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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
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Sand Rivers Selous
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I just returned from my third trip to Africa, and as a very experienced safarier, I would totally recommend Sand Rivers Selous!! The camp, which sits right on the remote Rufiji River, is breathtakingly beautiful, our guide Robert was extremely knowledgable, and out hosts Cam and Kate couldn't have been more accommodating! We had a suite, which was huge and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly we booked our honeymoon through Catherine at Turquoise Holidays - we would recommend her in a heartbeat as from start to finish she made the whole process simple and enjoyable! So we arrived in Selous on 2 June 2014 after a long journey, feeling excited but perhaps slightly weary. We were met on the airstrip by Joel & Milton.... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My new husband and I traveled to Sand Rivers in June 2014. We stayed for four nights and had an awesome time. The lodge is beautiful and the rooms were great with awesome views. The staff was very friendly and really helpful. The guides were very knowledgeable and its very private and exclusive. The camp managers, Kate and Cameron were... More

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San Jose, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I should probably start this review by saying that we came to the camp from one of Conde Nast's top-rated lodges, which definitely put the place at a slight disadvantage. I just can't bring myself to give it and the other lodge both 5 stars. The location is spectacular, at the bend of a river where you can watch hippos... More

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is the only camp we have returned to for a second visit in 20 years of visiting Africa so we had high hopes and were not disappointed. Sand Rivers is a classic amongst lodges and camps and offers a relaxed safari experience for bush enthusiasts who like their comforts too. The new suites are perhaps a bit far uphill... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

My husband and I stayed for five nights in January 2014. The lodge is an open sided thatched banda set on the banks of the river Rufiji, beautifully furnished it offers comfortable bar, seating and dining areas with wonderful views. The rooms all enjoy the same amazing views and are also privately set in thatched bandas, the fronts of which... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

What an amazing and wonderful holiday we had at Sand rivers. We stayed there for just 4 nights and wish it was longer. The lodge is perfect in every way from its incredible location overlooking the river where you can eat, swim and relax whilst you watch the hippos and crocs and so many beautiful birds right in front of... More

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Stamford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Sands River in late November '13 as part of our honeymoon. The main lodge is set high on a bend in the Rufiji River with breath-taking views and acts as the perfect place to mix with other guests for sun downers and dinner. Alternatively the stunning pool in the shade of baobab tree has... More

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Begnins, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Stayed in Sand Rivers just before the 2013 Christmas days and a beautiful experience. Quite a different landscape than the Northern Tanzanian parks but actually even better, with the river activities that are available. Fantastic service, food and rooms with our small private pool in the room which is great to cool down. But the biggest compliment goes to Ernest,... More

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Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom
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24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Sand Rivers in November and were so impressed with the whole thing, from arrival at the small red earthed airstrip with the giraffes grazing, the standard of food is wonderful, with the staff seeing off the monkey troop with a well aimed sling shot (although the monkeys still managed to win most of the time!), our hosts... More

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Address: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Lindi Region > Selous Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sand Rivers Selous 5*
Also Known As:
Sand Rivers Selous Hotel Selous Game Reserve
Sand Rivers Selous Tanzania/Selous Game Reserve

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When Richard Bonham built Sand Rivers, he was offered any area in the Northern Selous. There were good reasons why this site, overlooking the mile wide Rufiji River, was the only place he wanted to be.At the heart of an intricate network of sand river channels, oxbow lakes and open plains, Sand Rivers opens a window on the private lives of Africa's big mammals. Creep up on elephant as they wallow in hidden lakes; drift silently down the river at dusk or sleep out under the stars at night.With just eight open-fronted rooms looking out over the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers offers variety, spontaneity and a gradual immersion in a seductively wild part of Southern Tanzania. ... more   less 
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