Safari & Private island
The perfect 10 night combination of an adventurous safari offering a wide range of game activities plus a week long secluded experience on the stunning Fanjove Island.
Siwandu is perfectly situated within the prime game area to fully experience the abundant wildlife of Nyerere National Park
Only place in East Africa where you can experience water game activities – fishing, boat cruises
Create your own itinerary – whether you do a game walk, drive or boat cruise on the river or lake
Complete seclusion and a private experience on Fanjove Island
With an incredible marine experience and abundant water activities Fanjove Island has something for even the most active traveller... or simply relax.
Day 1-4: Siwandu, NYERERE NATIONAL PARK
Broadly spaced along the shore of Lake Nzerakera, Siwandu's superbly appointed accommodation ensures maximum privacy. Guests enjoy every opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush, observing animals as they saunter past..
Boasting UNESCO World Heritage Site status Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) is home to the most exceptional and diverse wildlife, with more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population, over 40,000 hippos and the largest population of lion on the continent.Just a 45 minute flight from Dar es Salaam and an easy transfer from the airstrip, Siwandu camp is located in a grove of palms on the shore of Lake Nzerakera. As well as ensuring a stunning backdrop for the camp, this lakeshore location offers jaw-dropping game viewing with a great numbers of animals gravitating around the lake.
You will receive an orientation briefing upon arrival, then have time to settle into your tented suite over looking the lake. A delicious lunch will be served with stunning views over the lake or out on the Pontoon boat accompanied by the chance to spot the hippos and crocodile drifting past you. Afternoon tea will give you the opportunity to meet and share freshly-baked cake with your fellow safari-goers before embarking on your first game activity. Returning to camp having experienced the local bush life, you will enjoy drinks around the campfire and a tasty three-course dinner under a canopy of stars.
After a memorable night, with the noises of the bush just beyond your canvas, you can start your day with early morning tea or coffee delivered to your tent by your personal butler. At Siwandu, game drives tend to follow a hearty breakfast giving the animals time to gravitate towards the lake. This usually ensures a far denser concentration of game around the camp.
Siwandu offers a brilliant range of game activities for its guests. Climb on board one of our open sided 4WDs to explore the landscape and enjoy tales of wild encounters that your expert guide will share with you. Due to its unique lake-side position you can take to the water on a leisurely boat cruise, and wind your way along the the Rufiji River tributaries. Venture close and see the animals from a different perspective while you learn more about the fascinating life of water birds and our wonderful populations of hippo and crocodile. Or, set your clock to experience the thrill of a dawn game walk and have the opportunity to track animals and engage with the smaller habitats and ecosystems.
Don’t be daunted by the early start; there’s plenty of time to make up for it later by the pool, the perfect place to relax and enjoy a mid-afternoon snooze. For guests younger than 16, who cannot take part in our main walk, we offer a fun, fact-filled children’s walk around our camp footprint.
Day 5-10: Fanjove Island, Tanzanian coast
Fanjove Island is the smallest of six islands in the Songosongo Archipelago, just off the coast of Tanzania. Palm-fringed, powder-white sands; azure, shimmering waters; the call of birdsong; and the whole island to yourself...
A short 40 minute flight from Dar es Salaam takes you to Songo Songo island, where you will be greeted by a Tuk Tuk to take you on a short 5 minute transfer to the jetty. From there you will sail over to the Island.Upon arrival kick off your shoes (you won't be needing them again) and enjoy a refreshing coconut and fresh fruit. You will be welcomed by a member of our team and shown to your traditional eco-banda. Enjoy a delicious lunch of freshly caught seafood and arrange with the Activities Manager how you would like to spend the rest of the day. Choose to relax with a book or take a walk around the island. Take out a paddle board or kayak and circumnavigate the island; with no one in sight this is the perfect way to settle into the island pace.
As the sun begins to set, climb the steps of the 19th century lighthouse and take in the 360 views of the island and ocean with sundowner in hand.A candlelit dinner will be served with your feet in the sand. On a clear night the star constellations are beautiful so don't forget to look up before you climb into bed.
Each evening the Activities Manager will discuss your options for the following day. You may want to spend all day in the water and exploring the island, or snoozing on a sun lounger with a book - it is completely up to you.You can be woken at your chosen time with tea or coffee, presented through a secret hatch in the banda. Then at your leisure wander down the beach for breakfast.While away your days here by walking through the island trail or at low tide walk around the outside of the island, exploring rock pools and coves filled with colourful crabs.You can snorkel straight off the main beach or head out to explore the 11km coral reef stretching around the island. Our activities managers are padi trained and can facilitate beginner or refresher dives for any ability. Sail out on a marine safari in search of spinner and bottlenose dolphins, or even humpback whales (seasonal). Be sure to take some time to relax and refresh, lay on sun loungers or take leisurely walks around the island.
*All third party costs for government and aviation fees are subject to change