Location: Selous & Southern Tanzania | Tanzania

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

Siwandu is in wildest Tanzania, on the banks of the Selous River, and is exactly what you think of when you imagine a classic safari. Picture G&Ts out on the veranda and bird-topped hippos bellowing in the bulrushes, and you’re pretty much there at the Selous safari camp!
Perfect forA classic Tanzanian safari, with the perfect balance between luxury and wilderness.
In the knowSiwandu has a no-night drive policy, but if you want the thrill of nocturnal rustlings and calls, we highly recommend their two-night fly-camp where you “rough it” in the bush.

Recommended for...

  • Family-friendly
  • Guiding
  • Honeymoon
  • Luxury Hotel

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Siwandu is 200km west of Dar Es Salaam, on the shores of Lake Nzerakera.

Rooms at Siwandu

The six tents at north camp, and the seven at the south camp have just the right amount of luxury for a real Out of Africa experience. Generously spaced along the lake shoreline, each tent enjoys total privacy, and peace (except of course for cackling hyenas, and the occasional elephant lumbering around in search of a snack). After a day's safari, you can choose between an open-air shower or a soak in your en suite bathroom, before sitting on your veranda and watching the animals make the watery commute home.

Food & Drink

The delicious cuisine takes full advantage of African influences, and makes the most of fresh local spices, fruit, and vegetables. 


Each of the two camps has a swimming pool, perfect for cooling off at the end of the day, and an elegant dining and viewing platform. As well as this, each camp is taken care of by a different host, and has its own vehicles and canopied river boat.

Activities at Siwandu

The Selous waterways add an exciting dynamic to the traditional safari, as it’s here that a myriad of species come together – often with spectacular results. Siwandu's guides will steer you through the waterways on the sturdy metal boat, passing baby elephants using their trunks as snorkels, watching out for lurking crocs, and snapping away at the incredible variety of birdlife. As well as this, there are game drives and walking safaris (the latter are great if you want to learn how to follow tracks).

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