Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
At a Glance
Beautiful tented rooms
Watch elephants walking to the lake from your private deck
Swimming pool to cool off in during the midday heat
Fabulous views over Lake Nzelekela
Fantastic variety of activities available
The first camp in the Selous to reach FGASA guiding level 1 qualification, recognising their high standards of safari guiding
Sit around the camp fire in the evening with a drink and delicious canapes.Camilla Whitworth
Opt for a walking safari one morning and explore the area on foot with your expert guide.Camilla Whitworth
Enjoy the beautiful, almost beach-like, view from your tent, looking out over the lake.Scott Dunn team
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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Siwandu or take a look at our itineraries to Selous and southern Tanzania
The Selous is the largest protected reserve in Africa, three times larger than the Serengeti and with one of the highest concentrations of wildlife. At Siwandu the camp is split into North and South camp with a total of 13 spacious luxury tents raised on wooden platforms under palm canopies, with side and front verandahs to maximize the views over Lake Nzerakera. Each tent is spacious, with an octagonal shaped bedroom, and dressing area and ensuite bathroom to the side with open air shower.
North camp has six tents and the South camp has seven tents, each with its own swimming pools, dining and comfortable lounge areas, providing a very personal and intimate safari experience. It is possible to book either North or South camp on a private basis, ideal for family groups wanting a totally exclusive safari experience.
Siwandu prides itself on the highest standards of service, from the attentive waiters and bar staff, delightful tent attendants and the chef who provides delicious meals. The safari guides here are professional and highly knowledgeable, ensuring you get the most out of your game-viewing time here.
One of the highlights of a stay at Siwandu (formerly known as Selous Safari Camp) is to explore the lakes and tributaries of the Rufiji River by boat, with the occasional stop for a spot of fishing. Other activities include morning and afternoon game drives, and guided walking safaris. Guests can take their pick from these activities each morning and afternoon, allowing flexibility and ensuring every day here is different.
There is a total of 13 vast luxury tents raised onto wooden platforms with palm canopies and views. All the tents are designed with widest side to front, to maximize views and breeze, and with 6ft wide double beds with bedside tables & lamps and ceiling fans. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with double brass basins, cupboard space and dressing area. Adjoining is the shower area, which is open to the stars, and two verandas - one to the front off the bedroom, second off rear of tent.
Although there are no specific childcare facilities available in the camp, children aged 8 years old and over are most welcome to come and stay and an extra bed can be added in tents. It should be noted that children under 16 years of age are not permitted to take part in walking safaris in the Selous, but Siwandu do offer walks for kids around camp with fun quizzes to complete along the way.
Siwandu offers a dining area and bar raised on a viewing platform, with large comfortable sofas, and wildlife reference library. Table d’hote dining makes the most of African influences and local fresh fruit, vegetables & spices. There is a private swimming pool set in shade with day beds and towels. Wifi is not available but there is a laptop in the main area for guests use.
Game drives are in open-sided 4-wheel drive vehicles and led by expert guides. Other activities include boat safaris and fishing trips on the lake. It is possible to do game walks from camp or, for the more adventurous, walking safaris in pristine surroundings can be arranged.
Location & Directions
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Siwandu, previously known as Selous Safari Camp lies amongst trees on the banks of Lake Nzerakera, only 200 km west of Dar es Salaam in the mighty Selous Game Reserve, Southern Tanzania.
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, typically considered the best months for game-viewing as the wildlife is more concentrated around water sources and the grass is grazed and trampled down. Selous and southern Tanzania is typically hot and humid from December to May, without a dry period to break up the rains, so travel is not recommended during the British winter months.