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Sand Rivers fly-camping
Sand Rivers fly-camping

Sand Rivers fly-camping

7°46’19.1"S 37°57’59.4"E

Sand Rivers fly-camping: Our full report

If you're staying at Sand Rivers Camp then it's easy for us to pre-arrange for you to have a night or two ...

... fly-camping from there for travellers who are after a bit of adventure out in the bush.

When fly-camping you'll set off with your guide and a vehicle in the afternoon, usually mixing driving with walking. Around dusk you'll arrive at your fly-camp, often in a dry, sandy riverbed. It will be set up in advance by the camp's team, with a fire, hot water for showers and cold drinks at the ready. Dinner is cooked on the fire – the quality will still be the same excellent standard you’d expect from the main camp.

Later you'll retire to your comfortable bedroll under a mosquito net frame, and your armed guide will be positioned close by keeping watch. The team also bring a dome tent, in case anyone feels nervous. Once your eyes adapt to the dark, you’ll be amazed at what a thrilling experience sleeping under the stars is, and how attuned you become to the smallest sounds and movements around you. The following morning, after breakfast, the Sand Rivers team often includes a refreshing visit to the hot springs.

Our view

We can’t recommend fly camping highly enough – especially at Sand Rivers, where the simple mosquito net “tents" mean that you get even closer to the surrounding environments. If you're still unsure exactly what fly-camping is all about, then visit the main page for Selous Game Reserve where you will find more details. Or just call and ask us. It isn’t for everyone – so do chat it through with us first.

Elizabeth Chapman

Elizabeth Chapman

Tanzania expert


Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Ideal length of stay
1 or 2 nights maximum - as part of a safari to Sand Rivers
Accessible by

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities

Special interests

Selous is a great area for birdwatching in Tanzania - and these fly-camps deep in the bush, combined with walks around the fly-camp area, allow you to really experience the Selous and get to know the birdlife there.
See ideas for Birdwatching
Walking safaris
Sand Rivers fly-camps usually include time spent walking as well as driving, and the guides here are first-rate - walking safaris are one of the camp's specialities.
See ideas for Walking safaris
Wildlife safaris
Selous is an excellent game reserve, and these walks offer a great chance to explore - and covering the ground on foot, and fly-camping out, is a superb way to really experience the Selous.
See ideas for Wildlife safaris


Attitude towards children
Property’s age restrictions
Generally recommended for children

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Sand Rivers fly-camp

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Sand Rivers fly-camping have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.


100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


50% success

Wild dog

50% success


50% success


0% success

Black Rhino

0% success


0% success


0% success


0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Striped Hyena

0% success


For all intents and purposes you should consider yourself out of contact, though there is radio contact with the main camp for emergencies.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Dangerous animals
High Risk
Fire safety


  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching


  • Boat trip

    Boat trip

  • Fishing


  • Fly-camping


  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari


Disabled access
Not Possible

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