Location

On the shores of Lake Nzerakera in the northern section of the Nyerere National Park (formerly known as Selous Game Reserve), Southern Tanzania.
GPS co-ordinates of Siwandu Airstrip: 7° 41 '27 " S - 38 ° 08 '21 " E
Rwy 1200m, elev SL, 18/36
GPS co-ordinates of Siwandu Main Camp: 7° 40 '19 " S - 38 ° 07 '23 " E

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Travel

Flying
Guests are usually collected at Siwandu Airstrip, 5 mins drive from camp.
Coastal Aviation, Auric, Safari Airlink and ZanAir fly to Siwandu Airstrip from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Zanzibar, Kilwa, Mafia and Ruaha. Approximate flight time from Dar es Salaam, is 45 mins.
Guests will be collected by car at Siwandu Airstrip, which is 5 mins drive from camp.
Please advise our reservations team, if flying into Mtemere or Mbuyu, noting the drive to camp is an hour.

Driving
Entering via the Matambwe Gate: We do not take bookings with vehicles and driver/guides. However, if guests go on game drives with our guides, the driver can then accommodated in our guide tents.

Seasons

Nyerere National Park (formerly known as Selous Game Reserve) is wonderful to visit throughout the safari season.  The months from June to October tend to be dry and warm with a temperature range of 16˚C at night to 35˚C in the day; at this time of year the animals are drawn to dwindling water supplies in the lakes around the river and with vegetation sparse, this is the perfect season for walking and for larger concentrations of game.

In this coastal area of Tanzania, the short rains fall during November and December and brings about a spring time in Nyerere.  The plant life and flowers burst into life, followed by the insects and stunning variety of birdlife. The game during this green season can be more scattered than the winter months but around water sources sightings remain good and is the main reproductive time of year so a wonderful opportunity to see baby animals. 

From November through to March it heats up with a temperature range between the high 20˚C at night and high 30 ˚C, sometimes low 40 ˚C during the heat of the day; which makes Siwandu’s shaded swimming pools a deliciously cool pleasure.  During the longer rain season, mid-March to May, the camp is closed.

Activities

Due to the topography and the close proximity to water sources, our activities generally start at 8am after a leisurely breakfast, affording more time to explore the reserve before returning for lunch. Earlier morning drives can be arranged in camp on request. Afternoon to sunset activities start after tea and return for evening drinks around the camp fire. Night drives are not permitted in the Nyerere National Park. To avoid the midday heat, walking safaris are either at dawn or in the early evening.

Each evening the camp managers will discuss with guests what they would like to do the following day. All activities have first aid kits and radios as standard and on the water, life jackets are available for adults and compulsory for small children.

Our walking activities are for guests 16 years and older. We offer a fun-filled children’s nature walk before tea, with an armed walking guide and Askari guiding them around the camp environs. Walking safaris are conducted with both an armed, specialist walking guide and an armed TANAPA guide. There is a walking park fee payable in camp at USD$55pp..

A group of six guests will automatically be allocated their private vehicle. Private vehicles can be pre-booked for a day or the duration of your safari at $395 + VAT per day per vehicle (including an expert driver guide).

Child policy

Due to safety concerns, we accept children from six years  old with international bookings and children from 10 years old with resident bookings. At Siwandu we have a limit of two children (aged 6 – 11) in each camp at any one time. If guests book Siwandu Private Camp, no child policy applies. The camp is unfenced and children are the responsibility of their parent or guardian, at all times. Single beds can be added to the tents to make triples or quadruples but only for children under 18 years of age.

Booking

Please contact us directly by email reservations@selous.com 

Rates & money

Rates include: full room and board, three meals a day, two safari activities per day, vehicle transfers to and from the nearest airstrip, filtered drinking water, local drinks, tea & coffee and laundry service. Please note we are unable to launder underwear, but we do provide washing powder.

The rates exclude premium drinks, conservation and concession fees, gratuities of a personal nature and medivac insurance.

Final bills are payable in US Dollars, (cash US Dollars post-issue 2006) Tanzanian Shillings, Euros and Pounds Sterling. Guests can also pay with credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Amex, JCB), PayPal or several Mobile Provider Payment Facilities such as Mpesa and Airtel Money. A 5% surcharge is applicable.

All tents are fitted with a small safe programmed by the guest.

Health & dietary

Guests with specific dietary requests or allergies are to please notify your tour operator or the Selous Safari Company at the time of booking. Due to our remote locations, it is critical that we receive this information prior to arrival, to make the necessary arrangements.

Selous Safari Company highly recommend visiting your doctor or travel clinic before travelling to Tanzania to ensure you have the correct vaccinations and medication.

Tanzania is a malaria zone; the best precaution is to be well prepared.

  • Travel with insect repellent – we can recommend any citronella based repellents and MosiGuard as it is not only effective but also natural.
  • Pack long sleeved shirts and trousers for the evening.
  • Keep tent closed from late afternoon
  • Carry antihistamine or hydrocortisone cream to reduce itching.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day; recommended amount is between 2-3 litres per day to avoid dehydration.

Power, Phone Signal & Internet

Power in camp is 240 VAC powered by solar panels and generator. In each tent there is lighting, overhead fan and two wall sockets (British three-pin) – one socket can be used for hairdryers and high consumption electrical items and the other will supply 24 hr electricity to charge camera and laptop batteries.

In the camp there is minimal mobile phone signal (AIRTEL is the best network).  We do provide wifi in camp but it is only available during office hours. Please note that the wifi is slow and intended to be used only for the basics.

Packing Suggestions

On all light weight aircraft in Tanzania there is a strict weight restriction of 15kg / 33lbs and soft bags are requested for easy storage.
Below is a suggested packing list for Siwandu

  • Neutral khaki coloured safari clothing, no bright or dark colours
  • Selous can get hot and humid so we recommend cotton, lightweight shorts and short-sleeved shirts
  • Comfortable walking shoes – no need for heavy hiking books as walking is even and the bush not thick
  • Swimsuit
  • Lightweight waterproofs
  • Binoculars
  • Torch
  • Bird and game books
  • Camera equipment, including plenty of memory capacity and waterproof cover/ziplock bag
  • Plug adaptors (British three pin plug is required)
  • Sunglasses
  • Wide-brimmed sun hat – preferably with a head strap for game drives
  • High SPF sunscreen
  • Basic first aid kit including mosquito repellent and antihistamine cream
Check out time

Our check out time is at 10h00 - departing after this time may incur late departure fees so we advise booking the morning flight from Siwandu.