The Retreat Selous

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The Retreat Selous offers luxurious safari accommodation in a remote and unique setting: stay in grand tented accommodation while experiencing the untouched wilderness of the Selous Game Reserve - arguably Africa's last great wilderness.

Sit back and enjoy the views from the terrace as you watch hippos and crocodiles in the river below you before exploring the Selous on activities that range from game drives and boat safaris to rhino tracking with an experienced guide. Return to the Retreat for a relaxing specialised massage from the River Spa before enjoying a delicious sundowner on the upper-level Star Bar.


  • Selous Game Reserve - untouched Africa at its wildest
  • Stunning scenery & location
  • Small & intimate tented camp
  • Unique safari activities - river cruises, walking safaris & fly camping
  • Outdoor River Spa


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Boat excursions
  • Guided walks
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Game drives
  • Night drives
  • Guided walking safaris
Fantastic wilderness experience for the romantic at heart, from soaking in your bathtub overlooking the river to soaking up the experience by foot, fly camp or canoe.
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River Suite

Down by the river, the three River Suites sit on raised platforms and have a private plunge pool and large viewing deck. All three suites have access to their own infinity pool and the Sunset Bar.

Eagle Hill Suite

Accommodation at Retreat Selous is made up of 12 exotic, spacious tents positioned on raised teak platforms that overlook the river. The tents are decorated with handmade textiles, art pieces, semi-precious stones and natural hard wood floors with palm-roofs.

Each tent contains a king-size bed with silk mosquito netting and an outside masoned bathroom affording pristine views. Situated on the top of a hill near the main house, the Eagle Hill Suites offer breathtaking views and is close by to the main infinity pool, restaurant and Star Bar.


Perfect for families or honeymooners, the Lion's River Suite is situated on a wooden platform further down the river. There is a large tented seating area that can accommodate additional beds for children, and the suite has a private plunge pool and a dining area.

Two kilometres from the main building and offering total privacy are the two spacious Hippo Point Suites. Built too on raised platforms, these suites have a shared plunge pool, dining area, lounge and private bar. A dedicated chef, guide and butler are on hand to attend to your wants.


Enjoy panoramic views from the Star Bar which is situated on top of the Fort or relax during the heat of the day by the lodge's large infinity pool, or indeed in the privacy of your own private plunge pool.

Book a 'Monkey Head Massage' at the outdoor River Spa which is set on the banks of the Great Ruaha River.


Watch the sun rise over the river as you enjoy an alfresco breakfast on the elegant Retreat Selous terrace; after an amazing day on safari you'll be in the mood for a sunset cocktail before dinner, which may be served outside under the stars or in the main restaurant.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Computer facilities
  • Restaurant


  • En-suite shower only
  • Mosquito net
  • Outdoor area
  • Outdoor bath

Why travel with us

  • Independent experts since 1998
  • Our best price promise
  • Full service, flights included
  • Complete financial protection
  • 24/7 on-safari support
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