A hidden pearl on the
banks of the Rufiji river.

Deep inside the Selous game reserve, home to thousands of hippos and crocodiles you’ll discover one of Nomad Tanzania’s hidden pearls on the banks of Rufiji river – Sand Rivers Selous.
Sand Rivers Selous is situated by the Rufiji river and offers its guests a unique slice of luxury and privacy. Because of its location it greatly enhances the feeling of wilderness and remoteness. It takes a couple of hours depending on your game drive to reach the lodge from the Mtemere gate.

The property features 5 riverside rooms and 3 hillside suites with private pools.

The main area features a combined lounge and bar with chairs and sofas to create a cosy atmosphere.

Whether you want to dine inside or outside, the dining area offers a captivating view of the Rufiji river. All meals are served here. From breakfast, buffet lunch to both communal and private dinners.

Sand Rivers also features a large pool and a wifi lounge area.

Sand Rivers Selous offers a wide variety of activities for their guest, among them are walking safaris, game drives, fishing and boat cruises up the Rufiji river. They also offer fly camping which is sleeping under the stars in lightweight mosquito tents to an additional cost of $225 per person per night. Due to the Game reserve ruling children under 12 can not participate.

Why not enjoy the first meal of the day on a sandbar in a crocodile-crowded river? The lodge will pack your breakfast and other necessities and have the boat ready for you first thing in the morning – all you need to bring is a camera and sunscreen.  Don’t forget to grab a sweater if you get cold easily, like me.

Riverside Room with overlooking
view of the Rufiji river

My riverside room must be one of the most spectacular rooms I have ever slept in. The room is open access to one of the richest wildlife areas in the world. Imagine it’s dark and you’re lying on a king sized bed with no light and all you see are stars twinkling from the milky way galaxy while enjoying the sounds and smells that surround you.

From time to time you might even have a cute harmless visitor like a bush baby or even a monkey, it’s therefore important to remember not to leave any food outside the so called “monkey-box”, which you can use to store food.

There’s nothing like thrill of knowing that you’re sleeping in an open room – it’s more adventurous and it definitely takes you closer to nature.

The bed has a mosquito net to protect guests from insects. The room is furnished with a comfortable sofa facing the river, a working desk by the entrance and a small closet next to the bed. The bathroom is separated from the room with toilet and shower.

Since the room is open access it helps turning off the light to prevent insects coming in at night.

  • Check-in and Check-out depends on flights coming in.
  • They offer day rooms for guests leaving in the afternoon
  • No front desk as there are no keys to the rooms, however the manager and the staff will be there to help you.
  • English
  • Swahili
  • Rain shower, let the water run for a few minutes until it gets warm.
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Kingsize bed
  • Wardrobe/Closet
  • Workstation
  • Sitting area with panoramic views out over the river
  • Fishing
  • River cruise
  • Walking safaris
  • Game drives in open 4WD vehicles
  • Massage
  • Swimming pool. The water can change colour to due the high mineral content. However, it’s well filtered and clean.
  • Three private pools (hillside suites).
  • Walkie talkie
  • Bar is always open, so make yourself at home and help yourself if the barman is not on duty
  • Open fronted lounge and dining
  • Free! WiFi is available in pool area.
  • Available
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • 5 Riverside rooms
  • 3 Hillside Suites
  • Wake-up service
  • Souvenir/Gift Shop
  • Safe