Sand Rivers Selous

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Sand Rivers is situated in the northern part of the Selous Game Reserve which is one of the largest protected wildlife areas in Africa. Sand Rivers offers stylish, luxurious safari accommodation on the banks of the Rufiji River.

At a Glance

  • Stunning position right on the Rufiji River

  • Explore The Selous on foot, with a fantastic guide to bring the experience to life

  • Great guiding

  • Open fronted rooms taking advantage of the views

  • Fly camping, with just a mosquito net between you and the vast African night sky

  • Relax in the pool and take in the immaculate views

Wildlife, Fishing, Honeymoon, Adventure

Insider's View

Prebook a night fly camping under the stars from Sand Rivers. Going to sleep listening to the noises of the African night is once of my favorite ways to experience Africa.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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With the rooms being open at one end you can stargaze from your bed.

Camilla Whitworth

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Take a boat trip and enjoy a sundowner whilst floating down the Rufiji River.

Camilla Whitworth

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After early tea, boat up the Rufiji River between the towering rock walls of Stiegler’s Gorge. Find breakfast laid out on a sandbank. Cast a line into the river for tiger fish. Hop back in the boat & drift silently downriver to Camp watching for wildlife on the way - BLISS!!

Scott Dunn team

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Spend an afternoon fishing on one of the sandbanks and the chef will cook whatever you catch that evening and serve it up for dinner

Scott Dunn team

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Do one of the walking safaris and get a better understanding of the bush and the way that every plant, animal, insect and bird has adapted themselves to survive in the wild

Scott Dunn team

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Sleep almost out in the open in these beautiful open-fronted cottages that are utterly unique.

Scott Dunn team

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The Selous has been made a World Heritage Site and this huge reserve, at a massive 50,000 square kilometers, has given over 1000 square kilometers in the north to wildlife and safaris. It is the second largest protected wilderness area in the world. It also forms part of the Selous - Niassa eco-system, which covers 155,000 square kilometers across southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique.

One of the Selous’ unique attractions is its diverse habitats, which include open glades, woodland, river, palm fringed lakes and rocky gorges. Sand Rivers is the ideal safari retreat and is situated in the heart of this beautiful reserve. This comfortable and stylish lodge features an open-air dining room, bar and lounge which have been beautifully constructed on a sweeping curve of the great Rufiji River, offering stunning views across the water. There are eight stone and thatched cottages - five Riverside rooms, with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, flush loos and powerful showers and three Hillside Suites. The Suites have all the above, but also a large living space and a small plunge pool. There is also Kiba Point which is taken on an exclusive basis and has only four open-fronted rooms set back from the river in the forest line, each with a plunge pool - perfect for a group traveling together.

The lodge also has a swimming pool overlooking the river. Sand Rivers prides itself on its high standards of guiding, and for the ultimate private safari experience, guests can spend a night flycamping under the stars with their own private guide and chef.

The Rufiji River provides an utterly unique view of life in the Selous. Upstream from the lodge, the river meanders its way past sand islands and lush forests. You can often see game on the banks as you slowly drift past.


Accommodation at Sand Rivers Selous is in eight spacious, open-fronted cottages made of stone and thatch, and raised up on the banks of the Rufiji with amazing views out across the river. There are five standard rooms, and three suites. The suites and the standard rooms all have large, open, en-suite bathrooms, with flush toilets and powerful showers. There is also Kiba Point which is taken on an exclusive basis and has only four open-fronted rooms set back from the river in the forest line, each with a plunge pool - perfect for a group traveling together.

Open-fronted Cottage

There are 5 open fronted cottages with large double bed and en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water and flush toilet.


There are 3 hillside suites which are open fronted cottages, with large double bedoom with en-suite bathroom, large living area and small private plunge pool.


There are no specific childcare facilities and the camp is not suited to very young children. However, children over the age of 8 years are most welcome in camp and please note that only children of 12 years and over can participate in walking and fly-camping activities.


Each of the three hillside suites has its own plunge pool for cooling off. There is also a larger pool overlooking the Rufii River for all guests to enjoy.


Activities are tailored to suit each guest, whether its game drives, walking safaris, fishing, boating, or a combination of all of these, it never disappoints and there is always something thrilling to see. Sand rivers can also organize fly camping under mosquito nets on dry river beds with in the reserve - however they do highly recommend that this is booked in advance.

Location & Directions

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Sand Rivers is situated in the Northern part of the Selous Game Reserve, on the banks of the Rufiji River. The lodge is at the center of many diverse habitats - from gorges to open plains, woodland to lakes.

When to go

Sand Rivers is closed in April and May. Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, typically considered the best months for game-viewing as the wildlife is more concentrated around water sources and the grass is grazed and trampled down. Selous and southern Tanzania is typically hot and humid from December to May, without a dry period to break up the rains, so travel is not recommended during the British winter months.

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