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Siwandu

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Traditional safari camp
- Vast, unspoilt Reserve
- Fantastic staff
- Old favourite

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Overview

Siwandu Lodge is a traditional safari camp situated on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, in the unspoilt Selous Game Reserve. An area with abundant wildlife that can be explored by boat, vehicle and on foot, this is a genuine bush experience.

The camp is divided into two, North and South, both with their own main areas, hosts and staff. Each camp houses between twelve and fourteen guests in six large canvas tents. Facilities include elevated lounge areas with comfortable seating, bar and dining area as well as a pleasant pool. An unfenced camp, guests can expect to see wildlife wandering through as they enjoy a candlelit dinner!

Guided activities include game drives in open sided 4wd vehicles, boat safaris in canopied boats (ideal for hippo and crocodile spotting), and walking safaris teaching you more about the flora in the area. Overnight fly camping can also be arranged at an additional cost.

The accommodation comprises twelve large and high-quality octagonal tents with thatched roofs to maintain a comfortable temperature. With private wooden decks, open air showers and king size beds they add a touch of comfort to the genuine safari feel.

Children aged 6 years and up are welcome at Siwandu, although only two children are permitted in each part of the camp at any one time and the management does place firm emphasis on parental responsibility for children during their stay. As is the case across the Selous, walking safaris and fly camping are only available to children of 16 years and over. Triple or quadruple room configuration is possible, with a maximum of two children in any one tent. While it’s true that there may be more suitable options for families with younger children, this is a great option for any family with older children looking for a true wilderness experience.

Siwandu is a long-standing camp with excellent staff in a fantastic location. It’s a great option for adventurous travellers looking to immerse themselves in nature with a few creature comforts thrown in.

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Suggested Itineraries for Siwandu

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Tailor-made Luxury 11 days

Adults from $8,434 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $707 per person economy class from London

Explore Selous and Ruaha National Parks in Southern Tanzania and relax on the Tanzania coast.

Tailor-made Luxury 11 days

Adults from $8,223 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $707 per person economy class from London

Families from $6,590 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $707 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 495 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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