- Stunning open-fronted rooms
- World heritage site
- Fantastic motorboat safaris
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.
- Prime Rufiji River location
- Intimate camp with swimming pool
- Excellent wildlife in vast reserve
- Private lodge
- Ideal for groups and families
- Fantastic Selous game reserve
- Beautiful riverside location
- Stunning pool, spa, private plunge pools
- Game drives and guided walks
- Fishing and boating excursions
- Beautiful riverside setting
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Boat trips
- Fishing and birdwatching
- Great location on the banks of the Rufiji River
- Traditional 14 Tent Camp
- Swimming Pool
- Down to earth and good value
- Rustic tented safari camp
- Wilderness Location
- Comparatively good value
- Excellent wildlife
- Traditional safari camp
- Vast, unspoilt Reserve
- Fantastic staff
- Old favourite
- Remote National Park
- Chalets have river views
- Lodge has elevated position over the plains
-Remote, unspoiled location
-Overnight fly camping
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019