Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp)

Reviews of Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp)

Excellent(98%) From 52 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 52 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 G from East Sussex
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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very good

Camp very well run and everything very good, particularly the guiding. Camp large and very spaced out, so a lot of walking to get to reception and dining. Too big a camp for our liking and more of a hotel feel than intimate camp, but nevertheless it was very good.

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Mr and Mrs W Kent
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Luxurious tented camp

4 nights here in June 2016. Very spacious and luxurious "tents", with an incredible outdoor shower. Great service and good food.

One minor complaint is that you have to pay for drinks. They aren't particularly expensive, but it is something extra to think about, and requires an extra step in settling the bill at the end of the stay. The other camps we visited included the drinks in the accommodation cost, and I would recommend Siwandu to do the same even if they have to increase prices a little to cover the cost.

Safari drives started later than at other camps (8am to 11am and 4pm to 7pm), which made for a more relaxing start to the day. The guiding here was very good. During one drive, our guide Kim was able to find some lions that others had been unable to locate. He was very experienced, knowledgeable and patient with our many questions.

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Mr & Mrs J from Stourbridge
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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good all round activeates at Siwandu

Staff were very accommodating at all levels, Mohamed proved to be an excellent guide, his attitude we found first class.

Sussanna the manager was very re assureing and positive when one of our bags was misplaced in transition from Nairobi to Dar.

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Mr &Mrs M from Ballymena
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp) review

Absolutely fantastic accommodation, amazing furnishings and facilities, especially the outdoor shower.

The staff were exceptionally attentive and helpful especially when my husband was sick. Gave him medication, fluid replacement and even cooked him special plain food.

The game drives were very informative and the sundowners on the lake and lunch were amazing. The pool area was most relaxing with the birds flying and singing around the pool. Very peaceful indeed.

The guards escorting us backwards and forwards were so friendly and to be admired.

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Mr & Mrs R from Philadelphia
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful lake front accomodations

The accommodations at Siwandu were simply magical. Don't think people would ever believe me that I took a shower and watched a giraffe just walk on by or could sit and read on our patio and watch monkeys play in the tree, but it's all true. The managers and staff were very nice and helpful. We also really enjoyed the pool on site helped cool us off in the afternoon.

Of the three types of safari's offered at this camp, drive, boat and walking we enjoyed the walking the most. The guides on this trek were exceptional. We also were surprised with a pop up breakfast at the end by the lake which was truly memorable.

Our guide for the drive and boat safari was very nice, knowledgeable, but just not as engaging as some of the other guides we had met.

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Mr and Mrs A - New York USA
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp) review

Niven was great!

The staff was fantastic!

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Mr and Mrs H. from Nottingham
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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3 Night Stay at Siwandu

We had a wonderful stay at Siwandu primarily due to the diversity of activities on offer. The option to go on boating and walking tours alongside the guided drives was a welcome change. We would recommend the walking tour (which we had been apprehensive about previously) as a great way to understand the smaller details of the bush.

The camp facilities were very good, our tent was huge and very well equipped and the staff were friendly. Our guide Enoch was very knowledgable and offered interesting additional facts about the wildlife around us.

Emile was standing in for the camp managers when we visited and nothing was too much trouble, we particularly liked how he joined everyone around the campfire before dinner and told great stories.

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Mr and Mrs M London
Arrived on: 26-Dec-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp) review

Really amazing, gorgeous camp, incredible service, brilliant food, excellent guiding... absolutely perfect. Would return in a heartbeat and visit its sister camps. A fantastic start to our trip and honeymoon. We left a TripAdvisor review for Siwandu, which I have copied here:

Thank you to everyone at Siwandu for making the first three nights of our honeymoon so special and memorable. We couldn't fault it. The game drives and boat and walking safaris were amazing. We were lucky enough to have private drives and boat safaris whilst we were there. The camp managers were so accommodating and made us and all the other guests feel incredibly special. We couldn't believe how incredible the food was - the best food my husband has ever had in East Africa, and he's spent a lot of time in Kenya and Tanzania. Really brilliant. Every single member of the team was wonderful. The tent was incredibly comfortable and we loved the outdoor shower - particularly as it was so HOT whilst we were there! We are desperate to return to Siwandu or one of its sister properties in the future. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone there.

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Mr D. from Witney
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp) review

The managers, Susanna and Bastien, made us very welcome and were very keen to do anything necessary to make our stay as good as possible. The rooms and the service were immaculate thoughout and minor unserviceablities were fixed immediately, which we see as a measure of efficiency.

The boat trips were a great favourite for me as, although the lake was obviously shrinking at the end of the dry season, there were huge numbers of birds around together with a good variety of animals coming to drink; sadly, we didn't see any predators at the lakeside.

Our guide Mohammed was very experienced and clearly knew a great deal about the area and its wildlife. He filled the jeep rides with good information and had a great sense of humour.
The only thing I would change would be the dining arrangements. We were seated as couples or groups as appropriate but we feel this stifles conversation. Obviously we could chat in the bar area but as Jude doesn't drink this can be difficult. The other camps preferred communal dining and we think this leads to more stimulating conversation and discussion.

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Ms. D from Washington
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A unique safari experience

Siwandu was an excellent final stop on our Tanzania safari. Along with the usual comforts, it offers a different experience because of its lakeside location. We began and ended our stay with lovely, relaxing boat rides that gave us a close-up look at numerous crocs and myriad birds. The game drives were also rewarding, including one remarkable cycle-of-life scene -- one male lion chomping on a buffalo while his (the lion's) brother mated just a few feet away. Our guide, Zachariah, had a discerning eye for unusual wildlife, including a fruit bat nearly hidden by foliage and a juvenile black mamba crossing the road in front of our vehicle, and he was an engaging conversationalist. We had an interesting though heart-rending bush walk (the guides' names escape me), notable both for what we learned about plant and insect life and for an encounter with a severely injured infant giraffe.

We've rated the food as "excellent" on balance because of the elegant dinners and a stupendous bush breakfast. The lunches, although well prepared, were a little on the heavy side. We don't understand why Expert Africa had offered a prepaid drinks package -- which we didn't take -- and it's not clear that the camp staff even knew about it. Both soft drinks and alcohol were available on a chit basis (sign as you go and pay when you leave) at reasonable per-drink prices, whereas the package would have covered more than anyone ought to be drinking -- 12-15 beers, two bottles of wine, or five premium cocktails per person per day!! The complimentary aperitifs offered when we returned from the afternoon activity were a nice touch.

Although the tents were spacious and stylish, two features lead us to rate them as only "good." First, placing the cupboards in the bathroom was not a good idea. Short of a redesign, which seems unlikely, it would be helpful to have curtains or some other partition around the toilet. Second, there needs to be a back-up (or a more effective one) to the solar heating for the shower. The weather was cloudy or rainy for much of our stay, and the shower was barely lukewarm at best.

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