Sand Rivers Nyerere National Park, Tanzania

Part of the well respected Nomad Camps, this is a stunning safari camp. It enjoys a quiet and unspoilt location right on the Rufiji River only a short 15-20 drive from Kiba airstrip.

Sand Rivers is situated in the northern part of Nyerere. The camp is very stylish.

Accommodation consists of five beautiful open-fronted riverside rooms, with giant beds, and three hillside suites with plunge pools. All the rooms enjoy spectacular panoramic views - a great place to watch the ebb and flow of the Rufiji and a prime spot for seeing the setting sun.

All eight spacious stone and thatched cottages, are raised up on decks overlooking the river. Bathrooms are en-suite, with hot and cold running water, flush loo and drench 'waterfall' showers.

The outdoor pool and boma (which also has WiFi) is a wonderful place to cool off during the day, watch the hippos or listen to the fish eagles.

The open-air dining room, bar and lounge have been beautifully constructed on a sweeping curve of the great Rufiji River, offering stunning views across the water.

Activities at Sand Rivers are tailored to suit each guest, whether its game drives, walking safaris, fishing or boating. The variety of activities on offer is excellent.

Sand Rivers also offers fly camping - a stand out experience during our visit. We loved it. Head off for the night under the stars, enjoy dinner by the camp fire, and go to sleep shrouded by only a mosquito net. Wake up on the banks of the river, or lake shore to the sounds of will be the best thing you've ever done!

In the morning we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast and then a (very hot) bush walk which included encounters with buffalo, giraffe, hippo and crocodile, among others, before arriving for a dip at the hot springs.

Nearby Attractions

Nyerere National Park


Sand Rivers


This is a small and intimate camp - Sand Rivers  has just 8 stone and thatched cottages, all are open-fronted and have viewing decks overlooking the river. There are 5 Riverside rooms - with stand-up fan, en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers - and 3 Hillside Suites. The Suites have all the above, but they also have a large living space and a small plunge pool. The main mess area is spacious, open-fronted and cooled by the river breeze and ceiling fans. There's a chill-out area near the library,a great bar and lots of quiet spots to read a book or watch the wildlife go by.


Activities are flexible depending on your wishes. Daily game drives in 4 x 4 vehicles with an expert guide, bush walks river trips, for example to the Stiegler Gorge, and fly-camping - all are possible (there is a supplement for fly-camping).

See blog for a review of fly camping from Sand Rivers.

See blog for review of boat trip to the gorge.

Safaris featuring this property

9 days
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