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Sand Rivers, Selous Game Reserve

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Stay at Sand Rivers, Selous Game Reserve

Sand Rivers has a superb location and it's wonderful to just sit on the terrace watching the hippos and birds in the river at any time of day. The rooms are very comfortable and stylish, guides good and service impeccable.

Sand Rivers, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Sand Rivers stands hidden from view on a bend of the Rufiji River. The lodge has spectacular views over the river and the unspoilt wilderness beyond. There is a small resident pod of hippo nearby and it is not unusual to see African skimmers on the sandbanks in the middle of the river.

Sand Rivers has five stone and thatch cottages and two suites. All rooms are built into the riverine forest and are open with lovely views of the river. They are very spacious and have big beds with large mosquito nets, armchairs, dressing tables (which birds often sit on looking at themselves in the mirror) and bathrooms with flush toilets, basins and hot showers, the furniture is all made from locally sourced materials and is rustic but fabulous.

The suites are really spacious and stylish and have a large lounge area, sunloungers and private plunge-pools and spectacular views over the Rufiji River. The main dining and bar area is under thatch and has spectacular views. Nearby, you can watch the bright yellow weaver birds building their nests in a tree, and see bushbabies up close in the evenings. Meals served around the carved wooden table are sociable, fun and the food is excellent. Finally, there is a lovely swimming pool and small curio shop.

Activities at Sand Rivers are superb. It is possible to enjoy half and full day game drives in open 4WD's, walking safaris, boat trips and fishing on the river, visits to the Tagalala hot springs and specially tailored fly camping trips.

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