[98% based on 7 reviews]
Without exception everywhere we stayed was amazing with the highlights being Magwusi and Sand Rivers. The staff at both these camps were really first-rate as was the food and the locations were mind-blowing!
- S. Ray
Good flight into Sand Rivers camp where we were met by the deputy manager. Camp just as wonderful as when we were last there in 2004! Great food and our 2 Guides – Joel and Hamza – were great. Did a morning walking safari with Hamza which was interesting although Game was sparse!
- F. Gruselle
It’s been now a few weeks since the end of our safari in Mwagusi & Sand River last october, and I’ve been quite busy at work since. But Bertrand and I really wanted to let you know that we found your services simply perfect in the preparation and the booking of that trip. We notably appreciated your promptness in email responding. And once in Tanzania, everything ran smooth, without a glitch, and the program was exactly as scheduled and expected. So thanks for everything!
- D Edderai
Sand rivers was spectacular, beautiful facilities and really genuinely nice people. Our guide (Edward) was very good and we had great experience with people running the lodge as well (Tash & Erik and Barbara and Fabio filling in before taking over managing the Mahale camp).
- Richert, E
Fantastic hosts and staff, excellent and outstanding food and an absolutely awesome guide in Ernest. The suite was stunning, with great views of the river and perfect for people who don't mind sleeping 'outside'. The only minor things we fed back to the guys there was that we had soup a little bit too often as a starter (also given all non-soup starters were absolutely amazing), but that is really complaining on a high level. The Selous Reserve itself was beautiful and the fact that we really had to look for game was part of the fun. Missing out on lions was okay, as I knew we'd see some in Ruaha...Lucy had no idea where we'd go next, so she was sad about that when we left ;)
- M. Zimadahl
Staying at Sand Rivers was truly a once in a life time experience. The minute we stepped into the lodge with it’s open fronted lounge looking directly onto the river we knew it was somewhere special. When we stepped foot into our room we were truly blown away. From our bed we could look out for miles onto the river, and hear the hippo splashing about. We went through a long deliberation process with Africa Odyssey on where in Tanzania we’d go for our first safari. We were torn between the famous Serengeti and the lesser known Selous. We had heard that although the Seregenti may be more game-rich, it was also more people-rich. So although you might spot more abundant wildlife, you could be sharing this experience with 20 other jeeps. On Africa Odyssey’s advice we went for the more remote Selous, for a more authentic safari experience. And we’re so glad we did! We had private game rides, just the two of us, and didn’t see another jeep while we were out on our morning or evening drives. The moments we spent with the animals felt so personal. Another bonus of the Sand Rivers is how close you can get to the animals. At one point we were trekking hyenas on foot, at another we were meters away from an elephant and her calf, and when we saw the lions we were so close we could have reached out of the jeep to stroke them (although this is not recommended!). Sand Rivers offers so many different safari experiences; along with our jeep rides, we had a sunrise river cruise and morning picnic, walk safari, we even spent a morning at a hot springs! One of the highlights of our trip has to be our guide Godfrey. If you can request him as a guide we highly recommend you do so! We spent one of our nights at Sand Rivers fly camping with Godrey. A mosquito net covered tent was set up in the middle of the bush, and we slept in the wild to the sounds of the lions roaring in the background. This was glamping, rather than camping, with our own bar set up, a three course dinner on the banks of the river, and a hot water shower. I could write an essay on how incredible Sand Rivers was, from the hospitality, to the food, to the interiors. We can’t recommend it enough.
- F. Williams
We had the most amazing time, better than we could have ever expected! The staff was incredible (Our guide Hamza was SO knowledgeable), the food was amazing, and our room was to die for. Our stay was full of little surprises everyday. We went on this trip as a once in a lifetime thing and we are already planning to go back
- K. Nelson
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