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Sand Rivers

Long regarded as one of the best lodges in East Africa, Richard Bonham’s Sand Rivers Selous is well-loved for its classic safari style and great river location. Famous for being one of the finest walking camps in the country and offering an adventurous yet high quality safari experience, Sand Rivers only has one downfall – its high price - which is double other good camps in the park. Leaving that aside however, this camp rightly holds its place as one of the best lodges in the park.

Sand Rivers Selous - The Details

Sand Rivers is located in the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania slightly west of the main game area on the Rufuji River. The camp has its own airstrip, Kiba which is very close connecting to Dar es Salaam only 45 minutes flight time.
Sand Rivers Lodge is run by Nomad Tanzania who have lodges throughout Tanzania which all carry a adventurous yet luxurious approach to lodge design. The main area has views out onto the Rufuji River and all aspects of the main area and the suites are very open. It was originally built in 1984 by Richard Bonham who used this area of the Selous for his famous portered walking safaris throughout the eighties, when the area was all but unknown. The lodge is at the centre of many diverse habitats - from gorges to open plains, woodland to lakes

Accommodation at Sand Rivers is in spacious open-fronted cottages raised on the banks of the Rufiji River.  There are 5 standard rooms, 2 suites, and if you are considering an African honeymoon there is a new ‘honeymoon’ cottage - The Rhino House; all have en-suite bathrooms.

Fly-camping is a highly recommended part of any safari to Sand Rivers Selous, and is available at an extra supplement.  The fly camps are shared, and guests sleep under spacious mosquito net tents.  Sand Rivers offers some of the best walking safari in Tanzania.


Guide Price: $922 per person
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Honeymoon Offer: 50% off the bride, 4 for 3 (year-round)

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Sand Rivers was exceptional because we had a private guide for just the two of us, the opportunity to take a boat trip upriver and do some fishing in addition to the standard game drives was also a nice change.

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