Information

Location

On the shores of Lake Nzerakera in the northern section of Selous Game Reserve, Southern Tanzania.
GPS co-ordinates of Siwandu Airstrip: 7° 41 '27 " S - 38 ° 08 '21 " E
Rwy 1200m, elev SL, 18/36
GPS co-ordinates of Siwandu Main Camp: 7° 40 '19 " S - 38 ° 07 '23 " E

Travel

Flying
Guests will be usually collected by car at Siwandu Airstrip, which is 5 mins drive from camp. If planes to Mtemere or Mbuyu are only available please advise your reservations consultant and we will gladly collect you from there however please note the journey back to camp will be up to an hour. Coastal Aviation, Safari Airlink and ZanAir fly to Siwandu Airstrip from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Zanzibar, Kilwa, Mafia and Ruaha.  Approximate flight time from Dar es Salaam is 45 mins

Driving
Enter via the Matambwe Gate (Please note we do not take bookings whereby guests come with their own car and driver/guide. Unless guests do game drives with our guides. The driver can then be booked in the guide tent.)

Seasons

Selous Game Reserve is wonderful to visit throughout the safari season.  The months from June to October tend to be dry and warm with a temperature range of 16˚C at night to 35˚C in the day; at this time of year the animals are drawn to dwindling water supplies in the lakes around the river and with vegetation sparse, this is the perfect season for walking and for larger concentrations of game.

In this coastal area of Tanzania, the short rains fall during November and December and brings about a spring time in Selous.  The plant life and flowers burst into life, followed by the insects and stunning variety of birdlife.  The game during this green season can be more scattered than the winter months but around water sources sightings remain good and is the main reproductive time of year so a wonderful opportunity to see baby animals.  From November through to March it heats up with a temperature range between the high 20˚C at night and high 30 ˚C, sometimes low 40 ˚C during the heat of the day; which makes Siwandu’s shaded swimming pools a deliciously cool pleasure.  During the long rains, in April and May, the camp is closed.

Activities

Due to the regional topography and the proximity to water sources, our activities generally leave after a leisurely breakfast, which leaves more time to explore the reserve before returning for lunch.  Early drives can be arranged in camp on request and subject to availability.  Evening activities start out after tea under the trees and return for evening drinks around the camp fire.  Night drives are not allowed in the Selous.  To avoid the heat of the midday sun, game walks are either at dawn or in the early evening.

Each evening the camp managers will discuss with guests what they would like to do the following day.
All activities have first aid kits and radios as standard and on the water, life jackets are available for adults and compulsory for small children.

For your safety, on game walks, as well as the armed qualified walking guide there is an armed askari / guard.

Private vehicles are available for prebooking at a rate of $300 per vehicle, which includes an expert driver guide.  Please keep in mind that a group of six guests in Siwandu will automatically be allocated a private vehicle.

Child policy

Due to safety concerns and other guests’ enjoyment of the camps we accept children from six years old with international bookings and children from 10 years old with resident bookings. At Siwandu we have a limit of two children (aged 6 – 11) in each camp at any one time.  If guests book Siwandu Private Camp no child policy applies. Children in camp are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times.

Booking

Tour Operators and Tanzanian residents are welcome to contact us directly for accommodation rates, please email reservations@selous.com.

Selous Safari Company recommend international guests book via an African specialist – their vast knowledge and experience will help plan your ideal itinerary and ensure you organise a perfect holiday. If you require recommendations of reputable tour operators please contact us.

Rates & money

Rates include full room and board, in the bush camps two safari activities per day, vehicle transfers to and from Siwandu airstrip, filtered drinking water, tea & coffee, laundry service (please note due to Tanzanian culture we are unable to accept ladies underwear but do provide washing powder in the rooms). The rates exclude drinks, conservation fees, Tourism Development Levy, gratuities of a personal nature, Flying Doctors Medivac Insurance Policy and tips.

Final bills are payable in US Dollars, Tanzanian Shillings, Euros and Pounds Sterling; credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Amex) but a 5% surcharge is applicable.

Please be aware US Dollars will only be accepted if they are post-issue 2006.

Please note our camps are situated in remote locations and therefore after Dar es Salaam you will not have access to an ATM or bank.

All rooms are fitted with a small safe which can be programmed by the guest.

Health & dietary

For those guests with specific dietary requests or allergies please notify your tour operators or Selous Safari Company directly on booking.

Selous Safari Company highly recommend visiting your doctor or travel clinic before travelling to Tanzania to ensure you have the correct vaccinations and medication.

Tanzania is a malaria zone; the best precaution is to be well prepared.

  • Travel with plenty of insect repellent – we can recommend any citronella based repellents and MosiGuard as it is not only effective but also natural.
  • Pack long sleeved shirts and trousers for the evening.
  • Keep tent closed from sunset.
  • Carry antihistamine or hydrochortozone cream to reduce itching.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day; recommended amount is between 2-3 litres per day to avoid dehydration.

Power, Phone Signal & Internet

Power in camp is 240 VAC powered by solar panels and generator. In each tent there is lighting, overhead fan and two wall sockets (British three-pin) – one socket can be used for hairdryers and high consumption electrical items and the other will supply 24 hr electricity to charge camera and laptop batteries.

In the camp there is minimal mobile phone signal (AIRTEL is the best network).  We do not offer a wifi facility in camp but we do provide a laptop with internet connection in the reception area for guest usage free of charge.

Power, Phone Signal & Internet

On all light weight aircraft in Tanzania there is a strict weight restriction of 15kg / 33lbs and soft bags are requested for easy storage.

Below is a suggested packing list for Siwandu

  • Neutral khaki coloured safari clothing, no bright or dark colours.
  • Selous can get very hot so we recommend cotton, lightweight shorts and short sleeve shirts.
  • Comfortable walking shoes – no need for heavy hiking books as walking is even and the bush not thick.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Lightweight waterproofs.
  • Binoculars.
  • Torch.
  • Bird and game books.
  • Camera equipment, including plenty of memory capacity and waterproof cover/ziplock bag.
  • Plug adaptors (British three pin plug is required).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Widebrimmed sunhat – preferably with a head strap for game drives.
  • High SPF sunscreen.
  • Basic first aid kit including mosquito repellent and antihistamine cream.
Check out time

Selous Safari Company works with local communities at all our camps and many guests ask if they can donate supplies, if you are interested in this please visit our Charity page.

Our check out time is at 10h00. Guests that would like to leave in the afternoon have to book the next night as well. So it is best to leave Siwandu with the morning flight.