Location: Selous & Southern Tanzania | Tanzania

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

Siwandu is in wildest Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Nzerakera in the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of spectacular, unspoiled landscapes that is home to more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population and a wide variety of wildlife and birdlife. This 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!
Perfect forA memorable Tanzanian safari, with the perfect balance between luxury and wilderness.
In the knowSiwandu can be booked privately for the ultimate safari experience, with exclusive use of the camp's vehicles, boats and guides, as well as the pool and dining and lounge areas. 

Recommended for...

  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Landscapes & Scenery
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Guiding

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Siwandu sits on the shores of Lake Nzerakera in the Selous Game Reserve, 200km west of Dar es Salaam. 

Rooms at Siwandu

The 10 spacious octagonal canvas tents, topped with thatch, 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 seclusion (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 solar-heated shower or a soak in the tub in your private bathroom, before settling 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 fruit, vegetables and spices. Take in the panoramic views from the elevated lounge and dining area, and have a drink from the well-stocked bar.


The shaded pool is perfect for cooling off at the end of the day, or simply relax on a poolside sunlounger.

Activities at Siwandu

Go on safari in comfortable 4WD open-sided vehicles to see the wildlife of the reserve, while walking safaris are fantastic for getting close to nature, following animal tracks and discovering the ecosystems of the reserve.

You’ll also get to venture on the water - the Rufiji River delta is the largest in east Africa, and adds an exciting dynamic to the traditional safari, as it’s here that a myriad of species come together - often with spectacular results. Siwandu's expert guides can take you out on Lake Nzerakera in one of the camp’s sturdy metal boats with covered canopies, or the pontoon boat, passing baby elephants using their trunks as snorkels. Watch out for lurking crocs, and snap away at the incredible variety of birdlife. Enjoy a memorable sunset trip, and sip sundowners as you go along. You might even spot a group of elephants crossing the river as the sun sets - magical.

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Hotel location

You can fly to the Siwandu airstrip on a 45-minute flight from Dar es Salaam (you can also fly here from other locations, including Arusha, Ruaha and Zanzibar). It is then just a five-minute drive to Siwandu from the airstrip.

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