Sand Rivers Camp

Reviews of Sand Rivers Camp

Excellent(95%) From 58 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 58 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 & 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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Mr. F Cheltenham
Arrived on: 20-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Sand Rivers Camp review

Sand Rivers is clearly a well established and slick, professional operation.

The rooms maybe are becoming just a tad tired but not to any significant extent.

Superb guiding (Edward) and such a pleasure to have the option of river safaris too. The trip to Stieglers Gorge is unforgettable with so many hippos and crocs, lions on the banks etc etc.

Having been to Beho Beho some years ago, Sand Rivers for me rates much higher.

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Mr & Mrs T from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Repeat stay after fly camp

See before.

[Ed: see below]

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Mr & Mrs T from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sand Rivers Camp review

This is a repeat visit to Sand Rivers for us, and every bit as good as expected.

Part of the attraction here is the Rufiji Gorge boat trip. Whilst we failed to see Pel's Fishing Owl (reserved for the honeymoon couple staying in camp!) we had some excellent osprey and Colobus monkey sightings.

The highlight was a fly-camp, sleeping (very well) under a net on a very comfortable bed roll, with the 'car-door slam' of hunting crocodiles in the nearby lagoon to remind you where you are (don't worry, the tents are well back from the shoreline)!

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Mr S & Mrs K - West Midlands
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A luxury Camp

The setting for Sand Rivers camp above the Rufiji river is very picturesque. The accommodation is luxurious.

The food was good, although we actually preferred the rather more rustic approach to dining at Lake Manze.

The guiding was good, but we did feel that there could have been more discussion with us regarding the activities available. We had booked one night at the fly camp and had a river trip up to Stiegler's Gorge, both of which were excellent; otherwise, it was just assumed that we'd go on game drives. On the last evening we did ask for a short river trip, which was arranged and was very pleasant.

The range of wildlife is good, although not as good as at Lake Manze.

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sand Rivers Camp review

As previous [Ed: see below]

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sand River Camp

A very nice camp in a good location overlooking the Rufji river. Spacious and comfortable suite, excellent food, attentive manager (Eric) & overall friendly staff. Activities are varied (but there are no night game drives).

Previous guests had great sightings of wild dogs, but the game drives turned out to be rather quiet while I was there. Sadly, the effects of poaching in the area can certainly be felt (rare sightings of skittish elephants..). You cannot fault the camp itself, but I found the proximity of a hunting lodge and the evidences of poaching in the area somehow upsetting.

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Mrs C. from Cambridge
Arrived on: 15-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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FLY CAMPING A MUST

great host, and a lot of work for him until his partner joins later in year. Relaxed atmosphere, wonderful location. For us the buffet lunches were better than the more 'casserole' dinners. A bit too safe.
The fly camping was the highlight, beautiful, magical evening with shooting stars and gin!
I guess the rooms could do with a small uplift, just starting to look a little tired.
River trip also a pleasant change.
Game drives disappointing due to scarce wildlife, and some of what we saw was very skittish due to hunting over river and poaching. We were luck in seeing 2 elephants, others saw none during their stay, and no lions.

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Mr H & Ms E - London
Arrived on: 7-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wild life on the river bank

This is a really comfortable camp with great guiding. It's even more comfortable than when we were there 12 years ago as they have added plunge pools to some of the rooms and a lot of white sofas. The location on the river bank is amazing and means the activities are really varied - trips on the river, fishing, walking, as well as wonderful game drives and bush breakfasts.

The staff are all very friendly and professional. The rooms have high thatched roofs and are open sided - so you can hear those hippos and hyenas at night. They do have electricity in them and big bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. We were lucky enough to be given a hillside suite which had an outside sitting area and little pool.

The highlight of our trip was the fly-camping - we'd really recommend this. You sleep out under a mosquito net - so the stars are amazing. The bucket shower and long-drop toilet remind you of the old safari days and the team produce wonderful food from the bush oven. The camp fire, lanterns and your ranger with his gun make sure that the animals don't come and inspect you during the night. Thanks to Eric, Edward our guide and all the staff who made the trip so memorable.

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Mr & Mrs E - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 14-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Five day stay

Accommodation and service was very good.

Ernest, our guide was excellent and went out of his way to make our stay so good, very knowledgeable and persevered in difficult conditions to find wildlife.

Unprecedented rains made game viewing difficult and challenging.

Our fly camping experience was very well organised and well worthwhile.

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