We booked for 3 nights in this lodge as a last part of our safari trip through this part of tanzania (we came in from ruaha) and this before moving on to zanzibar.
This place is split in two 'different' camps, we initialy thought although they would be at seperate parts of the reserve, in fact they are just next to eachother, each having their own facilities, only sharing the reception area...
We were welcomed by Emiel, whom travels in between the different camps and has lot's of things to tell on their history and daily life, very interesting ! The tents in this camp are great, good view on the lake, good privacy, each have two decks, outdoor shower, very nice ! There is also a pool in the camp and at night time hippo's and the occasional elephant might walk by your tent.
The boat trips on the lake were great, nice touch were the bush breakfasts, the game walk was a bit more disappointing to us, we were put together with a group of 'retired' people, we walked the first hour less than 1 km... And if the 'stops' on the walk would have been interesting it would be ok, but in fact we heard the same 'stories/explanation' we had heard during the game drives and boat ride !
In fact this is what we would consider the 'weaker' point (for us) in this lodge : we we're put 3 times with another group and other guides, which makes it obviously difficult to get a more 'personal' touch and approach. The guides we had were ok, but seemed surprised to find people asking for more detailed/different questions, and not going for the more 'obvious' questions ... (We had two game drives on our own - the other guests decided to relax in their tent - and even then with having explained our interest in 'everything - great and small' , we had the same 'experience')
This camp is great for first timers to Africa and honeymoners, the food is good, staff excellent, the setting is nice, everything is organized in time, you know where and at what time you'll eat, in fact it's a nice wildlife 'resort' ; we would recommend this place certainly to people looking for a relaxing time combined with an easy gameviewing experience .. We had a good time, just felt a bit disappointed on the guiding and missed the real 'bush experience'..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Siwandu is delightfully situated within an open palm forest on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, a massive lake adjoining the Great Rufiji River. All safari tents are widely spaced along the lake shore ensuring maximum privacy and wonderful views. Blending in superbly with its natural surroundings in what is considered the prime wildlife area of the Selous Game Reserve, with incredible game viewing including the rare African Wild Dog. Offering a range of activities from 4WD game drives, dawn game walks and boating cruises. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Selous Safari Camp Hotel Selous Game Reserve
- Siwandu Tanzania/Selous Game Reserve