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Sand Rivers is a stunning safari lodge overlooking the Rufiji on a wide stretch of the river. The lodge is in the northern section of The Selous, an area untouched by commercial tourism. It was while leading a portered walking safari through this part of the world in the 80’s that Richard Bonham stumbled upon this particular bend of the Rufiji River. Straightaway he knew he’d found somewhere special.

There are 8 stone & thatch cottages which align the river, with 5 Riverside Rooms and 3 Hillside Suites. Each has an en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers, whilst the Suites have the addition of a large living space and a small plunge pool.

The central bar and main mess area is open-fronted, making the most of the breathtaking river views. The river is full of activity during the day and at night, with hippo, crocodile, monitor lizards and an abundant birdlife collection.

Safari activities are tailored to suit each guest, whether it is 4×4 game drives, walking safaris, fishing, boating, or a combination of all of these. It is one of few safari lodges with such a wide safari offering, which means you can mix up your daily experience, including the opportunity to spend a night out fly camping, which is best arranged in advance and is at an additional cost. This is a unique opportunity to camp out under mosquito nets and spend a night out in the bush and is well recommended to get a real taste and feel of Africa.

Key Facts
  • 8 Stone and Thatch Cottages
  • Dining room, bar and lounge area
  • Rock Pool
  • Activities include morning and evening game drives, bush walks and full day expeditions
  • Walking safaris and fly-camping trips can also be arranged

      Price Guide

      GBP £480 per person per night in a Riverside Cottage (based on Low Season)


      All meals, house drinks, game drives and bush walks.

Room Types

  • 5 Riverside Cottages
  • 3 Hillside Suites

      Children’s Policy

      Children aged 8 years and over are welcome at the lodge, but for walking safaris and fly-camping this is only suitable and available for ages 12 and above.

      Would Suit

      This is a luxury safari lodge that is ideal for the adventurous and those looking for an active safari experience.

      Recommended length of stay

      We would suggest a minimum stay of 3 nights.

Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Tanzania. Call us on 01778 382764.

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Tel: 01778 382 764




This amazing holiday to Tanzania and Zanzibar gives you a combination of safari and luxury. Explore the wildlife and lands of Tanzanzia before unwinding in a luxury resort in Zanzibar to finish this amazing experiences.
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