Selous Game Reserve

Accommodation Type

Tented Camp

Accommodation Level
DeluxeSomething special. Indulge yourself with a high-quality experience.
Price Guide


If you want to push the boat out a little but still keep that authentic safari feeling and be sure of a great location within Selous, then look no further than Siwandu.  It’s one of our favourite luxury options.

Siwandu, once known as Selous Safari Camp, may be more expensive than many of the other Selous lodges, but we think it is worth it if your budget allows.  The service and the guiding here are excellent.  Combine this with elegant decor and thoughtful touches and you have an authentic safari experience with more than a touch of luxury.  It’s a great choice for a honeymoon.

Most of the lodge and the tented rooms are built on elevated platforms, with spacious wooden decks a feature throughout the camp. The height gives an advantage as far as admiring the views is concerned and allows you to observe the wildlife as it wanders through camp.  The different levels throughout the main area provide plenty of quite corners for you to make yourself at home.

Siwandu is actually two camps in one, and depending on how many people are in camp, or if you are part of a group, one or both sections of the camp can be used.  That said, even when full there are only 13 tents in total; 6 tents in North Camp and 7 tents in South Camp, so you’ll never feel part of a crowd.

From here you can take excellent game drives in open vehicles, but they also offer boat safaris, fishing and bush walks too

Times to Go

Selous Game Reserve offers good game viewing throughout the safari season, however the camp closes for the long rains in April and May.

Siwandu highlights

  • Game drives & river safaris
  • Romance & adventure
  • Lake shore setting
  • Superb game viewing
  • Fantastic birding

Siwandu location



  • 13 safari tents
  • Closed April & May
  • Children aged 6+ are welcome


  • Swimming pool
  • Laundry
  • Computer with internet connection


  • Game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Boat cruises
  • Game walks
  • Fishing

Siwandu rooms

There are 13 spacious octagonal tented rooms at Siwandu, each with a thatch roof to keep things cool. Space is not a problem and the tents have been built to ensure privacy for the occupants.

The décor is elegant, with a distinct nod towards a classy and authentic safari of yesteryear with crisp white linen, natural coloured fabrics, with splashes of red thrown in, and beautifully carved wooden furniture.

There are ample places to relax and enjoy your surroundings be it under cover of the thatch or out on a shaded area of the deck enjoying the views of the lake.  A nice touch is the outdoor en-suite shower which is open to the sky so you can shower under the stars if you wish.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Selous Safari Company believes strongly in investing in the future of Tanzania. They are heavily involved in education sponsorship, supporting local charities, environmental programmes and wildlife conservation.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.