Siwandu Safari Camp: The Lowdown

 

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Siwandu Safari Camp (formerly known as Selous Safari Camp) is a classic of the Tanzania safari scene. Things here just work, and rather blissfully too- this is one of our “safe bet” safari camps that we can rely on to deliver the magic.

What’s Siwandu Safari Camp really like?

Siwandu’s safari tents are large and attractive, with comfortable beds and a gorgeous shower open to the stars. In front they have a small deck looking out over the bush and towards Lake Nzerakera, which is perfect for watching animals on sleepy afternoons.

The heart of camp life is the mess tent. You might not notice, but the Siwandu’s split into two halves, north camp and south camp, each virtually identical and with their own mess tents (the major difference is that one side has 6 tents, the other 7). In the mess you’ll find a well-stocked bar – essential for your end of day sundowner- comfortable chairs to relax in, and the dining area. Each mess tent also has a small pool, which is a gorgeous spot to splash around in between game drives.

What can I do at Siwandu Safari Camp?

Game drives of course, are why you’re really at Siwandu. They’re conducted in open-sided 4 wheel drive vehicles. You’ll normally have 4-6 guests in each vehicle, plus your safari guide. Each day you’ll head out in the morning and afternoon in search of the magnificent wildlife that the Selous has to offer. We’d also particularly recommend taking a walking safari (best done in the coolest hours of early morning or late afternoon) and a boat safari on the lake- the boat safaris we did here are some of the very best in the Selous. If you’re feeling adventurous we can also arrange sleepouts at Siwandu’s fly-camp (please let us know if you want to do this as they need to be booked in advance).

Giving Back at Siwandu Safari Camp: The camp uses a solar inverter to reduce generator use, and filters its own water to reduce the use of plastic bottles. Siwandu’s involvements with community projects over the years has varied. It has sponsored a nearby farming project, so the local community can run a business supplying veggies to the safari camps of the Selous, and sponsored teachers in the Mloko community. In the future, Siwandu will co-ordinate donations from the camp and guests to fund sustainable, one-off, long term projects led by requests from the local community.

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