Sand Rivers was the first established in the 1990s by the legendary Richard Bonham who pioneered walking safaris in what was then the Selous Game Reserve. Little surprise then that the lodge commands one of the best locations in today’s Nyere National Park, perched on the edge of a bend on the mighty Rufiji River. The main communal areas (and five of the guest rooms) almost feel part of the river with completely open fronts giving panoramic water views. The main building is spacious, elegant and cool with a lounge and dining area as well as a library and a lovely swimming pool.
The 8 stone and thatched bandas (the local term for cottages), all are open-fronted and raised on decks overlooking the river. There are 5 Riverside rooms – with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers – and 3 Hillside Suites. The Suites, as their name suggests, are set on a hillside, slightly further back from the river and have far reaching views, an additional living space and a small plunge pool each.
Sand Rivers is superbly operated with first class guiding. Activities include walking, boat and vehicle safaris as well as the highly recommended option of fly camping – one of the very best experiences in Tanzania for those who want to truly experience nature at its closest. With its understated style, expert guiding, fantastic activities and superb location, we absolutely love Sand Rivers.