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 and Sand Rivers Selous is for just 16 guests is in five superbly appointed thatched ‘Riverside’ rooms and three ‘Hillside’ suites. The spacious rooms are open to the front with a sitting area and either twin or double…


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 and quadruples are possible, though there is no dedicated family unit. For larger family groups who…

Conservation & community

Nomad Tanzania, owners of Sand Rivers Selous, 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…

Location Rufiji River, Nyerere National Park
Access Scheduled or Charter flight into Kiba, and 15 minute drive
Open June to mid-March
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Safari lodge
Focus Big game / Walking / Wilderness
Children 8 years + (younger on special request)
Activities Game drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Boat Cruises / Fishing / Fly camping
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 6
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving Yes
Number of Rooms 5 Riverside rooms and 3 Hillside suites
Family Accommodation Triples and quadruples possible
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed outdoor shower
Power for charging In room
Lighting Solar
Hairdryer Not possible
Heating/Cooling Ceiling fans
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room Radio
Wi-Fi Designated area (intermittent)
Mobile Reception No
Swimming Communal / Private plunge pools in suites
Wellness No
Dining Style Communal & private
Drinks Included House drinks
Credit Cards Visa and Mastercard