We stayed for 3 nights in this wonderful and peaceful paradise feeling really spoiled by the friendly staff
Maua G 39 yrs, Tanzania, Read 7 reviews »
The Selous , Tanzania
- Luxurious and relaxing spa overlooking the Great Ruaha river
- Stunning infinity pool with breathtaking views
- Includes the private Hippo point
Facilities includePlunge Pool in the River Suites Spa Dining Area Bar
- Game Walks
- Game Drives
- Line Fishing
- Escorted Hikes
- Spa Treatments
- Boat Excursions
Seasons in Tanzania
About The Retreat
The Retreat is a unique all-suite tented lodge, found in the remote far north of the Selous. It is situated in wild bush on the banks of the wide Great Ruaha River. The centrally situated main house - The Fort - is high up on a rocky hillside, allowing guests one of the best vantage points in the whole reserve.
Private space, seclusion and individual services in harmony with nature are the hallmarks of The Retreat. The twelve tented suites have been constructed in three independent units to correspond with the surrounding habitat, whilst guaranteeing privacy and romance.
Each suite has its own private outdoor deck with a stunning signature outdoor antique copper, brass or silver bathtub. Ethnic elements, bespoke furnishings, African antiques, natural materials and precious stones have been blended to create a unique sense of comfort and natural luxury using principles of Feng Shui and the Five Elements in materials and interior design.
The Retreat appeals to those guests who crave adventure and authenticity. Whether it be hiking through the bush for several days, sleeping under the African Sky in a fly camp complete with private cook, butler and guide or drifting down the Great Ruaha River in a canoe to view the vast array of birdlife, flora and fauna - The Retreat has something for everyone.
The Selous Game Reserve is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and at 55,000 sq. km is twice the size of Switzerland and just 200 km south west by air of Dar es Salaam. It is the largest protected wildlife sanctuary in Africa and is widely accredited as being the most pristine wilderness.
How to get there
Sumbazi airstrip, 30 minutes drive from the lodge, is served by several airlines, notably daily scheduled flights (charters also available), from Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Ruaha.
From Dar es Salaam, a 70-minute flight is operated comfortably and efficiently by Safari Air Link, Flight Link and Zanair in the morning and by Coastal in the morning and afternoon, with a personal meet and greet by an open 4WD vehicle and a personal guide from The Retreat.
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
The short rains fall in November and December and are followed by a partial dry out period during
January and February. Thereafter, the long rains ease in and generally end early to mid-May. With an average relative humidity of around 60%, temperatures range mainly between 14 and 39°C. The Camp, well positioned with its central hilltop fort, benefits from welcoming cooling breezes. The Retreat schedules its annual closed season from towards the end of March, re-opening again for the new season commencing 1st June.
Satellite internet and HF radio communication
Luggage and essential personal items:
Passengers are permitted a baggage allowance of 15kg, inclusive of hand baggage, preferably in soft bags.
NB: Retreat Safari Ltd have a lock-up store at Dar es Salaam and will happily look after heavier cases whilst owners are on safari
Check-in & Check-out:
Generally, check-in from mid-day on day of arrival, and check-out by 11.00 hrs. on day of departure. Early check-in and late check-out, to fit in with certain flight arrivals and departures, is facilitated whenever feasible. Note that Park and Conservation Fees payable to the Selous Game Reserve are based on a 24 hour period and if exceeded may make one liable to a further day’s fee.
Health and Medical Code and Immunization:
Guests should seek professional advice from their personal doctor or a specialist Travel Clinic, if possible at least six to eight weeks before travelling, regarding a health code for travelers to Africa and valid immunization and vaccinations. It is mandatory that guests are covered by an emergency insurance while staying at The Retreat.
Travelling with children
All children are welcome at The Retreat.
Those children not yet in their teens (12 and under) must share a suite with their parents or a gardian.
Children can either join their parents on game drives, or be taken on their own separate bush experience with one of the highly experienced guides . On such a private experience children can draw their own bush diary.
As to accommodation, the spacious Lion’s River Suite, with its wonderful outlook, could be particularly suitable for a family with two or three children. Equally to be recommended is the privacy afforded at Hippo Point.
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