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Siwandu

Vintage A lodge or tented camp with very good food and service, and many have swimming pools. The rooms/tents are of good size but perhaps not as large as "Classic" properties. Facilities could be "Classic," but located in a sub-standard game viewing area.

Siwandu lies on the banks of Lake Nzerekera, a back water to the Rufiji River. Each of the camp's 12 safari tents is on its own raised timber platform, affording guests an unmatched experience of the African bush. This area of Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) is highly populated with game and viewing from one's tent is often spectacular.

Game viewing is conducted from open 4x4 vehicles, specially adapted for close-up game viewing, are made early morning and in the evening. The camp also offers game viewing by boat, an opportunity for you to obtain close-up photographs and views of the many hippo wallowing in the water and the large crocodiles lurking on the banks. And don't forget walking safaris: they're a 'must do' here with the expert guides. In the afternoon, when it is hot, you may want to just lie around the pool.

Traveler Feedback

After the northern Serengeti, Ruaha and Selous were a lovely contrast. Mwagusi Camp in Ruaha was very enjoyable:  our guide Geoffrey was outstanding. We had an unexpected wild dog experience, a fine leopard, the lion who came to our bush breakfast, repeated visits to a very active hyena den, and an amazing lion pride enjoying their own dinner.  Breakfast with Chris Fox on our last morning at Mwagusi was an added pleasure.

Last but not least, Siwandu Camp in Selous was fantastic. George and Emma were fine hosts, our guide Kim was exceptional, and Matthew who made all of our meals a joy, including ugali – the traditional way and our bush breakfast after a walking safari. Boating on the lake also made for a very different experience, with plenty of crocodiles and hippos added to the usual mix. 

Peter Cvek

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