We did the Northern Circuit for 17 days before we flew to Sand Rivers. Our tour operator had suggested we save Selous for the end of our first safari because she claimed it would be the "crown jewel of our Tanzanian experience." She was quite right, actually, although I doubted it at the time!
As other reviewers have said, Jana and Nic are the consummate "camp" hosts and managers. Nic picked us up at the airstrip, and Jana was waiting with other staff, waving and singing a song, when we arrived at Sand Rivers. The staff was really phenomenal, although I have to add that the staff at every Tanzanian accommodation was wonderful too.
Others have generally described the accommodations, which are unique in many ways. We had a huge suite (Suite #2). It is really more of a large apartment, complete with living room, plunge pool, large decks, huge bedroom, bath with adjoining patio (allowing both indoor and outdoor showers). The suite has a wall halfway up to the roof, with the remaining space open to nature. So yes, monkeys can come into your suite, and animals can get up close and personal. For some guests, this may be too scarey, but we thought it was great.
The Sand Rivers guides and activities were top-flight. We had Laz for all of the 2-1/2 days that we were there. He was incredibly knowledgeable, pleasant, and helpful. You couldn't find a better guide. You can tell that this man is in love with the bush and everything it offers to see.
The boat trips are fun, as variety to the usual driving safari format. There were large numbers of hippos and crocs in the river. The driving safaris offered unique experiences, just when we thought we had seen a great deal in our Northern Circuit experience.
The noteworthy experience was the last evening when we were almost done with our drive, when we came upon a pack of wild dogs. None had been seen by anyone in Selous for over 3 months, so we were honored to be able to experience them. Laz said he has had a German couple come three different times to Selous just to find wild dogs, and they still haven't had a sighting.
I would like to especially thank Jana and Nic for their thorough and amazing level of service and hospitality. They are really interesting and fun people to visit with, about a myriad of topics. And even better, we could see that this is just the way they always are.
- 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 by boat down the river at dusk or sleep out under the stars at night in our unique flycamp. 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
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- Also Known As:
- Sand Rivers Selous Hotel Selous Game Reserve
- Sand Rivers Selous, Nomad Tanzania Selous Game Reserve