This trip was a 70th birthday present from my son so you can see we were not as young as some of the other guests.I was slightly concerned that there might be too much walking which was not the case but if this had been an issue I am sure Nic and Jona would have organised something different, they were so attentive. Charming is too anodine a word, delightful and great fun but entirely serious about organisation and safety. The room with showers outside and in, a plunge pool and wonderful views of the river, was deceptively simple until you took in the enormous and comfortable bed, the lanterns, the reading lamps, the beautifully arranged towels which were always miraculously immaculate again every time you returned to your room and many other thoughtful touches which were beyond anything we could have expected. Others have written about the excellent food but who could have expected to be adding madelines at tea time to their Safari memories.
All three guides who accompanied us on different occasions were so knowledgeable but also so concerned that we should see everything that was around. We really enjoyed the fact that they joined us in the evening when we were having a drink and discussing the next day's trips so we could get to know them. Ernest, who met us off the plane, was clever at discovering our tastes so that white wine, beer and delicious little edible treats appeared that evening when we stopped to look at the view after watching a large group of elephants walking slowly in front of our truck. I was envious of the other guests who had done the fly camping but we had the fun of sitting outside on the terrace by our room gazing at the stars and listening to the grunting of the animals around us. I don't think any elephants passed our room in the night but maybe we just slept so well after our wonderful days at Sand River.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When Richard Bonham built Sand Rivers, he was offered any area in the Northern Selous. There were good reasons why this site, overlooking the mile wide Rufiji River, was the only place he wanted to be.At the heart of an intricate network of sand river channels, oxbow lakes and open plains, Sand Rivers opens a window on the private lives of Africa's big mammals. Creep up on elephant as they wallow in hidden lakes; drift silently down the river at dusk or sleep out under the stars at night.With just eight open-fronted rooms looking out over the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers offers variety, spontaneity and a gradual immersion in a seductively wild part of Southern Tanzania. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sand Rivers Selous Hotel Selous Game Reserve
- Sand Rivers Selous, Nomad Tanzania Selous Game Reserve