Siwandu (formerly Selous Safari Camp) is delightfully situated within an open palm forest on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, a massive lake adjoining the Great Rufiji River. Blending in superbly with its natural surroundings in what is one of the most scenic areas of the Selous Game Reserve. Set amongst trees on the banks of Lake Nzerakera, one of the oxbow lakes that bejewel Selous Game Reserve, southern Tanzania.

The camp as a whole is comprised of two separate camps, North and South. North camp possessing 6 tents and South camp with 7 tents. In this way, there is never the feeling of having too many people around and each camp can provide a high level of seclusion enabling guests to become familiar with all their fellow travelers as well as the staff. Each section has its own swimming pool, well stocked bar and dining area, and each has its own well supplied kitchen where our chefs produce the finest cuisine. No movement between camps is required as each has its own host, game viewing vehicles, jetty for boat safaris and walking guides.

Location
Siwandu Camp is a classic luxury tented camp located on the banks of Lake Nzerakera in the most prolific and thrilling game viewing area of the Selous Game Reserve.

Closest Airstrip
The closest airstrip is Siwandu airstrip. It is a 45 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, with Siwandu airstrip being just 10 minutes from camp.

Accommodation
Siwandu has 13 spacious tents are luxuriously appointed, with en suite bathrooms and open air hot water showers. Ceiling fans are present in all the rooms situated above the king sizes beds where guests can rest away the exertions of the morning activity and cool down during the heat of the day before heading out again later.

All safari tents are widely spaced along the lake shore ensuring maximum privacy and wonderful views. Each tent sits atop its own raised timber platform with two large verandahs on either side where one can sit with a cup of tea in the morning watching the bush come to life at African sunrise, or nursing a gin and tonic as the bush gets ready for the night at sunset.

Lounge & Dining
The Siwandu Camp dining area and bar are raised on a viewing platform, with large comfortable sofas, and wildlife reference library. Table d’hôte dining makes the most of African influences and local fresh fruit, vegetables & spices. All meals are complimented by a good wine selection.

Swimming pool
Private swimming pool set in shade with day beds and towels.

Internet facility
Internet facility is available at a cost of USD 5 for 15 minutes.

Wildlife
The river & lake systems around the camp attract a huge diversity of animals including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile. The area is also home to one of the few remaining wild dog populations in the world.

Birding
The Selous Game Reserve is a birders’ paradise with more than 300 bird species.

Activities

  • Game drives in open-sided 4-wheel drive vehicles.
  • River safaris in boats with outboard motors.
  • Game walks.
  • Fishing (subject to conditions and fee to be paid in camp).
  • Walking Safari/ Mobile bush camping (fly camping) in pristine surroundings (pre-booking essential).

Season
June to September: Dry and warm – animals are drawn to dwindling water supplies in the lakes around the river. With vegetation sparse, this is the perfect season for walking and for larger concentrations of game.
October – March: Hotter and greener. This is the season for bird and plant lovers and is the main reproductive time of year so a good time for seeing young. There’s a chance of rain in November and December, flowers are in abundance and the deciduous trees are starting new growth.