Reviews of Sand Rivers Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A safari experience with 5 star accommodation
Accommodation is stunning. Food is excellent and worthy of some of the best restaurants we have visited throughout the world.
Location is spectacular and the option of the river trips gives the variety of experiences that some camps lack.
Fly camping is a must do experience - particularly on your wedding anniversary.
The only disappointment is the dearth of elephant in Selous - poaching has decimated the population and left those elephants that remain scared of human contact - such a shame for these noble beasts.
the grand finale
Sand Rivers had the least game and I would have been disappointed had that been our only camp. But we had seen so much in Ruaha and in the Crater that it was fine to focus on other things like the walking safaris, boat rides ( altho we could only go upriver, not down to Lake Manza) or relaxing at camp.
The pool was an important feature for the midday heat and there were fans in the common areas and above our beds.
It was a beautiful camp with impeccable service.
Sand Rivers Camp review
An interesting contrast with Lake Manze. The cost of staying at Sands River means that one is looking for very high standards throughout, so here gradings of Excellent might be expected.
Bearing this in mind, the food, we thought was far from exciting. Main courses were basically stews of fish or meat, the desserts often microscopic portions of, eg, flan. Moreover, for the main course, everything was dumped on the plate, where, at Lake Manze, at least the vegetables were served separately.
Again, excursions (although excellent in themselves) did not in one respect compare well with the much cheaper Lake Manze (see above). Here the guide was also the driver and we had to share the 4WD/boat with another couple, which reduces flexibility.
Expert Africa comments
The team at Sand Rivers were surprised to hear these comments regarding the quality of the food as they also received very good feedback from guests who were staying there at the same time. We too usually receive very positive feedback about the food at Sand Rivers. So we are sorry if their usually very high standards perhaps slipped a little on this instance - it is something that we will continue to monitor in the future.
The norm in southern Tanzania is for a single driver who is also a guide to take the game drives. There is sometimes an exception when guides are training up; in which case there will be a driver and a separate guide on the game drive. Equally game activities are shared with other guests at most camps, unless there happens to be a spare vehicle or a private vehicle is specifically requested.
It is possible to arrange for a private vehicle, however it is at an extra cost. Had we known that these guests wanted a private vehicle for their stay at Sand Rivers we would have arranged for one, and the team at Sand Rivers would have been happy to accommodate them. We're sorry that we didn't discuss this option with these travellers in more details before their trip.
Sand Rivers Camp - great boat safaris
Another very comfortable and luxurious camp - we'd certainly go there again if we were ever in the Selous again.
Particularly enjoyed the boat safaris when we saw a lot of bird life.
We had a great drive with Geoff (the manager) one morning - he was very good on birds and we were lucky enough to get a very good sighting of a rather rare bird.
Sand Rivers Camp review
A fabulous wilderness location set on a beautiful river. The banda had a great view and a plunge pool, most welcome! The game drives were somewhat limited especially with a driver/guide.
I have every confidence that the new management will make Sand Rivers Camp an absolute must in the future.
Out of this world lodge in stunning setting
What can we say about Sands Rivers, other than that it was perfect in every way! A breathtaking location overlooking the river, with hippos and crocs in the waters below. A beautiful lodge, tastefully decorated, with individual, luxurious open fronted safari cabins all with stunning river views. It was a joy waking up to that view every morning!
We also thoroughly enjoyed the range of activities available at Sand Rivers, with walking safaris, river safaris, fishing trips and more available alongside the classic game drive. There was less game here in comparison to the other camp we stayed in (Mdonya in Ruaha), but that didn't matter to us at all, and we still saw lots of animals and birdlife. Our guide here was excellent - his eagle-eyes and knowledge of the birdlife in the area was astonishing. Because of the lower levels of game though, we think our itinerary of staying in another, game heavy park first, followed by Sands River was a great combination.
The food and service at Sands River was excellent - first class every step of the way. The managers, Kate and Cameron, were also incredibly welcoming, professional and friendly, going out of their way to ensure guests enjoyed their stay.
We cant recommend this place highly enough - stay here and you won't be disappointed.
Excellent Sand Rivers Safari
Sand Rivers Camp is perfect. Decor, hosting, guides, food, trips and facilities all excellent. Kate and Cameron have a great set up there and Laz is a brilliant guide with an exceptional ability to spot animals.
We had a David Attenborough moment where we watched a python swallow an impala whole!
Sand Rivers Camp
An excellent camp - high on my list of good camps (I love so many, for different reasons!). The staff were great, the sightings could not be bettered, the rooms came with ambient hippo music (you are on safari!), the monkeys were cheeky, but the numerous storage boxes meant it was never a problem.
Our first 15 minutes in camp went like this:
Nick: How are you guys doing? Are you feeling energetic?
Us: We're great. Just planning to relax a while after the flight.
Nick: Because we've just had a report of wild dogs...
Us: *Run for the cameras and ready to go*
A dash out to a wild dog sighting - now that was a great way to start a trip!
First time at Sand Rivers we were surprised how different the landscape was over this side of Selous. Some parts of the road were very difficult to drive over ( bumpy) could be quite uncomfortable at times and wildlife was skitttish.
The highlight for us was the boat trip up the gorge it felt almost prehistoric. Food was always very good and monkeys not too much of a problem in the rooms as long as you are aware and act accordingly.
Sand Rivers Camp review
One of the most beautiful rooms we ever stayed in. The staff was great, as was our guide. We had a blast.Read more about the whole safari