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Sand Rivers Selous

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.

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Sand Rivers Selous
  • 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

The Selous has been made a World Heritage Site and this huge reserve, at a massive 50,000 square kilometres, has given over 1000 square kilometres 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 kilometres 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 travelling 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.

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Top tip:

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 favourite ways to experience Africa.

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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 centre of many diverse habitats - from gorges to open plains, woodland to lakes.

11 hour international flight to Dar es Salaam via Nairobi, followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Kiba airstrip and from there it is 20 minutes by road to camp. There are numerous daily flights to Kiba airstrip from Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Ruaha, Mafia, Pemba and northern Tanzania.

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