Sand Rivers fly-camping

Reviews of Sand Rivers fly-camping

Excellent(98%) From 13 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 13 of our travellers who have visited Sand Rivers fly-camping, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Alice from Los Angeles
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sand Rivers Fly-Camping - What an experience!

We loved our fly camping experience!

We went on an afternoon game drive which ended at our fly camp location. Milton and the staff had set up a beautiful campfire and dinner table. The chef cooked us a fancy candlelit dinner, no different than at the lodge but we were in the middle of the bush! They had set up a toilet and even a bucket shower at the campsite if we wanted to take one! The accommodations were very comfortable with mattresses and tents made out of mosquito netting-like material. They even set up two regular tents next to our see-through tents since it rained earlier in the day as a precaution.

Sleeping under the stars with occasional sounds of wildlife and waking up to the sounds of thousands of birds was a unique experience. The next morning, we had a sit down breakfast at our campsite, and then Dayo, our guide, took us to the hot springs where we took a dip and then completed the rest of our morning game drive and headed back to camp. Dayo kept a rifle with him the whole time we were at the fly camp and monitored the perimeter. We felt very safe.

Our son and daughter (15 and 12) were questioning why we would forego sleeping in our suite to camp outdoors, but even they had a really good time. We also had a great discussion with Milton and Dayo and learned a lot about the history of Tanzania. If you like outdoor adventure, then try fly-camping!

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Mr & Mrs T from Oxon
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Fly Camping at Sand Rivers

Hmm - as said before, this was a real highlight. The food was excellent, as was the location. The bed-rolls very comfortable. The only downside? I wanted two nights, one is just not enough!

The facilities I rate as excellent, but be aware that this IS a fly-camp, so it's a short-drop toilet and a bucket shower. I would not want it any other way.

[Ed: in their review of Sand Rivers, these travellers commented:

"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 from UK
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent Fly Camp

We came to our lakeside fly camp after an early evening game drive. The fire was already going and chairs and a bar set out for us.

We had a net to sleep under and (reasonably) comfortable beds to sleep in. There was also a tent to get changed in, which can serve as alternative sleeping accommodation, if the whole experience is too scary (it wasn't). Our guide had his own tent, although he stayed awake all night to watch out for danger and to escort us to the toilet. A bucket shower was also available.

There was a team of about half a dozen other camp employees to prepare the food and to carry out the other necessary duties. They provided an excellent dinner and breakfast.

The only nighttime disturbance came from a few noisy impala, although we did hear lion and hyena some distance away.

A very worthwhile experience.

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent experience: Sand rivers Fly-camping

The highlight of my trip to Selous!

Excellent experience, extremely well organised.

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Mr H & Ms E from London
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sand Rivers fly-camping review

The fly camping was the highlight of our stay at Sand Rivers.

You drive or walk out from the main camp to a tiny temporary camp site - in our case on the edge of a lake. The team have gone ahead and set up your tent (a mosquito net) and the bucket shower and long-drop toilet (yes, there is safari glamping!). You sit around the camp fire as the light fades, have a great dinner made from the bush oven (make sure you see the kitchen); and then fall asleep looking at the stars.

You can hear the animals around you in the night but the fire, lanterns, and your friendly ranger with his gun mean that you are not likely to have visitors. This is a magical Must Do!

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Mr & Mrs E from UK
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sand Rivers fly camping

Very well organised and enjoyable.

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Mr & Mrs D from Winchester
Arrived on: 18-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Tanzania in the (very) Wet Season

After a short drive we left the vehicle ( and our overnight gear which was taken onto the camp) and continued our journey to the fly camp on foot which provide an excellent opportunity to talk about about plants and smaller fauna and to enjoy the environment.

After a couple of hours we arrived at the fly camp. Roughing it ?? No - all creature comforts in a lovely setting beside a small river. Our tents were in two parts a cube made od mosquito netting with bedding - a comfortable 'mattress' with sheets - inside. Adjacent to the cube was a dome tent provided for changing etc or to use in case of rain or if anyone found sleeping 'al fresco' too scary!! Behind each tent was a table with towels , toiletries , mirror etc and beside it a tripod supporting a canvas wash bowl which was filled with warm water when required. To one side of the camp a long drop toilet had been dug and a bucket shower erected - all very private.

A table was set up with drinks for our sundowners and then we sat at a nicely laid table beside the campfire for a delicious three course meal.

We all slept well and woke refreshed and ready for our bush breakfast - yummy!

Our only disappointment - not enough animal noise during the night although Ernest assured us that there had been at least one leopard walking through the camp during the night.

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Ms H from London
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sand Rivers fly-camping review

A fabulous experience, and the poshest fly-camping I have done. Beautiful location on the edge of Lake Tagalala, fantastic facilities including separate loo and shower and a 3 course meal.

All visitors should do this!!

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Ms F from London
Arrived on: 23-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sand Rivers fly-camping review

Great fun. I would encourage others to try this.

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Mr & Mrs D from London
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Blown away by fly camping at Sand Rivers

One night lakeside ; one night river bank. ; two
great but different locations with all the sights
and sounds of the bush ! Comfortable but
authentic with excellent food and service.

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