Sand Rivers Camp

Reviews of Sand Rivers Camp

Excellent(96%) From 67 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 67 of our travellers who have visited Sand Rivers Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr Steve from Hope Valley
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Sand Rivers Camp review

4 nights at sand Rivers, different again to the others, but equally as good.

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Mrs J from Taunton
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Sand Rivers Camp review

Nice people, unbeatable location.

Bedroom was spacious and camp-like with relatively basic features but who cares when you are out in the middle of the park with stunning views.

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Mr J & Mrs C from London
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Sand Rivers Camp review

Fantastic camp, immaculately managed by Michelle.

The location and rooms were stunning and the food was wonderful.

All the staff were very friendly and we had an excellent guide in Ernest.

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Alice from Los Angeles
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sand Rivers - Beautiful Safari Camp!

After our wonderful experience at Kigelia, we headed to Sand Rivers for the remainder of our trip. Combining Kigelia and Sand Rivers was a perfect combination because Sand Rivers offers different types of activities such as boat safaris, fishing, along with game drives. We were fortunate to stay in 2 suites that had private plunge pools. The rooms were gorgeous with fabulous views. Our son and daughter (15 and 12) thought these accommodations were 5 stars and the fanciest place they've ever stayed! Sand Rivers overlooks the river with tons of hippos and crocodiles. The hippos were fascinating creatures that watched us as we fished on the banks of the river. There were other small animal sightings around camp, including monkeys, civets, and a bush baby.

We saw similar animals on game drives in Selous including elephants, giraffes, lions, and many birds. And a few hyenas that were taking naps on the road. The terrain in Selous is very different from Ruaha, so the two safari locations provided contrast. Dayo, our guide, was so knowledgeable about Selous (his father was a Selous ranger and now he is a guide) and had an eye, especially for birds. He brings a well-used Birds of East Africa book with him on game drives but didn't need it most of the time as he was like a walking bird encyclopedia. He was a fantastic fisherman (we went fishing twice) and helped each of us catch at least one fish, which the chefs cooked up as an appetizer for dinner.

The food at Sand Rivers was just as wonderful as Kigelia. The vibe is a little different as this is a larger camp with a more permanent structure. Eric, the camp manager while Michelle was on holiday, was gracious and so interesting to have dinner with. The staff were all very friendly and provided great service to guests. We also had a great fly-camping experience that I will review separately. We overall loved Sand Rivers and really enjoyed the combination of the 2 Nomad properties.

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Mr W. from Cheshire
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Sand Rivers Camp review

Luxury camp that, for us, was a splendid follow-on from Kigelia with the change in style, scenery and game and bird life complimenting and adding to our Tanzanian safari experience.

The service from Nomad management and staff here was as excellent and matched the expectations and levels we had experienced at Kigelia. Our overall experience and enjoyment was all the better for visiting two camps and doing so in this order. We could easily have stayed for longer at this camp.

Overall in the two camps we saw a good range of wildlife and approximately 120 species of birds. The knowledge (and eyesight) of our guide at Sand Rivers in this regard was fantastic!.

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R&K from Frisco CO
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A beautiful, fantastic lodge away from crowds

The location of Sand Rivers Camp is at a fantastic bend in the Rufiji river - and there is more to see than hippos although it is great to see them in this big river compared to shallower locations.

We visited mid-July 2019. Our guide Ernest was fantastic in his ability to spot wildlife and flora as well as his knowledge base. Our first 1/2 day guide (not Ernest) was not to our liking and the managers immediately accommodated our request for a change.

Would highly recommend this camp!

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Mr & Mrs M from Devon
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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One of the nicest places to stay-ever!!

A beautiful riverside setting and our room was one of the best we have ever stayed in. (We didn't mind sharing it with the frog in the wardrobe!!) A stunning view of the river with our own little outside deck where we had sundowners on our last evening.

The bar area was very attractive and we loved dining looking out over the water. The staff were very attentive and Michelle always did that bit extra to make us feel special.

We also considered ourselves fortunate to have Promise (not sure of spelling) as our safari guide. His knowledge of animals and birds is very comprehensive and we were impressed by his ability to spot something 30 metres away whilst driving over undulating terrain! And his command of English is excellent. We particularly enjoyed the boat trips and trip to the hot springs.

We would have liked a safe in our room. A really unusual swimming pool!

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Mr P from London
Arrived on: 27-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Sand Rivers Camp review

A really super Safari camp with the right mixture of wild life drives, boat trips and walks. Michelle and her team were very attentive and dined with us guests every night.

Our guides, Joel and John were really knowledgeable about all the flora and fauna, and we became great friends. Our excursion to the hot springs was fun and Joel videoed us with my iPad in the pools, much to our embarrassment when we showed it to our friends and family.

Bernie the chef produced really delicious meals washed down by good South African wines.

Only one suggestion. As the weather was very much hot (40 Celsius) and humid, it would better to dine under the fans rather by the pool which we did a couple of times.

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Mr & Mrs F from Harrow
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 7 nights
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Sand Rivers Camp review

A bit of luxury to enjoy. No restrictions on what we wanted to do, with our own guide throughout and Godfrey was delightful as well as being a very good spotter.

We did driving safaris, drive then bush walk, fished, boat safari and time to chill out in camp ,as well.

Michelle, the Manager, was very friendly and welcoming. She made sure everyone was okay, always on hand to ensure you were happy with everything.

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Mr & Mrs W from Grantham
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A warm, friendly camp - run by a good team

Sand Rivers was a busy camp but extremely well run with a wonderful atmosphere.

It was evident that a lot of thought had been given about pairing people up for the safaris. Michelle and Julian were extremely good hosts and were sensitive to the changing dynamics of the group as characters came and went.

We saw wild dogs and, most unusually, a civet cat who stayed still long enough to be photographed.

Would definitely recommend.

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