Sand River Selous, perched on the banks of the Rufiji River deep in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve, is considered by many to be one of Africa's best safari lodges. Sleeping only sixteen guests in a total of eight en suite stone and thatch cottages (including one family unit sleeping four), the lodge offers superb comfort and luxury in one of Africa's most remote areas. The rooms maximise the concept of space, and are filled with little luxuries that make you feel completely at home. The pool overlooks the river flowing by, and the central bar and dining are elevated to maximise the view – whether relaxing with afternoon tea, or enjoying a sumptuous meal.
Activities include walks with an armed guide, game drives, and boat trips on the river, which is well known for its high density of hippo, crocodile and numerous water birds. The Selous Game Reserve is one Africa's last wilderness areas and is home to wild dog and the very rare black rhino, together with a wide variety of general game. The river meanwhile, provides an utterly unique view of life in the Selous. Upstream the river narrows into a deep ravine (Steigler's Gorge), the steep sides thick with lush forest and huge boulders where leopards are often seen and where monkeys leap through the treetops. Downstream the river is wide and expansive with tracts of sandy banks that are home to monitor lizards and bee-eaters.
There are very few places where it is possible to experience the bush and its wildlife on foot and The Selous is one of these.
Undoubtedly the most exciting and fulfilling way to explore Africa, it was the quality and richness of the walking safaris that gave Sand Rivers its reputation as one of the best lodges in East Africa. The area is wonderfully varied so there are infinite places to walk, and being on foot allows you to explore areas inaccessible by car or boat. For those for whom walking is a particular passion, Sand Rivers offers specialist five day walking safaris and fly camping.