We stayed in Sands River back in November (2012) when Mark and Kirsten were looking after the camp.
The room was fantastic - we had one of the hillside rooms with the plunge pool. The open front overlooking the river was fantastic. It was amazing to wake up with the sunrise and spot the animals. It was so special. It was nice to have the plunge pool to cool down between safaris- we didn't once use the main pool.
The best thing about the resort were the staff. They were genuinely warm and friendly, and really helpful. It didn't once feel like anyone was being polite just because they were paid to, and worked in the service industry. Everyone always came across as genuinely loving what they did, and were always laughing. Everyone referred to you by name once you introduced yourself, and whilst it was a relaxed and unstuffy atmosphere, you were looked after very well.
Our guide (Hamsa) was exceptional. Not only was he amazing at spotting things we could never see, he was great company too, and had really interesting conversation. I can't imagine anyone better to take us out day after day.
What I loved about the location was the variety of safari options - options of walking, and boat safari as well as the traditional game drive. The safari's were particularly special based on the nice touches that the resort organised for us, from lunch and breakfasts out, to sunset gin and tonics to cool down after walking, and hot sulphur pools to sit in after a hot game drive. The attention to detail really paid off.
We felt Mark and Kirsten got the balance in the resort just right, with some evenings of communal eating and great conversation, balanced with some evenings of dining apart and couple time.
I can't recommend this camp enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 by boat down the river at dusk or sleep out under the stars at night in our unique flycamp. 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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- Also Known As:
- Sand Rivers Selous Hotel Selous Game Reserve
- Sand Rivers Selous, Nomad Tanzania Selous Game Reserve