Sand Rivers Selous
Nature reflected in Sand Rivers' style A picnic breakfast on a boat trip
Nature reflected in Sand Rivers' style
A picnic breakfast on a boat trip

Sand Rivers Selous

Sand Rivers is situated in the northern part of the Selous Game Reserve which is the second largest protected wilderness area in the world. Sand Rivers offers stylish, luxurious safari accommodation on the banks of the Rufiji River. This comfortable and stylish lodge features an outdoor pool, an open-air dining room, bar and lounge which have been beautifully constructed on a sweeping curve of the great Rufiji River, offering stunning views across the water. 




  • An extraordinary location on the banks of the Rufiji River, far from other lodges - we seldom see another car.
  • Explore this vast wildlife area on foot, by boat, in open game drive vehicles.
  • We specialise in getting under the skin of this area - taking things slowly, creeping up to animals unobserved - a genuine African safari experience.
  • Picnic breastfasts on a sandbar in the Rufiji while on a boat trip to Stiegler's Gorge, lunch at the hot springs, sundowners on Lizzie's Hill with a beautiful view.
  • A night fly-camping under the stars in a mosquito netting tent (needs to be booked in advance, attracts an additional charge).
  • Entirely open-fronted rooms - sounds of the birds and hippos, close to nature.
  • A warm, friendly team of staff and expert guides.

Need to Know

  • LOCATION: In the vast Selous Game Reserve of southern Tanzania.
  • HOW TO GET THERE: There are numerous daily flights to our airstrip (Kiba) from Dar es Salaam,  Ruaha, Zanzibar and northern Tanzania.
  • SETTING: Right on the banks of the Rufiji River, with the lodge following the escarpment up and around a lazy bend.


Sand Rivers Selous combines beautifully with Kigelia Ruaha and/or Zanzibar.  There are regular flights between the Selous and Dar es Salaam and Ruaha, from which there are also flight schedules to the northern parks and to Katavi in the west. Please contact us for more advice on how to include Sand Rivers Selous in an itinerary.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Great resident game year round with regular lion and buffalo sightings. Lots of hippo action in the river in front of camp, and also fairly regular sightings of wild dog.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities


Our area of the Selous affords great opportunities for game viewing by vehicle, on foot and by boat and we make the most of all of them! We also enjoy picnics, fishing, trips to the hot springs and fly camping. The area is a rich game destination without many other camps. Perfect for full immersion in the bush.


Fly-camping is a highly recommended part of any safari to Sand Rivers Selous, and is available at an extra supplement. The fly camps are shared, and guests sleep under spacious mosquito net tents. A bucket shower with hot water, and short-stop toilets is set up behind camp. A full compliment of staff provide a full breakfast, light lunch, and 3-course candlelit dinner. 


Comfy main area with bar and lounge and ample space to sit and enjoy the views down river. A large swimming pool overlooks the river at the main area, as well as three private plunge pools in each of the Hillside Suites. 


Sand Rivers Selous has just 8 stone and thatched cottages, all are open-fronted and raised on decks overlooking the river. There are 5 Riverside rooms - with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers - and 3 Hillside Suites. The Suites all have the same amenities as the Riverside rooms, but with the added extra of a large living space and a small plunge pool.


Good Safari Guide Awards Best Safari Property: Finalist 2012

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 & 2015

Good Safari Guide Awards Best Walking Safaris: Finalist 2015


June - March. 

Average StayAverage Stay

3 - 4 nights. 

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

From $725pppn sharing. 

Children PolicyChild Policy

We welcome children over 8 year old at Sand Rivers Selous. 

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Sand Rivers Selous's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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