Fantastic staff who made you feel at home and at ease. Tents are more than comfortable, very clean and there is an outside shower to enjoy that real bush-feeling.

Tina S 29 yrs, The Netherlands, Read 17 reviews »

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Siwandu

  • Watch the sun set over Lake Nzerakera and absorb the breathtaking landscape
  • Beautifully appointed rooms with stunning views
  • Have breakfast by the water and dinner under the African stars

Facilities include

Swimming pool Restaurant Relaxing lounge area Thriving bird species

Activities include

  • Game Walks
  • Game Drives
  • Boat Cruises
  • Fly Camping
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About

About Siwandu

Broadly spaced along the lakeshore, Siwandu's superbly appointed accommodation ensures maximum privacy and every opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of Selous. From either of the wooden decked verandas sit with a cup of tea at sunrise watching the bush come to life, or relax with a gin and tonic as the bush blushes under sunset.

The spacious octagonal tents of canvas and secure mosquito netting and topped in thatch, not only allows for constant air-flow, but also enables guests to gaze upon the animals as they saunter past. Observe them while reclining on the majestic king sized bed under the overhead fan or from the open-air stargazer, solar-heated showers which adjoin the en-suite bathrooms.

Siwandu is evenly divided into two more intimately sized camps; North Camp and South Camp. Each camp has its own lounge, well stocked bar and dining area, and each has its own kitchen where chefs produce fine cuisine. All meals are complimented by a good wine selection. No movement between camps is required as each has its own host, guides, swimming pool, game vehicles and jetty for boat safaris.

For that intimate, uninterrupted, bush experience, Siwandu is perfect for forgetting all the troubles of the modern world and immersing oneself in unspoilt nature with just the right amount of bush luxury.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

Sheltered in a grove of palms on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, part of the watery byways of the Rufiji River system, Siwandu is perfectly situated to fully experience the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife of Selous Game Reserve.

The Reserve is the largest in Africa, spanning 55,000kmĀ² and is four times larger than the Serengeti. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Selous’ riverine wilderness and diverse habitat creates the perfect environment for a wealth of animals of all shapes and sizes as well as support an extraordinary array of different vegetation types. Due to the local topography around Siwandu, its location is considered the undisputed prime position for superlative game viewing.

Selous has over 2,100 species of plants, in excess of 400 varieties of birds, more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population, over 120,000 buffalos, and the Reserve's 40,000 hippo and 4,000 lion are probably the largest populations on the continent, not to mention it is home to the planet’s largest population of rare wild dogs; giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt landscape.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR
Siwandu Airstrip is a 5-minute drive from camp.
Siwandu Airstrip is a 45-minute flight from Dar es Salaam.
Siwandu Airstrip can be reached by planes coming from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Zanzibar, Mafia Island and Ruaha.

AIRLINES
Coastal Aviation
Safari Airlink
ZanAir

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Selous Game Reserve is wonderful to visit throughout the safari season. The months from June to October tend to be dry and warm with a temperature range of 16˚C at night to 35˚C in the day; at this time of year the animals are drawn to dwindling water supplies in the lakes around the river and with vegetation sparse, this is the perfect season for walking and for larger concentrations of game.

In this coastal area of Tanzania, the short rains fall during November and December and brings about a spring time in Selous. The plant life and flowers burst into life, followed by the insects and stunning variety of birdlife. The game during this green season can be more scattered than the winter months but around water sources sightings remain good and is the main reproductive time of year so a wonderful opportunity to see baby animals. From November through to March it heats up with a temperature range between the high 20˚C at night and high 30 ˚C, sometimes low 40 ˚C during the heat of the day; which makes Siwandu’s shaded swimming pools a deliciously cool pleasure.

During the long rains, in April and May, the camp is closed.

LOW SEASON:
1st June - 30th June
1st November - 14th December
8th January 2015 - 15th March

HIGH SEASON:
1st August - 31st October
15th December 2014 - 7th January

Important Information

On all light weight aircraft in Tanzania there is a strict weight restriction of 15kg / 33lbs and soft bags are requested for easy storage.

Tanzania is a malaria zone; the best precaution is to be well prepared. Please be advised by your GP.

Travel with plenty of insect repellent – we can recommend any citronella based repellents and MosiGuard as it is not only effective but also natural.

Pack long sleeved shirts and trousers for the evening.

Keep tent closed from sunset to prevent the mosquitos from entering your bedroom.

Carry antihistamine or hydrochortozone cream to reduce any itching caused from insect bites.

Final bills are payable in US Dollars, Tanzanian Shillings, Euros and Pounds Sterling; credit cards
(Mastercard, Visa) but a 5% surcharge is applicable.

Please be aware US Dollars will only be accepted if they are post-issue 2006.

Please note Siwandu is situated in a remote location and therefore after Dar es Salaam you will
not have access to an ATM or bank.

All rooms are fitted with a small safe which can be programmed by the guest.

There is phone signal in Jongomero but WIFI is not provided however they provide a laptop with internet connection in the reception area for guest usage free of charge

Children

Travelling with children

Children aged 6 and over are welcome.
Child rate (6-11 yrs) is 50% of accommodation rate (excl. park fee) when sharing with an adult.
If guests are to book Siwandu Private Camp then no child policies apply. Children in camp are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times.

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