Sand Rivers

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Sand Rivers

Sand Rivers Camp is one of the best places to stay in the Selous, thanks to its marvellous location on the banks of the Rufiji River, its beautiful guest rooms and its excellent guides.

Sand Rivers Camp has acquired a reputation over the years as one of the Selous Game Reserve’s very finest safari camps. It occupies a superb location on a peninsula overlooking a dramatic bend in the Rufiji River, deep within the reserve.

Sand Rivers' design is as impressive as its setting. Small but perfectly formed, the lodge’s eight guest cottages are grand, open-fronted structures, the mess large yet cosy, and the dining area beautifully appointed. There’s a beautiful pool, built into the rocks on the edge of the river, under the shade of a giant baobab tree. The views of the river from the pool are superb. So too are the views from the thatched bar and dining area.

What of the game-viewing? Sand Rivers’ location ensures there’s often great game-viewing to be had before you even leave the camp. Hippo and crocodile are permanent residents in the waters below the camp, and plains game are regularly seen drinking at the water’s edge. Of course you will want to venture further, and game drives, guided walks, and boat safaris provide plenty of ways to explore the Selous. The guiding at Sand Rivers is superb, in keeping with most Nomad Camps.


Sand Rivers is a small camp, with just eight guest rooms. Five of the rooms are standard cottages, and three are suites. The standard cottages are spacious and very well-appointed. Each is open at the front and features a wide verandah set on stilts so as to make the most of the views of the river. Large four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting form the focal point of the bedrooms. The bathrooms are generous in size and feature flush loos and showers with hot running water. Amenities include electric lighting and fans (solar powered).

The suites are very similar, only they are slightly larger, set further apart from the public areas, and have a private plunge pool.


Meals are typically served in the thatched dining area or outside under the shade of the baobab tree. The dining room has a very rustic vibe. Its focal point is a long communal dining table cut from an enormous tree which we're told reached the camp after floating down the river during a storm!

Meals at Sand Rivers are served communally, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. Lunch is presented as a buffet, while dinner is a three-course plated meal, with a choice of menus, ranging from African fare to more familiar international dishes.

The bar is well-stocked with wine and spirits.


- Swimming pool
- Dining area
- Bar and lounge
- Game-viewing hide


- Game drives
- Walking safaris
- Fishing
- Boating safaris
- Fly camping

Child Policy

Sand Rivers Camp only accepts children over the age of eight. Please note that children under the age of 12 cannot be admitted on walking safaris and fly-camping expeditions for safety reasons.

Environmental Policy

Sand Rivers Camp supports the Selous Rhino Trust.