Hippo Point

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An intimate camp with only two tented suites, Hippo Point is a separate satellite camp to The Retreat Selous, which is a larger tented lodge located a short drive away. Set in the remote western Selous Game Reserve and along a stretch of the Ruaha River, these accommodations immerse you in the safari experience, blending big game viewing with holistic spa treatments and spiritual renewal.

Exclusive and personalised, Hippo Point has been designed for privacy-seeking couples, a family or a small group of friends. Complete with a chef, bartender, masseuse and butler, the accommodation is built on raised platforms with the two suites sharing a dining area, lounge and private bar. This makes it ideal as a shared accommodation but since each suite has its own plunge pool, outside bathtub and seating area, a suite can also be private.

It is classic big game country with elephants often seen from camp, and of course there are resident hippos in the river below. Many large predators occur here – lion, crocodile, wild dog and leopard – and the general game viewing is very good. A dedicated guide is on hand to plan your safari experience; you can choose between exploring in a 4X4 or on foot with your expert guide. The lodge also offers boating safaris on the Ruaha River, an excellent dry-season activity to see herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as all-day safaris with a packed lunch.


  • Ideal as a sole-use private camp
  • Beautiful tented suites with plunge pools
  • Personal chef, butler, masseuse & guide
  • Game drives, guided walks & river safaris
  • Romantic, private & discreet – honeymoon perfection


  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Game drives
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Hiking
  • Spa treatments
Hippo point is a place to savour, relax next to the pool listening to the sounds of the African bush around you. I love the exclusivity and with your own private guide you can explore the gorgeous Selous to your hearts content. So few places in the world are private these days, Hippo Point is one of these and I certainly wouldn’t rush my time here – four nights minimum would be my recommendation.
Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

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There are only two suites at Hippo Point, each wonderfully spacious and beautifully designed. Hardwood floors are covered in rugs while the walls are a combination of canvas and gauze to offer privacy with a cooling breeze. Furnished to a very high standard, they each have their own bathroom with shower and flush toilet as well as an outside deck with plunge pool and comfortable daybeds.


Hippo Point is set on raised wooden decking, its two self-contained suites opening out onto a shared central area with a plunge pool and sundeck. There is also an indoor lounge and dining area with private bar, complete with bartender. A chef, butler, masseuse and private guide are all on hand to ensure a totally exclusive and personalised service.


Guests can choose either to dine at the main lodge – The Retreat Selous - or to enjoy meals in the privacy of Hippo Point.

The day begins with early morning tea and coffee and a light breakfast before your morning activity. Returning to camp, you have lunch and time to relax before afternoon tea and your second safari activity. Cold drinks and snacks are served on the game drive or river cruise at sunset and you return to a candlelit dinner. Meals are also served away from camp in an alfresco setting, or you can take a packed lunch with you and spend a day exploring the Selous Game Reserve.

General facilities

  • Swimming pool


  • Personal butler
  • Personal chef
  • Private pool


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Dates Board Price
2019-06-01 — 2019-12-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $655

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
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