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Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Sand Rivers Selous

  • Most exclusive location in a remote region of the Selous Game Reserve
  • With luxurious open fronted suites which overlook the Rufiji River
  • Expert guiding to help you fully immerse yourself into wild Africa

Facilities include

Internet available for emergencies only Main pool Available in Suites Dining area with river views Bar and chill out area

Activities include

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Game Walks
  • Game Drives
  • Fly Camping
  • Boating Safaris
  • Cultural Visits
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About Sand Rivers Selous

Sand Rivers Selous has just eight stone and thatched cottages, all are open-fronted and raised on decks overlooking the Rufii River. There are five Riverside rooms with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers. There are also three Hillside Suites which have large living spaces and a small private plunge pool, perfect for time out after a day on safari.

The eight open-fronted rooms are designed for maximum comfort with wonderful beds, plenty of space and probably the best showers you'll have come across for a while. Each room has panoramic views out over the river where the only sounds you will hear are those of the local Tanzanian wildlife.

The main living area is spacious, open-fronted and cool. There is a chill-out area near the library, as well as places to relax around the main pool, privately tucked away in a quiet corner or on the social managers table.There is also a bar where the drinks are cold and there will always be good stories to tell or be told.

This camp is much suited to the adventurous and active, those who like to be kept busy whilst on safari. Perfect for families, couples and honeymoons.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

Sand Rivers Selous perches on the banks of the wide, lazy Rufiji River in the wildest part of the Selous Game Reserve. It is a small lodge was founded in the 1980s by Richard Bonham, who pioneered walking safaris here all those years ago.

Located in South Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world. No humans are able to take permanent residence in this National Park; instead this park is home to the biggest population of elephant, hippopotamus, African wild dog, cape buffalo and crocodile that you will find in East Africa.

The Rufiji River is a very popular tourist attraction because it is known as a photographic area. The Rufiji River flows to the Indian Ocean with boat safaris proving extremely popular. Walking safaris are also permitted within this Game Reserve so people can get up and close to the wildlife; within reason.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
Scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam, Ruaha, Katavi, Arusha (northern circuit) Zanzibar and islands
There are several flights a day
Charter flights to/from north & western Tanzania can be arranged

BY CAR:
Transfers between Kiba aistrip & the lodge are by shared vehicle (20-30 minutes)

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Sand Rivers Selous is closed end of March to end of May.

Tanzania's climate is predominately tropical. For the whole country, the hottest months are from October to February. The long rains are from mid-March to late May, and the short rains from November to January. The coolest months are June to August when the nights and early mornings can be cold. In high-altitude areas such as Kilimanjaro, temperatures can fall below freezing.

Important Information

The rooms are lit by a low energy 220 V system. There are charging sockets available in the rooms, but charging of any equipment can also be done in the manager's office. Hair dryers cannot be used in the camp.

A valid passport, a valid visa for those not exempted (£32 per person per single entry visa valid for 3 months). Yellow Fever certificate NOT needed for European arrivals. For more information please contact.

Malaria protection is essential. Please consult your doctor for advice on prophylactics.

Medical Insurance & Evacuation Cover. Due to its remoteness, Sand Rivers Selous can only accept guests if they are covered by Flying Doctors. FDS cover varies between £20pp & £33pp, depending on length of the safari and if you don't use it, the profit goes to fund FDS community support. This will be added to your invoice.

Children

Travelling with children

Children over the age of 8 are welcome however a child occupying a single room will be charged full adult rate.
Children under 12yrs are not permitted to walk, chimp or fly camp due to safety reasons.
Child park fee rate applicable to under 16 year olds.
Child rate applies to all under 21yrs sharing with an adult or another child.

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