The Retreat Selous

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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.


  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Mosquito net
  • Viewing Deck

Facilities Available at The Retreat Selous

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

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FAQs about The Retreat Selous
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at The Retreat Selous are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

Where about is The Retreat Selous located?
The Retreat Selous is located at the following location / address: Northern Selous, Selous Game Reserve.