A Tanzanian safari lodge that works with the community

The sale of Maasai crafts at Nomad Tanzania’s Sand Rivers Selous helps fund medical outreach clinics and business training programmes for the local community

Sand Rivers Selous lodge in eastern Tanzania
Sand Rivers Selous lodge in eastern Tanzania

The Sand Rivers Selous lodge is set on the banks of the Rufiji River in eastern Tanzania. Run by Nomad Tanzania, it has eight suites and rooms, all with breathtaking river views. Guests can go on game drives and walking safaris or relax on a private boat trip along the river.

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A four-day trip costs from $3,620 and 100 per cent of profits from the sale at the lodge of rings, necklaces and bangles made by local Maasai craftspeople goes to the Nomad Trust, the charitable arm of Nomad Tanzania. The trust funds medical outreach clinics for the neighbouring Maasai communities, providing accommodation for the medical teams; it also organises safaris for local schoolchildren and runs business training programmes that teach members of the community how to become independent tour guides.

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