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Sand Rivers

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Stunning open-fronted rooms
- World heritage site
- Fantastic motorboat safaris

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Overview

Sand Rivers is a sophisticated, high end camp located in the Selous area of Southern Tanzania. Enjoying a prime riverside setting, this comfortable lodge is in an ideal location to enjoy everything the Selous world heritage site game reserve has to offer.

One of Selous’ unique attractions is its diverse habitats. From open glades and woodlands to lakes and gorges, Selous has it all. As a result, there is some spectacular scenery and a huge amount of game to be seen. The lodge itself follows the curve of the Rufiji River and has an open air dining room, bar, lounge and swimming pool with sweeping views across the water. It is worth noting that down on the coastal plateau, the camp enjoys more of a tropical climate than you would find elsewhere in Eastern Africa with higher temperatures and humidity.

Activities are centred upon exploring this vast reserve at whatever pace you feel most comfortable. Vehicle, walking and motorboat safaris are all offered at Sand Rivers and Game to be seen includes elephants, lions, hunting dogs and leopards. The main daytime activity is vehicle safari, with twice daily game drives being led by professional guides. However, the motorboat safari is a highlight for many with crocodiles, hippos and often elephants occupying the riverbanks. Other activities include swimming in hot springs, fly camping under the stars and fishing.

The accommodation is in eight open fronted, thatched cottages, all with panoramic views of the river. The rooms are light and airy and centre around an impressive bed. All the rooms have lovely verandahs and outdoor ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and powerful showers. There are also three hillside suites that have the added luxuries of a large living space and private plunge pool. The unique feature of being open fronted brings nature to you and it is a wonderful experience to fall asleep to the sounds of the river and local wildlife. However, it is also worth noting that wildlife may also venture in occasionally so guests should be prepared for a complete outdoors experience. It also makes the accommodation less suitable for families hoping to bring younger children.

The camp welcomes children aged eight and over, however children must be over 12 to participate in the walking activities and fly camping. As a result, we tend to recommend this camp to families with older children in order for the whole family to enjoy the full experience. There are no specific childcare facilities on camp. Families may also like to consider Kiba Point,a private lodge that sleeps up to eight people that is an annex property.

Sand Rivers is a lodge of a very high standard with great staff and in a prime location to explore Selous game reserve. We would particularly recommend to couples or small groups of friends as more family friendly camps can be found elsewhere.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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