Sand River Selous


Life at Sand Rivers is relaxed and while you're with us we'll work with you to plan your days as you go. This is an area everyone at Sand River knows and loves, and its the camps goal that you get to see the best of it. The main mess is spacious, open-fronted and cool. There's a chill-out area near the library and then acres of dining spots - around the main pool, privately tucked away in a quiet corner of the mess or on the social managers table.


Cottages at Sand River Selous


The camp design features 8 open-fronted rooms for maximum comfort - wonderful beds, plenty of space and spectacular showers. The camps goal is to not lose that connection with the African bush, which is why each room has panoramic views out over the river. The only noises to be heard at night at Sand River are those of the wildlife while the space ensures natural light and a cooling breeze that comes in off the water.


The 8 stone and thatched cottages all sit atop raised decks overlooking the river. There are 5 Riverside rooms - with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers - and 3 Hillside Suites featuring the same amenities with a large living space and a small plunge pool.


Activities at Sand River Selous


At Sand Rivers the open-sided 4x4 vehicles are a great way of seeing things. For covering a bit of distance when that's what's needed. And of course there are times when they give you the best views, access and photographic opportunities.


But we like to retain spontaneity wherever we can. Often the best way to see things, to avoid scattering animals from the lakeshore, or spooking a herd of elephant as they feed their way through a stretch of lush grassland, is to hop down and quietly work our way into a good position on foot.


And the same goes for our boats. Just being on the river - never mind the game - is a fantastic contrast to time spent in a vehicle. Drifting silently down stream, gently spiraling in the current, watching the river banks unfold is hard to beat. Vast flocks of great white pelicans fishing in dwindling pools, wallowing families of elephant socialising, prides of lion sleeping off a meal.


The History of Sand River Selous


It was while leading a portered walking safari through this part of the world in the 80s that Richard stumbled upon this particular bend of the Rufiji River. Straightaway he knew he'd found somewhere special.


He'd spent months crossing the whole African continent by river and walked extensively throughout the Southern Selous, so he had some grounds for confidence in his judgement. Building a lodge was far from his mind at that point, but when - many years later - with many more miles of the Selous under his belt, the chance came to replace his beloved old (and by that time decrepit) base camp with something a little more permanent, he knew for a fact that there was nowhere better to be.


It's been a few years now since the first stones for Sand Rivers were laid in the beginning if the 90s and much water has passed in front of the lodge since then, but we like to think that the spirit of Sand Rivers remains the same. This is somewhere that gets under the skin and rewards those with time to take things...well, a little slowly. This is somewhere that gets under the skin and rewards those with time to take things...well, a little slowly.


Sand River Selous


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