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Sand Rivers

Outside the central mess area is the swimming pool, set into the rocks on the river's edge, and shaded by an ancient baobab tree throught to be more than 1500 years old. This is the perfect place for relaxing, and gazing out over the view of endless water. Armchairs and sofas abound, and the bar is close by along with a library well stocked with books on the area. ??The main dining table is made of an enormous tree that was washed down the river by a storm, and is the focus for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is generally a relaxed affair with guests either eating in the lodge, or having a bush breakfast under the shade of a tree.

There are eight large and airy double, or twin-bedded cottages, each with its own spacious bathroom with flush toilets and powerful showers. Beds are four-postered with soft mosquito netting that ties back during the day. Each cottage is completely open-fronted, with an expansive veranda set on stilts, giving each a stunning and private view over the river. Electric lights, standing fans, and hot water are solar powered.

A picture of the Sand Rivers