Set by a lake fed by the Rufiji River, Siwandu is a wonderful lodge from which to experience the Selous Game Reserve’s wild beauty and superlative game. Spread across the lake shore, Siwandu’s octagonal tents have timber verandas, high ceilings and mesh “windows” for airflow as well as uninterrupted view of the wilderness surrounding the property.

Meals are served in the raised central lounge and dining area, which overlooks the lake. Here, you’ll also find a shaded swimming pool, relaxed bar and sunloungers where you can sit and watch the animals go by.

Siwandu offers a wide range of activities centred around appreciating the diverse wildlife and unspoilt landscapes of the Selous. Take a shared or private game drive in search of big game – more than half of Tanzania’s elephants reside here, along with some 4,000 lions and many rare African wild dogs. It’s also possible to walk, in order to observe smaller fauna and local flora. With the magnificent Rufiji River at its doorstep, Siwandu also offers safaris in shaded boats so you can enjoy an icy cold sundowner and watch the animals enjoy a drink.


How to get to Siwandu

Guests can fly to Siwandu airstrip from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Zanzibar, Ruaha or Mafia. If driving, enter the Selous Game Reserve via Matambwe Gate.

Activities at Siwandu

  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Boat cruises
  • Bush dining and sundowner drinks

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Siwandu Highlights

  • A lovely lakeside property in the remote Selous Game Reserve
  • One of the most premium options in the wilds of southern Tanzania
  • Excellent facilities, service and guest suites
  • A diverse range of wildlife-Focused activities
  • Opportunities to view rare wild dog, huge herds of elephant and lions

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Below are some of our preferred tented camps and safari lodges in the Selous and Ruaha regions. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Kigelia Ruaha

The Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s most wild and exciting national parks, not to mention the largest in Tanzania. Baobabs dot the landscape and dry snaking rivers criss-cross the

Ruaha River Lodge

By Tanzania’s mighty Ruaha River, this superb lodge offers gameviewing by vehicle and even from the verandas of its 24 stone and thatch guest chalets.

Sand Rivers Selous

Sand Rivers Selous comprises of 8 open-fronted guest cottages set on a scenic bend in the Rufiji River, within the vast Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania.


Set by a lake fed by the Rufiji River, Siwandu is a wonderful lodge with octagonal guest tents in Tanzania's wild, remote Selous Game Reserve.



The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Tanzania experience.

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Tanzania Overview

Why travel to Tanzania? Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

When is the best time to view animals in Tanzania? The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

What is the culture of Tanzania?With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

What is the climate in Tanzania? Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

What can I combine with Tanzania? Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

How to get to Tanzania? You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

Do I need a Visa for Tanzania? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

Do I need vaccinations for Tanzania? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

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