Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp)

Reviews of Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp)

Excellent(98%) From 44 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 44 of our travellers who have visited Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp), and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs Y from Angus
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Selous Safari Camp review

After staying at Lake Manze camp for 4 nights, our next camp here at Selous Safari was "posh"!! Electricty in the enormous tent, large shower and an up market feel to the whole camp.

Excellent service, the General Manager of the three camps was staying whilst we were there, so everything was very polished. The guides were very good and knowlegable and we had wonderful sightings again, of lion, leopard and very excitingly wild dogs.

The food was fantastic and served beautifully, we missed the long table of everyone together, as at Lake Manze, but this happened out under the full moon on our last nights stay. A super camp.

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Dr G & Dr E - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Selous Safari Camp review

Fabulous in every respect

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Excellent time at SSC

We were in the North Camp (ex Private Camp) which was lovely and seemed much better laid out than South Camp. We liked the way the decking for dining, bar, sitting area and pool were integrated. Our tent was beautiful and very comfortable though, again there was an issue with lack of privacy when on the loo. Unless you pulled the flaps down there is nowhere in the tent from which a person on the loo cannot be seen.

The outdoor shower was excellent with plenty of power and hot water. It was also nice to have hot water to the basins (only cold tap at Mdonya and Mwagusi) and the lotions and potions provided were very welcome and of excellent quality.

The pool was scrupulously clean and very welcome after a morning walk. The food was consistently excellent and drinks prices not unreasonable for this quality of camp. One couple were on a drinks included deal; Lana, the manager, said she was surprised more people didn't go for this as it was not expensive. The answer may be that nobody knows about it; Expert Africa never mentioned it to us and it's not even on the Camp's own website! What is on the website is the Camp's support for a local school and a request for guests to bring a few supplies if possible. We'd taken a few pens, pencils etc plus a football which were received with much appreciation.

Mashaka was determined to show his guests as many animals as possible and got nearly as excited as us at our second, unexpected, sighting of the wild dogs! He was less impressed by the rain one evening (not supposed to happen at this time of year).
We also had a very interesting walk led by Mtambo one morning and now know more than we could ever wish to about 'poo'!
An afternoon pootling about the lake on a boat was lovely and we saw lots of birds and dozens of crocs lus a lot of animals coming down to drink.

All the staff were excellent; Lana was a very friendly and bubbly hostess/manager who did a superb job, even willing to change dinner arrangements when her guests all decided they'd rather eat together than at separate tables. Alphonce was a superb butler with a beaming smile and Suliemon kept the tent immaculate. If necessary there is even a clothes repair service – minor items repaired by the room attendant, more major ones sent to the tailor in the local village who did an excellent job on Martin's shorts.
We'd love to go back, particularly when the rivers are in full flow.

Our one small criticism is that guests' activities for each day were arranged before the previous night's dinner in such a way that guests were fitted into the activities available not activities flexed to guests' wishes. For example during our transfer to Beho Beho Mashaka mentioned something he'd seen on a full-day game drive – the possibility of doing this had never been raised.

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Mr and Mrs P - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Superb time at Selous safari camp

Best food and guide we have ever had on safari !!

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The P family from Norfolk
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Selous Safari Camp review

After Mdonya we were unsure what to expect. We were not disappointed and everything about this camp was of the highest quality As a family we did feel a little out of place with honeymooning couples but we were made to feel very welcome by Lana and her team. Nothing was too much trouble.

The accommodation was outstanding, comfortable bandas which are probably larger than our cottage at home. Food was out of this world. We tended to eat at our table but particularly enjoyed a dinner at a communal table after having been entertained by the Masai guards.

The game was harder to find than at Mdonya. We heard lions only once and saw them twice. No leopard or cheetah but of course we saw African Dogs. The trips on the lake were fantastic, but the highlight had to be the walking safari with an armed guard. Didn't know that you can use hyena poo for chalk or that Civets eat everything and how smelly their scat is. The close encounter with an elephant and the bush breakfast were the high spots.

Activities were morning and evening so we had time for a swim in the pool and more unwind time.

Suggestions: we enjoyed having dinner with others on the same table. It mixed us up and to share news and information over a meal felt very comfortable to us. It might not suite everyone but its worth doing every second or third day.

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Mr & Mrs E - Woodcote
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Good
Good
Food:
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Good
Activities:
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Facilities:
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Selous Safari Camp review

Selous was a great expericence, the location on the lake is fantastic as you see a completely different set of animals and habitats.

The safari was also fantastic. It did not feel as private as Jongomero but was still a great experience.

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The A family from Oxford
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Selous Safari Camp review

We were overwhelmed by the attentiveness of the staff and the quality of the accommodation, food and activities.

We had never been on safari before and this was a fantastic place to start.

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The H family, from Baldock
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Selous Safari Camp review

Excellent camp. We were made to feel very welcome by Larna and Emile and all the staff. The location was great - next to the water - and the accomodation very good. Everything about it was good.

Andrew had a wheat allergy which they really took on board. There was an alternative to anything with wheat especially prepared for him - fantastic. And the children [Ed: the 'children' are aged 20, 19 and 17] liked the later game drive and breakfast before they went.

The only slight complaint was that our guide (Mushaka) mentioned the tip we gave him when he took us on the transfer to Beho Beho. We realise that we may have undertipped him when we spoke to the management at Beho Beho but with no guidance, its hard to get that right. We tipped everyone quite generously we thought) rather than concentrating on the guide.

Game was plentiful. And the river cruise was very special. Would definitely return.

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The C family - Surrey
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Service:
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Up market,well run, good location&facilites,

Perfect location by the lake (5km long).
Very well managed and hosted (thanks to Chloe and Mark)
Food was excellent and catered for our childrens requirements well.

Great game viewing - guides were friendly and affable and knew their way arond and found everything for us - including wild dogs. The lake added another dimension - crocodiles, and hippos all over the place - plus a fantastic abundance of wonderful birds - we took two boat game viewing trips.

It was good having a swimmng pool to cool down in and for the kids.

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Mr B & Ms M - Kent
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Selous Safari Camp review

Everything was excellent !!

The staff were so very helpful, the tents were amazing and always well maintained by your own attendent who also ensures all of your washing and ironing is taken care of ... for free. The location on the lake was fantastic with a fantastic view from our veranda of the lake with animals regularly crossing your field of view. The staff, i.e. Cloe, Mark, Mohammed, could not have been any more helpful and attentive.

The quality of food was gourmet with 3 course lunches and dinners every night. The quality of guiding was amazing with MoShaka getting a special mention as he was simply aweseom at finding the wildlife, especially the Hyenas, Liions and Wild dogs. The variety of excursion was great with the option to go on early morning guided walks or boat trips across the lakes a welcome alternative to the standard driven game drive.

There is even a nice little touch for Honeymoon couples on their last night, which I will not divulge.

We were located in what is sometimes known as the "Private" camp, and from what we could see was a touch nicer then the main camp which has all of the generaters, etc.

All in all it was an absolutely amazing experience for both of us.

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