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Siwandu – Selous Game Reserve

From: $735.00

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 experience fully the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife of Selous Game Reserve. The Reserve is the largest in Africa, spanning 55,000km² and is four times larger than the Serengeti. Selous’ riverine wilderness and diverse habitat creates the perfect environment for a wealth of animals.



Siwandu rests in the lake shores and is perfectly located to enjoy a range of wildlife. Spaced along the shoreline the superbly-appointed accommodation ensures maximum privacy to soak up the sights and sounds of Selous.

From either of the wooden-decked verandas watch the bush come to life or relax with a gin and tonic as she blushes under sunset. The 10 spacious tents of canvas and mosquito netting allows for constant air-flow and enables guests to gaze upon the animals as they saunter past.

Each suite has a majestic king-sized bed under the overhead fan and an open-air stargazer. Solar-heated showers adjoin the en suite bathrooms.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Selous’ riverine wilderness supports an extraordinary array of vegetation and animals.  Due to the local topography around Siwandu the location is considered a prime position for superlative game viewing. Siwandu offers morning and evening game drives as well as walking safaris.

Selous has over 2,100 species of plants, in excess of 400 varieties of birds, more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population and over 120,000 buffalos. The Reserve’s 40,000 hippo and 4,000 lion are probably the largest populations on the continent. The parks also supports the planet’s largest population of rare wild dogs. This resplendence gives guests a rare opportunity to glimpse all of these animals in truly unspoilt landscape.

The elevated lounge and dining area offer views across the lake as you enjoy a drink from the bar or sample the excellent cuisine.

During the hotter parts of the day there is a shaded pool. The recliners are a perfect armchair safari.

Siwandu Private Camp

For the ultimate in luxury privacy and isolation, Siwandu can be booked exclusively in its entirety. This option is perfect for a large group, multi-generational party, photographic group or families with young children.

Booking Siwandu Private Camp allows exclusive use of vehicles and boats as well as its own manager and guides. Create your own private safari in the heart of the African bush.

Read our Country Information for advice on travel to Tanzania.

Have you considered Botswana as an equally stunning destination for your safari to Africa? Chikwenya Lodge in Mana Pools is a top safari lodge. Moremi Crossing in the Okavango Delta is also worth exploring.

How to Get There

Fly In

Fly into Dar Es Salaam with Turkish Airlines, KLM or Emirates. On arrival you will be met and escorted to the domestic area where you will board a light aircraft for the 45 minute flight to Siwandu.

This flight is a safari all on its own as you slowly realise the incredible size of Selous Game Reserve.

On arrival you will be met and driven to the camp by your guide.

For assistance with accommodation and flights at Dar es Salaam please contact us, we will make sure you’re well looked after and your holiday is seamless.


Rates and Seasons


July to October

Per person sharing $975-00

Single supplement $485-00

Child rate (6-18) $325-00


June, November – 15 March

Per person sharing $735-00

Single supplement $487-00

Child rate (6-18) $245-00

Please contact us for current special offers for 2019.


Game Drives

Accompanied by experts driver guides you will travel in comfortable open sided 4X4 vehicles and venture into the reserve to explore.

Game Walks

Walking in the African bush is an incredible opportunity to get closer to nature and discover the smaller creatures. The walk is slow paced and only available to guests 16 years and older.

Boat Cruises

Once the rains have fallen boat cruises venture into the myriad waterways of the Rufiji Delta, one on the largest in Africa. Explore Lake Nzerakera in sturdy metal boats with canopies to protect from the sun. Guests are able to experience the luxury of sundowners aboard the boats as the sun sets and hippo begin to emerge. Elephants are often seen in camp and close to the waters edge.

Birding here is absolutely excellent.


Includes / Excludes


  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Bush walks
  • Boat trips
  • Airstrip transfers
  • Local brand drinks
  • Laundry


  • Premium brand drinks
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Concession fees
  • Fishing
  • Domestic flights