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Probably one of the best holidays

“quite simply it will probably be one of the best holidays I have ever had”

Trip Advisor review July 5, 2011  

Sand Rivers Selous



I have never previously bothered writing a review on trip advisor but considering our stay at Sand Rivers I have been compelled into doing so…quite simply it will probably be one of the best holidays I have ever had.

Firstly the place is beautiful, set on the banks of the rufiji river with incredible views across the river and sounds of the hippo echoing whether at breakfast for sunrise or drinks at sunset. Our room, a suite, was incredible – very large, clean and again with stunning views…we even had an elephant effectively at the end of our bed on the first night which was pretty special.

The food is delicious and different at every meal time which considering the remoteness is quite an achievement.

However a small camp like this is made or broken by the management team and here Mark and Chloe (and their staff) deserve unlimited praise. Every little detail is thought of…be it preparing a surprise romantic meal in our rooms one night to greeting us on return from every game drive to organizing fishing one afternoon to lending a zoom lens for my camera they really our brilliant and genuinely charming. In essence they make you feel at home and like you are guests at a friend’s house…at know point are you recalling the money you spent and wondering whether you are getting good value. It also helped that our guides, Mussa and Frank were wonderful and clearly some of the best in the reserve.

I had only two reservations about Sand Rivers, and these aren’t really a fault of the camp. First it is small and this means that if a large group of loud and obnoxious guests are staying, and they take over the communal living areas, this will be unavoidable and would probably hamper your stay but I think you have to be unlucky to encounter such a group…second is that it is quite wild. By that I mean that you are in the heart of Africa and if you scare easily or worry, however irrationally, that a lion or hyena or hippo might come into your room then given the open nature of the rooms and noises at night this wont disappear. 


We were situated in the last room which was a good 3/4min walk from the main communal area which didn’t help the nerves when returning from dinner (with an ascari and torch), when I return (and I hope I will) I would take a room as close to the lodge as possible (on a personal level it would make me feel a bit more secure).

Concluding, this is a special place with special staff. PS make sure you do the fly-camping, was without doubt one of the highlights.