Sand Rivers Selous

Sand Rivers Selous is set on a scenic bend in the Rufiji River, within the vast Nyerere National Park in southern Tanzania. There are just 8 guest cottages at this enchanting safari lodge, equipped with luxuries such as powerful showers with hot and cold water. All are open-fronted to appreciate the views, the cool breeze as well as the many sights and sounds of the African bush.

A central bar and dining room provide an atmospheric setting to swap safari tales over an icy cold drink, whilst the main pool is a source of refreshment on warm afternoons. A fleet of open-sided 4X4 vehicles are utilised for gameviewing in the wildlife-rich Nyerere, with the option to hop out and walk to get a better vantage point. There is also the option of fly camping, where guests have the opportunity to explore on foot with an armed ranger, and spend a night sleeping out under the stars.

Other things to do including boat safaris along the Rufiji, which is often frequented by huge flocks of birds and large numbers of elephant. You could also drop a line and fish for dinner, or simply enjoy a quiet lunch and a book on the shady riverbank, watching the animals come and go.


How to get to Sand Rivers Selous

The nearest airstrip to Sand Rivers Selous is Kiba, which can be reached from Dar es Salaam, Ruaha, Zanzibar and northern Tanzania.

Activities at Sand Rivers Selous

  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Fly camping
  • Bush dining and sundowner drinks

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Sand Rivers Selous Highlights

  • A remarkable riverside lodge in Tanzania’s wild, vast Nyerere National Park
  • Open-fronted guest cottages offering sweeping views
  • Facilities including a swimming pool and bar
  • Opportunity to fly camp and take boat cruises
  • Game drives and walking safaris possible

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Tanzania Overview

Why travel to Tanzania? Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

When is the best time to view animals in Tanzania? The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Nyerere.

What is the culture of Tanzania?With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

What is the climate in Tanzania? Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

What can I combine with Tanzania? Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

How to get to Tanzania? You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

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Do I need vaccinations for Tanzania? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

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