Our handsome light-filled lodge with wide-screen technicolour views across an iconic african riverbank.

Our lodge is so much part of the Rufiji’s ebb and flow that it seems almost moored on the banks, with one side entirely open to the river. Views across its brown, swirling waters call to mind adventure movies from another time. Indeed, in the early days, we pioneered legendary foot safaris here, and we still make life in and around the lodge as action-packed and exciting as the fizzing natural world around it.

The view of Sand Rivers Selous from the Rufiji River.

Open and airy with views over the river, our light filled lounge at Sand Rivers Selous.

The central lounge at Sand Rivers Selous.

It's easy to see why Richard Bonham chose this spot for Sand Rivers 20 years ago when he had the pick of locations in the Selous Game Reserve.

The mile wide Rufiji River flows past the open-fronted rooms at Sand Rivers Selous.

Views over the Rufiji River from the open fronted Hillside Suites at Sand Rivers Selous.

Flying over the might Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve.

Watching the sunset over the Rufiji River from our Selous Flycamp

Swimming in the Hot Springs in the Selous.

Watching life pass by from Sand Rivers Selous. It is a holiday after all.

Being in the bush doesn't mean a lack of comfort. But it does mean you can have a bathroom with a view.

There are three Hillside Suits at Sand Rivers Selous, equipped with their own private plunge pool and heaps of space to enjoy the endless views over the Rujifi River.

Three Hillside Suites at Sand Rivers Selous have their own private plunge pools.

Walking safaris in the Selous.

Each Hillside Suite at Sand Rivers Selous has its own adjoining living area.

Walking safaris in the Selous.

Game drives in the Selous in open 4WD vehicles allow you to explore further afield.

Dining al fresco at Sand Rivers Selous.

Open air bathrooms at Sand Rivers Selous.

Fishing in Steiglers Gorge from Sand Rivers Selous.

The Rufiji narrows upstream until the walls of Stiegler's Gorge tower overhead.

There is a large swimming pool at the main mess area at Sand Rivers Selous, with perfect views over the Rufiji River.

We seldom see another vehicle here. There are good reasons why founder Richard Bonham chose this area.

Bringing the outside in. The lounge of Sand Rivers is a place of cool in the heat of the day.

Heading out by boat in the Selous is a completely new experience and one of our favorite ways to explore.

A night out under the stars in our Selous flycamp. An experience never to be forgotten.

Three course dinner served on the river bank in our Selous fly camp.

Stopping for breakfast on a sand bar while on a boat safari at Sand Rivers Selous.

Freedom to set out on foot

Here we like to get out on foot, treading lightly through the bush to see what might be round the next thicket.

This is big game country.

Boat safaris and a spot of fishing on the Rufiji River in the Selous.

A boat trip up Stieglers Gorge for breakfast from Sand Rivers Selous.

Cool in the heat of the day, open to nature and the river breeze.

Watching life pass by from Sand Rivers Selous. It is a holiday after all.

Bee eaters are among the many beguiling birds we regularly see here.

Freedom. Feet in the white sand, casting a line into the mile-wide Rufiji in the middle of wild Africa.

Few things beat breakfast on a sandbar in the Rufiji after a boat trip up-river to Stiegler

Shed your inhibitions and your closed shoes. This is Africa.

Observe without being seen. That's the trick.

Sleeping out under the stars on a sandy river bank.

Hippos in the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve.

Enhancing lives at Sand Rivers

From enhancing dynamic careers to working with local communities and conservation projects, here are some inspiring stories from our camp in southern Tanzania.

Eighteen years with Nomad, this is Hamza Mmole

Starting out as a walking safaris porter, Hamza has worked his way up the ranks to camp manager at Sand Rivers. But his role extends beyond just that. Helping to identify talent, Hamza mentors and nurtures to provide opportunity in every way possible.  

Life long learning & growth

Wildlife education

Wildlife photography internships

This initiative provides an opportunity for young Tanzanian photographers and videographers to make use of our camps to access wild places under the mentorship of a professional photographer. And there is nowhere better to provide inspiration that Nyerere. We run several trips each year to Sand Rivers, giving a bunch of budding photographers the opportunity to train their lenses on the wondrous wilderness that is Nyerere National Park.

Life long learning & growth

Training and development

Chef extraordinaire to camp manager

Bernie is a shining star in the south. Having joined Nomad many moons ago as a junior chef, she cooked up a storm and quickly progressed to head chef before leading our company wide chef training.

Bernie’s shining personality and natural leadership has seen her progress to a superb camp manager. Working under the tutelage of the wonderful Hamza and Nomad training, Bernie is thriving, and Sand Rivers is in extremely safe hands. Bernie is a real gem and true inspiration to us all.

Conservation & environment

Supporting conservation partners

Sand Rivers support for Tawiri Elephants

Nyerere has been severely affected by ivory poaching in the last decade, and the elephant population has suffered. We are delighted to support the elephant research programme run by Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI). Their aim is to collect data and knowledge of the population to help planning for their protection.

Southern Tanzania safaris

This is all about experience. A safari spent in the game rich plains of Ruaha, and the endless wilderness of Nyerere, the south is hard to beat.


R. Pengelly

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Peaceful Haven

A true peaceful haven, beautifully quiet and calm with only animals to be heard. The service and food were incredible with every meal carefully curated and prepared. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made our trip even more enjoyable!

N. Borsellino

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Magical Honeymoon Place

Sand Rivers Selous is such a magical place and where we spent part of our honeymoon to Tanzania. Being close the wildlife and river so that even when we were at “home” relaxing we could be up close and personal with the Nyerere park beauty. Every activity was so special and e couldn’t even pick a. ...

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P. J. Withy

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Stunning Setting, Amazing Service

Stunning setting, game drives and service

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M. Hunt

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Magical Family Stay

This was an amazing experience, the whole family enjoyed our stay it was magical

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S. Uthup

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Tranquil and Magical Place

A truly tranquil and magical place to experience the nature of southern Tanzania. Loved the open air nature or the rooms. The views were stunning. It felt eco friendly and in harmony with nature. The lodges really blended into the landscape.

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A. Bryan

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Most Magical Experience

We had the most magical experience. The staff are so passionate about what they do, so dedicated and so knowledgable. Everybody made us feel so special and we were so well looked after. The most incredible holiday and one we will never forget

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