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Sand River Camp
Sand River Camp
Sand River Camp
Sand River Camp
Sand River Camp
Sand River Camp

Reviews of Sand River Camp

Wildlife sightings and reviews

6 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Sand River Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

Wildlife sightings by our travellers
Starting in Oct-2019, 6 of our travellers have recorded their wildlife sightings at Sand River Camp.
Lion

83% success

Leopard

67% success

Cheetah

40% success

Wild dog

20% success

Buffalo

100% success

Eland

100% success

Elephant

100% success

Giraffe

100% success

Hippo

100% success

Spotted Hyena

100% success

Zebra

100% success

Wildebeest

83% success

Black Rhino

20% success

Aardvark

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Striped Hyena

0% success

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Rhodes Family
London

"Sand River Camp review"

3 nights Arrived 18 Jul 2023
"Sand River camp is a beautiful, romantic camp situated next to the Sand River. Close proximity to the river meant that we saw quite a lot of wildlife from the camp itself, for example, we saw elephants whilst having lunch. The tents are styled as old fashioned “colonial” and have a lovely historical feel, perhaps somewhat like Cottars. It was romantic and extremely comfortable. In particular we enjoyed the four poster bed with drapes, the roll top bath and the very hot water. You feel close to the animals in the tent and we saw baboons and monkeys from our room. It was a proper canvas tent so it did feel rather cold in the morning but that is to be expected.

The food at camp was a little variable, sometimes we had excellent meals and other times less so but we felt the hospitality was very genuine and the staff tried their utmost to provide a five star experience with management and the chef coming to speak to us every evening.

The main criticism would be in the overall experience we had with our guide. Overall we were happy with the game we saw (we were very lucky to come across 2 leopards on 2 separate days). However our guide was a rather fixed in his itinerary and probably needed to show more flexibility and communicate more. Our biggest issue was being taken on a very long and rather uncomfortable journey to Mara River even though we had advance notice there were no wildebeest crossings happening that week. Our guide insisted we should still go to see other animals and in retrospect we should have argued harder against that but the experience as a whole showed there needed to be clearer communication between the guide and client.

Despite this issue, overall the camp is good for migration, we saw huge amounts of wildebeest and we saw them cross the Sand River (which was quite dry so it wasn't a dramatic river crossing but still impressive). Unfortunately we were unlucky with the Mara River crossing as the timing was not right but in the right circumstances we suspect it would have been fantastic as there were plenty of crocodiles there. We got the impression the game is harder to find in the Sand River terrain, there is a lot of long grass so we did spend quite long periods looking for cats but ultimately saw a few lions and a leopard (we saw the second leopard on the way to Mara River, close to the Tanzania border).

Overall I would recommend the camp but advise that people will need to be patient when looking for game and also be clear about what they want to see/do when working with their guide." See all these reviews: 7n in Kenya
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Good
Service:
Good
Activities:
Average
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Average
Facilities:
Good
Sightings Report

Elephant

Multiple sightings

Giraffe

Multiple sightings

Hippo

Multiple sightings

Leopard

2 sightings

Lion

Multiple sightings

Spotted Hyena

1 sighting

Wildebeest

10 sightings

Zebra

Multiple sightings

N & J Lancs
UK

"Sand River Camp review"

2 nights Arrived 29 Jan 2023
"A very exclusive, upmarket lodge with views over the river.

We were there for two nights only and in this time we saw 35 lions and maybe only 5 of those did we see twice. On a couple of occasions we watched them eating what was left of a kill. On a morning drive we had 2 big male lions walking on the track towards us and then just standing inches away from the vehicle before carrying on.

We were fortunate enough to see a serval cat out in daylight." See all these reviews: 14n in Kenya
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Sightings Report

Buffalo

10 sightings

Eland

10 sightings

Elephant

10 sightings

Giraffe

10 sightings

Hippo

6 sightings

Lion

10 sightings

Spotted Hyena

10 sightings

Wildebeest

10 sightings

Zebra

10 sightings

Mr. & Mrs. O
London

"Sand River Camp review"

4 nights Arrived 25 Dec 2022
"Sand River is a very different experience to Loisaba, so offers a great contrast. Again, fantastic team looking after us (kudos to Arnold for his service throughout our stay, to Robert (the barman!), Erik (the chef) to Andrew, Nicolene and Lindah and the rest of the team). Food and service were good, but not as good as at Loisaba (which set a very high standard to match or beat) - some rough edges here and there but nothing serious at all.

Enoch, our guide, was fantastic - huge respect for the job that he does, his knowledge and understanding of the Mara environment. We has a fair amount of rain during our stay but this did not really impact on our activities - just created a lot more mud for Enoch to drive through!

You need to consider the size of the Mara vs a private conservancy such as Loisaba. You are covering a lot of distance to find animals and whereas a morning game drive in Loisaba is ~3 hours, in Sand River, its ~6 hours! So there is a lot of sitting each day!

Fantastic hot air balloon ride - high recommend that, and a lovely bush breakfast on our way over to the Mara Triangle area." See all these reviews: 8n in Kenya
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Good
Service:
Average
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Sightings Report

Black Rhino

1 sighting

Buffalo

10 sightings

Cheetah

2 sightings

Eland

2 sightings

Elephant

10 sightings

Giraffe

10 sightings

Hippo

4 sightings

Lion

6 sightings

Spotted Hyena

3 sightings

Wildebeest

1 sighting

Zebra

10 sightings

Mr B
London

"Such a gem!"

1 night Arrived 17 Nov 2021
"Our stay at Sand River Camp was fantastic, and exceeded expectations. When we were there in November, we hardly saw any other vehicles. It felt like there were very few camps in this part of the Mara.

Really top notch guiding from Anthony - we had a wonderful Leopard sighting. He was really good at sensing what we were most interested in and adapting, particularly pointing out amazing birds and wildflowers too. Really outstanding. Absolutely fantastic sundowner set up with other interesting guests from camp around a camp fire, a definite highlight.

Beautifully appointed tents, and very friendly staff. We enjoyed a dip in the pool after lunch, which overlooks the river. It would be amazing to be there during the migration." See all these reviews: 15n in Kenya
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Sightings Report

Buffalo

1 sighting

Eland

3 sightings

Elephant

3 sightings

Giraffe

2 sightings

Hippo

4 sightings

Leopard

1 sighting

Spotted Hyena

1 sighting

Wildebeest

5 sightings

Zebra

5 sightings

Mr B.
Colorado

"Magical location"

4 nights Arrived 12 Feb 2021
"Sand River Camp was the culmination of 3 of the Elewana collection, and by far the most spectacular. We were completely stunned by the room and the area. It was by far the most wonderful vacation stay we have ever had. Words do not describe this amazing place. we watched elephants and baboons from our deck overlooking the sand river, and were aware of the elephants that wandered through camp at night. it was like being Robinson Caruso. The staff was outstanding and we regretted that we were not able to tip more than we did, they truly deserved far more than we were able to leave, we felt that thankful and impressed. Joel was our driver and he was great. From the airport on we saw amazing things. A leopard in a tree was our first sighting and it went on from there. we were even graced with a little Valentine day loving lion style on Valentine's day. It was great." See all these reviews: 12n in Kenya
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Sightings Report

Buffalo

10 sightings

Cheetah

2 sightings

Eland

5 sightings

Elephant

10 sightings

Giraffe

10 sightings

Hippo

10 sightings

Leopard

5 sightings

Lion

7 sightings

Spotted Hyena

5 sightings

Wild dog

1 sighting

Zebra

6 sightings

Scotty
Scotland

"Africa's beating heart"

3 nights Arrived 12 Oct 2019
"While it is hard to rate the camps i visited in order of preference this one sneaks to the top" See all these reviews: 14n in Kenya
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Sightings Report

Buffalo

8 sightings

Eland

8 sightings

Elephant

10 sightings

Giraffe

10 sightings

Hippo

2 sightings

Leopard

3 sightings

Lion

6 sightings

Spotted Hyena

3 sightings

Wildebeest

10 sightings

Zebra

10 sightings

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