Situated in the largest protected wilderness reserve on the continent, Siwandu (formerly Selous Safari Camp) comprises well appointed classic safari tents on the banks of the Rufiji River in one of the most photogenic and wildlife rich areas. Guided game viewing by boat, car and on foot.
Siwandu (formerly Selous Safari 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. North camp caters for 6 tents and the South camp caters for 7 tents, each with its own pool, dining and main area providing a very personal and intimate safari experience. The North camp can be partly or completely booked (4-6 tents) to ensure the ultimate "private" exclusivity.
The camp has prime position at the centre of this unique riverine and lake complex, with the highest concentration of African wildlife and myriad birdlife. There are no fences and no artificial modifications so animals may wander freely through the camp and often do. Hippos moving through the camp are a nightly occurence and some of Selous elephant frequently meander between the tents looking for a late night snack. The African sound of whooping hyenas and bellowing hippos is a constant background medley throughout the night causing the more wary traveller to check tent zips are secured.
Much as guests are encouraged to become at one with the bush surroundings, full consideration has been given to comfort within the camp itself. The 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.
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 traveler 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. All meals are complimented by a good wine selection. No movement between camps is required as each has its own host, game viewing vehicles, jetty for boat safaris and walking guides.
For that intimate, quiet, wild feeling, Siwandu is perfect for forgetting all the troubles of the modern world and immersing ones self in nature with just the right amount of luxury in a very remote wild location.
How to get here 45 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, with Siwandu airstrip just 10 minutes from camp. Transfers included from Siwandu airstrip to camp, 6 hrs by road from Dar es Salaam
Accommodation * Both camps together have a total of 13 vast luxury tents raised onto wooden platforms with palm canopies & views. * Tents designed with widest side to front, to maximize views and breeze. * 6ft wide double beds with bedside tables & lamps. * Ceiling fans and ambient 240v lighting. * En suite bathrooms with double brass basins, cupboard space and dressing area. Adjoining shower area open to the stars. * Two verandas - one to front off the bedroom, second off rear of tent
Lounge & Dining Dining area and bar raised on 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.
Swimming pool Private swimming pool set in shade with day beds and towels.
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).
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 is a birders' paradise with more than 300 bird species.
* 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.
Full board + 2 activities per day.
Drinks, tip, snack, laundry and other personal needs.