in all bandas
- Generator supply giving 240v 50hz electricity