Set by a lake fed by the Rufiji River, Siwandu is a wonderful lodge with octagonal guest tents in Tanzania’s wild, remote Nyerere National Park

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 Nyerere 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 Nyerere 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 Nyerere National Park



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Tanzania Overview

What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and 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.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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