Selous Butembo – the eco friendly tented lodge on the banks of the mighy Rufiji River. 

Butembo is an eco friendly rustic lodge sited on the banks of the mighty Rufiji River. This unique location evokes magic feelings of being taken back where mankind began. Situated on the edge of the second largest game reserve in Africa, the home of one of the largest flora and fauna reserves in the world.

The lodge is family run, everyone you will meet there lives and breathes Selous and the thought of  a place in the wilderness that makes you feel at home. In spacious single or double tents, each with an en suite shower, hand basin and toilet and comfortable beds. Each tent has internal and external seating areas offering amazing views of the Rufiji River.

The Mbuyu Lounge and Bar built around the baobab tree provide you with a fairy like experience of sunset during a sundown; while  the sunrise is always an incredible view seen from our Kiereni Restaurant in which delicious meals are served.

By the way: If you really need to use the internet (we know, sometimes it cannot be avoided) wi-fi is available at our Mbuyu Lounge and Kiereni Restaurant.

A message from the owner

Hello and a warm welcome to our Selous Butembo Lodge site!

As the founder of Selous Butembo Lodge may I share briefly my own story which led to the founding of the Lodge: even though born and raised in Tanzania, I spent half of my life in urban areas and big cities all over the world, working as a journalist and film producer. As much as I enjoyed what I did, deep inside of me, there was always this yearning and a dream that persisted and actually grew with every year surrounded by busy city life: to spend more time in my country’s fabled vast, magical, mesmerizing and awe inspiring environment. Therefore, when filming an environmental series in the Selous Game Reserve, I came across this untamed, fascinating spot on the banks of the mighty Rufiji River; with a fauna of natural maintained closed trees from which the monkeys were greeting me, I knew what I had to do – to turn my dream into reality: set up a rust, eco friendly accommodation – the Butembo Lodge. Today I am more than happy to share this dream with my guests from all over the world and to help turning their safari experience into an unforgettable one- KARIBU at Butembo Lodge!

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I am looking forward to hearing from you – very soon I hope?

Beatrix Mugishagwe