Siwandu Camp Reviews

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Client Score: 5
Siwandu Camp

Sergio Pratas Vieira Goncalves da Silva

5

Amazing Hotel, very good accommodation in the perfect location and with friendly and competent staff. Food also very good. An experience to repeat

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Alex & Eva

5

The Selous Safari Camp was the first place we stayed on our honeymoon, and was an amazing start to the experience! The camp is very well-designed, with spacious tented rooms with a thatched roof built on raised wooden decking. The beds are huge and very comfortable, the bathroom area is huge and the outdoor shower is great! The tented accommodation really allows you to experience the wildlife at all hours - impala and giraffes grazing near the tent, baboons and vervet monkeys running around during the day and bush babies jumping around at night. The sounds of grumpy hippos, laughing hyenas and roaring lions are heard throughout the night, to remind you that you really are in the wild... We were always woken every morning by either the lions, or by a lovely chap who would bring us a pot of tea. He also kept our room spotlessly clean. As for the activities, there is a real variety with game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris, and we would recommend them all. We always did two activities per day (sometimes three if lunch was served on the lake!). We were lucky enough to have the drives alone most of the time, and Walter our guide made sure that we always had plenty of wildlife to see. He also tailored the drives to our interests, and when he said he would show us elephants (after we hadn't seen any on our first day), he really wasn't messing around! We waited patiently in the same spot for about an hour before seeing around 150 of them crossing the river and dust bathing in small family groups. It was incredible! We also saw plenty of lions (three seperate prides), and some special moments included watching a pride of lionesses and cubs during a buffalo banquet, and also seeing a group of cubs playing with a honeybadger (one of the fiercest animals in Africa!). Unfortunately we didn't see the wild dogs, but a group that arrived after us told us that they did, so there is a real chance of finding them. It's worth doing a boat safari at least once too, to get up close and personal with the crocs and hippos, and to see the fish eagles hunting and the giraffes and elephants drinking. A sundowner on a small island out on the lake was the perfect end to the day. As for the walking safaris, they really add to the experience. Our guide, Gerald, punctuated the bush walk with interesting facts about the animal and plant life in the area. During the walk we managed to get very close to giraffe, elephant and wildebeest, and the surprise breakfast by the lake was fantastic! When we would return to the camp we would always be met by smiling staff with refreshing cold towels and a drink. The service throughout all of the meals was excellent, and our dedicated 'butler', Salum, made sure that we were well looked-after with our favourite drinks. I should also mention the food, which was excellent, with a different theme each day. Particularly considering how remote the location is, this was really impressive. I also found that the food was very healthy, with lots of fresh fruit and salads. The chef clearly made a real effort to please the guests. Drinks by the campfire before dinner were also a real pleasure, and this would be the time when Emile, the camp manager, would spend some time chatting to all the guests to make sure they were happy. Emile is one of the firendliest, most easygoing people we have ever met, but is also highly professional, both as a manager, and (as we discovered on the journey to the airstrip) as a guide! He was always there, either front of house, or behind the scenes, making sure that we were enjoying ourselves, and I personally think that he was responsible for making our stay so fantastic. So thanks Emile! He is a real asset to the Selous Safari Company... At the end of our stay of four nights we were very sad to be leaving, but happy that we were heading to another of the Selous Safari Company camps (Jongomero), which we were confident would be of a similar standard.

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Anonymous

5

friendly staff, really delicious food!!!! wonderful accomodation!

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