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Sand Rivers

Sand Rivers is a luxury lodge located overlooking the Rufiji River in the north-west section of the Nyerere National Park.

Sand Rivers is a very established lodge with a beautiful location on a wide bend in the Rufiji River. The setting is stunning and the area around camp is very exclusive for game viewing. Although generally good, game viewing around Sand Rivers is perhaps not always quite as guaranteed as some other areas in the park, which is why it is best suited to guests looking for a combination of experiences, including game viewing, walking, river safaris, birding and exclusive relaxation in the bush. Guiding is excellent which allows walking to be a focus. It also combines very well with intense game driving areas elsewhere in Tanzania, such as Ruaha and Serengeti. Run by Nomad Tanzania, the lodge management and staff are welcoming, the service is both excellent and personalised, and the food superb. Sand Rivers offers an upmarket, old-school approach which combines a genuine bush experience and warm hospitality with high levels of sophistication.


Accommodation at Sand Rivers is for a maximum of 18 guests in five superbly appointed thatched ‘Riverside’ rooms and three ‘Hillside’ suites. The spacious rooms are open to the front with a sitting area…


The Nyerere is Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary, covering over 54,600 sq. kms. (almost the size of Ireland). The region is dominated by the Great Ruaha River and Kilombero rivers which join to form the Rufiji, East Africa’s greatest…


Children over eight years are permitted though we would naturally suggest Sand Rivers to families with older children. Triples are possible, and there is a family unit with two en suite rooms linked via an…

Conservation & community

Nomad Tanzania, owners of Sand Rivers, set up the Nomad Trust in 2007. The Trust supports wildlife and people in the remote areas in which Nomad operates where, bordering the national parks, human and…

LocationRufiji River, Nyerere National Park
AccessScheduled or Charter flight into Kiba, and 15 minute drive
OpenJune to mid-March
Camp StyleSafari lodge
FocusBig game / Walking / Wilderness
Children8 years + (younger on special request)
ActivitiesGame drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Boat Cruises / Fishing / Fly camping
Maximum Guests on Vehicle6
Private Vehicle OptionsYes
Off-road DrivingFor limited sightings only
Number of Rooms5 Riverside rooms and 3 Hillside suites
Family AccommodationTwo bedroom family room / Triples possible
BathroomFlush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed indoor shower
Power for chargingIn room
LightingGenerator / Battery
HairdryerNot possible
Heating/CoolingStanding fans
Room SafeNo
Laundry ServiceComplimentary
Communication in roomRadio
Wi-FiDesignated area (intermittent)
Mobile ReceptionNo
SwimmingCommunal / Private plunge pools in suites
Dining StyleCommunal & private
Drinks IncludedHouse drinks
Credit CardsVisa and Mastercard