Selous Private Camp

Selous Private Camp: Our full report

6 double/twins
1st June to 25th March

'Selous Private Camp' is the former name of the North Camp at Siwandu, though it is now rarely booked on an exclusive basis.

The rooms at the 'Selous Private Camp' are exactly the same as those at Siwandu 'South Camp' in size and style. Elegant and spacious, they have an open-plan bedroom, leading onto a bathroom which has views over the lake.

'Selous Private Camp' has a small and intimate lounge, bar and dining area which is open sided and under thatch. There are some large comfortable cream sofas as well as some wooden armchairs with cushions for the seat and back. All the soft furnishings use natural coloured fabrics, which combined with lots of beautiful carvings give a rustic African feel. This area then extends to a small open-air section where the swimming pool is situated, with some comfortable loungers – a perfect, shady place to relax after a morning out on safari.

Safari activities at 'Selous Private Camp' focus on game drives and boat trips with knowledgeable guides – these are shared with the other guests at Siwandu. Walking safaris begin at 6:30am, and return at about 10am to avoid the midday heat. Boat and 4WD safaris start later, at around 08:00 – after breakfast. The safaris then last until about midday (depending on what you find), when you return to camp in time for lunch at 1pm. There’s then time to take a siesta or relax for a few hours, before the afternoon activity starts at 4pm, which usually return to camp around sunset.

Our view

Siwandu is one of the most upscale camps in the Selous. Its 'North Camp', formerly known as 'Selous Private Camp', is a lovely spot on the shores of Lake Nzerakera.


Location: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Ideal length of stay: 3 – 4 nights

Directions: Selous Private Camp can be accessed by fly-in and transfer – the Selous is a 35-minute flight from Dar es Salaam and then the camp is only a 5-minute drive from the airstrip. Alternatively, it is around a 6-hour drive from Dar – depending on the weather and therefore the state of the roads.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: Breakfast consists of fruit, cereals, toast and then eggs of your choice. The timings for breakfast are between 7-10am, so that guests can have a flexible start to the day. Lunch is then served at 1pm and is 3 courses with a light starter, main and desert. Dinner is served at 8pm after a sundowner in the bar and is also a 3-course affair.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Tea/coffee and filtered water are included in the rates at Siwandu, but other drinks are extra.

Further dining info: Yes - however there are no phones in the rooms so this has to be organised in advance.

Special interests

Birdwatching: When we were last here we saw a fantastic number of species, including the ground hornbill, hadeda ibis, brown-headed parrot and white-fronted bee-eater. The Selous is definitely a top place for birdwatching in Tanzania.

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Wildlife safaris: Selous is an excellent game reserve with great populations of big game from large herds of elephants and buffalo to lion, leopard and an excellent population of wild dogs. Black rhino are present in very small numbers, but they are rarely seen

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Private villas & houses: The Selous Private Camp is great for private safari holidays in Tanzania. It can be booked exclusively for groups or families between 8 and 10 people travelling together and comes with your own intimate lounge area and private guide and vehicle for an amazing safari experience.

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Attitude towards children: The camp are happy to welcome children over the age of 6yrs, however they feel that while in camp children are the full responsibility of the parents.

Property’s age restrictions: Children must be 6yrs or over. Children must be over 16yrs in order to walk or fly-camp whilst staying at Selous Private Camp.

Special activities & services: No

Equipment: No

Notes: Siwandu is a small place that is happy to have children to visit. That said, parents should be aware that this camp is not fenced and wildlife can pass through at any time; children cannot be left unaccompanied.


Power supply notes: Mainly solar (for hot water), with generator assistance (the generator normally runs when guests are out on activities, roughly 10am–noon and 6–10pm, which are the times hair driers can be used). Type of plug: Multiplug sockets (UK, European, American) in all rooms. You can charge items at any time. Inverter batteries provide overnight power for the lights and fans.

Communications: There are pockets of Airtel cellphone reception, though travellers should note that the use of cellphones in public areas is not allowed.

TV & radio: There is no TV.

Water supply: Other

Water supply notes: Lake water is pumped up for general use, chlorinated and UV filtered.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There are first-aid kits at reception, in the vehicles and in the boats, for minor injuries and illnesses. Manager/guide George is first-aid-trained. For emergencies, the camp has links to the flying-doctor service in Dar es Salaam, which is a 35-minute flight away.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: There are plentiful guards on site around the clock, as well as Maasai armed with spears and pangas to escort you to and from your room at night. All the rooms also have whistles, so that if you need help in the night you can call for attention.

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in every communal area and room as well as a fire hydrant for the main area. Fire training is planned.


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Laundry is included in the rates at Siwandu. It is hand washed, sun dried and ironed with a charcoal iron – so it is not advisable to put any delicate items in the wash. For cultural reasons, ladies need to wash their own underwear. The camp provides washing powder for this.

Money: There is no currency exchange at Siwandu. There is a safe in each room.

Accepted payment on location: The camp prefers payment for any extras in cash, and accepts US dollars, Tanzanian shillings, British pounds or Euros. However they are also able to accept credit cards; there is a 5% charge for Visa (the preferred card), MasterCard and Amex.

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