The serenely luxurious Siwandu, previously named Selous Safari Camp, is located in the game-rich Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Known for its incredible size, the Reserve is four times larger than the Serengeti and is home to a diverse range of African wildlife. Over 1,000,000 large animals roam the endless grasslands that are dotted with iconic “flat topped” African trees. An oasis in the wilderness, Siwandu rests along the shore of Lake Nzerakera, which joins up with the Rufiji River, attracting a wealth of game and providing a habitat to one of the largest hippo and crocodile populations in Africa.
Described as “above and beyond all expectations” by guests, Siwandu is divided into two small and intimate camps. Separated by wide spaces, spacious tents – of the luxury kind – are arranged into six tents in the North and seven tents in the South. For families or groups travelling together, the North Camp can be booked for full exclusive use for a minimum of eight guests.
Charming and authentically African, the en-suite tents have been furnished with special attention to detail, offering private hot al-fresco showers and cool ceiling fans. Open-sided with thatched roofs, the tents are understatedly chic and overlook the sundrenched landscape. Secluded and quiet, each camp has its own swimming pool, own kitchen, own chef, own dedicated and friendly host and own game viewing vehicle. Decks overlook the quiet lake that gets bathed in vibrant orange light at sunset. A jetty provides a launch for boat safaris, which are an exciting way to view the water-based wildlife.
Unlike many other safari camps, days start slowly at the camp as the main game only become active later in the day. Guides offer walking safari’s and game drives that are tailor-made to suit their guests and get the most out of the time available. For early-risers, birdlife is prolific from early in the day.
Game viewing ends at 19h00 when the park closes, allowing guest to relax, refresh and enjoy a pre-dinner drink before sitting down to dinner. In the evenings, lanterns are lit and transform the camp into a romantic hideaway.