South African Lodges

The Retreat Selous

Northern Selous
Selous Game Reserve
Southern Tanzania
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Current Specials

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The Retreat Selous Reviews & Information

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The Retreat Selous is an all-suite lodge in a remote corner of the vast Selous Game Reserve. The accommodation is on the banks of the Great Ruaha River. The Lodge is the largest protected wildlife sanctuary in Africa. The main house, known as the Fort, is located on an early military observation point. The Fort features an infinity pool, a variety of relaxation areas, a restaurant and the rooftop bar.

The spacious suites guarantee each guest privacy and romance while offering a unique sense of comfort and pure luxury. Striking views and vistas provide a glimpse into the wilderness and wildlife of the area.

The Selous Lodge offers four varied room types for guests to choose. The Eagle Hill Suites is situated next to the main fort and offer private decks with seating, comfortable king size beds, silk mosquito nets and en-suite facilities including separate showers.

The River Suites feature large viewing decks, private plunge pools and magnificent river views.

The Lion River Suite offers a large viewing deck a tented seating area which can accommodate additional beds, a private dining room and a plunge pool.

Hippo Point has located 2 km from the main fort, ensuring total seclusion. Two large suites feature sundecks, plunge pools, a private bar, lounge and dining area with a dedicated cook and butler.

The Retreat offers four distinct styles of accommodation.
Twelve spaciously 110–225 m², more than six meters in height.

Tented suites under palm-thatched roofs with the open gap between each suite have been erected in three independent units to match with the surrounding habitat while guaranteeing privacy and romance.

The tents are protected by two layers of mosquito net as an internal wall and awning on the exterior side. If guests wish to be nearer to nature, all tents can be opened to the noises, breeze and full view of the environment.

Each suite has its private alfresco deck with a beautiful signature outdoor old copper &, brass bathtub. Ethnic details, bespoke furnishings, African artefacts, natural materials and precious stones have been blended to create a unique sense of comfort and pure luxury using principles of Feng Shui and the Five Elements in materials and interior design.


The lodge is unique in that it allows guests to choose two general activities per day, from the following:

  • Safari drives in the morning or evening.
  • Escorted safari walks in morning or afternoon with Rangers.
  • Boat trips on the Great Ruaha River - morning or afternoon.
  • Tiger Fish and Catfish fishing.
  • Birding outing with an expert guide.
  • Spa treatments.
  • For a small charge, guests can also spend the night in the Love Nest or our beautiful Fly camp experience.

Below detailed information about the The Retreat Selous is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Mosquito net
  • Viewing Deck


Dining at the Retreat Selous

A luxurious restaurant is available at the Fort or guests can choose to dine alongside the pool, in the suites or in the bush where food is prepared over an open fire.

Spa Facilities

The Retreat Selous features the Senses to Africa Spa. The spa treatment rooms are romantically situated on the river. 

The Spa runs in conjunction with a medical doctor. Guests are offered the opportunity to experience a spa treatment as one of the two activities per day.

Wildlife activities
  • Game drives - morning, afternoon or evening
  • Escorted safari walks and hikes - morning or afternoon
  • Escorted boat excursions - morning or afternoon
  • Line fishing
  • Birding excursions
  • Nomadic hiking tours
Camping out

For a nominal charge, visitors can spend the night in the open are Love Nest or in one of the Retreat's Fly Camps. The Love Nest is situated in an open tree house with a large bed, silk mosquito nets, a swing, chill out area and outdoor bathroom.

Spa treatments

The Senses to Africa Spa is romantically situated on the river at the Retreat Selous. Guests can enjoy a spa treatment as one of their two daily activities.

  • Curio Shop
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from the airport
  • Doctor on call
  • Internet connection
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Luggage storage
  • Massage treatments
  • Safari drives
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • The Selous Game Reserve is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Africa and boasts elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, bushbuck, duiker, eland, hartebeest, hyena, impala, giraffe, oryx, reedbuck, waterbuck and zebra. The bird life in Selous is also vast and varied. 

    Guests should seek professional advice, at least, six to eight weeks before travelling with regards to immunisation and vaccinations. Visitors are also required to be covered by emergency insurance.

Children Activities
  • Families are welcomed at the Selous Retreat and children are allowed to accompany their parents on game drives. Children can are also offered game tracking experiences with experienced guides where they get a chance to draw their personal bush diary.

Available Rooms

Eagle Hill Suite

# Rooms:

The Retreat Selous offers four varied room types. Six Eagle Hill Suites are situated next to the main fort and provide breathtaking views. Guests staying in the Eagle Hill Suites are offered safaris in shared vehicles while meals are available in the main house.

Each suite features:

  •  A private outdoor deck with seating
  •  A comfortable king size bed
  •  Silk mosquito nets
  •  En-suite facilities including separate shower
Single Room US $1090
Double Room US $1520

River Suite

# Rooms:

The River Suites at the Retreat Selous stand on raised platforms alongside the river. Each River Suite features its large viewing deck with private plunge pool. Guests staying at the River Suites are offered game drives in a private vehicle with a private guide and meals are served at the restaurant, in the suite or a surprise location with sundowners.

Single Room US $1180
Double Room US $1640

Lion River Suite

# Rooms:

The Lion River Suite at the Retreat Selous is located on a wooden platform with a tented seating area, which can also be used to accommodate additional beds for families. The suite features a private dining room and a plunge pool. Guests are also offered the use of a private safari vehicle with a private guide.

Single Room US $1340
Double Room US $1850

Hippo Point Exclusive Private Camp

# Rooms:

Hippo Point is ideal for those who want a private safari experience. Hippo Point is found 2 km from the main fort, ensuring total seclusion. Two large suites can be found at Hippo Point, located on either side of a swimming pool while each suite also features a sundeck and plunge pool. Also, on offer at Hippo Point is a private bar, lounge and dining area with a dedicated cook and butler. Activities are enjoyed in seclusion with a private guide and vintage safari vehicle. Guests can also enjoy a private activities on the road, boat, on foot or fishing, as well as private SPA treatments.

Single Room US $4840
Double Room US $4840

The Retreat Selous Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Enjoy a 4 night stay at the Retreat Selous in Tanzania, and only pay for 3 nights.

The Retreat Selous is an all-suite lodge located in a remote corner of the vast Selous Game Reserve. The accommodation is located on the banks of the Great Ruaha River. The Lodge is located in the largest protected wildlife sanctuary in Africa.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation, full board, transfers to and from Sumbazi airstrip, all soft drinks, local beers and a white and red table wine. (additional alcoholic drinks are extra), laundry, 2 activities per day.

Excluded from the rate:

  • daily fees, gratuities, additional activities, boutique sales, emergency evacuations, additional alcoholic drinks

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for 2018 & 2019 (excluding 20 December - 6 January)
  • Subject to availability
  • PLEASE NOTE: Park and concession fees are additional for 4th night - US$ 91 per person.

The Retreat Selous is a luxurious safari lodge perched on the river in a remote corner of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tanzania, Selous Game Reserve. Stay 4 nights in The Retreat's stunning River Suites which reveal unrivalled vistas of the African bush and River Ruaha and enjoy game drives, nature walks, boat trips, fishing or Spa treatments - or opt for our love nest, a fly camping experience or a trip to the lakes - all in your own time and space and experience services to the highest standards, before flying out to Tanzania's South Coast.

On a pristine white sandy beach Villa Nyangumi awaits you for relaxation and chilling: water, wind, nature, luxury,
comfort, privacy and fun. Only 1 hour away from busy downtown Dar es Salaam, Villa Nyangumi gives you space
to unwind, relax and experience the sea with funky cocktails in the beach bar, a dhow trip, surfing, goggling or
with a horse ride on the beach. Stay 4 nights in either the villa for a relaxing and unforgettable after bush experience.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • Park and conservation fees
  • Full safari package
  • Full board
  • All regional flights (Dar es Salaam– Selous – Dar es Salam)
  • Return airport transfers.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Drinks not included.
  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • This package is not combinable with any other offer at The Retreat or Villa Nyangumi
  • Subject to availability

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Dinner by the river is a must, this place is like a piece of heaven on earth...very close !

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -8.009098

Longitude: 37.789383


The Sumbazi airstrip is located just 30 minutes drive from the lodge and is served by several airlines. Daily scheduled flights depart from Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Ruaha while charters are also available. 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. The lodge offers a personal meet and greet at the airport in an open safari vehicle.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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