Kiba Point. Selous. Southern Tanzania
Why we love it
The Selous Game Reserve is the largest in Africa covering a massive 44 800 square kilometres. Kiba Point is in shady forest on the edge of the sweeping great Rufiji River where you will see great pods of hippos and massive crocodiles on its sand banks. From this private and luxurious base you can experience the wonderful diversity of Northern Selous by vehicle, boat and on foot. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, wild dog and even the very illusive black rhino are found in this reserve. Kiba Point is part of NomadTanzania and its founder Richard Bonham first came to this area on walking safaris. He also developed the highly acclaimed Sand River Selous.
What to expect
Kiba Point has 4 en suite rooms each with private pools, verandas and indoor and outdoor bathrooms. They rooms are raised and entirely open at the front (they are zippered closed at night) to take advantage of the spectacular river views. The main area has a lounge, dining area and large swimming pool.
What to do
You'll have the freedom to explore the Rufiji River, it's tributaries and sand channels. We loved exploring the river by boat and seeing crocodiles, hippos and great bird life. It's also fascinating discovering the lakes and woodland of this quiet area in complete privacy with your own guide. Don't miss a boat trip down to Stiegler's Gorge where we have also seen groups of wild dogs on the shores. A highlight for adventurous types is flycamping under the stars. Fishing is also on offer.
Kids With boats and game drive vehicles to explore the Selous, there is plenty of diversity for children. Kiba Point welcomes children of 8 years and older and having your own camp means that you will have plenty of freedom to plan your own activities. Fly camping and walking activities are offered to children of 12 years and over.
The good news
The Nomad Trust was set up in 2007 in areas of Tanzania where Nomad Tanzania operates its safari camps and supports various community and environmental projects. One of the principal ones in this area is the Selous Rhino Project which is run in partnership with the Frankfurt Zoological society.
When to go
The main safari season is from June to October when its dry and animals tend to be more visible. There are light rains in November and December but it does not usually affect travel and often brings interesting flowers and birds. During January and February the rain increases and the game becomes more dispersed but its a wonderful time for seeing young animals. The camp is closed from the end of March to the end of May.
How to get there
There are daily flights to the Kiba Airstrip from Dar es Salaam, Ruaha, Zanzibar and northern Tanzania. A trip to Selous combines very well with visits to Zanzibar, Serengeti and the islands of Northern Mozamique.