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Siwandu: Interesting Facts
Siwandu: In depth
Siwandu (formerly Selous Safari Camp) is situated in its own secluded little part of the Siwandu area of the game reserve. It’s about a 45 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, right in the middle of a network of lakes and rivers that give it a huge diversity of wildlife.
The camp itself is split into two separate parts, offering even more privacy for its guests; it also gives a group the opportunity to take a whole side. The tents are all placed along the banks of the river giving them tremendous views of the animals coming to drink, especially the elephants that are frequent visitors to the area (mostly around supper time!). The tents are large and spacious with an elegant design that takes you back to the safari days of old. Everything about them is supremely comfortable and makes for an incredible stay. The most authentic Tanzanian honeymoon in the region.
Many of the guides have spent years in the Selous Game Reserve and know it like the back of their hand. They really are impressive be it on the water, on land or setting up your tent under the stars.
Over all our years in Tanzania safari we’ve never heard a bad word about Siwandu and our own experiences there have all been amazing.
Standards of guiding and wildlife expertise are hard to beat with many of the guides having spent all their years in the Siwandu. Taking the opportunity to fly-camp under the stars with the experts is extremely worthwhile. Typical days involve a morning and an afternoon game activity; on foot, by boat, or from an open sided vehicle, and for the anglers among you, a spot of fishing. Not to mention that the twenty minute drive from the airstrip to the camp seems to always muster an exciting introduction! As soon as you set down in the Selous the adventure begins...
Siwandu: Client Reviews
98% based on 9 customer reviews
This is a belated note of thanks for our trip to Selous Safari Camp....
We were greeted so graciously and cordially by Emil and staff with cool drinks, escorted to our exquisite rooms to freshen up and meet up for a boat ride, where our adventure began–and didn’t end until we left.
We saw every animal we had hoped to see, and many more. Giraffes, elephants, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, lions and cubs a few feet from our Jeep, chimpanzees with babies riding on their parent’s backs, even a large turtle walking along by itself. All agreed the high point was a sighting of Wild Dogs. Our driver was determined that we would see these rare animals. He did, and we saw them —and their cubs— migrate from one area to another. We never expected to see them, and treasure the video and photos we were able to get.
My favorite experience, was the day I took a nap while everyone went on the boat one more time. When I woke up, I sat at the antique desk on the veranda where I wrote postcards with a giraffe a few yard away, elegantly nibbling leaves . As if on cue, the man who took care of us, appeared with a tray of tea and freshly baked apple cakes. He was so gracious. As I enjoyed these delicacies, a baby elephant ambled slowly across our land. What a memorable afternoon.
I could go on and on. Altho I approached this trip with ‘fear and trembling,’ I would love to return. It goes without saying my husband, John Ledyard, was utterly thrilled with this trip: the quality of every detail, the experience itself, and becoming acquainted with Emil and all the lovely people at Selous, including the Maasai warriors.
With much appreciation and joy,
E Fleming and J Ledyard, UK
Selous Safari (private camp)
I don’t believe it gets any better than this. At Selou you get your own buttler and maid. The food is amazing. The staff is extremely friendly without being too on you. As honeyooners they gave us extra attention and organised the most amazing surprise dinner. In general -without giving away too much- these guys are good at surprises.
The game drives are wonderful, too. We saw more animals than we hoped for. The guides were absolute pro. We cried when we had to leave.
S Broeker, UK
Selous Safari Camp
If you are planning a trip to Selous and think this camp is outside your budget please push the boat out and stay there, you will not be disappointed. The camp is truly excellent. The accomodation is superb, to describe them as tents does not do them justice. The beds are huge. To shower outdoors whilst being watched by a baboon was quite an experience and to sit on your verandah watching giraffes a stones throw away was quite special. Elephants round the swimming pool was the icing on the cake. A word of warning – you will now get much sleep as the animals pass by under darkness but what a special thing to lie in bed listening. Food was excellent, I am a vegetarian and the chef was wonderful in making creations just for me. Pietro and Ricus run a superb ship, to be met by at least one of them with cold towels or a drink after every trip to make sure it was just so was a very personal touch and their company around the fire in the evenings was much welcomed. The guiding was superb, our guides surpassed all our expectations. It felt like whatever we wanted to see they managed to find! A safari in Selous is special, the small number of camps make you really feel like you have the place to yourselves. Go on the walking safari, you might not see big animals but it was fascinating to learn about animal life in the bush and to walk past a bush from which a hyena ran out was superb. All I would say is ignore the tip guide in your guidebook and bring double – you will want to thank everybody for making your stay so special.
J Ritzema, UK
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