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Sands Rivers - June 2021

We came for a more remote safari experience (had done the ‘northern circuit’ in 2016) and wanted a highly rated lodge to make the Selous visit truly memorable. We were certainly not disappointed. I will start with commenting on the lodge and after Selous itself. The lodge is impressive – right on the Rufiji River and is quite traditional in its lodge style. The rooms are ‘open style’ and it took a bit of getting used to as bats do fly in and can crawl across the floor – it is certainly fun! Each room has a view of the river and the beds are huge and well protected with mosquito nets. The staff are a delight and we were looked after so well and it was like a small family community. A special thanks to the Bernadette and Hamza for such professional management and to the ‘team’ of Saidie, Essow (sp?), Sara and Reggie for looking after us so well; you were all delightful. The food was delicious – simple and with no choice but we loved every single dish put in front of us. Regarding Selous I would have to say that out of the 5 National Parks, game reserves I have visited in Tanzania, Selous is my favourite. The scenery, diversity of eco-systems is simply breath-taking. We were so very lucky to have had Ernest as our guide over the 4 days. Ernest has 15 years’ experience and his ability to spot wildlife, explain every detail, about flora and fauna was so impressive. He was a total gentleman, a delight to be with and worked so well with Ranger Fabian during the walking safari and airstrip transfers. We were totally spoilt by Ernest in the way he organized bush-breakfasts, sundowners and special surprises during the game drives. Thanks for taking us to the hot-springs, which was another unforgettable experience. We had great fun during the boat safari and as an avid fisherman I thoroughly enjoyed putting my travel rods to use fishing for tiger fish and catfish – the lodge does supply rods and tackle and will cook the delicious golden catfish for you which is highly recommended.  My wife and I had the most fantastic experience at Sands Rivers, we were so sad to leave the lodge, our new friends and Selous. We will have to return one day for sure.